In addition to being a strategic advisor to executives in leadership and engagement, I am a professional speaker on change leadership, personal excellence, and teamwork.
I design workplace learning experiences for leaders — and I mentor facilitators, speakers, and trainers on how to make positive differences in their organizations. I help people get what they want in life.
I believe passionately in people, multiplier mindset, family, love of country, entrepreneurship, and spirit of adventure.
(I am also 1000% positive the world would be a better place if we give attention to our intentions at and stay cheerful at all times)
Who is Jef Menguin, His Mission, and How to Work with Him
Find out where I came from, my mission, and what I can do for you.
Bio Sketch of Jef Menguin
Jef Menguin is a family man who tries to always observe his Christian faith in his business practices.
In 2004, against the advice of his family and well-meaning friends, he decided to leave the job of a high school teacher and college instructor. He was in the academe for almost ten years.
He repurposed his calling to serve others.
He started as a professional speaker and eventually expanded his services to corporate training and leadership consulting.
Because he came from the teaching profession, his first target clients were teachers and students. He failed to get paying clients for the first eight months. So his family and friends persuaded him to delay, if not to stop, his dream of becoming a professional speaker.
He was stubborn.
His turn-around happened when he delivered another “free” ten-minute speech to 30 employees of a company whose advocacy was to equip public school principals. After the speech, he was invited to train 300 school principals on educational leadership. He was paid 15,000 pesos for each day of training. He knew then that he would not be begging for clients again.
The opportunities to speak beyond the education sector suddenly opened. As people learned about his ability to provide actionable ideas to leaders, people who heard him talk and those who read his blog posts started contacting him. Some of his first paying clients were Meralco, PLDT, Petron, Asian Development Bank, US Embassy, and a dozen of small companies.
Since 2009, he's been delivering at least 30 speeches each year, on top of his corporate training engagements.
In 2010, he started speaking and training in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand. He has also developed thousands of leaders in almost every city and every province in the Philippines. His experiences working with companies big and small eventually developed him into an entrepreneur whose business is to help develop leaders and engage employees so organizations will succeed.
All his works, including this website, aim to build a better nation by building positive leaders and highly competent people.
People Development Businesses
In 2011, he began to wonder whether he could apply tools in user experience design to workplace learning design. He designed tools (and re-imagined Design Thinking tools) so he could help organizations accelerate learning. He started training other trainers and he became known as "trainer of trainers" and mentor of leaders.
He also founded Starfisher Asia, a people development company, which served hundreds of clients until May 2016.
He was the president of Compass Center for Leadership, Management and Governance for more than a year. After working for more than 12 hours a day and driving 4 hours of driving to and from work, he decided to do things again his way. His experiences in CCLMG challenged him to think of strategic ways to fulfil his vocational dreams without having to sacrifice his personal dreams.
Jef Menguin wants to help Filipinos build a prosperous, peaceful, and positive nation. This is why he help organizations build leaders. This is why he provides employees tools to help them achieve their goals in life.
Using his unique ability to equip people and bring good people together, Jef Menguin aspires to (1) bring experts together in a leadership consulting company to offer fast, inexpensive, relevant, and engaging solutions, (2) build a community of young entrepreneurs who are financially intelligent and who can provide financial education to others, and (3) be a farmer.
- Find God's Kingdom and His righteousness.
- A family that values relationship, that prospered in whatever they do, and that serves others.
- See the world and its wonders.
- Be happy and wealthy.
Jef Menguin happily resides in Los Banos, Laguna together with his wife Romelyn and their son, Jefferson Carlos.
A graduate of A.B. Political Science at the National College of Business and Arts. Has 30 units in Master of Arts in Teaching.
Has delivered more than 450 speeches since 2004. Has designed and/or delivered more than 600 training programs since 2007.
Was born in Camotes Island, Cebu.
July 26, 2018
People I Serve
I work with almost all kinds of leaders from the big corporations to small business, from national government to local governments in Asia.
I work with organizations who values people, planet, and profit.
(I don’t work with jerks and those who believe they can buy you with money. I don’t work for gambling institutions and corrupt politicians.)
Why Equip People?
I choose to invest my time in helping people grow and in mentoring leaders to inspire and equip people.
In many Filipino organizations, managers find it difficult to energize employee engagement and leverage leadership learning.
Sabi nila, wala daw malasakit ang mga tao sa kompanya (They said, employees don't care for the company).
They said that employees complaint too much about low salaries and too frequently asked for more benefits though they can only give mediocre performance. Also, when employees gained experiences and got trained for free, they leave the company.
They said that millennials in the workplace are difficult to manage (managers can give you dozens of reasons in one minute) and that old people in the workplace insist on practicing obsolete ways (millennials make their eyes roll).
Employees, on the other hand, find the workplace stressful. Their bosses expect too much from them. Managers don't care and listen and appreciate. They are demotivated. They don't feel the organization value them. Wala silang malasakit sa mga tao (They don't care for their people).
