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Asking Questions Self awareness

How BIG is your Ego?

This morning my meditation insight spoke about ego.

Whenever there’s thinking happening, ego is at play. So, therefore, by definition, every human being on this planet has ego.

Having ego and having AN ego are often confused.

We all have egos, but some of us are happy to demonstrate their ego a bit more than others.… Read the rest

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Culture Human Resources Leadership Qualities

Chief Whatever Officer

In 2007 we moved to the United States from Belgium. I had accepted a role at our local business in North Carolina.

While discussing the opportunity, one of the arguments to convince me was that I would be an officer in the company and get the title of Vice President.

The only Vice President I knew at that time was Dick Cheney, and I was not impressed.… Read the rest

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Change COVID-19 Human Resources Leadership Self awareness

Summer promotion! Back to the Office, or Else.

Let me start with a bit of a disclaimer. I only do this when I believe it’s necessary to warn you that you may be exposed to some opinions that may provoke you.

Overall, I think my insight today is a balanced rant.

You may think that a rant, by definition, is not balanced, but I disagree.… Read the rest

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Diversity of Thought Self awareness Team effectiveness

Don’t shoot the messenger

Men don’t like rejection. Women aim to be perfect.

Did I catch your attention?

Here’s another one…

When men have to decide to apply for a job, they are more likely to do so when they meet six out of ten requirements for the role.

When women have to decide to apply for a job, they are more likely to do so when they meet at least nine out of ten requirements, but ideally all.… Read the rest

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Learning Mental health Productivity Reflection

How I learned to enjoy being in the moment

I like to meditate in the morning.

It’s a relaxing and calm way to start my day.

Over time, I noticed that I’m more focused on what I aim to do that day when I meditate in the morning.

It’s hard to explain, but it feels like I’m more in control of my actions.… Read the rest

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Health Purpose Self awareness

Before you DO, BE first

May is mental health awareness month.

I wrote this first sentence down on Sunday evening and then decided to sleep on the rest of my text.

Because I wasn’t exactly sure about my angle.

The topic is important enough to help create awareness for an increasing health opportunity. Having said that, I’m not exactly an expert in mental health.… Read the rest

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Alignment Leadership Performance Team effectiveness Trust

The best teams don’t always win. Aligned teams do.

Yesterday the health minister in the Czech Republic got fired.

The official message was that he resigned, but everyone knows he was not aligned with the prime minister on the Covid vaccination strategy.

Up to the next health minister. Number four in one year’s time.

Number one ‘resigned’ because he didn’t handle the first wave well (lowest numbers in the EU).… Read the rest

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Culture Leadership Performance Team effectiveness

Discover the number one driver of team performance

Did you ever walk into a meeting with people you never met before, and you felt immediately something was off?

Nobody had said a word yet, and still, you knew what you were experiencing wasn’t right.

Then, well into the meeting, you suddenly realize what’s going on.

People are afraid to say what they’re thinking.… Read the rest

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Differentiation Leading Self Mindset Purpose

Are you making a difference for yourself?

This week I need to give an online lecture for MBA students on leadership and motivation.

When receiving the briefing, I noticed that the angle chosen was primarily through the leader’s eyes.

Given the name of the topic, not really a surprise.

As I reflected on the topic a bit more, something kept nagging me in the back of my head.… Read the rest

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Dialogue Lead Yourself & Inspire Others Reflection Self awareness

People see right through you!

Many people believe others can’t read them. Unfortunately, that belief is more often than not false.

We see right through and smell it when something is wrong.

This week I was watching a debate between politicians. We have elections coming up in the Netherlands, so it’s debate time.

One politician, Wopke, was visibly nervous.… Read the rest

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Coaching Leading Self Mindset Self awareness

Are you coachable? For real?

Are you coachable?

“Who would respond no to that question?”

That’s the question my daughter asked me when she read the headline of my insight today.

My answer to her? “Nobody.”

“So, why do you ask the question?”

“Because I like to make my readers aware that there’s a difference between saying your coachable and actually being coachable.”… Read the rest

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Decision Making Mindset Self awareness

Why every single decision you make counts

You make thousands of (tiny) decisions every day. 

Most of them happen without even thinking about them. Those are the result of the habits you’ve built over time. 

Get up now or later?
Brush our teeth or not?
Coffee or tea?
Social media or work?

What we’re not always aware of is that every decision we make has consequences. 
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Purpose Self awareness

I forgot myself a little

“I forgot myself a little.”

That was one of the headlines in the news last week.

The headline came with the announcement that one of the most talented road cyclists in the Netherlands would quit cycling for a while.

If any current Dutch road cyclist ever has the chance to win the most famous road race, the Tour de France, it is Tom Dumoulin.… Read the rest

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Beliefs Differentiation Marketing Self awareness

Last chance or you’re fired

When was the last time someone said that to you?

Most likely, it never happened to you, but if it did, how did you respond? What did you do? How did such a message make you feel?

Did you get your act together and started to deliver the results you were asked to deliver?… Read the rest

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Dreams Execution Mindset

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Wednesday afternoon it started to snow. There was nothing at first, but when I looked again two hours later, the valley we live in was suddenly covered with a beautiful white cover. 

Snowflake by snowflake, my view turned into a magic spectacle. 

Wednesday was also the day Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.… Read the rest

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Goals Performance Self awareness Transformation

How not to be a fitness tourist

When we lived in Huntersville, North Carolina, I went to the gym twice per week before work. My schedule alternated from cardio to swimming to a good strength session with Mike, my fitness trainer. 

Life was good.

Except in January. 

Fitness Tourists

I remember going to the gym on the first working day in January, and the place was packed.… Read the rest

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Goals Reflection Self awareness

Be happy with less. You’ll get more.

Yesterday evening, my family and I strolled through downtown Prague.

During Xmas time, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities to be visiting with all its architectonical magic and festive lighting. The pandemic doesn’t change that.

Actually, it did change the experience.

There were a few things significantly different this year, be it that the city itself is still the same. … Read the rest

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Change Experimentation Learning Self awareness

That’s JUST the way we do things around here

When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone?

I’m aware I may have asked this question before, but I got reminded last week while participating in a webinar.

One of the speakers shared with the audience that when he woke up every morning, he planned one activity for that day to get out of his comfort zone.… Read the rest

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Asking Questions Books Productivity Reflection

What’s the best book you (did not) read this year?

There’s still one month to go in 2020, and I’m already in book review mode.

Perhaps a bit early and out of the ordinary, but let’s face it. Things are off this year anyway, so why not talk about book reviews in November?

Who saw this coming?

If you predicted one year ago what 2020 would look like and you expected this mess, you should put some money on the stock exchange immediately.… Read the rest

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Change Self awareness Transformation Vision

No pain. No gain. Also for a Tiger

Tiger Woods played the last six holes of his Masters tournament on Sunday five below par. That means he was five shots better than he should have been according to the course standards (par).

That’s not the story, though.

The story is that he posted his worst score ever on the hole before.… Read the rest