Tag: leadership

What is your agenda 2020? How can Coaching help you?

For those of us that have been around for a while, you might remember the EU member states agreeing on the agenda 2020, looking at principles, priorities and approaches for their youth policy strategy. Now, with the year coming to an end, you should think about what your agenda is for 2020, and how coaching might benefit your strategy. I have been involved in personal development since the early naughties, gaining a Master Practitioner in NLP in 2003 and subsequently dismissing EQ (Emotional Intelligence) as a fad in 2004 during my MBA thesis. I thought both approaches were common sense, being aware of yourself, striving for being better and having a growth mindset. Always giving your best and defining your goals, reviewing them and making plans. This, as I know now, looking back at 15 years working in a corporate career and with technology start ups, isn’t the case. People don’t apply common sense, not every manager is emotional aware, and yes, I have seen printers and fax machines being thrown through the office. It is time to understand what the workplace really needs! Hence, after coaching teams, executives and advising businesses and boards on strategic positioning and outcomes for

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About Principles for Success (2)

Today I wanted to share a few more chapters of my book Principles for Success. Thanks for the overwhelming feedback and ‘likes’ on social media so far. Please continue to share the book and buy it of course :-). I have had, and many of those I interviewed, mentors all my life. From early in school to business. They help you to achieve your success, and similar to coaches, give you an external opinion. They are trusted advisors. Having mentors and guidance in building a business, helps you to be more successful. Learn from those who have done it before you. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Good coaches know of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming), allowing for modelling behaviour. This can really accelerate things. But also learn from your team, be good in delegating, a good team player and trust in your team and people. Be a compassionate and empathetic leader, someone with a high EQ (Emotional Intelligence). Trust is such an important topic. One want to trust the leadership to get the business where it needs to be. Or, as Jim Rohn says, and I mentioned this in most episodes, surround yourself with the right people, as you are only as good

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Thursday Flash (46)

Flash… This week you can find out 20 Ways to Build Empathy – something to improve your EQ? Also, why strong leaders attract the best talent, and why leadership is important. It is about choosing your boss as much as your next role when looking for a new job. Definitely worth reading. And last but not least, some hot tips and tricks around working from home (wfh). If you liked this week, don’t forget to share it! Have a good one, Volker

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Thursday Flash (39)

Flash… A good read on #EQ and whether it is important when hiring for a start up or hiring in general. I actually wrote about that on LinkedIn earlier last month: EQ vs. IQ. And if you deal a lot with negative people, find a great guide on simple ways to handle negative people! Seven Ways to say NO when it is easier to say yes – reminds me of a book on my parent’s shelf: Don’t say Yes if you want to say No. Enjoy, Volker

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Inspirational Thought: Walk the Talk

I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. ~ Tony Robbins Those who lead rather than manage, are the ones that lead by example. Walk your talk and become a leader! Only those who believe in what they are saying will lead by example. Only those are the ones in whose shoes you would want to walk for a mile! Do what you preach. Best wishes, Volker

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Inspirational Thought: Progress & Decisions

You cannot make progress without making decisions. ~ Jim Rohn Whether as a manager or employee or CEO one has to make decisions. Even as a private person. From my point of view there isn’t a point of mulling too many decisions over. One needs to get on with it. Some decisions, no matter how many information you collect, won’t become easier. You might as well make the decision now and get on with it. Let’s base it on your best knowledge and experience and go for it. You will the the progress happening. I am sure if you made a decision based on the best of your abilities, then no one will rip off your head if things go wrong. Depends on the scale of course 🙂 Some decisions just don’t get better over time. Get on with it, grab the bull by its horns and make your day. And maybe someone else’s. Have a good one, lead by example! Volker

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3 A’s to energise yourself and others

Dan Rockwell, on his blog Leadershipfreak, wrote about the 3 A’s that energise yourself and others. Here is a summary. The main aim is to understand how to energize others. Abandonment – you need to have an unreserved dedication to the mission and vision of your organisation. A buzz and feel for the passion to get the job done needs to be felt by everyone around you. Affirmation – you should make positive statements at least 4 times more than negative statements. Be positive. Use positive language. You’re always dealing with problems. You’re always thinking about ways to improve your team’s performance. Addition – you should decide to add rather than subtract from others. Find ways to lift others higher than you. Offer staff a career, a path to success. Challenge someone to step out of their comfort zone. Let them feel the pressure and then add comfort to them by expressing confidence in their abilities. I like how Dan puts the alphabet into context and finds ways to come up with inspiring quotes, comments and ideas to improve leadership and management. Thanks for this inspiration.

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Leadership & Great Companies

I recently revisited the book Good to Great by Jim Collins which I read a few years ago studying for my MBA. Now, with the TED talk about inspiring leaders and its affinity to both NLP and DBM, it was time for another post. “It is your Work in life that is the ultimate seduction”, Pablo Picasso. In NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and DBM (Development of Behavioural Models), you drill down on actions by asking: – What do you do? – How are you doing it? – Why are you doing it? With more modelling this goes deeper, however focusing on this three questions, and looking at the TED talk, we are looking to answer the question what a successful leader is made of, and what are successful companies made of: – What does s/he do? – How is s/he doing it? How is he leading, managing and setting example? – Why is s/he doing it? What motivated the leader and makes him so good in what he is doing and how he is doing it. The latter seems to be key to a lot of discussions around leadership. Hence in Jim Collins book it is about “good to great”,

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Buddhist Thoughts – being better

Happy New Year again! I came across this quote and in all honesty I am not sure if I understand it totally. If, in your course, you dont meet your equal, your better, then continue your course firmly, alone. Theres no fellowship with fools. – Dhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Does it say that if you are on a mission or project and you don’t think that you are meeting your equal, e.g. you are superior and better than everyone else, then you should continue as you were? Alone. As no one is following you if you are a fool. So are we fools thinking that we are the best and better than anyone else I suppose? Is that true? It reminds me a bit of NLP where you create your own map of the world. Where you make up your own ideas and thoughts and then you are the person in charge, you are going the way alone as you think this is the only right way. But maybe, it is foolish to go this way in the first place. Have a think.

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