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Butts Belong in this BIN

Knowledge which cannot be applied, is of no value.

We may have the best plans and the best intentions, but how can we get buy in?

We may have designed an excellent learning programme based on best practices, but how can we get actual behavioural change?

We may have built a comprehensive competency-based and/or behaviourally anchored ratings, but will our hiring managers actually use it?

How can we cross the chasm from ideation to action? From strategy to implementation?

Add a dash of marketing FUN to it!


  • Create a compelling tagline (e.g. Butts belong in this bin)
  • Integrate design elements into the tagline to draw attention (e.g. Bold black words on yellow backgrounds)


  • Surprise your reader with a little twist (e.g. replacing the “i” in “bin” with a picture of a bin)
  • Use fun words or symbols which can connect to other ideas (e.g. “butts”)


  • Invite participation (e.g. “Butts belong in this bin” = throw your cigarette butts in this bin)


  • Make it simple and easy for others to take action (e.g. put the bin there so that people can throw the cigarette butts into the bin)


Hope the above tips could help you roll out your plans!

Feel free to contact me to discuss on how I can contribute to your plans!

Phone: (+65) 92316373

And remember, “butts belong in this bin”!

Ready for Change

Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.


~ Jim Rohn

How to avoid drowning in the sea of change?

  1. Know who you are and what you stand for – this is your anchor in the storm
  2. Accept yourself and the reality of change – yes, it’s stormy, but you are still breathing!
  3. Embrace change and recognise that’s life will get better – capture the right winds to swiftly bring you to your destination!


Dealing with apathy at work?

Our organisations face the same challenges in engaging employee participation, encouraging creativity and creating a sense of ownership. Is it apathy? According to Dave, that may not be the case. So what can we do?

1) communicate your message like you would advertise
– keep it simple
– use visuals
– make it stick
– allow follow up

2) use your shared spaces purposefully
– create focal areas for messages
– allow participation and sharing (e.g. post-its, dribble wall, etc)

3) recognise and celebrate excellence
– recognise extraordinary effort by individual team members
– celebrate excellent customer feedback
– ditch “employee-of-the-month” posters, have weekly/daily team meetings instead, and have the “employee-of-the-week” share about what worked, and what doesn’t, and how others can try to do

4) allow HR voice in the boardroom
– allow HR to be aligned to management direction
– receive feedback on how management practices influence work climate at the ground level

Try it out!


Self-Reflection on Events

Trapped in a situation? Going in circles and can’t find a way out?

Try this self-reflection technique:

  1. Think back over the past 3-5 years and identify an experience that was critical to your growth and development. Describe it.
  2. Determine what made that event challenging.
  3. What actions did you take?
  4. What actions were effective? What was not?
  5. What specifically did you learn?
  6. What does the event reflect about you?
  7. How can you leverage on your learning to further develop your capability?

You may write down your responses to the above on a piece of paper. Think it through and you might discover that hidden potential in you which can lead you to overcome your current challenges.

Self-Reflection for Change

Difficulty trying to find the motivation for change?

Try setting aside regular time for self-reflection (e.g. every Saturday morning)

  1. Identify a challenge you faced in the week
  2. Ask yourself, what worked, what didn’t and what can you learn?
  3. Ask yourself, what can you apply? What will you do differently?

Goal Setting Tips

When setting goals for the new year, first consider what suits you best…

a) Are you a person who sets a big audacious goal and is committed to see through its implementation?


b) Do you prefer bite-sized goals with a small reward at every turn to motivate you step by step?

If you choose (a), you might have a goal-driven compelling personality, then it may be helpful to consider:

  1. What does success mean to you? Is it just financial success? How about family? Or personal development?
  2. Who do you want to celebrate your success with? How can you ensure that they will be there with you?

If you choose (b), you might have a process-focused spontaneous personality, then it may be helpful to consider:

  1. How SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) are your goals?
  2. Who can be hold you accountable for your achievements?

Want to understand if you are compelling, spontaneous or somewhere in between? Contact us for your personalised PEAKS profiling.

tips for improving parent-child communication 改善亲子沟通技巧 (3): Create opportunities for conversation.创造交谈的机会。

tips for improving parent-child communication 改善亲子沟通技巧 (3): Create opportunities for conversation.创造交谈的机会。

Often in the

course of a busy day, it is difficult to find the time to have a simple conversation with your child. Make the effort to engage them in conversation. Assure them there is no topic off limit. Difficult as they may seem, alcohol, drugs and sex are topics best discussed in an open and safe environment. 通常在忙碌的一天中,很难找到时间与您的孩子进行简单的交谈。请努力制造与他们交谈的机会。向他们保证交谈的话题是不受限制的,他们是在一个开放和安全的环境中与您交流,甚至可以讨论有关酗酒、吸毒或者性这类的议题。

tips for improving parent-child communication 改善亲子沟通技巧 (2): Listen don’t lecture.

