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Authenticity Impact Purpose Self awareness Values

Are you keeping up appearances?

When I grew up, there was a show on TV called ‘Keeping up appearances.’

The main character, Hyacinth Bucket, or Bouquet as she called herself, lived a life pretending to be well off and part of society’s elite. I still vividly can hear her over-the-top English accent as she tried to make everyone believe she was the living example of high status.… Read the rest

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Dreams Habits Health Performance

Good morning! How did you sleep?

Did you have a good night’s sleep last night?

Did anything that’s going on now prevent you from sleeping well? Are you generally sleeping well, or does mental chatter influence the quality of your sleep.

Some people always sleep well, no matter what’s going on in their life. I’m not that person.… Read the rest

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Change Conflict Freedom Purpose

What the president of Ukraine is teaching us about purpose

Personally, I find it hard to write about general business and leadership topics while the world is up in arms.

I’m doing a pretty good job of remaining focused on what I need to be focused on, while it’s clear that many others are continuously following the news and the latest developments.… Read the rest

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Change Curiosity Fear Habits Mindset

Seven practical tips for dealing with change

Too much change makes us uncomfortable. We have a natural tendency to resist when change happens to us.

If you thought things would calm down, now that Covid seems to be more or less under control, you were in for a surprise last week. The word war has actively entered our vocabulary again.… Read the rest

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Care Goals Social Media Writing

Kiss & Cry

Yesterday I watched the figure skating contest at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Stop. Don’t go away.

Stay here, and let me finish. Takes only three minutes of your time.

If I remember well, figure skating was broadcasted between speed skating and ice hockey. Speed skating for the Dutch part of me and ice hockey for the Czech part.… Read the rest

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Culture Leading Self Mindset Productivity

How busy are you?

Interesting article by McKinsey last week with the following heading:

“If we’re all so busy, why isn’t anything getting done?”

Followed by the first paragraph:

“With endless meetings, constant emails, and casts of thousands, companies have mastered the art of unnecessary interactions. Winning in the next normal requires much more focus on true collaboration.”… Read the rest

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Change Culture Leadership Trust

Why the great resignation starts with you!

People leave managers, not companies.

Read that again.

People leave managers, not companies.

NB. The quote does not say: people leave leaders, not companies.

Leaders vs. Managers. A subtle difference with significant consequences.

People don’t leave true leaders.

This week, I was personally confronted with a few stories of people leaving companies because of their managers.… Read the rest

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Care Courage Culture Self awareness

Speak up!? How some people just don’t get it.

How often have you heard one of your leaders say the words “speak up”?

Or perhaps, how many times have you said them yourself?

I know that I’ve been in a few situations myself when I felt compelled to express those words. And I’ve also heard them being spoken to me a few times.… Read the rest

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Care Leadership Values

We’re all people. Here’s why that matters.

Allow me to share a few quotes to kick off the conversation this week.

To set the tone here’s the first quote by Simon Sinek:

“100% of employees are people. 100% of customers are people. 100% of investors are people. If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

Simon Sinek

Makes sense, right?… Read the rest

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Care Change Growth Kindness

What the world needs RIGHT now

Yesterday I read a message online from an old friend about the first few coaching conversations she had this year.

She painted a picture of people looking for direction, being frustrated, overwhelmed, stuck, simply not in a good place.

Obviously, this is not a representative picture, but I also believe we have a problem on our hands.… Read the rest

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Alignment Culture Performance Values

Start with values NOW!

Happy New Year!

A new year full of opportunity. I hope that you’ll be able to see the possibilities for you, and more importantly, you will be able to capitalize on them.

We, human beings, like the nature of (hard) transitions, such as the start of a new year.

It allows us to start all over again with a clean slate.… Read the rest

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Execution Growth Qualities

We all need a little bit of this in our lives in 2022

First Chaos. Then Structure.

I just completed ten stories about each growth cue in my playbook.

It was fun to do. It gave me some structure for five weeks in a row. I basically knew what I was going to write about next.

Sort of.

I knew the topic, but the story still came from what was happening around me.… Read the rest

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Dreams Execution Mindset

Success is a daily business

Lessons from Max

Max Verstappen was four years old when he started karting with his father.

He had only one goal. 

To become the best racecar driver in the world.

That has been his focus for twenty years, and last week Sunday, he accomplished his dream.

I will spare you all the details of the drama that unfolded.… Read the rest

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Execution Goals Growth Mindset Reflection

How will you show up in 2022?

What you do is who you are.

There are many variations to this sentence, but the principle behind all of them is the same. 

Whomever you want to become, or whatever you want to accomplish, you need to have discipline and consistency in your execution to get there.

If your ambition is to become a writer, you need to write frequently.… Read the rest

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Culture Leadership Trust

Leaders vs Managers

Why it always boils down to trust

There are days I start writing, and twenty minutes later, my insight is nearly ready. I do a grammar check, then leave the text for a few days.

A few days later, I reread the text, make some corrections, and then schedule it for distribution to my readers.… Read the rest

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Diversity of Thought Leadership Team effectiveness

What you need to know about agreement and alignment

I miss my Greek friends.

I thought about this when I was deliberating the content for my story about alignment, growth cue #6 in my playbook.

From 2011 until 2014, I worked in Bulgaria and was part of an international leadership team, including a few Greek colleagues.

The leader of it all was Kostas, one of the most inspirational, direct, and warm leaders I’ve met in my life.
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Design Execution Strategy Vision

Dear future you

I love good design.

I’ve always been interested in design, both personally and professionally. 

Good design helps tell and sell a story.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t great at math and other exact subjects at school. Otherwise, I would have become an architect.

I love great architecture. 

Architecture is the bridge between imagination and execution.… Read the rest

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COVID-19 Human Resources Leadership Reflection

Pause! Especially now.

When I started writing this story, conversations of (partial) lockdowns were just starting to heat up again.

As I finish this story (I left it brewing for a few days), it looks like it’s going to be a winter full of lockdowns and working from home (again).

For many a blessing, for others a curse.
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Alignment Culture Mindset Self awareness

Are you fit for culture?

Last week I wrote about my resignation.

Apparently, I touched a little bit of a nerve.

I received some nice reactions on LinkedIn, but the most interesting responses I received were through direct messaging.

Many people considered me courageous, which is not the word I would have used for my move.… Read the rest

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Leadership Learning Purpose Retail Team effectiveness

How I thought through my next move

Did you ever wake up after you had a bit too much to drink and promised yourself that you would never drink a drop of alcohol again?

Only to find yourself zipping from a glass of wine ten hours later.

Or you promised yourself never to be speeding again after a hefty speeding ticket, only to find yourself doing it again the next time you were in a rush.… Read the rest