Author Archives: Carlos Raimundo

Are we really working? This article challenges some of the ways in which we are operating in the business world; in an apparent culture of entitlement, where rights and obligations have become unbalanced. It focuses on the difficulty some leaders/bosses have in confronting low performance and low accountability. For a printable version click here: [gview file=”http://www.relationship.capital/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Are-we-really-working-1.pdf” width=”100%” download=”all”] Expending energy at work does not mean we’re working Often times, we find ourselves working very hard, for long hours and for extended periods of time, and as a result, we often feel tired, exhausted and with no energy or drive left in us for our own personal enjoyment, family and friends. We often times even catch ourselves say things like, “I’ve been working so hard,” and we hear our family or friends say, “You are working way too hard, are you a workaholic?” But are we really working? What if I find…

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Leaders take one of the most explored topics in business articles and MBA programs and we forget, sometimes, that we’re leading, well or not so well, all the way in everything we do in life, as Chris Lowney expresses in his book “Heroic Leadership”. Parenting is one of the roles that can give us some connections into the no so mysterious role of leadership. It’s time to demystify leadership.   [embeddoc url=”http://www.relationship.capital/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Parent-Leader.pdf” download=”all”]  Parent – Leader On the last Father’s day in Australia. I was writing some SMS’s to fathers I know from family or friends. While I was writing “happy father’s day” to a leader I’ve been coaching for a long time, knowing how dearly he had his children at heart, it came to me that he’s also a great leader and aspires to be an even greater leader. While writing, I connected in my mind the key roles…

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New Wine in New Skin We often ask ourselves why we’re not moving forward, repeating the same mistakes and as a result not progressing in business and in life. One of the reasons is that we may change on the surface, but not deeply enough. As the saying goes, we put new wine into old skins. This Middle Eastern saying is based on the idea that there are moments in life when we cannot continue adding wine to the skins as they will eventually burst, as we have learned that a bubble can burst. When necessary, we’ll need to change the skin, and sometimes, there is a need to examine the container, not just what it contains. This often means dealing with real overhauls of the way we do business and the way we live. Sounds scary, but if we follow certain principles, we can change the skin as we…

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Stephanie’s 7th birthday coincided with a weekend where I had to run a weekend workshop. As it was her birthday, we decided to spend the weekend together as a family. It was a good time. In the evening of the first day Stephanie came to me to share something she was doing. As I was tired and worried about my workshop for the next day, I brushed her off and didn’t give her any attention and she went away. A few minutes later she sent Erasmo with an envelope with a card inside. It was a black and white drawing of a girl crying and a broken heart. Personal reflection 1 I felt terrible. I felt oppression in my chest. I had not been aware at the time what I did to her. When I realised it, I called her and placed her on my lap. I said I was…

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By Carlos A Raimundo The application of the Play of Life used by a friend. “This is the time to test and prove to yourself and those around you, that what you have learnt is valid for life!” One day, in my youth, I was feeling down, pathetic, and feeling pity on myself. It was at a time when I had completed my medical degree and was doing my residency in psychiatry, studying philosophy and theology. My father approached me and saw me in this grey moment. He stood in front of me and softly placed his hand on my shoulder. “What is happening?” he asked. “I’m feeling very down!” I said and continued to explain to him how bad I was feeling, “It’s like falling into a deep hole.” I was looking for sympathy. He looked at me with tender and firm eyes and suddenly (softly) slapped my left…

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