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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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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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Alignment Clarity Execution Performance Team effectiveness

Alignment or lack thereof

“We don’t have time for that stuff.”

I’m not a data freak. I’m not a research expert. I’m not a number cruncher. I’m not an analyst. 

I’m blessed and gifted with a brilliant set of brains and common sense that I’m trying to use appropriately without overusing them.

Twenty percent of my brain capacity creates 80 percent of the results.… Read the rest

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Beliefs Culture Execution Purpose Simplicity

Buzzword Bingo

What category do you belong to?

Are you a trendsetter or a follower when it comes to work-related innovation?

Were you one of the first to jump on the agile train, one of the last, or do you still have to start?

And what about building a hybrid workforce culture?

Early adopter, mainstream, or laggard?… Read the rest

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Differentiation Discipline Execution Helping others Mindset

How to make a difference above and beyond.

The hospitality industry has always fascinated me.

I guess it has to do with my curious mind, love for discovery and travel, and passion for making a difference in people’s lives.

When you work in hospitality, you need to have a feel for the fact that your customers are looking for a good experience while being away from their zone of comfort.… Read the rest

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Alignment Execution Leadership Purpose Trust

Three reasons why ‘Sense of Urgency’ is the wrong solution

I’m not a big believer in a sense of urgency as a driver of culture.

Every time I hear that sentence, the hairs on my neck raise, and a shiver runs through my spine.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in speed. Just not in urgency.

Almost always, when managers (not leaders) utter these words, there’s more to it than just urgency. … Read the rest

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Diversity of Thought Execution Leadership Self awareness Trust

Are you paid to think?

“I don’t pay you to think; I pay you to execute.” — Old School CEO.

Earlier in my career, I spent four years in a company where that was the culture early on. 

I was on an expat assignment abroad, and part of my responsibilities was helping design en deliver interventions that would change the culture. … Read the rest

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Discipline Execution Habits Mindset Performance

One insanely productive day! Here are the six lessons I learned.

Last Friday, I started the day with a slight concern that it was going to be one of those days when you ask yourself at the end of the day:

“What did I actually accomplish today?”

I woke up a bit restless.

I knew I had set pretty aggressive goals for the day.… Read the rest

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Discipline Execution Growth Learning Writing

Learn from the best!

Consistency is key.

When you want to progress in life, you need to show up and deliver what you set out to deliver.

That’s what I’ve shown with my writing in 2022. 

52 weeks. Two stories per week, every Tuesday and Friday morning. One hundred four accomplished. 

Not a single week was missed. 
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Choices Execution Learning Mindset Reflection

Just another Friday

There are days you will not soon forget in your life.

Last Friday was a day I rather forget, but that’s probably not going to happen.

You’re reading this post today, the following Friday. A lot has happened in between, so the news is old.

But the memory is still very fresh.
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Execution Goals Mindset Purpose Vision

Dot on the horizon

Last week we spent a few days in the Netherlands.

I had work to do, we visited family and friends and had a good time in The Hague.

Sunday, we drove back. 

We benefitted from one extra hour because daylight saving time ended, so we left early and returned home before it got dark (again).… Read the rest

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Culture Execution Freedom Productivity Self awareness

Good busy

Last week I asked a business partner how he was doing. 

His answer was, ‘I’m good busy.’

I asked him what that meant.

He explained that he was almost always busy, ranging from extremely busy to good busy.

Good busy meant that work was not crazy but did not allow much thinking or reflection time.… Read the rest

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Belonging Execution Performance Purpose

Everyone is an alien somewhere

Everyone is an alien somewhere.

And sometimes those aliens come together in a football stadium to be entertained for two + hours by a rock band.

That happened to my wife and me a few weeks ago in Frankfurt, Germany. A Santa gift that still needed to be redeemed.

The band is Coldplay, and the tour name is “Music of the Spheres.”… Read the rest

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Care Execution Freedom Mindset Team effectiveness

Travel is not a team sport

“But we’re fourteen!”

That was the argument from a traveler last Friday morning at 5.18 am when I was in a massive security line at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The lady was talking to a security assistant and making her case that she was about to miss her flight with her group if she would not be allowed to get to the front of the line.… Read the rest

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Authenticity Culture Execution Kindness Values

Spirit to Serve

Some people have it by nature; others get it by training. Some never do.

Some people have a serving mentality just by being who they are.

Erikjan Lantink

This story is about them and to honor them.

Concretely, it is about two people working in the bar of the hotel I’m staying in while working in Ljubljana, Slovenia.… Read the rest

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Choices Disruption Execution Mindset Reflection

Sense of urgency

When are you typically confronted with the term “sense of urgency”?

Most likely, when you, or the person or team you’re in conversation with, do not demonstrate a sense of urgency.

I’ve heard the term many times in my life.

In non-urgent situations, when I was confronted that my conversation partner(s) thought that I was not showing a sense of urgency.… Read the rest

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Disruption Dreams Execution Purpose Vision

Obsessed

What’s your first thought when you read the word obsessed?

It’s probably negative, right?

Usually, not many good things come from obsessive behavior.

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with collecting Panini football cards. I did everything possible to get my book completed.

Including the chores I most resented, only to get a little bit of cash to buy cards and complete my album.… Read the rest

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Choices Discipline Execution Simplicity

Business is simple. That’s why we love to make it complex

“Challenge the status quo with innovative and beautiful designed products.”

Apple

Which company do I refer to here?

Big chance you have one of their products, be it a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop, and use one of their services.

I’m not planning to have a love fest about Apple here and its products or services.… Read the rest

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Execution Mindset Team effectiveness

It was written in the tea leaves

It’s Easter Monday and a travel day for me. In the morning, a four-hour drive from my in-law’s home and a two-leg flight to Ljubljana in the evening.

A lot of time to reflect on some past events. One of them was the cup final my team lost yesterday evening.

Good game, good fight, bad outcome.
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Execution Impact Mindset Productivity

Chopping 10 trees at the same time

Have you ever seen a woodchopper running around in a forest trying to chop ten trees simultaneously?

Imagine the scene.

Every time he gets to a tree, he chops at it a few times, and then he goes on to the next tree. After some considerable time running around, all ten trees are still standing, and the woodchopper is worn-out and on his last legs.… Read the rest