Inspiration through metaphors from nature

How nature created one of my best coaching experiences In my work as a coach in organisations I usually meet my clients in meeting rooms or in a virtual setting also indoors. Very early on I learned to be cautious in the selection of such…

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How I boosted the engagement in my dispersed teams – Part II

The recipe for delivering a compelling vision In last week's blog I had reasoned that as the leader of a virtual team you can boost the engagement in your team through a compelling vision. I had also outlined the 5 ingredients necessary to make a…

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How I boosted engagement in my dispersed teams – Part I

The ingredients for a compelling vision As mentioned many times before, organisations are getting highly dispersed. One of the biggest risks in dispersed organisations is that members are far less engaged than in co-located organisational units. Over and over again this challenge surfaces in conversations…

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How to set yourself up for great virtual meetings – Part II

The things “aside” most people do not pay attention to but make a great difference in virtual meetings Virtual meetings should be fun and effective and not frustrating or energy draining. With this attitude in mind I have - in part I of this blog - focused…

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How to set yourself up for great virtual meetings – Part I

Attention to small „aside“ things make for better virtual meetings In previous blogs I have described various aspects that influence the perception of the quality of virtual meetings and the engagement of people. If you have missed these blogs check them out here. Working as…

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Have your fingers in the P.I.E. – Part 1

Three dimensions to manage your career in an organisation Recently the question how to best manage one's career has surfaced several times in my coaching engagements. These clients held firm beliefs that their performance would speak for themselves and foster their career. In addition, they…

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Trust: the magic ingredient in Virtual Teams

My one essential ingredient leading a dispersed team effectively Leading over distance, being a virtual leader, is the norm in most international organisations. Yet, it is a widespread view in business that virtual teams are often managed badly and are performing way under their potential…

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How my challenging conversations became effective

Communicating in difficult times 5 things to ask yourself and 4 steps to enhance your effectiveness We are living in times when leading people and organisations can be a very challenging job. We have to make tough calls with budgets, people and programmes – tougher…

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Do you waste talent in your organisation by adding admin tasks?

Budget efficiency vs. effective talent utilisation - a critical review Over the years we have observed more and more admin jobs, like data input in tracking systems or travel booking, being replaced by IT-systems to support managerial and operational aspects of running an organisational unit.…

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Power up your resilience

The mindset that drives your ability to recover from setbacks The first few weeks of 2018 have already gone by. Many people will have set resolutions for new behaviour or goals in private or business life at the beginning of January.  Sometimes they are easy…

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Technology: does it help or hinder your virtual team?

Two factors you should consider when choosing the technologies to use Many discussions with leaders of virtual teams sooner or later lead to the question whether the importance of technology and its role in virtual collaboration is over- or under-estimated. From my personal experience and…

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Three tips to keep engagement in virtual meetings high
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Three tips to keep engagement in virtual meetings high

How often have you led or participated in virtual meetings where the engagement of the other participants seemed to be low and discussion limited only to two or three persons? In a recent discussion with a virtual team leader we discussed exactly this challenge. It was not…

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Review of VLD-Café session #2

Session theme: Mastering presence in virtual meetings The beginning of our session was particularly interesting, as for some visitors it was rather unusual to have the webcam on. Hence, we started talking about when the use of webcams is appropriate and when it would actually get in…

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Part 2 – How to boost presence in virtual meetings

Very often I hear from leaders that they consider videoconferencing the ultimate way of interacting remotely and be present. This is true if you still rely on visual tools as the one and only form of expressing your presence. Research shows that the selection of technology…

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Part 1: How to boost your presence in virtual meetings

In recent years virtual leadership has matured from an exception to being almost the norm in international organisations. Many conversations I have with leaders who are more and more exposed to virtual leadership show that different mindsets are necessary to be effective in a virtual context.…

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Listening – a key step for building followership

How often have you experienced bosses you worked for giving you the impression that their behaviour was not really authentic but more of a simulated role they have learned in some of their training courses. How strong was your followership to those bosses? In the…

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Important for leaders to know: What really motivates people!  – a paradigm shift

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For decades we have been told that the principles of effective motivation are being build on the simple carrot-and-stick model. Generations of leaders have followed these principles in trying to create motivation in people working for them. Even though, over the years, motivational principles contained…

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Your ONE essential for being an effective Virtual Leader

Leading at a distance, being a virtual leader, is becoming the norm in international organizations. Yet research shows  that less than 30% of virtual leaders are perceived as being effective and successful. I am sure no leader in that position is happy with such an…

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How to resolve the loyalty challenge as leader of virtual teams

Working with virtual teams is a common place in multinational organisations these days. As we all know, next to motivation, loyalty between the local organisation and the virtual team can become a challenge for the people working in your virtual team. This challenge of staying loyal…

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Vision: Key to effective leadership in a virtual / dispersed context

In today's organisational reality leaders in medium to large companies name complexity and virtuality of their work as the key challenges. Especially working in a virtual context is becoming much more dominant and the norm in international business settings. The real challenge is, however, that…

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Victim mentality in organisations – the ‘Greek effect’ – …

