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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

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Asking Questions Dialogue Leading Self

The next time you’re about to interrupt…

… Pause.

And ask a question instead. Here’s why.

The book I’m reading this week, “Socrates on sneakers”, discusses the art of asking good questions.

I received the book from a good friend of mine who knows I’m passionate about the power of asking great questions.

Great questions differentiate great leaders from good managers

We, human beings, don’t like asking questions.… Read the rest

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Marketing Self awareness

Breaking news: FOMO.

Yesterday evening our son Max suggested that I should start each of my daily insights with breaking news.

I talked at dinner about my experiment with daily insights and my intention to extend the number of subscribers on my email list so more people would see my online offering in a few weeks.… Read the rest

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Leadership Self awareness

Leave your wounded ego at the door. 6 simple leadership lessons.

I typically read two to three books at a time. One book lies on my bedside table and is for relaxation before I go to sleep. One business book is lying around in the house for educational reading during the day, and then one audiobook for the car.

The bedside book is written by Rutger Bregman and titled Humankind: a Hopeful History.… Read the rest

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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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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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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