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How to develop executive presence

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How to develop executive presence

How to develop executive presence is coaching tips for leadership presence and how to build that power you need to get your messages across. You must know how to develop executive presence to get your point across, to be taken serious and to advance your career

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Empowered employees make mistakes!

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Empowered employees make mistakes!

If you want to empower your team members or employees, you'‘ll need to know and accept that they will make mistakes - it’s your job as leader to make it legit and support them all through the way!

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I see what you write but don’t read what you mean - #managementbywhatsapp

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I see what you write but don’t read what you mean - #managementbywhatsapp

More and more managers turn to a new management style; management by WhatsApp, and there’s both advantages and disadvantages by doing so. Leaders will know the difference

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Getting the strategy process right

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Getting the strategy process right

One of the most interesting topics is the discussion about top-down or bottom-up processes, i.e. should the Board set the targets and let the units plan how to meet them or should the units report in what they think is possible to reach?

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When your most valuable asset becomes your weakest link

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When your most valuable asset becomes your weakest link

Hiring top talent is a two-way commitment; the organization must be able to cope with the high-flyer and the new talent should be able to navigate the culture. This does not always happen and the results are devastating. Both parties must work for a way out to succeed

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What happens in organizations without strategy?

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What happens in organizations without strategy?

A lot. But a lot of the wrong things. Imagine for a second you’re part of an organization without a clear strategy – for sure the company would have a high-flying vision as they all do, but the vision is not translated into goals, meaning, targets and action plans for the units and employees

So what happens?

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Digital transformation; just another organizational change program

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Digital transformation; just another organizational change program

Imagine if you had to reinvent your current company’s business model from scratch. I’ll bet that you would see a lot of opportunities for improvements and a lot of processes, products (and people) that you wouldn’t need in a digitized new version of your company

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Dealing with pluralistic ignorance

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Dealing with pluralistic ignorance

When members of a crowd believes something is wrong, but don’t say anything because they think everybody else believe it’s right, they’re pluralistic ignorant. This is damaging to the way groups behave and adversely affects the effectiveness and success of organizations

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Why organizations will not change

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Why organizations will not change

The business history books are filled with stories of companies failing big time - and for no apparent reason. I believe the main reason is the power of informal, internal networks

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If you take a decision, it’s your responsibility to make it the right one

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If you take a decision, it’s your responsibility to make it the right one

Once your decision is made, stick to it and make it a success

A pilot doesn’t change his course because of strong turbulence, the path is only changed when severe thunderstorms are ahead

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On future vs. mature technologies / businesses

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On future vs. mature technologies / businesses

This video is for me not so much about the technical discussion but rather about Steve Jobs' views on emerging and maturing products / technologies / processes

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Moods are swinging – swing with them

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Moods are swinging – swing with them

Regardless of who you are, you’re bound to have mood changes – some of us are experiencing heavier, and more frequent, mood changes than others – but we all experience these changes every once in a while. Here's what to do

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Do you fill out your suit?

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Do you fill out your suit?

Do you fill out your suit or are you just loud?

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Dealing with unconscious incompetent people

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Dealing with unconscious incompetent people

You will find (un-)conscious incompetent people amongst your colleagues and this is where you should apply the thoughts presented here

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Your weekly checklist – how to stay sane in a crazy world

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Your weekly checklist – how to stay sane in a crazy world

World’s gone crazy, it seems. But we’re living here and we have to find a way of making peace with the speed of the World around us

I use checklists, and I use them proactively!

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Lessons from my mom

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Lessons from my mom

She's too cool. Period

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If you don’t understand me, how can you lead me?

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If you don’t understand me, how can you lead me?

Years ago, I took part in a crisis management program aiming to enable us understand the un-understandable (i.e. why anyone in this world would ever kill deliberately)

The learnings - I find - are very useful to understand how to lead people, too

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If you’re the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room

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If you’re the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room

Hiring people more than capable of taking your position takes courage – it’s not easy allowing a new, smart person into the inner circle of your daily routines but you must if you want to move on

...but if you want to stand a chance to be regarded as the next hire, smarter than your boss, you’d need to evolve and move on, too

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Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe sweat off your face!

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Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe sweat off your face!

You don't get people to change by commanding them or bossing them to do so - you get people to change by consistently and patiently understanding them and their situation and then slowly talk to them about benefits by doing things in a new way

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If not everybody's winning, everybody's losing

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If not everybody's winning, everybody's losing

If you want to win in business, be it customer acquisition, management of employees or procurement negotiations, all parties has to register a 'win' - at least for relationships with repeat interactions (as opposed to one-off deals)

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