I think it still works in many companies precisely that way (remember Elon Musk), which is another sad story in itself.… Read the rest
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
Or let’s debate about work a lot (less).
If you’re a curious person like I am and interested in the future of work, these are FANTASTIC times.
They’re so so so good that it’s worth adding them to my portfolio of services. I’m just unsure how to call the service and what the tagline would be.… Read the rest
How do you motivate people?
I’m asking because I recently had a conversation about a hybrid work environment that turned into a conversation about motivation.
My opinion about a hybrid work environment is well documented, for example, in this post.
But if you dig a little deeper, we get to the topic of motivation. … Read the rest
I’m a certified facilitator in Fierce Conversations.
That’s not a joke.
If you thought it was, you’re probably wondering why something like training in conversations exists in the first place.
Because many of us do not know how to have a skillful conversation.
We don’t listen well.
We don’t articulate well.… Read the rest
Steve Jobs ended his famous Stanford Commencement speech with this tip for the graduating students:
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”Steve Jobs
Always look for opportunities to make ‘things’ better, starting with yourself. Always be curious about yourself and the world around you.
Curiosity and change are the fun parts of being alive and growing as a human being and leader.… Read the rest
What’s your first reaction when you see this headline?
When I read this quote last week, my brain went into a pirouette that would have won gold at the most recent Olympic Games.
Meaning that for me there are different twists to this quote with both positive and negative implications.
While the author’s intentions were positive, it’s easy to point at the downsides of demonstrating vulnerability as well.… Read the rest
Most of you, non-Dutch readers, have probably never heard of Arjen Lubach. He’s a Dutch comedian, although provocateur is probably a better word, with a daily show on Dutch TV.
In the past, he used to broadcast once a week, and with better quality in my opinion, but like most ambitious and successful program makers, more is more, and so we now can watch him daily.… Read the rest
We have a little coffee place in the next village over that we like to go to. It’s small, authentic, has excellent coffee, the best cakes, and started selling fresh bread last year as well.
There’s only one of it. It serves its unique purpose to people in the village and those who like to walk or bike in the forest nearby.… Read the rest
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
I started writing this insight when the world still seemed to be sort of normal.
I have a folder with topics and draft posts that I regularly update when I get inspired by an interesting topic.
After I write my first sentences down, I continue if the words flow immediately or pause if I want the topic to evolve a little.… Read the rest
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
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
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
Let me start with a bit of a disclaimer. I only do this when I believe it’s necessary to warn you that you may be exposed to some opinions that may provoke you.
Overall, I think my insight today is a balanced rant.
You may think that a rant, by definition, is not balanced, but I disagree.… Read the rest
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
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
I’m in full lockdown again. From being the best student in class, Prague and the Czech Republic are now the worst student. As I write this story, the numbers continue to rise, and it seems like we’re only days away from a full, second lockdown.
This time feels different.
The weather has turned colder, the days have become shorter, and it’s clear that this pandemic is not just going away.… Read the rest
If you believe the pace of change will slow down at some point, you’re dreaming. We live in a world where change is constant, and the only person who can make the pace slow down is you. By making change work for you and not vice versa.
If you would have been ahead of change and ensure change works for you, a full-blown transformation is not needed.… Read the rest
Moments define our lives. Fractions of seconds that determine how we live our lives. In some cases meaningless choices proving to be monumental decisions. Sometimes deliberate, sometimes pure coincidence. Our days are filled with moments. Most of them never stick. Some create lasting impact. What’s clear is that we remember moments, not days.… Read the rest