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Courage Growth Learning Mindset Psychological Safety

You become what you pay attention to

You need a breather.

Seriously, when was the last time you consciously paid attention to your breathing?

When was the last time you sat with your breathing and paid full attention to you filling your lungs with air and then releasing the air from your lungs?

Most people get through their day without even once being aware of the fact that they’re breathing.
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Culture Growth Mindset Values Vision

Growing Pains

Can a company grow too fast?

The answer to that question is yes, but many will struggle to provide me with that answer because they’ve never experienced it.

Only those who’ve gone through a period of excessive growth and had to deal with the consequences will answer the question with a yes.
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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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Alignment Growth Mindset Team effectiveness

Grow in concert

Imagine.

You’re attending a concert of your favorite band, and suddenly you discover that some of the band members do not know how to play their instrument.

Or they are not clear which song they’re going to play.

If concerts are not your thing, then replace the band with the people in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant, the players on your favorite sports team, or the pit crew of your formula one racing team.… Read the rest

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Change Learning Mindset Self awareness

Why change always comes from within

Steve Jobs ended his famous Stanford Commencement speech with this tip for the graduating students:

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Steve Jobs

My interpretation:

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

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Execution Mindset Team effectiveness

It was written in the tea leaves

It’s Easter Monday and a travel day for me. In the morning, a four-hour drive from my in-law’s home and a two-leg flight to Ljubljana in the evening.

A lot of time to reflect on some past events. One of them was the cup final my team lost yesterday evening.

Good game, good fight, bad outcome.
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Courage Goals Mindset Self awareness

“I do”

I love golf.

It’s one of the best sports out there. Golf is one of those sports that, when you believe you’ve mastered it, it throws you right back to a level where you feel like a beginner again.

Golf is about mastery.

It’s not just about mastering the technique of hitting a golf ball well, but it’s, even more, a battle of the mind.… Read the rest

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Execution Impact Mindset Productivity

Chopping 10 trees at the same time

Have you ever seen a woodchopper running around in a forest trying to chop ten trees simultaneously?

Imagine the scene.

Every time he gets to a tree, he chops at it a few times, and then he goes on to the next tree. After some considerable time running around, all ten trees are still standing, and the woodchopper is worn-out and on his last legs.… Read the rest

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Curiosity Gratitude Mindset Reflection

How to create peace of mind

I start every day with the same ritual, getting up before the rest of the family wakes up making the time to exercise and meditate.

I follow this routine seven days per week because mind and body do not distinguish between weekdays and weekends.

Weekends are a made-up concept anyway, just like the belief that work needs to be done in an office from Monday to Friday at fixed times.… 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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Gratitude Mindset Reflection Self awareness

Connecting to joy

When was the last time you truly enjoyed yourself?

If you have to think about this question, please skip the following question.

Perhaps a better, slightly more provoking question I could ask is whether you make it a point to find joy every day.

There’s a saying in the Netherlands that a day without joy is a day not lived.… 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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Courage Growth Learning Mindset

Are you living up to your potential?

Yesterday I hosted a webinar on personal growth.

It was a fun learning experience talking about personal growth, and I also took the opportunity to introduce a brand-new training I’m planning to record soon.

Personal growth matters to me a lot, so much you know by now. But perhaps you never knew exactly why.… Read the rest

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Courage Disruption Experimentation Learning Mindset

How to start 2022 well?

22 (BIG) little experiments to consider

My last post for 2021. On this last day of 2021.

What a year it has been. 

Over the past weeks, I’ve reflected enough, so it’s time to look forward now.

Tomorrow we’ll start 2022 together, and as always, there is a lot to look forward to, and there are also lots of reasons to be optimistic.… 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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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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Learning Mental health Productivity Reflection

How I learned to enjoy being in the moment

I like to meditate in the morning.

It’s a relaxing and calm way to start my day.

Over time, I noticed that I’m more focused on what I aim to do that day when I meditate in the morning.

It’s hard to explain, but it feels like I’m more in control of my actions.… Read the rest

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Differentiation Leading Self Mindset Purpose

Are you making a difference for yourself?

This week I need to give an online lecture for MBA students on leadership and motivation.

When receiving the briefing, I noticed that the angle chosen was primarily through the leader’s eyes.

Given the name of the topic, not really a surprise.

As I reflected on the topic a bit more, something kept nagging me in the back of my head.… Read the rest

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Coaching Leading Self Mindset Self awareness

Are you coachable? For real?

Are you coachable?

“Who would respond no to that question?”

That’s the question my daughter asked me when she read the headline of my insight today.

My answer to her? “Nobody.”

“So, why do you ask the question?”

“Because I like to make my readers aware that there’s a difference between saying your coachable and actually being coachable.”… Read the rest