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Behavior Choices Decision Making Growth Leadership Performance

You’re an Athlete. Lead like it.

All top athletes will tell you that rest is equally important as the time spent on training, practice, and races. You need to invest time to recover from your efforts to get better and let your body, mind, and soul process what they have learned.

I’ve been a leader and executive for many years, responsible for thousands of people and large amounts of revenue and profits.… Read the rest

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Behavior Care Leadership Performance Purpose

Making Meaning & Making Money

Imagine. 

You’re having a dream 😴. You’re sitting in a prison cell. 

It’s a dream, so it will end well. No worries.

It’s not a bad cell. It looks more like a modern corporate office, but this time, there’s a bed and a place to shower and use the bathroom. A TV, a computer, books, and a multifunctional gym machine are also present.… Read the rest

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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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Culture Curiosity Human Resources Performance Productivity

The trucks running through your head

Do you have, get, make time to think?

Or is your head mainly a six-lane highway full of traffic and trucks trying to make their way through day in and day out?

The highway metaphor and the cultural components from the book More Time to Think by Nancy Kline.

Proverbial highways with trucks that create a constant noise always seem distracting, preventing you from focusing. … Read the rest

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Coaching Human Resources Leadership Performance Vision

How to set people up for success?

Over the past weeks, I’ve had three conversations where my conversation partner mentioned the phrase: 

“We’ve set this person up for failure.”

Hiring manager

Otherwise said, we’ve failed ourselves to set this person up for success.

But that sentence you won’t hear very often. Both sentences imply the same, but only one puts the blame directly on the people responsible for this person’s success.… 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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Courage Growth Mindset Performance Purpose

Roger

Have you found your talent yet?

If I learned one thing (there were more lessons) from my fellow TED talk speaker Luk de Wulf, it would be that we all have a talent for something.

Luk’s point is that you can’t start early enough in life finding, building, and enjoying your talents.… Read the rest

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Courage Discipline Dreams Mindset Performance

Who says you can’t?

There’s a 40% rule.

It’s been out there already for a long time, but I only heard about the 40% rule last week.

It comes out of a book about navy seals. I’m not a fan of navy seals, so books about navy seals don’t interest me that much.

When I think about navy seals, I imagine tough guys in the army, and then I can’t help to think about Jack Nicholson.… 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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Change Discipline Growth Mindset Performance

You’re not a tree

“If you don’t like how things are, change it. You are not a tree.”

Jim Rohn

I took a liking recently to the quotes from Jim Rohn. At the risk of offending someone, I had never heard of Jim until a few months ago.

Thanks to the algorithm of Instagram, one of his quotes showed up, which was enough reason to do a little more research.… 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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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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Dreams Goals Performance Purpose

Play to win. Here’s why that matters.

Sunday was a memorable day for Dutch sports.

Which doesn’t mean it was all positive. Memorable does not imply it’s always good news.

Max Verstappen won the Austrian F1 Grand Prix and extended his lead in the championship.

Max has only one dream since he was a little kid. To become F1 world champion.
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Alignment Leadership Performance Team effectiveness Trust

The best teams don’t always win. Aligned teams do.

Yesterday the health minister in the Czech Republic got fired.

The official message was that he resigned, but everyone knows he was not aligned with the prime minister on the Covid vaccination strategy.

Up to the next health minister. Number four in one year’s time.

Number one ‘resigned’ because he didn’t handle the first wave well (lowest numbers in the EU).… Read the rest

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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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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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Leading Self Mindset Performance Productivity

Less is More

When you give a TED talk, you get 18 minutes to share your message. You get on your red dot, and when you start your talk, a big clock you can’t miss starts counting down. The good news is that you know this so that you can prepare for it.

When I prepared for my TED talk, I had divided my text into eight blocks.… Read the rest

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Dreams Goals Performance Purpose

Are you still dreaming?

“Most people don’t dream anymore.”

A quote from the book ‘Good leaders ask great questions’ by John C. Maxwell. The author writes about the fact that many people have settled and gave up on the dreams they once had.

My question to you is whether you are still dreaming?

Are there any dreams you have not accomplished in your life that you would like to take on one day?… Read the rest

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Clarity Dialogue Performance Team effectiveness Trust

The best TEAM wins

Yesterday evening Bayern Munich won the Champions League edition 2020. No worries, I’m not going to talk about football (soccer) in my blog. I’m just starting the blog of this week with a simple statement: the team that plays most like a TEAM wins. 

You can build a team of stars, hoping that their quality, in the end, will prevail for the win, but more often than not, it’s the best team and not the group of best players going home with the trophy.… Read the rest

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Performance Team effectiveness

No clarity? No performance!

In my last two blog posts, I wrote about conditions that needed to be present for teams to maximize the potential for robust, sustainable, high performance. 

First, a team needs to invest time to get to know each other well. Leaders need to build a foundation where team members trust each other.… Read the rest