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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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How to get more of good times and less of bad times

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How to get more of good times and less of bad times

A reflection on what it takes to get more of what is good in your life, what makes you happy, and to reduce what's bad in your life, what makes you unhappy

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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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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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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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1.0 success : 0.10 luck + 0.20 skill + 0.15 willpower + 0.05 pleasure + 0.50 pain

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1.0 success : 0.10 luck + 0.20 skill + 0.15 willpower + 0.05 pleasure + 0.50 pain

Always on equals never off

Being always on also means never being off, resulting in lost moments with family, friends and... life - this is the price paid for what is seen as success - and what I have to pay to feel fulfilled

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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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Three simple steps to make your life easier(!)

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Three simple steps to make your life easier(!)

It's much easier to complain and blame what we feel are outside factors for the frustrations that we encounter in our lives, professional as well as private

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Five habits for more happines

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Five habits for more happines

I personally feel I have a fairly good relationship between what I have to do and what I love to do - and at the same time keeping healthy to a level where I'm happy with it; here you can find the five things that I do to keep this going

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Six things to do in your new job

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Six things to do in your new job

Follow these six steps to get a good start in your new job or position - good luck

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

Make sure that you don't get stuck in where you are; make sure that you develop yourself too - don't postpone it and tell yourself that you'll focus on yourself 'later' because you're too busy at the moment

When you start thinking like that, the people you'll compete with for your next job is already ahead of you!

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Stop. Think. Act (or... apply brain)

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Stop. Think. Act (or... apply brain)

Stop. Think. Act.

Revisit what you're doing, ask the hard questions - understand how the world around you look, evolve and where it's heading - and examine whether your plans will help you head in the same direction

If not, think of doing something else than what you're doing

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In the future, you have to be cognitive flexible

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In the future, you have to be cognitive flexible

Our ability to solve problems creatively and to combine several complex concepts to find one new, innovative solution is becoming top-priority in the future, backed by our ability to manage people to actually get the ideas and solutions executed

Key take-away? Focus on your skills as human being, on creating strong (and right) teams for business development and customer service, and let the computers do the rest :)

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