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My name is Jef Menguin.
In addition to being a strategic advisor to executives on 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.
Why Leadership and Employee Engagement
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.
I am a graduate of Political Science at the National College of Business and Arts. I took 30 units of Master of Arts in Teaching at the Central Colleges of the Philippines.
I got sick and tired of lectures. I dropped out of Graduate School and dropped in entrepreneurship to find real-world solutions to real-world workplace challenges.
I invested twenty thousand of hours studying multi-disciplinary methods of building leaders, influencing change, and engaging people.
This why today I design learning experiences that employ gamification, design thinking, systems thinking, behavioral science, appreciative inquiry, perfomance psychology, and others.
I was a seminarian, an activitist, a theater actor and director, a teacher, a professor, an online instructor, and a motivational speaker. Whatever I do today is a synthesis of my experiences.
I am the President of Business Innovation Talent Development.
I was also the President of Compass Center for Leadership, Management, and Governance (CCLMG) and Starfisher Asia People Development Consultancy.
I was born in Camotes Island in Cebu. My parents are Jesus and Julita Menguin. I am the eldest of six siblings
During my younger years, as early as seven years old, I had to peddle goods so our family could keep our body and soul together. Nobody, not even my parents, thought I would finish elementary education. It was not the norm in the squatters' area where I grew.
I endeavoured. I thrived.
Today, I reside in Los Banos, Laguna with my wife Romelyn and our son JC.
My wife is a college librarian at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos. She has just finished her MS in Library Science and will pursue her PhD soon. Our son, Jefferson Carlos, is more handsome than his father, very polite, and bright.
The oxygen here is ever fresh. Here I can breathe. Here I can think.
Los Banos, Laguna
July 13, 2018
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.
What I Offer
Building Personal and Leadership Excellence
You can build yourself and develop effective leaders in your organization. You may invite me in your conference, conventions, and other corporate events to deliver actionable ideas on personal excellence, leadership, teamwork, customer experience, and innovation
Enabling Teams to Succeed & Make Huge Impact
You can redesign your team building experiences and re-invent the future performance of your teams. Together with my team at Philippine Team Building Facilitators, we design and deliver new team-building experiences that transform teams so you can 10X your results.
Turbo-charging Workplace Learning Experiences
You can train leaders and engage employees beyond the traditional lecture and pure classroom training. You can multply the value of workplace learning experiences using a combination of multi-disciplinary learning principles and tools.
Developing Highly Competent People
No organization can rely on the competencies of employees 40,30,20 or ten years ago. In order for your people to win at work, wow customers, achieve business goals you must develop competent people who can get things done today and whose mindset is ahead of what's possible.
Experience Team Building that Really Works
“So you can help your team succeed, reinvent team building experiences.” – Jef Menguin
Wise managers hire professional team building facilitators because team building experiences go beyond playing games and building rapport. Team building experiences that work increase engagement, improves productivity, strengthen culture, delight customers, and accelerate corporate growth.
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