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
What do you want to be known for?
That’s how I ended my previous post, which addressed the legacy of the late Queen of England.
I argued that it’s worthwhile to think through how you come across it.
The Queen was known for never elaborating on the conversations she was having with all sorts of influential people around the world.… Read the rest
The Queen of England has died.
I wrote this piece the morning after her death was announced.
Seventy years she devoted her life to serving her country.
Suddenly I’m reminded of a song by Dire Straits called ‘Walk of Life.’
The tune enters my head.
A ninety-six years’ Walk of Life’ of which seventy years were dedicated and devoted to being the Queen of England.… Read the rest
For visionary leaders, one size fits all is over.
These leaders understand that people are different, with different needs, different contexts, and different aspirations for the future.
Last Tuesday, I wrote to you about my regret for not pursuing opportunities to exploit this model.… Read the rest
My biggest regret is something I did not do nearly fifteen years ago.
I was working in food retail and was part of a group of talents asked to define the organization’s future work strategy.
We did brilliant work.
I had that feeling then, but now fifteen years later, I’m sure.… Read the rest
Remember this legendary line from the movie a Few Good Men?
Jack Nicholson’s character is questioned by a young and inexperienced lawyer (Tom Cruise) trying to uncover unethical practices within the US Marine Corps.
The truth is that besides the regular code of conduct, an alternative set of rules exists to facilitate hierarchy to execute ‘what’s needed to protect the country.’… Read the rest
“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
Last week I conducted my training called “Growing Leaders and Culture.”
Its principles are based on effective dialogue.
Because dialogue is what makes people grow and deliver on their dreams.
You’ve done half the work if you understand that running a successful business is an accumulation of constructive, forward-looking, and growth-focused dialogues.… Read the rest
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
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
What pisses you off?
I’ll make sure to clarify first at the start of this insight. I’m just asking this question about the work you do.
I’m not asking you about things in your personal life that piss you off. So if your spouse never cleans out the dishwasher, sorry for you, but that’s not the stuff I’m interested in.… Read the rest
“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
Recently I spent a few hours in one room with a highly visionary entrepreneur.
Frequently, I seek the company of visionary leaders because they’re a breath of fresh air in a world where target-driven managers dominate.
A visionary’s biggest asset is the belief that the world can be manufactured. Visionaries often see a new reality right before them like it’s already there.
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