Employee motivation is more than just plain rewards and punishments.

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One would think that motivating employees is a simple task. Perhaps, in theory, it would be. But we all know it’s not that straightforward in real-life situations, so much more when dealing with millennial employees.

Have we not been asked what motivates our people and expected to manage them accordingly? In worse situations, we are subtly encouraged to rely on the carrot and the stick approach for motivation — that being the carrot as the reward for compliance and the stick as the punishment for noncompliance.

I can almost guarantee that this has happened to you at one point in…

CKreative | Leadership

An Analysis of the Routes to the New Normal Post-COVID-19 Crisis

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In this new dawn of unprecedented uncertainty, many organizations are currently focused on fighting for survival and business continuity. The immediate concern is the near-term goal to continue operating during the crisis long enough to get through it in one piece. A few, however, are already looking into what could possibly be the new normal and are already planning of putting actions in place (if not already moving key pieces) to position themselves better to quickly take off once the crisis has passed.

This is a story of how I managed to map out a process that organizations go through…

CKreative | Leadership

The Neuroscience of Leadership and Self-Awareness

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions in a lot of businesses and negatively affected millions of lives. Just a few weeks ago, a couple of people in my network lost their jobs. What’s even more depressing are those small family businesses that had to shut down because of the lockdowns put in place.

The crazy thing though is how exceptional leaders I know in my organization have handled the disruption and managed to demonstrate calm and optimism as they guide us through these challenging times.

It’s amazing what you can learn from a short interaction with them — but…

The Psychology of Interdependence at Work

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It’s amazing how you meet someone, and you immediately have that gut feeling that they are your soulmate. In my case, I found my work soulmate not too long ago, and we’ve been kicking goals left, right, and center since then.

It’s only been about a year since I started working when I met Lisa. She has been in the industry for more than ten years, so you can immediately tell she was a seasoned Business Analyst. I, on the other hand, was still a newbie.

In just a couple of months, we found ourselves always on the same wavelength…

CKreative | Humor

The ultimate approach to living a happy average life A.K.A. the worst guide ever

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Too many articles have been written about “how to be exceptional” and “how to achieve the best version of yourself”. But not much has been said about being average and how to be great at it.

Not everyone is special. Fact.
Not everyone is destined for greatness. Another fact.
Most of us are just average. Greatest. Fact. Of. All.

Here are some statistics not backed by science, but by common sense.

Statistically speaking, if the top 10% of the world’s population are “extraordinary”, and the bottom 10% are the “scums of the earth”, then the vast majority of 80% are…

CKreative | Self Improvement

A personal analysis of the good and the bad sides of the crisis

Man drinking coffee while working on the front porch
Man drinking coffee while working on the front porch
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I’ve always been the eternal optimist.

No matter how mercilessly overwhelming the situation is, I still manage to find that tiny glimmer of hope that gets me through the thick of it all. I always try to look at both sides of the coin and take a somewhat balanced perspective on things that may seem crippling and insurmountable. And where possible, I inject a little bit of humour to lighten up the vibe.

I know the COVID-19 pandemic is serious and we obviously need to take it seriously. …

CKreative | Communication

Video Conference vs Audio Conference: You know which one is better

Man giving thumbs up on screen
Man giving thumbs up on screen
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With remote working becoming the trend since the global lockdown has been implemented, organisations have resorted to online conferences to meet as a team. It’s another reason to celebrate and appreciate what modern technology has been able to offer in our desperate time of need.

In the 90s, teleconferencing over the telephone was on trend; and with the emergence of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), which is a techie term of taking analog audio signals and turning them into digital signals for transmission over the internet, tools such as Zoom and Cisco WebEx have gained much popularity and perhaps have…

CKreative | Productivity

4 Common Remote Working Myths, Debunked

Four cartoon characters talking about assumptions on remote working
Four cartoon characters talking about assumptions on remote working

In this day and age, there are still quite a few sceptics when it comes to working from home (WFH). Above are just a few stories they hold on to resist the shift in the working environment. But the truth is, these narratives are based off on either wrong assumptions or process failures. Working from home is getting a bad rep when in fact there are easily identifiable behaviours and policies that are essentially the root causes.

To get the most out of working from home arrangements, these behaviours and policies must start at the top. When the organisation culture…

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