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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

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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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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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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

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Asking Questions Execution Goals Habits Mindset

Simple. Not easy.

“It’s not that simple.”

How many times have you heard that sentence spoken to you? Or how many times have you used that message yourself?

When people use those five words (it’s counts as two words), they often make excuses for something that wasn’t done.

Of course, many things in life are complex. 
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Authenticity Life Purpose Self awareness Values

How are your values doing?

Over the past months, I have looked hard at my values.

Like my habits, I asked myself whether my values still worked for me. This is a logical consequence of making time to pause and reflect. You have to go deeper to get clearer and go further.

Values are crucial in life and business.… Read the rest

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Change Communication Engagement Leadership Vision

How to earn the buy-in of your people

You know something needs to change. You’re giving it all your efforts. 

The blood, sweat, and tears you put into this project must be successful for your company to survive.

But nobody is moving.

The results worsen. People are demotivated, overstretched, and beginning to burn out.

Some are leaving. Who? Those you will miss most?… Read the rest

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Change Culture Growth Leadership

If you look back, you’ll soon be going that way

“If you look back, you’ll soon be going that way.”

That was the text I received on my modern crafted, but traditional fortune cookie during our dinner in a Balinese restaurant.

I hadn’t seen a fortune cookie since our days in the US and didn’t realize they were still a thing.… Read the rest

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Authenticity Learning Life Reflection Self awareness

What’s your word?

Italy. India. Indonesia (Bali).

No, those are not my holiday destinations for 2024. They’re also not countries where my latest clients have their headquarters (I wish).

Do you know what these three have in common, except that all three start with the letter I?

Hint: all three countries play a role in one movie.… Read the rest

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Communication Growth Leadership Reflection Self awareness

Jump over your shadow

How often do you jump over your shadow to get what you want done?

How often do you have to compromise some of your values, principles, or beliefs to make progress on your ambitions? 

Your shadow reveals who you really are. Your shadow is the perfect reflection.

And sometimes, you need to let go of that perfect reflection to move forward.
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Culture Growth Human Resources Leadership Vision

Succession

Sometimes, a TV show can help us see our business clearly. If only we were receptive to the cues we got.

I started watching the TV series Succession a while ago. 

Then, I gave it up for a few months. And I continued last week when I was awake at night because of jet lag.… Read the rest