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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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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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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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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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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Leadership Language: Sesame Street or Philosopher style?

November 4, 2015

Do you recognise this scenario: You are listening to somebody and you understand everything immediately and you are totally convinced. You might have come across what I would call a “King style” communicator. At other times, you are listening to a manager and what he or she says sounds like a string of never ending […]

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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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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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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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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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Face time tactics

February 19, 2014

Here a link to a short post by the MIT Sloan blog on the tactics that remote and virtual workers use to overcome the lack of ‘face time’. This is still quite a significant management challenge: Until the remote managers and organizations in total learn to create a results-only work place employees will continue to […]

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The challenge with video conference

November 8, 2013

What this funny 30 second ad by FedEx that explores the virtual interaction by a boss and his team members. But how do we best manage a virtual team? What are the strategies that go beyond command & control. I have written about it here and you can find some book recommendations here. What are […]

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Monday Morning Brief – September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013
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Quote of the week: “It is not what you say you believe that is important, but what you model, encourage, reward, and let happen.” Patricia Fripp – Author, Speaker Top recommended articles: This is a summary of the best articels that I came across over the past week: The “Montessori approach” to management (at eg […]

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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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