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Change Choices Courage Freedom Purpose

Listen carefully! Don’t respond!

“Listen carefully!” 

“Just like in communism, I can only talk to you and give you commands and information. You can’t reply or talk back. The good old times.”

Berlin tour guide

I think it still works in many companies precisely that way (remember Elon Musk), which is another sad story in itself.… Read the rest

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Change Culture Leadership Purpose

Motivation! How hard is it?

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

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Asking Questions Growth Leadership Purpose Self awareness

Three surprising questions to figure out what you want

What pisses you off?

I’ll make sure to clarify first at the start of this insight. I’m just asking this question about the work you do.

I’m not asking you about things in your personal life that piss you off. So if your spouse never cleans out the dishwasher, sorry for you, but that’s not the stuff I’m interested in.… Read the rest

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Choices Courage Dreams Purpose Vision

Most people are just plowing along…

You got to love those good old interview questions.

Last week I had a conversation about interview questions. The person I talked to shared her annoyance with questions like, “where do you want to be in five years from now.”

She shared with me that she didn’t see how that was relevant to someone landing a job right now.… Read the rest

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Culture Human Resources Purpose Reflection Self awareness

When people start quitting, you’re already too late!

Three immediate and crucial actions to stop the bleeding.

By now, you must be familiar with the term The Great Resignation.

The Covid pandemic has caused people en masse to leave their jobs looking for a different career. It was the crisis people needed to open their eyes and seek new opportunities.… Read the rest

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Change Coaching Freedom Helping others Purpose

Why everyone wants to be a coach!?

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

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Belonging Culture Purpose

The truth about work

Many things in life are a transaction.

When you buy your coffee in the morning, get gas for your car, work out at a gym, or pay for a subscription to read your favorite newspaper online.

For many people, work is also a transaction. They’ve agreed to do a specific job for you, and you pay them for the job done.… Read the rest

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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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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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Courage Leading Self Purpose Uncategorized

Wake up to Freedom

Freedom seems to be the latest buzzword in selling all kinds of online training and web solutions to people who want to start their own businesses.

While building my website a year ago, I subscribed to several providers, and I’m still receiving emails from providers that I find worthwhile reading.

Some of them are funny, some of them provide helpful content, and some of them fill me in on the latest technology developments.… Read the rest

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Purpose Self awareness

What you can learn from Maslow’s pyramid of needs

When I started to educate myself in the principles of web development and email marketing, I came to a few interesting discoveries.

As a marketing and management university graduate, I know the principles of marketing, but obviously, the world has changed a lot since I graduated.

Marketing has evolved dramatically with the introduction of modern technology, the world wide web, and social media.… 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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Growth Purpose Reflection Self awareness

How to determine you’re at a turning point?

I’m at a turning point.

And before I continue with my turning point, let’s talk a little about yours. When you receive this email, 2022 is about ten days old. You may find my next question stupid, but it’s not.

How were the first ten days of this year?

Have you made progress and moved in the right direction?… Read the rest

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Courage Growth Learning Purpose

You’re not as courageous as others think you are

You’re just better prepared.

Let me explain.

First, for context purposes, ‘dare’ is the third cue in my playbook. Dare follows ‘pause’ and ‘be.’ I know, a bit of a soft opening, but it matters to the story.

You may recall that my recent departure from a corporate role was considered courageous by some.… Read the rest

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Leading Self Purpose Self awareness

What’s your goal in life?

As I’m about to finish my Zappos audiobook ‘Delivering Happiness,’ the last section of the book is called ‘End Game.’

The section addresses the topic of happiness and makes the case that if we peel back the onion far enough, in the end, we’re all looking for a bit of happiness in our lives.… 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

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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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Health Purpose Self awareness

Before you DO, BE first

May is mental health awareness month.

I wrote this first sentence down on Sunday evening and then decided to sleep on the rest of my text.

Because I wasn’t exactly sure about my angle.

The topic is important enough to help create awareness for an increasing health opportunity. Having said that, I’m not exactly an expert in mental health.… 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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Purpose Self awareness

I forgot myself a little

“I forgot myself a little.”

That was one of the headlines in the news last week.

The headline came with the announcement that one of the most talented road cyclists in the Netherlands would quit cycling for a while.

If any current Dutch road cyclist ever has the chance to win the most famous road race, the Tour de France, it is Tom Dumoulin.… Read the rest