... and how to get people out of it Those who have been following the events in Greece over the last months and maybe even years may have noticed that a rather strange mentality seems to have developed. Everybody in Europe and especially the economically…

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Managing innovation in the global marketplace – Part 3

(co-author: Ian M Clark) The following is the last of 3 parts of an article on the challenges around managing the global transfer of innovation in today's businesses. It was originally written for and published in the "SOFW Kosmetikjahrbuch 2014". Parts 1 and 2 were…

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Managing innovation in the global marketplace – Part 2

(co-author: Ian M Clark) The following is the second of 3 parts of an article on the challenges around managing the global transfer of innovation in today's businesses. It was originally written for and published in the "SOFW Kosmetikjahrbuch 2014". The first part was posted…

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Managing Innovation in the global marketplace – Part 1

(co-author: Ian M Clark) The following is the first of 3 parts of an article on the challenges around managing the global transfer of innovation in today's businesses. It was originally written for and published in the "SOFW Kosmetikjahrbuch 2014". The Analysis Speed of innovation…

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Lessons for effective leaders from latest insights into neurosciences

For the first time, the ICF (International Coach Federation) Germany organised a two-day Summer-University in August 2013 with a focus on the latest results of neuroscience and what leaders and coaches could learn from these. Over the course of two days eight key speakers, experts in the…

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The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice

Works on the subject of leadership weigh down bookstore shelves the world over. Tomes tell you how to be a 30-second manager, how to inspire your employees like Churchill, and the three keys to "strength-based leadership." Everyone has been writing about leadership, in fact, except…

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Effective conversations

Communicating in difficult times, 5 things to ask yourself and 4 steps to enhance your effectiveness We are living in times when leading people and organisations can be a very challenging job. We have to make tough calls with budgets, people and programmes - tougher…

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Book review: Difficult conversations

Difficult conversations are those that make your pulse jump, the ones you aren't sure whether or not to attempt. The authors of Difficult Conversations present tools and a clear roadmap for helping to navigate the bumpy roads associated with these challenging conversations. The book is…

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Does your virtual team have everything it needs?

Tools for self assessment related to working in virtual teams How do you select the team leader for an important project that is spread over several geographical locations? Or how do you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a leader of a virtual team so…

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Book review: Closing the innovation gap

“Fundamental or scientific innovations are not only important to companies and the economy. They affect everyone’s life” , writes innovation thinker and entrepreneur Judy Estrin in her book. She creates a strong case for innovation building a strong economic future for everyone. Judy Estrin looks…

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The complexity spiral

A black hole for budget in innovative organizations? Although complexity is not really perceived as a sensational subject to write about, billions of Euros are sunk in the industry due to unnecessary complexity. It makes one wonder why this subject does not get more attention…

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Complexity Management – how to maintain or create added value

Interview with Dr. Wolfgang Amann, Executive Director Executive Education, Goethe Business School Frankfurt Short biography: Dr. oec. (HSG) Wolfgang Amann learned his research skills at the Wharton School in Philadelphia and his executive education skills at IMD in Lausanne. After gathering experience in top management…

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Clay Christensen’s Milkshake Marketing

by Carmen Nobel When planning new products, companies often start by segmenting their markets and positioning their merchandise accordingly. This segmentation involves either dividing the market into product categories, such as function or price, or dividing the customer base into target demographics, such as age,…

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Book Review: Managing Complexity in Global Organisations
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Book Review: Managing Complexity in Global Organisations

This book delivers new IMD insights on an emerging challenge - how to deal with overwhelming complexity. Global organizations face a complex decision-making environment. On one hand, diversity of cultures, customers, competitors and regulations create complexity. On the other, competitive pressures cause in growing countries…

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Book recommendation: Managing Yourself
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Book recommendation: Managing Yourself

Honestly, how often did you come back from a training course and thought “I have heard that before”? It is human nature that we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience which is stored somewhere in our brain and we know what should be…

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Book excerpt: A Sense of Urgency

Urgency can be a positive force in companies, says leadership expert and HBS professor emeritus John P. Kotter. His new book, A Sense of Urgency (Harvard Business Press), makes that conviction clear. Our excerpt describes how leaders might skillfully transform a crisis into an organizational…

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Local R&D Strategies and Multi-Location Firms: The Role of Internal Linkages

While geographic co-location has obvious benefits for firm innovation, it can also have serious drawbacks. HBS professor Juan Alcácer and Ross School of Business professor Minyuan Zhao explore how firms tap into the rich resources of technology clusters while protecting the value of their innovations.…

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Book review: Find Your Power

Subject matter: self management Author: Dr. Chris Johnstone Publisher: Permanent Publications, May 2010 Find Your Power describes how to strengthen your ability to bring about positive change, both in your life and our world. Drawing on insights from addictions recovery, positive psychology, storytelling and holistic…

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Sharpening Your Skills: Successful Negotiation

Can you out-negotiate Wal-Mart? Can women overcome gender stereotypes to win equitable pay? Recent research from Harvard Business School looks at important factors to consider before sitting down at the bargaining table. Sharpening Your Skills dives into the HBS Working Knowledge archives to bring together…

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