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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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Care Choices Leadership Qualities Self awareness

The most important decision in your life

When flight attendants give their pre-flight safety instructions, one thing they tell you is that, in the case of a drop in cabin pressure, be sure to place the oxygen mask over your own face first before assisting anyone else, even your own children. 

This instruction strongly contradicts most parents’ instincts.… Read the rest

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Choices Culture Decision Making Strategy Thinking Transformation

How do you become an independent thinker?

“I don’t pay you to think; I pay you to execute.”—Retired CEO of Retail Chain.

From 2007 until 2011, I worked for a retail chain in the United States. The chain flourished during the nineties when it expanded aggressively, growing to over 1200 stores in a few years.

You can only grow with tens of stores per year when your operation is a perfectly oiled machine that executes flawlessly.… Read the rest

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Asking Questions Conversations Growth Leadership Life Thinking

Why would you like people to think for themselves?

Would you like people to think for themselves?

I guess the answer is yes. Whether we’re a parent, a partner, a team member, or a leader, I hope you sincerely intend to let people make up their minds.

At this point, I pause to let you think about the question above before I continue.… Read the rest

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Decision Making Disruption Life Thinking Time

Stop. Sit down. Think.

“To take time to think is to gain time to live.”

Nancy Kline

The above sentence is a quote from the book “Time to Think” by Nancy Kline.

Brilliant book. 

My goal is to finish at least 26 books this year, i.e., at least two per month, and the three I have read so far have increased my expectations and excitement for the remainder of the year.… Read the rest

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Choices Leading Self Mindset Ownership Purpose

Ownership

My god, it’s getting worse every year. 

And writing this email to you is adding to the problem, I’m fully aware. 

The start of a new year is THE natural moment to bring closure to what has been and start working on what will be.

Let’s face it; when you use a paper journal that leverages a calendar, you probably enjoy a fresh new bundle of paper. … Read the rest

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Choices Courage Dreams Purpose Self awareness

How do you know if you’re winning?

I love winning, and I hate losing.

Big words. Love and hate.

As usual, it triggers a memory. 

In this case of a great song by Michael Kiwanuka that I listen to frequently.

Worth taking a short break and listening to the song.

Great voice.

“You can’t take me down.”

Michael Kiwanuka

Winning, to me, is related to sports and only sports. … 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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Growth Learning Mindset Reflection Self awareness

Maximizer or Satisficer?

There are areas in my life where I want the very best.

Food is such an area. I love going to a good restaurant (I’m not writing expensive) and enjoying a good meal with a great conversation.

Food and conversation go excellently together. Food, to me, is emotional beyond the functional role of providing your body with nutrition and energy.… Read the rest

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Lead Yourself & Inspire Others Self awareness

Don’t settle. Never.

Last week I came across an interview with Paul van Vliet, a famous comedian in my home country the Netherlands.

Paul was asked what he thought was most important in life.

His answer was creativity.

He connected creativity to the many things that are part of our lives: work, relationships, hobbies, sports, entertainment.… Read the rest

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Decision Making Mindset Self awareness

Why every single decision you make counts

You make thousands of (tiny) decisions every day. 

Most of them happen without even thinking about them. Those are the result of the habits you’ve built over time. 

Get up now or later?
Brush our teeth or not?
Coffee or tea?
Social media or work?

What we’re not always aware of is that every decision we make has consequences. 
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