When things go wrong, keep calm, and lead on 

Wherever you are in the world this week you are probably hearing about the Queen Elisabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. Personally, I’m impressed. Not with the pageantry around it, although some bits were really impressive, but with the amazing fact that this woman has been a successful leader for 70 years. This makes her the longest-reigning female […]

Leadership Superpower Most Leaders Avoid

People ask me sometimes if there is a skills-set that would magically solve most of their problems and give them leadership superpowers. Maybe you will be surprised, but I believe that there is such a “magic bullet”: I believe that assertive communication, when done skillfully, is a leadership superpower. And yet, most leaders avoid assertiveness […]

Are You a Manager or Leader?

There are several strong themes I see in leadership development and executive coaching this year.  One is “How can I increase engagement and motivation in my team/company?” Another: “How to be more assertive and have healthier boundaries?” and yet another “Is there a difference between being a manger and a leader? And if so, who […]

5 Things to Give Up to Improve Engagement and Performance

Becoming a better leader is sometimes as simple as removing a few things from your behavior. Recent data from Gallup’s 2021 State of the Global Workplace report (pdf) shows that a lack of engagement costs the global economy $8.1 trillion in lost productivity each year. And here is the clincher: Gallup has also found out that ca. […]

Will Smith’s Slap at the Oscars: What Leaders Can Learn

This year seems to be quickly filling up with events in the unusual category: “Things I never thought I’d witness / experience in my life”. Last Sunday gave us another example: the shocking behavior of one of the biggest celebrities of our times, Will Smith at the 94th Oscars ceremony: He punched the presenter, Chris […]

Most people won’t. Which means those that do, change everything

Many people want to make a difference, or be highly successful, but few actually do. What stands in their way?They lack the confidence to face rejection and failure, and to take the risks that lead to success. “Most people want to be fit, most people aren’t.Most people want to build a successful business, most people won’t.Most people […]

How strong is your relationship currency?

Relationships are critical to our happiness and success, both at work and in life.Based on the longest study of happiness spanning almost 80 years run by the Harvard University (the Grant and Glueck study) which has tracked the physical and emotional health of two groups: * 456 poor people in Boston from 1939 to 2014 […]

How to drive employee engagement in 4 steps

Each Monday morning most of your people are already NOT motivated to do the work you’ve hired them to do.If you think otherwise, look at the global statistics: According to Gallup World Poll:“The bulk of employees worldwide — 63% — are “not engaged,” meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest effort in organizational goals […]

Lead Them Like Vettel! – Leadership Lessons from F1 Racing

Can leadership be learned from watching F1 racing? You bet!  During the F1 Belgian Grand Prix last August, Sebastian Vettel demonstrated superb leadership skills (sans the X-rated language) when just minutes after he had urged the F1 race director Michael Masi to red-flag the qualifying session because of “too much water!” on the  track, another driver, McLaren’s Lando Norris crashed heavily in the torrential conditions at […]