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 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 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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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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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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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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