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TEDx talk: A Key Principle for Innovation

December 17, 2016

How do you innovate? How do you transform your product, your organisation, your team, your personal life? You need to have a strategy! You need a plan and work on it a long time before implementing! Really? Maybe not always. Maybe you need to operate with frequent experiments and even with some randomness. Net, with […]

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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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Five presentation metrics for business presenters and managers

October 16, 2015

We all know it: great business presentations are key to leadership success. So it might be worth spending some time improving these presentations. But how do you best improve them? By asking for feedback? Very often we hear the following if we ask for feedback: “It was ok”; “Weeeellll”; “Yeah”; or “You were nervous”; And […]

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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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Miscommunication Bingo

September 18, 2015

Do you often attend meetings? Are some of them bad? I guessed so. Here is my idea for you: When you attend a meeting, try to assess the following bad communication patters and play “Miscommunication Bingo”. Here are the “eight villains” of great meeting communication and team performance. Do you recognize some of them? So, […]

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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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Three things managers can learn from start-up software teams

May 22, 2015

Have you ever been part of a software development team? Three years ago I have let the corporate world. Since then I advise large organizations but I am also involved in small companies. There, I have been increasingly involved in software development, e.g. for PresMaster. Working with startup software teams I have learned several operational […]

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Team building: Powerful tool or waste of time?

February 3, 2015

“Team-building”: Whenever I utter these two words in front of a business audience during my speeches or seminars, I receive two kinds of reactions: Some members of the audience remember very good times they had with a group during an outside activity (e.g., a circus class,…); they got to know themselves better and had good […]

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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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The one key ingredient for success you can learn from Ricky Gervais and “The Wire”

September 1, 2014

  Do you know the TV series “The Wire”? Here’s the play: a police series in Baltimore trying to crack down on the drug war. This goes on over 5 seasons, displaying various institutions in Baltimore. Some of you might be thinking now: Police series? Baltimore? How boring should that be? However, it has an IMDB […]

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Analyze your meetings: Three strategies for more impact

August 25, 2014

One of the key tasks of a leader is to participate in meetings. Here you have to convince not only by presentations but also through careful interaction and discussions with the other participants. Here are three strategies on how to convince in meetings and have more impact. 1) Words that count: say „Yeah“ more often […]

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The toothpaste principle of communication

July 31, 2014

    A 2010 study by the American Management Association has shown that communication is one of the 4 foundational management skills of the 21st century (the others being critical thinking, collaboration and creativity). We need communication more than ever to coordinate a multitude of projects and navigate our complex world. However communication was actually the […]

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The key element of business storytelling that we can learn from Pixar and Kurt Vonnegut

September 26, 2013
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Our brains are wired to stories. Audiences -including business audiences- love stories that support a key message we want to make. Stories give context to a message. What is the key ingredient to having a good story?  A standard structure. In my leadership seminars I found that it is easiest for participants to craft their […]

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6 ideas to make “work from home” work

August 21, 2013
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Have you ever worked from home? If you are like the typical corporate employee then chances are high that you have heard some comments from your colleagues such as, “Have fun during your day off!” Or that comment from your manager: “Ah, tomorrow you “work” from home.” Some people still have an idea that work […]

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A little-used question that saves time and leads to more engaged employees

July 2, 2013

I have seen the following scenario quite often, both as a manager and as well as a management consultant: Employee: “I don’t know what I should do.” Boss: “Ah, a pity. Ok, here is what you should do…” This is often accompanied by a sigh and thinking that the employee cannot solve things on his […]

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The surprising metric presenters should analyze

September 25, 2012

Have you ever wondered what leads to presentation success? There are of course many factors but one stands out: humor. Humor wins – in itself this is nothing new. However, after having done a little analysis on this topic I was surprised by the extent of just how important humor is. The key metric I […]

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The magic preparation tip to be prepared for any presentation challenge

August 31, 2012

Have you ever been interviewed or had a Q&A session after a conference speech? I vividly remember the scene after one of my first professional speeches on leadership and life balance. The speech went well, but then came the Q&A. “Lars, what is in your view the best company when it comes to Life Balance?” […]

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3 Tips for Virtual Team Leaders

May 4, 2012

Have you ever led a virtual team? Are you working in or with a virtual team? Then you know that at times, the passion, engagement and patience of virtual team members are being challenged by the circumstances of virtual teams: Team members may have never seen each other face to face Often team members have […]

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3 things corporate leaders can learn from PechaKucha

April 25, 2012

Do you want to spice up your presentations? Have you wondered how you can get more out of your meetings? Consider exploring the PechaKucha presentation format. PechaKucha events are being held world wide in front of thousands of people. What is PechaKucha? In a nutshell, it is a speaking format where you are allowed to […]

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