This is why I continue to find easier, simpler, and quicker solutions to these and many more challenges in the workplace today -- and together with my clients, I co-create opportunities so they become ahead of what’s possible.
I choose to be a multiplier. I help clients multiply results tenfold... a hundredfold... a thousand-fold.
This is also my way of building my nation. I love Filipinos. And I love the peoples of the world as well.
You can say that my solutions are creative, innovative, disruptive, and game-changing. But I am no Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. I only help you find easier, simpler, and quicker solutions.
These easier, simpler, and quicker solutions helped my clients who attracted and wowed customers. These helped them built more effective leaders and electrified employee engagement in the workplace. These helped them leverage workplace learning that they accelerated their growth.
These easier, simple, and quicker solutions transformed the way my clients make leaders learn and get teams to win again and again.
I helped people through speaking, training, consulting, facilitating, designing, marketing, advising, coaching, and mentoring.
Who I Serve?
It might be that I don't know you yet, but I am happy that you are here. Your leadership can change the world.
I Serve People
If you are like most of my clients, you are here because you are a leader. You are moving from good to great.You are brave and bold. You challenge the status quo.
I serve people.
01: Who Want to Make A Positive Difference
You want to experience leadership. You want to lead well. You are looking for ways to improve your competence.
And you are committed to develop leaders in your organization. You are looking for ways to improve the ability of your managers, supervisors, and staff to get things done.
You are not just looking for another popular leadership training program, another outdoor team building activity, or another canned seminars.
02: Who Want Real Positive Change
More than 90% of learning happens outside the training room. You are looking for effective interventions so you can change behaviors and shake fixed mindsets.
Learning how to become a better leader is a journey. There is no canned program that can transform leaders from good to great. Leaders have to experience their journeys, and when necessary, to walk with someone like me.
I work with my people-focus clients in defining problems, discovering opportunities, and designing solutions. I also work with consultants whose experiences I will never have because I will not be in this place forever.
03: Who Want Something that Works
But not everyone knows what that something is. And in the absence of knowledge, many decision makers find training vendors who are just too willing to sell their training programs.
Have you heard or read about competency-based learning programs? You know that helping leaders become competent doesn’t begin and end in sending employees to leadership training so they become leaders.
Leadership training not how you build competent leaders in the workplace. Unfortunately, many managers and even workplace learning professionals do not know this.
04: Who Challenge the Status Quo
You do not want to short-change your organization. You will create more opportunities and better learning experiences for employees of your organization.
I know. I’ve been in that situation, too.
How I Got Started
In 2006, I left the academe. I pursued my dream of becoming a motivational speaker. I wanted to motivate people. I wanted Filipinos to realize that they can achieve their greatest dreams.
That time, I have not yet achieved any dream I could consider big. That sounds like I didn’t have the credibility.
You are right.
That’s how all successful motivational speakers started. And I thought I would be successful in professional speaking because I have natural talents for public speaking.
Before I became a teacher, I was a campus activist, youth leader, and debater. And before that I was a seminarian.
Speaking in front of people was second nature to me. And I thought that was enough.
Since my best tools were related to speaking, during my first three years as a consultant I honed my skills both in public speaking and corporate training.
The turnaround for me came when I realized that speaking and training aren’t enough. Motivational speakers don’t really motivate; they just make you more dream-thirsty.
Motivational speakers tell you stories that remind you how unsuccessful you are -- and they offer you encouragement so you can start moving again.
And whatever you do after they delivered the speeches is up to you.
You are on your own.
Corporate trainers, specially lecturers, teach you new knowledge and skills but are clueless how leaders adapt new behaviors. And you can still find many trainers who cannot explain their success measures for training.
I want to give leaders more than hope. Renewed confidence can move them. But leaders need more than confidence.
Leaders need to develop commitment and competence.
I’ve continued to grow as a leadership speaker. I gave speeches to leaders in few Asian countries.
In 2009, I started my search for frameworks and systems for developing leaders. I learned about Systems Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, gamification, and competency modelling.
I also explored the tools of social entrepreneurs and my exploration led me to design thinking, customer experience design, 70-20-10, and the Influencer Model.
My clients gained more
Managers learned how to give persuasive presentations that generate more customers and increased income.
Instead of customer service training, they started to implement customer experience management.
They found ways to build leadership competencies using various strategies, not just classroom training.
Big wins are also personal.
I developed skills that helped me design learning experiences which are fast, inexpensive, relevant, and engaging. I have improved my business acumen (for I can see where my clients are coming) and can easily increase my income.
That’s because I found better ways to help leaders become better leaders.
Together with my team, I help organizations develop leaders using practical, innovative, and inexpensive interventions.
Help your employees win at work.
Ensure that your managers and supervisors be excellent managers and leaders. My mission is to support you so you can create solutions you need today and in the future.
Through workshops, masterclasses, online classes, and my FIRE sessions, let’s create leadership innovation together.
Everyday, you and I have chances to make a difference.
Let’s make awesome success together!
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