Leadership & Management

A.I. & Leadership: Will we still need “leadership” in the future?

February 4, 2019

What does the future of leadership look like in a world of AI? Will we still need leaders? You can watch my thoughts on these and other questions in my 12 minute talk here, recorded at the Nordic Business Forum satellite event.    Do you want to explore the future of leadership and the […]

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My Favourite Mental Models: The Effort-Impact Matrix

January 14, 2019

I believe that mental models are one of the keys to success in business and life. A mental model is a framework, a thinking tool, a visual,…something that helps you to reduce complexity and make progress. The best mental models help you to have a better understanding of the world AND enable you to go […]

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How to get buy-in for your ideas: Eight strategies

November 12, 2018

You have worked hard on your project, or your transformation initiative. Now there is only one thing left: Buy-in. Buy-in from your customer, boss, steering committee or whoever has something to say about your project. Getting buy-in is a multi-faceted problem and of course depends on one‘s status in the organization as well as the […]

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4 Leadership Blind Spots Even the Best Leaders Have

June 29, 2018

Have you ever experienced a blind spot in your eye? If not, do this test here: Close your left eye and focus on the X. Very slowly, move your head toward the image and back again. Somewhere between 15 and 30 centimetres away the O will seem to disappear. That is your blind spot. The […]

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The Art of Optimization: Why you should take two roads in the woods

January 14, 2018

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the road less travelled by, And that has made all the difference” This excerpt from the poem by Robert Frost always sounds so inspirational. But is it always right? Is there always something magical about taking the road less travelled by? Maybe, just maybe, it was […]

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Great strategy execution starts with strategy communication: 6 ideas to communicate your strategy in 2 minutes or less

November 9, 2017

Strategy: the word has a powerful ring to it. However, having a strategy is not enough. You also need to make sure that your organisation knows it, lives it and breathes it. Here, many companies still have a long way to go. A great way to start is to make sure that you are able to communicate […]

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How to be an innovative leader: 9 strategies

October 11, 2017

Everybody is looking for innovation these days. But many leaders ask: where do I start, what should I focus on? There is a place where every leader can start to be innovative, without great investments: Your leadership style. Leadership innovation? If you want innovation leadership you should start with leadership innovation. With this, you can […]

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Speak like a leader – Full day advanced seminar, March 28th, Brussels

January 17, 2017

Do you have to to lead and convince others? Do you want to take your leadership skills to the next level? Then this advanced seminar is for you.   The Session  Presentations and speeches are very important moments for any leader. During presentations we can convey our message to our audiences. In this engaging masterclass seminar Lars Sudmann […]

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Post-truth management, a wolf pack and three metrics for success

December 2, 2016

                      White Snow. A pack of 25 wolves. The first 3 are the older or sick & they set the pace of the group. If it were on the contrary, they would be left behind and lost contact with the pack. In ambush case they […]

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Is there a global leadership style?

November 2, 2016

Many would say: No, no way! The world is so different. There are the direct Dutch, the diplomatic Canadians, and many more diverse styles. On top, there is even in one country not THE one universally accepted leadership style: Often there is from autocratic leadership to situational leadership to participatory leadership everything present in a lot […]

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“Speak like a Leader” Full Day Advanced Seminar, December 8th, Brussels

October 10, 2016

Do you have to to lead and convince others? Do you want to take your leadership skills to the next level? Then this advanced seminar is for you.   The Session  Presentations and speeches are very important moments for any leader. During presentations we can convey our message to our audiences. In this engaging masterclass seminar Lars Sudmann […]

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The Spaghetti principle for innovation and change

October 4, 2016

In a meeting somebody said, in a somewhat condescending tone:  “They are using the spaghetti technique…” This was the first time I came across the term. We had been discussing a competitor’s strategy. “Huh?”, I thought. “Well, how do you know if a spaghetti is ready after cooking? You throw them at the wall, and see […]

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10 strategies to grow as a leader

September 23, 2016

You are a leader. You have done all the basic training. You have things under control. What to do next to grow and develop yourself further? Here are ten strategies: 1. Become a “leader of leaders” If you are a leader, try to re-organize your group or organization in such a way that you become a […]

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Your leadership approach: where does it come from?

September 19, 2016

Think about the way you conduct a meeting, talk to an employee, delegate an important task: This is your leadership approach, but where does it come from? Why do you do the things you do? Let’s examine: I argue your leadership approach is mainly fueled by five drivers: 1.   First boss(es): The way s/he approached work and leadership; […]

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How to coach yourself

September 2, 2016

Many leaders look for ways to improve themselves: To solve a difficult challenge, to discuss next steps in their career, to become a better people manager. External coaching is of course an option and can have great results. Additionally, one can complement external coaching with self-coaching. Here are three strategies for self-coaching I use for […]

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My new TEDx talk: Great leadership starts with self-leadership

June 29, 2016

                          At TEDxUtopia the question was asked: “What would leadership in Utopia look like?” How would you answer this question? I was reflecting about it from various angles. Should there be leadership in Utopia at all? Should I reflect on latest innovations in management models […]

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6 metrics for remote teams and virtual leaders

June 20, 2016

Virtual and remote teams are everywhere. Globalised work has become the norm and work-form-home policies have been introduced in a multitude of organisations. Many individuals are enthusiastic about virtual teams: one brings together the people with the best expertise and collaborate across the globe. But times can be less enthusiastic, too, for instance when you leave that phone […]

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6 Pitfalls of Organisational Culture Change

April 13, 2016

By Lars Sudmann and Debbie Baute Globalisation. Digitalisation. Complexity. Cost Pressure. Almost all organisations face these challenges and need to adapt accordingly. Companies want to become more innovative, more agile, more-high-performing. So then it’s agreed: the culture must change! And here often the problems start: We see re-occuring patterns on why culture change initiatives fail. Here are six enemies of culture change, […]

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7 strategies to break down silo thinking

March 30, 2016

Have you ever worked in an organization and you were trying to get some information from another department? And it was just…not…possible? Or something that you wanted to implement and you were not able because of the enormous amount of irrational pushback? Silo thinking: It’s a key component of many larger organisations. After departments have been […]

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How to inspire: 5 strategies for speakers and leaders

March 10, 2016

What makes you say after a speech or a presentation: “Wow, that was inspiring!”? Inspiration. We know it when we see it, but it’s hard to define. It’s different for all of us, and yet, I do believe that there exists a pattern for inspiration. To start with: of course the basics need to be right. […]

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