Can annual appraisals be enjoyable even? Part II

How my preparation made annual appraisals very productive and constructive In last week’s part I,  I shared the general structure and an overview of what I consider an effective and positive appraisal process. If you have missed that, here is the link to catch up. This…

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Enhancing employee engagement and motivation

My tested and proven ways to grow and sustain increased engagement of people in organisations The following ideas and tips are based on the assumption that intrinsic motivation is one of the key contributing factors for employee engagement. Intrinsic motivation comes from within a person and…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 3 – Effective Communication

Leadership is mostly about communication. So, effective communication is also a key competency for virtual leaders. This is now post #3 of an 8-post-series on the subject after the introduction and the one on self-leadership. And today, I would like to present you the second…

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Kill that meeting bug!

How I fight the infectious disease of meeteritis More often than not when I start engaging with a new client scheduling the first meeting seems a challenge for the leader. And indeed, if you look into the diaries of these people they are overcrowded with…

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Leading People is an art not a trick

Developing the leadership competencies of your staff can have a high positive impact As a consultant and trainer I am frequently involved in training programmes to develop the leadership capabilities of employees in companies and institutes. In large companies there is often an in-company training…

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Don’t let the shadow of one personal value become too large

Exaggerated focus on a single value bears the risk of creating an imbalance in leadership behaviour Working as a coach I experience sometimes phases where clients from different industries or organisational levels bring the same challenge into the conversation. In recent weeks, such a theme…

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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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Emotional Intelligence: essential for outstanding leadership

Although high IQ is a must have to be successful in your job, a high EQ, emotional intelligence, is the factor required to stand out as a leader. The concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been spread widely since the mid 1990’s partly due to…

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Help: virtual work is becoming viral …

... and not limited to multinational companies Some years ago it was my firm belief that virtual working was only found in multinational companies: people across the globe working on the same task or project need to work in a virtual way. Those dispersed teams…

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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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Emotional Intelligence: how to calibrate your compass?

In previous blogs we wrote about the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and the use of feedback instruments. In this contribution, we want to combine these two aspects which lead to a very powerful combination for people in leading roles to strengthen their leadership.    …

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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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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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Emotional Intelligence: your stepping stone for 2016 to excel your leadership effectiveness

Although high IQ is a must have to be successful in your job, a high EQ, emotional intelligence, is the factor to separate the wheat from the chaff in outstanding performance. The concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been spread widely since the mid 1990’s…

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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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The importance of continuous feedback for personal growth

  Feedback on behaviour and performance is a crucial step in developing people. This is more than the annual performance appraisal: when done on a regular basis it helps people to stay focused on their personal development and growth. Traditionally employees are appraised on a…

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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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“Are we shy, rude or just weird?” – The perspective of an introvert

Have you ever been in a meeting and were completely surprised by that colleague who never seems to contribute anything but suddenly presents the team with a great idea or solution to a problem? … or … are you actually that person who prefers to…

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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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Freedom of speech ?

The recent Charlie Hebdo affair in Paris has brought the topic of free speech into the news. It has reawakened the debate about the balance in free society between the right to say what one wants to say and the duty of not causing deliberate…

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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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