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You Can Be Great: an Exclusive Interview with Dr John

Congrats on your new book, Unleashing the Greatness in You: The Power of Self-Leadership. What’s your motivation for writing it?

I believe that every parent wants their child to be great. Every employer wants their employees to be great ones—and everyone who starts work wants to do a great job.

I also truly believe everyone can be great! Based on my own personal journey, my children’s aspirations, my consulting work with many different industries and organizations in many countries as well as my executive coaching work, I have seen people from different educational backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities embark on the journey to greatness, and achieve it. This has been most gratifying for me.

Greatness is not just a dream. It is achievable.

Yes, anyone can  be great—especially you!


What are the challenges you faced in writing this book?

This is perhaps one of the most difficult books I have ever written. My first challenge was to define what exactly I meant by greatness—unless you know where you are going, you will be lost in the jungle of misplaced values and misguided role-models.

Second, I didn’t want it to be a do-it-yourself book. I wanted it to be a book to inspire people, and encourage them to look deep into themselves to realize their own potential. How could I write in such a way that it motivated and encouraged people to act, but not simply be another self-help book? In the end, I filled it with stories of inspiring individuals and how they achieved greatness.

Third, I wanted to deal with real issues and challenges, which have derailed many promising people’s ambitions. I wanted to candidly confront the hard issues like greed, sex, morality—issues that we seldom talk about.

Finally, I wanted to encourage those who have failed to recover. I wanted to help them recover from their failures and mistakes, and rise up to greatness again.


Why is this book so important? Why should people buy it?

I’ve put in everything I’ve seen from decades of studying, learning from and meeting truly great people. But just reading it will do nothing for you—unless you read and digest the content, learn what will derail you, work on ways to become great, recover from your failures and practice self-leadership.

I hope and pray that you will begin (and finish) your journey to greatness. Here’s to your success!

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What’s Wrong With Employees and Companies Today?…The Challenge of Emotional Engagement (Part 3)

This week, we will examine the final 2 factors that create problems in the corporate world today:

  1. Ignoring the Aspirations of Generation Y

Another key demotivating factor of today’s leadership is the inability to appreciate the aspirations of the Gen-Y (or ‘millennial’) workforce. Young people form an enormous but largely untapped workforce, as the technological and social opportunities they have make them very different from the generations before them. Read more

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What’s Wrong With Employees and Companies Today?…The Challenge of Emotional Engagement (Part 2)

This week, we continue to examine 2 other factors that challenge organizations’ stability and growth today:

3. A Culture of Outrageous Materialism and Salary

We’re caught in this rat race because we want more than we have. It’s certainly true that prices are rising, and the cost of living in most countries will keep increasing. Inflation will grow faster than salary. Read more

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What’s Wrong With Employees and Companies Today?…The Challenge of Emotional Engagement (Part 1)

“The most highly engaged organizations do not get that way by accidents; it takes proper execution, hard work, and perseverance.” – Ed O’Boyle and Jim Harter, Gallup

“Under the blazing sun of money, all other values shine palely.”

How many people actively engage with their work? Let’s not ask if they enjoy it, but rather if they are dedicatedenough to put heart and soul into it. Read more