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postheadericon Are you curious enough?

Ask yourself if you are curious enough!

In a world that is changing as fast as ours, there are two ways of dealing intelligently with your challenges:

1. By generating new ideas

Think outside of the box. The box here is your cubicle, your department, your company, your family, your nationality, your culture, your race, your gender, your religion, etc.

Drop it for a moment and allow yourself to see the world with fresh eyes. Remember what it felt like when you did not need someone to tell you what to think or how to behave. But you needed someone to show you how to come up with your own insights through naked observation and experimentation.

2. By relying on timeless wisdom

In a changing world, timeless wisdom still applies. Even chaos is governed by a few basic laws – like impermanence and change, causality and a general unpredictability. All calling for the development of emotional intelligence, clarity, skillfulness, courage and increased self-awareness.

Are you curious enough to become well trained.

If you live your professional life in fear and/or denial your education has simply not gone far enough.

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postheadericon 3 good leadership skills that will set you apart!


Have you ever wondered why some leaders are trying so hard where as others seem to be natural leaders even if they do not try?

Here are three good leadership skills that will set you apart:

1. Listen – A good leader listens well. The greatest trap for a good leader is to not hear the voices in the wind. Without that fragile data that comes to you every day from the people around you you will soon find yourself without someone to lead. And guess what – followers make a leader: no followers = no leader!

2. Understand – A good leader needs to understand. Understanding means setting aside your preconceived notions of what needs to be done and seeing the situation nakedly and clearly. If you don’t understand what you are up against or where you are going, you are like a blind leading the blind: in circles!

3. Translate – A good leader needs to be able to translate understanding into action steps. All the listening and understanding only serve you well if you know how to translate the data into skillful action. Sometimes the right path will be obvious, sometimes it won’t. How well can you translate?

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postheadericon Why charismatic leadership is dangerous…


Why charismatic leadership is dangerous…

Have you ever come across someone who was so charismatic that you weren’t even really interested in what they wanted from you or what they had to say, you just wanted to help or work with them somehow?

Of course you have, we all have.

Maybe you are that person in the lives of your people.

Danger lies in the fact that you may forget to analyze the message because of the messenger. Charismatic leadership is dangerous but very seductive.

Remember the four ways of the wise when you lead your people:

1.Depend on the teaching and not on the teacher
2.Depend on the meaning and on not the words
3.Depend on the depth and not on the surface
4.Depend on wisdom and not on concepts

As a leader it is your job not just to lead your people but to train them in intelligent ways to follow.

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postheadericon What is the difference between leadership and management?


What is the difference between leadership and management?

One of the best quotes I have read on the subject goes like this:

“Management is showing how to climb the ladder. Leadership is knowing which wall to lean it on.”

As a leader you need to know where you are going. And if you want to keep people engaged, you better have a good reason for why you are going there too.

One of the most frustrating experiences for a leader is when you loose faith in your own direction and vision, or the vision you are selling to your team and employees.

Maybe you have gained new insights that won’t let you go back to business as usual, maybe you have gained a deeper understanding about what actually is possible for you as a leader.

Either way, how can you stop pretending? How can you realign yourself with your current understanding? How do you make the shift?

Embracing that challenge is the difference between leadership and management.

Here is one small step you can do today:

Put an end to denial. Acknowledge to yourself if things need to change, even if you don’t yet know how to change them. Acknowledging what is self evident relieves you of the burden of secrecy – if only in front of yourself. It also opens up your mind to become creative in finding possible solutions that you cannot yet fathom. Admitting you have the question is the first step to finding the answer.

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postheadericon Start the day with your intention(s) – It makes all the difference!


Start the day with your intention(s) – It makes all the difference!

When you get up tomorrow morning, you should make a decision. Is this going to be another mindless day of chasing things you can never really grasp, another day of frantic business activity, of reactive relationships and a stressed out you?

Or do you say: Stop. Think. Choose.

And direct your mind with intention to being of value today, serving your clients and customers with clarity and patience, and giving them what they actually need.

You decide with that first thought in the morning, if this is going to be a day of giving – of yourself in the best way you know how – or another day of running after profits alone.

Think it through, it matters – for you and your quality of life in business.

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