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Coaching Dreams Leadership Mindset Team effectiveness

The subtle art of building teams

The term Dream Team became well known during the Barcelona Olympics of 1992 when the US basketball team brought their NBA professional stars to play for the gold. 

The biggest stars were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley. Their singular focus was on one goal — Olympic gold.… Read the rest

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Clarity Leadership Mindset Team effectiveness Trust

Teamwork makes the dream work 🙄

How far would you get if asked to create a list of the top 50 business clichés? 

Let’s do this now. Pause for just three minutes and start writing. Write down the stuff you hear daily, or probably even worse on an hourly basis, in case you’re one of those admirable back-to-back meeting tigers.… Read the rest

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Leadership Qualities Role Model Self awareness Team effectiveness

Why should anyone be led by you?

As a leader, your effectiveness and ability to inspire others depend on a robust level of self-awareness. This self-awareness, coupled with ambition and qualities that go beyond managerial effectiveness, is what sets you apart.

In the first two sections of my future book, I discuss self-awareness, and the second section discusses the qualities, awareness, and mindset needed to be the leader people follow, admire, and are inspired by.… Read the rest

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Impact Leadership Mindset Reflection Self awareness

Game of awareness and intention

For ten days, I participated in a meditation retreat. This experience, which required waking up at 4 am, challenged my preconceived notions about my habits and routines. I had always considered myself a morning person, but the early start to the day at the retreat was a new experience for me.… Read the rest

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Leadership Learning Mental health Mindset Self awareness

10 leadership lessons from 10 days of meditation

There’s this Indian folk tale about five blind people who get introduced to an elephant for the first time in their lives. Since they can’t see, they’re asked to touch the elephant to get a good feel. The first blind person feels the legs and states: “It feels like a big lamp post.”… Read the rest

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Behavior Choices Decision Making Growth Leadership Performance

You’re an Athlete. Lead like it.

All top athletes will tell you that rest is equally important as the time spent on training, practice, and races. You need to invest time to recover from your efforts to get better and let your body, mind, and soul process what they have learned.

I’ve been a leader and executive for many years, responsible for thousands of people and large amounts of revenue and profits.… Read the rest

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Culture Leadership Mental health Psychological Safety

Why Psychological Safety Matters

Do people feel safe with you?

I’m privileged to spend time with leaders and groups frequently. While the topics, discussions, and ambitions often change, if I had to recap the issues most teams deal with, it always boils down to the same two foundational elements:

  1. How do we build and grow trust between us?
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Behavior Care Leadership Performance Purpose

Making Meaning & Making Money

Imagine. 

You’re having a dream 😴. You’re sitting in a prison cell. 

It’s a dream, so it will end well. No worries.

It’s not a bad cell. It looks more like a modern corporate office, but this time, there’s a bed and a place to shower and use the bathroom. A TV, a computer, books, and a multifunctional gym machine are also present.… Read the rest

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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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Communication Conversations Dialogue Leadership Role Model

The number one skill that separates you from the rest

Do you like to win? 

Beating the competition in sports, business, debates, arguments, beating the budget, your own performance, brain, and life?

Winning feels good. That intensely satisfying feeling of accomplishment outperforming yourself or somebody else.

Most successful executives love to win. 

Take a look at profiles of executive teams, and you will often see an overrepresentation of leaders who love competition and winning.… Read the rest

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Care Coaching Finance Human Resources Leadership

The simple reason why people leave managers, not companies.

There are thousands of books, millions of definitions, and billions of opinions about the essence of leadership.

One of those definitions is that you’re not a leader without followers — simple. But some followers are not followers because they have chosen you to lead them. 

They follow you because you are their boss or the boss of their boss.… 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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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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Authenticity Dialogue Leadership Reflection Self awareness

How authentic are you?

workers, or friends how authentic you are? If so, what did they tell you? If not, why not? Are you an open book or a mystery? Do people really know you and what you stand for?

This is the last Insight of chapter two in my book. For now, the working title of the chapter is BE yourself first.… Read the rest