tips for improving parent-child communication 改善亲子沟通技巧 (2): Listen don’t lecture. 倾听但不训导。

Allow them the opportunity to share their concerns with you and hold back from offering an opinion unless it is clear they need your advice. Let your child know that what she has to say is important. Give them your undivided attention, maintain eye contact so they know you are paying attention. 允许您的孩子有机会与您分享他们所关注/疑虑的问题,但不要给予意见/建议,除非您的孩子明确表示需要您的意见/建议。让您的孩子知道您很重视他/她所说的。给予他们一心一意的关注,保持目光接触,让他们知道你很重视他们。

Tips for improving parent-child communication 改善亲子沟通技巧 (1): Start early. From the time your child learns to talk, make yourself available to listen. 尽早开始。当您的孩子开始学说话时,花时间去倾听。

Tips for improving parent-child communication 改善亲子沟通技巧 (1): Start early. From the time your child learns to talk, make yourself available to listen. 尽早开始。当您的孩子开始学说话时,花时间去倾听。

Imagine you have a water barrel, the floor underneath the barrel is wet from leaks. What will you do about it?

The water barrel is a metaphor for the context we are in and the situations we often face. On a personal level, the water barrel could be our character, which may seem good to others on the outside, but which may be in fact riddles with leaky holes. In time, if these holes are not patched up, the water within us – which could stand for our credibility or social capital, will leak away, and what is left is emptiness, what use would that be?
这水桶可代表我们所处的环境,与常面对的事情。在个人领域方面,这水桶或许可以代表着我们的品格,虽完整,但有漏洞。若不赶紧修补,在我们以内的水 – 可代表个人的信用 – 将会渐渐流失,留下内在的空缺。

What if the barrel represents our families? What will the water be? One thought is that the water represents our family relationships. If there is more water, then the members are closer together and that the family is able to walk through difficult times as a unit. And if that relationship leaks out or is polluted by unwanted third party, the family could be

destroyed as a result. So, then what can we do about it?

We will be beginning a series to explore the area of Parent-Child communication and offer tips to empower you to plug the holes in your family and stop the leaks.

“You’re not listening to me!” Parents say this all the time to their children. The reverse is true as well – children often tell their parents they’re not listening to them. Good communication between parent and child is essential to building a child’s self esteem and fostering a mutual respect, whether parenting a toddler or a teenager. However, communication does not happen overnight, and it is not a one-time or occasional thing. Communicating with your child has to happen early, and often.

Here is a tip for improving parent-child communication 以下是改善亲子沟通的技巧 (1):

Start early. From the time your child learns to talk, make yourself available to listen. 尽早开始。当您的孩子开始学说话时,花时间去倾听。

Cultivate Positive Thinking Habits (2): Break out from set thinking patterns

Ready… Get Set… Stuck.

How many times have we got ourselves into a situation, ready to confront an issue, but end up feeling stuck? Or when faced with a complex problem, and after applying all known formulas to it, we are still stuck?

Sir Ken Robinson was quoted, “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather… We get educated out of it.”

Education has the purpose of imparting knowledge and understanding of the known world to us, allowing us to make more informed decisions as well as having the assurance of “what is right”. Yet it seems that in the course of education, our innate ability to ask “why” and “why not” has faded away and our mind has started to become guided by a certain set of beliefs about the things around us. We start to have a certain set of beliefs about learning, about leadership, about creativity, about life, etc.

PhD Carol Dweck’s Mindset talks about how we could either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. In fixed mindsets, people believe that everything about them and others are set. A successful person has always been successful all his life and a failure’s life is all about failures. And we know that there are limitations to having a fixed mindset. Creativity and growth is stifled and our perception of others has not much room for negotiation.

Break out from your set thinking patterns into growth mindsets using your personality strengths. If you are open and inquisitive, use that advantage to explore new areas of knowledge and opportunities to integrate with your existing situation. If you are naturally more questioning, use that to question the way things are and enjoy a good debate with your friends about the issues on hand. If you are more latent and more reserved in nature, use your naturally ability to listen and be moved by inspirational stories.

With a growth mindset, the best is yet to be.

Morphos coaching employs growth mindset where we believe that there can be progression wherever you are and that the best is yet to be. By becoming your mirror to allow for self-reflection, you will find that you will be unstuck. The problems and complications you are facing now, be it for yourself or for your team, will soon find a creative resolution.

Break out from your set thinking patterns, adopt growth.