leadership

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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5 strategies for successful collaboration in global organisations

February 3, 2017

Companies and organizations have become increasingly complex and globally dispersed. Multiple locations, business units and functions have to work together. There are a number of advantages for global cooperation and collaboration across these boundaries: Customers, alliance partners, etc. also cooperate across boundaries: If one does not understand the connections here, one is quickly left behind. […]

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Top European Speaker on Innovation and Leadership

December 17, 2016

Lars Sudmann is an author, advisor and top European keynote speaker. The former executive of Procter & Gamble and university lecturer has already spoken in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic audience participants across Europe at Fortune500 companies and major associations. Contact us here to explore how Lars can also help making your conference or corporate event even more […]

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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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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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Leadership Thought – team building

June 2, 2016

Doing an outside teambuilding activity (like cooking, climbing,…) is like having monopoly money: It’s nice, but it doesn’t really help you in real life.

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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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How to master three problematic areas of decision-making in organizations

February 24, 2016

Quickly, if you were given a choice, which of the following scenarios would you prefer? a) You get €1,000,000 for sure. Or b) You need to play a game where you have a: 10 % chance of getting €2,500,000 89 % chance of getting €1,000,000 1 % chance of getting €0 There is no right […]

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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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“The Inspirational Speaker” – Full Day Masterclass in Brussels on April 15th, 2016

February 3, 2016

Do you want to inspire others? Do you want to take your leadership skills to the next level? Then this masterclass is for you. It is the highest-level session and most advanced masterclass that I offer. The Session  Presentations and speeches are very important moments for any leader and subject-matter expert. During presentations we can convey our […]

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What’s your QWERTY? Lessons for leadership from computer keyboards

February 1, 2016

You might have read that the French government is examining the AZERTY keyboard and is thinking of adapting it to something different and easier to use. This decision is being applauded by many, as apparently for some it appears to be even easier to write in French language on a British QWERTY or German QWERTZ keyboard then on the AZERTY […]

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How to communicate a complex message

January 21, 2016

Business is complex. Our projects and topics are complex. But when presenting this full complexity we often risk that our audience very quickly gets confused and bored. However, we also need to be careful not to over-simplify things. In the end, our audience needs to understand that we are working on a complex problem. And […]

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