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Growth Leadership Learning Life Self awareness

No regrets. Really?

It’s good to have regrets. Regrets are part of life. The ambition to live without any mistakes and corresponding regrets is close to the definition of insanity. 

Therefore, I doubt people who walk around with tattoos, stating ‘no regrets.’

We all have regrets, moments when we wish to turn back time a little.… Read the rest

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Growth Leadership Learning Mental health Purpose

[First] Invest in Yourself

Remember I mentioned last week that I was not much of a dancer?

I may be a dancer one day, or in a future life. But today, I’m not a dancer, and I haven’t been one. Nevertheless, I danced last Friday evening around 1 am (so technically Saturday morning).

Before I tell you what happened, I’d like to refresh your memory with the main points of the previous two weeks:

  1. Is work just about the transaction, or is it about fun and fulfillment?
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Human Resources Humanity Leadership Reflection Self awareness

Get off the dance floor.

I worked for a boss who loved to dance. Every time we had a company meeting, and there was an opportunity to dance, he would dance — from the very first tune to the very last tune. When you needed to talk to him about something, you could forget it when he was dancing.… Read the rest

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Behavior Belonging Leadership Psychological Safety Self awareness

What do leadership and a caramel macchiato have in common?

I remember vividly one of my university lectures on consumer behavior. I studied economics, specialized in management and marketing, and loved the lessons on behavior. 

I was already interested in culture (I took an elective on Japanese culture and what we could learn from Western societies), psychology (I excelled at organizational psychology), and consumer behavior (which is crucial for business success).… Read the rest

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Authenticity Humanity Leadership Self awareness Trust

How do you make a lasting difference? Be human! Be you!

One of my favorite exercises to do with teams is the lifeline exercise. A lifeline exercise involves a conversation among team members who share their life journey, focusing on those moments when life takes a turn for the better or worse.

Moments one will never forget when reflecting on life. 

One of those moments was when I decided to take on a job opportunity in the Czech Republic in 1995.… Read the rest

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Behavior Leadership Qualities Role Model Self awareness

Are You a Chart-Topping Leader?

You may be familiar with the term Net Promoter Score. It’s a metric originally used to measure customers’ recommendations to other prospects to use a brand, product, or service. The question used is simple.

Would you recommend this brand, product, or service to others? 

Customers would score from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest.… Read the rest

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Care Choices Leadership Qualities Self awareness

The most important decision in your life

When flight attendants give their pre-flight safety instructions, one thing they tell you is that, in the case of a drop in cabin pressure, be sure to place the oxygen mask over your own face first before assisting anyone else, even your own children. 

This instruction strongly contradicts most parents’ instincts.… Read the rest

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Coaching Growth Leadership Marketing Self awareness

Image is Everything! But is that really what matters most?

Remember the tennis player Andre Agassi?

My kind of guy. 

Now that I have mentioned his name, what comes to your mind about Andre Agassi?

Tennis? Rebel? Wimbledon? Long hair? White clothing? Steffi Graf? Aggressive and attacking tennis style? The number one tennis player for many weeks and a grand slam winner.… Read the rest

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Choices Culture Decision Making Strategy Thinking Transformation

How do you become an independent thinker?

“I don’t pay you to think; I pay you to execute.”—Retired CEO of Retail Chain.

From 2007 until 2011, I worked for a retail chain in the United States. The chain flourished during the nineties when it expanded aggressively, growing to over 1200 stores in a few years.

You can only grow with tens of stores per year when your operation is a perfectly oiled machine that executes flawlessly.… Read the rest

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Asking Questions Conversations Growth Leadership Life Thinking

Why would you like people to think for themselves?

Would you like people to think for themselves?

I guess the answer is yes. Whether we’re a parent, a partner, a team member, or a leader, I hope you sincerely intend to let people make up their minds.

At this point, I pause to let you think about the question above before I continue.… Read the rest

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Change Growth Life Purpose Values

Why are you doing what you’re doing?

In 2014, CVS pharmacies in the United States decided to stop selling tobacco. It was a bold move that initially cost them a lot of sales but gave the brand a boost in awareness and public empathy. It may have taken them long to offset this revenue decrease, but they recovered much faster than expected.… Read the rest

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Asking Questions Clarity Design Life Reflection

Whose life is it?

Does life happen to us, or do we make life happen? Do we work to live, or do we live to work? Are you living your own life or the life of somebody else? Are you chasing your dream or the dream of someone else?

What is a good life for you? 
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Growth Leadership Mindset Reflection Self awareness

Why better starts with who

I write about business. I write for leaders who are in business, leading teams to do business. I love conversations with leaders and understanding how they think, act, and lead. One of my favorite questions to ask leaders to get to know them is the question:

What is your business about?

Is it about making money?… Read the rest

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Alignment Growth Learning Team effectiveness Trust

Grow in Concert

How aligned are you?

How aligned are you with the people you love and work with? How aligned are you with your purpose and goals in life? How aligned are you in your head?

One of the critical success factors in life and work is your degree of alignment. Without alignment, things derail.… Read the rest

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Change Learning Reflection Strategy Transformation

The Great Pause. How to reinvent yourself.

It’s May 2020. The city is completely deserted. I’ve been unable to take such beautiful pictures of Prague since I first visited it in 1995, and tourism was significantly less than it is today.

It’s a bizarre dual feeling. 

From one perspective, the joy of the silence, the empty streets, and the city’s beauty in the sun.… Read the rest

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Alignment Culture Leadership Self awareness Team effectiveness

Love what you do

There are eleven thousand business books written on an annual basis. That’s about thirty books per day. So, if you decide to write a business book to get rich and famous, you must be absolutely one hundred percent sure of what you’re doing and how to write that best seller.

Some people succeed.… Read the rest

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Books Dreams Goals Mindset Writing

How to write a book in 52 weeks

Roughly three hundred and twelve weeks have gone by since I left my leadership position in the corporate world. When you do the math, that’s six years. During those six years, I’ve often mentioned to family and friends I wanted to write a book. 

“One day, I will write a book.” 

One day never came.… Read the rest

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Dreams Execution Goals Growth Life

Your Most Memorable Year! 🗓️

Happy New Year!

2024 has just begun. I hope this year will give you all you wish for and have planned to accomplish.

Allow me a few sentences still about 2023.

2023 could have been a better year for me. 

My mother passed away this year. My kids are now both out of the house.… Read the rest

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Behavior Engagement Freedom Leadership Productivity

Why control is an illusion

So you have decided to become a leader.

You may have made that decision many years ago, perhaps not so long ago, or you’re still deliberating the decision to jump in the pool and start leading people.

Or it was never a conscious decision. Your supervisor came to you, and before you knew it, you were leading a group of people.… Read the rest

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Choices Dreams Goals Mindset Vision

How hungry are you?

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

This week, just one Insight from me due to the holidays. We have a few more days until 2024 starts, and we start a new cycle of 366 days. 

Yes, 2024 is a leap year. So one day extra to excel.

Let’s start with a question.… Read the rest