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Jef Menguin, the CEO of Business Innovation, is one of the Philippines trusted leadership advisor. He is professional speaker, a learning experience innovator, sought-after team building facilitator, and a Distinguished Toastmaster.
I am Jef Menguin.
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 am passionate about people, multiplier mindset, family, love of country, entrepreneurship, and adventure.
(I am also 101% positive the world would be a better place if we give attention to our intentions at and stay cheerful at all times)
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
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.
Develop Leaders & Engage People
Here are seven opportunities for us to work together. You may contact me today and find out if we are a good fit for each other.
01: Promote Personal Excellence
YOU WANT SOMETHING MORE POWERFUL THAN MOTIVATIONAL SPEECHES.
If you were like my clients, you are here because you are looking for the best for your organization.
You know that positive mental attitude can help but will not get you very far. After an excellent and dynamic speech delivery, very highly motivated employees still have no clue on what to do next.
If you were like my clients, you want your personal development speaker to engage audiences so they start using vital behaviors. Vital behaviors are your lead measures to achieve your business goals.
You want behavioral change that sticks.
You want results you can optimize and scale.
You want employees to develop personal sense of urgency and accountability.
You want employees to gain confidence and competence to achieve their big hairy audacious goals.
Below are descriptions of some the most requested themes on personal development. You follow the link so you'll learn more. Then, fill in the contact form so we can start working together.
Dare, Dream, and Do. Reinvent your future. Map your own destiny. I know that it is more difficult for most people to achieve anything significant. There are very few lucky ones who happen to be in the right place at the right time.
Many of us have accepted our fate. They stopped trying. They quit dreaming. They don't want to fail so they won't start anything.
You don't deserve a mediocre life. Dare, dream, and do are simple steps that can bring to your most inspired life.
02: MAKE ACHIEVEMENT YOUR HABIT
Be the master of your habits. Most people are slave to habits that they find themselves helpless and unable to change anything. I believe you can cultivate achieve things that matter in your life when you make achievement a habit.
02: Inspire and amplify leadership
Create Eureka moments. Hear stories that teach, inspire, and change. Discover 10x strategies and learn new tools that you can apply immediately to lead, equip, and engage others.
I am a professional speaker on motivation, teamwork, personal development, leadership, and innovation.
03: Train and develop leaders.
Reinvent leadership learning experiences. Go beyond traditional classroom training. Design leadership training programs so your leaders can develop the skills and behaviors your organization needs.
Below are some of the leadership training programs designed and delivered by Jef Menguin.
Leadership Challenge 2.0 Workshop
This leadership training program is inspired by the work of Kouzes and Posner. The workshops will equip leaders on how to 1) model the way, 2) inspire a shared vision, 3) challenge the process, 4) enable others to act, and 5) encourage the heart. The Program can be conducted for three days.
Four Disciplines of Execution Workshop
This leadership training program will help leaders get things done. This is inspired by the 4 Disciplines of Execution of Jim Huling and Execution by Ram Charan. The workshop can be customized to the needs of your organization. Execution Excellence considers the context of Filipino workplace.
The Engaging Leadership Workshop
Leaders initiate, lead, and sustain organizational change. The Engaging Leader Workshop is used the Influencer Model and principles of appreciative leadership. This is a two-day leadership workshop that provide your supervisors and managers the tools they need to use the six sources of influence and other tools that will make them engaging leaders.
04: Build High Impact Teams
Laugh, sing, dance, run, and play. Solve problems together. Bond and build camaraderie. Collaborate and communicate better. Learn new attitudes. Acquire useful knowledge and team skills. Have fun and grow as a team.
Experience all these and more in the team building sessions I design for organizations.
05: Join Seminars, Workshops, and Bootcamps
Get the best of the seminars I conduct in the Philippines.
- Find out how you can make the most of seminars and avoid time wasters.
- Get the descriptions of the seminars to get initial understanding
- Note the schedules of the seminars
- Get in touch with us and find out how we can work together
06: Reinvent Workplace Learning Experiences
Imagine a classroom training where everyone is engaged. They play. They compete, then collaborate. They speak, they produce ideas, create new products, improve customer experiences, come up with prototypes, and validate learning.
Same-same traditional training cannot bring you to the future. You've got to reinvent training and design new learning experiences.
07: Start Competency Development
What if every employee works according to performance profiles and every leader observe the four disciplines of execution? What if your people development is based on your own competency model and strategy - and not a product of trial-and-error or on what's hot in the market?
I can help you define your competency strategy, model, and implementation.
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“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.