Performance & Success

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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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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Can we also turn day-to-day knowledge work into art?

April 28, 2016

I have a question for you. It’s connected to the video “People are Awesome” below that shows how people turn manual work into art. I believe this is great as it shows us how even simple tasks can be performed in a masterful way. I was wondering if the something similar could exist for the […]

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Always make your bed

March 8, 2016

This is a great reminder by an admiral on a very simple but powerful self-leadership technique: Making your bed. On top of an early accomplishment he highlights another benefit: “And if by chance you had a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. That you made.” 🙂 Click here to […]

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Speech Recommendation: The art of asking

February 18, 2016

 Have you ever wondered what the story of street performers is? The individuals standing for hours without moving, covered in gold or silver, or dressed in white?   Amanda Palmer was one of them (“the eight-foot bride”). A successful musician now she said that she learned the basics of the interaction between the crowd and […]

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Seven Metrics for Self-Leadership

February 10, 2016

The founder of Visa, Dee Hock, once said: “If you want to lead, invest at least 40% of your time in leading yourself.” But this is easier said than done. Over the past decade I have developed and implemented several key metrics, or KPIs, for self-leadership. Here are my favourite seven: 1. Number of ideas per day Blogger and […]

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This is Water

February 4, 2016

Here a recommendation for a very powerful commencement speech by David Foster Wallace. Not the usual hooray you-can-do-it! Go-change-the-world stuff!; but instead a very profound, at times even sombre, but in the end very inspiring message about life besides its glorious moments and the value of education and the capacity to choose and think. Wallace […]

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Ideas, Coffee and Innovation

January 18, 2016

In this interesting TED talk by Steven Johnson it is mentioned that the coffee house was the key for the innovation explosion in the 18th Century. In coffee houses ideas could be discussed, shared and meet new ideas. My personal feeling is that this has changed a bit. We have a multitude of coffee houses, […]

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What is your Human Intelligence Task Ratio?

January 15, 2016

Some time ago I went to a local sandwich shop. I frequently order just simple bread with vegetables. So I did the same thing on that day: “Just a bread roll with salad please.” The answer: “This is not possible.” Me: “Why?” The answer: “There is no number for that.” Me: “But I can see […]

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6 Strategies to Improve your Decision Intelligence Quotient

December 18, 2015

  Decisions: Leaders have to make a lot of them. And leaders should make a lot of them. But how do we assess if the overall decision-making process is a good one? I believe we can learn from IQ tests: Some parts of common IQ tests use time limits. For instance, in some tests you have to identify a […]

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Boost your Meeting ROI with these ten strategies

November 27, 2015

Millions of meetings are being held every day. Some people love them, but for too many the following statement holds true: “A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are wasted.” As a conference presenter I work a lot with the event industry. And this industry has an interesting metric: Event ROI. Naturally, […]

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The TTA framework: 3 elements of high performance in teams

October 29, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the question who you want to have on your team and why? And how do you make sure a team operates at its best once it’s formed? While there are many ways to explore these questions I have developed one framework for my own teamwork that I look at constantly in […]

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The Shark and the Coconut: Lessons for leaders

October 7, 2015

Quickly: What kills more people in the world: sharks or coconuts? According to University of Florida’s George Burgess there are roughly 10-15 people killed by sharks worldwide per annum, and roughly 100-150 deaths by coconuts falling on people standing below them, although of course estimates vary as this is not exactly a globally tracked metric. What […]

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How to be successful in a remote role: Mastering the virtual world

September 29, 2015

A remote role: These words often elicit mixed feelings in employees and especially in young high-potential managers. On the one hand, people like the possibility of taking on a global role without having to move and they appreciate the work-life balance benefits of working more often from home. On the other hand, there are challenges […]

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Five metrics for leaders and managers

September 8, 2015

  Recently, I came across an article about why CEO’s get fired. Key conclusion: it is often the leadership style that causes the outing. Therefore, focusing and improving one’s leadership skills is vital. But on top of standard leadership training and coaching there are also a couple of leadership metrics or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can […]

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Top blogs that I follow

August 14, 2015

This is the first part in a series of blog post on the resources that I use and the authors that inspire me. I do not follow a huge amount of bloggers, but several have really made a difference for me. Click on the name to get directly to the blog’s websites. Seth Godin Seth […]

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TED Talk Recommendation: Dan Ariely asks: “Are we in control of our decisions?”

January 31, 2015

This is a brilliant and entertaining talk by behavioural economist Dan Ariely. The whole talk is really worth-while to watch, and the end is truly mind-blowing because it makes you really think and wonder how easy it is to change our own decisions. If you want to read more, have a look at my top […]

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The Psychology of Decision Making: Pitfalls and Strategies

January 26, 2015

Imagine the following situation, and try to answer the question for yourself: “You have bought a ticket for a concert for 100€. After arriving in the concert hall you realize that you have lost the ticket. However, there are still tickets left at the counter and you can by a new one for 100€ – […]

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