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Leadership Qualities

3 differentiating traits of connected leaders (you want to follow)

What do the leaders you want to follow do well? 

Notice the word, want.

There are many leaders in our lives we ‘follow’. After all, we would make our lives hard if we didn’t. But that does not mean we like the way they lead.

Of course, we can choose to leave the companies we work for or the countries we live in (it’s election time), but that’s simply not always an option. … Read the rest

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Change COVID-19 Dreams Execution Growth

4 simple strategies to start turning your dreams into reality

I’m in full lockdown again. From being the best student in class, Prague and the Czech Republic are now the worst student. As I write this story, the numbers continue to rise, and it seems like we’re only days away from a full, second lockdown.

This time feels different.

The weather has turned colder, the days have become shorter, and it’s clear that this pandemic is not just going away.… Read the rest

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Impact Leading Self Learning Self awareness

The merciless difference between intention and impact? Your social context.

Last week, the Netherlands’ royal family decided to spend the autumn vacation in their summer house in Greece. They departed on Friday with the governmental plane.

Only the prime minister was aware of their plans as he bears the governmental responsibility for the royal family.

While they were in the air on their way to Greece, hell broke loose at home.… Read the rest

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Change Human Resources Learning Transformation

How to make change work for you

If you believe the pace of change will slow down at some point, you’re dreaming. We live in a world where change is constant, and the only person who can make the pace slow down is you. By making change work for you and not vice versa.

Stay ahead

If you would have been ahead of change and ensure change works for you, a full-blown transformation is not needed.… Read the rest

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COVID-19 Learning Self awareness

Why don’t we learn?

Before I elaborate more, a small disclaimer. I realize that the timing may differ depending on your location, and some of you may not have left the first wave yet.

When I watch the news, I hear the same conversations all over again. When I check the Whatsapp groups I’m part of, the discussion seems precisely the same as six months ago.… Read the rest

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Dreams Leading Self Mindset

Leave your Comfort Zone

Giving a TED talk is definitely an experience where you get out of your comfort zone. For most of us, mere mortals, anyway. 

It’s not just about the talk itself. I’ve been speaking to audiences before, some of them significantly larger than the live audience I spoke to two weeks ago. … Read the rest

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Leading Self Mindset Performance Productivity

Less is More

When you give a TED talk, you get 18 minutes to share your message. You get on your red dot, and when you start your talk, a big clock you can’t miss starts counting down. The good news is that you know this so that you can prepare for it.

When I prepared for my TED talk, I had divided my text into eight blocks.… Read the rest

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Authenticity Presence Self awareness

Show up

Showing up matters. Showing up is a critical component of being successful in life and work. Showing up has many components and can be seen both literally and in a symbolic way of speaking.

You can show up in person, with your presence, with the tools you have available to make yourself ‘heard’.… Read the rest

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Dreams Goals Performance Purpose

Are you still dreaming?

“Most people don’t dream anymore.”

A quote from the book ‘Good leaders ask great questions’ by John C. Maxwell. The author writes about the fact that many people have settled and gave up on the dreams they once had.

My question to you is whether you are still dreaming?

Are there any dreams you have not accomplished in your life that you would like to take on one day?… Read the rest

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Execution Strategy Team effectiveness

Strategy is Everybody’s Business

I love strategy. I studied strategy. I read and learn daily about strategy. I try to understand companies’ strategies and why they succeed or fail. Without a good strategy, you will never be successful. But a good strategy is not a guarantee for success.

Strategy is like playing chess. You’ll need to think a few steps ahead; otherwise, you’ll never win.… Read the rest

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Clarity Dialogue Performance Team effectiveness Trust

The best TEAM wins

Yesterday evening Bayern Munich won the Champions League edition 2020. No worries, I’m not going to talk about football (soccer) in my blog. I’m just starting the blog of this week with a simple statement: the team that plays most like a TEAM wins. 

You can build a team of stars, hoping that their quality, in the end, will prevail for the win, but more often than not, it’s the best team and not the group of best players going home with the trophy.… Read the rest

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Performance Team effectiveness

No clarity? No performance!

In my last two blog posts, I wrote about conditions that needed to be present for teams to maximize the potential for robust, sustainable, high performance. 

First, a team needs to invest time to get to know each other well. Leaders need to build a foundation where team members trust each other.… Read the rest

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Conflict Performance Team effectiveness Trust

4 benefits of a ‘healthy debate’ culture

Are you finding yourself in a healthy debate now and then? A fierce conversation between people who passionately fight for what they believe? Fierce to the extent that it may look to an outsider you’re fighting with your conversation partner. And when the conversation is over, you leave the room shoulder to shoulder as if nothing ever happened.… Read the rest

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Leadership Team effectiveness Trust

The indisputable power of Trust

The past blogs I wrote primarily about self-development and awareness. Understanding self is the critical foundation for building better relationships at work and in our personal lives.

Those relationships only thrive when there’s trust between people. Without trust, no relationship, team, or business performs according to its potential. Billions (pick your currency) are wasted every year because there’s no trust between people.… Read the rest

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Leadership Self awareness

It’s cool to be a rebel these days. But why?

Do we need more rebels? Or are we looking for something else?

If you read about leadership regularly, you must have seen the word rebel passing by. We are exposed to ‘corporate rebels,’ we learn about rebel leaders, and I’ve read the term authentic rebel on more than one occasion. Apparently, it’s refreshing to be a rebel these days.… Read the rest

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Goals Mindset Purpose Self awareness

Have time or make time?

It’s a big difference and it says a lot about you.

“I don’t have time.” One of the most heard (or expressed) sentences during our busy lives. You are regularly exposed to these four words or use them yourself more often than not. 

The problem is you actually do have time. … Read the rest

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Goals Mindset Performance

It’s all mindset! End of story?

Mindset is a key differentiator between success or failure. Without the right mindset, it’s highly unlikely that we accomplish our dreams and ambitions. But mindset is not just a matter of ‘just do it’. We can influence our mindset and make it easier to achieve what we’ve set to achieve.

What will not change is that success always starts with a first step.… Read the rest

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Impact Leadership Self awareness

The Remarkable Power of Silence

Why silence is such a powerful leadership tool

When Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, paused for 21 seconds (check it out here) before answering a question about the racial tensions in the United States, everybody talked about the pause, not the content of his answer. The pause made most people so uncomfortable that it became the focus of attention during the news reports following the press conference.… Read the rest

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Change COVID-19 Purpose

Why Moments Matter

Moments define our lives. Fractions of seconds that determine how we live our lives. In some cases meaningless choices proving to be monumental decisions. Sometimes deliberate, sometimes pure coincidence. Our days are filled with moments. Most of them never stick. Some create lasting impact. What’s clear is that we remember moments, not days.… Read the rest

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Change Self awareness

What if…?

What if…?

One of the most powerful questions there is. And yet, a question we don’t often experiment with.

Asking ourselves ‘what if…’ may imply regrets regarding a decision in the past. Or it may mean we need to do something different in the future—both a possible change to our status quo.… Read the rest