Virtual Leadership effectiveness: 4 success factors

My tips for leaders transitioning to virtual organisational structures to remain effective in their leadership without excessive traveling The horror of going virtual In recent weeks I have started working for a European company that went from almost exclusively local organisational structures to 100% virtual structures.…

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Advancing your leadership in the virtual world – Part 1 – Introduction

THE 7 key competencies which make you highly effective as a virtual leader Looking into larger organisations and how their structures have evolved over the past years I see the dispersion of functions and their teams across sites, national or global, as the norm.  As a response…

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Focus – the gateway to effective and efficient work patterns

Creating focus through mindfulness - an experience with senior leaders On a regular basis my coaching clients bring up the theme of becoming more effective or efficient in their job. In some cases it's as simple as rebuilding the awareness for prioritisation and proper time…

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The magic of silent retreats

My strategy to keep connected to myself in the high-paced business world Working with leaders in organisations I have noticed a continuous acceleration of the pace of business over the years. In some organisations it feels like they are breaking the sound barrier with their…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Coaching sales professionals

Usually we are asked to deliver coaching to managers in organisations where they have staff reporting to them and they are tasked with improving the functioning of their department. We coach mainly by taking the coachee through considering the tasks and challenges of managing money…

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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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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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Crisis management: Insights from brain research

Interview with Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhard Roth Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhard Roth is Neurobiologist and Director of the Institute for Brain Research at Bremen University, Germany. He is also President (Rektor) of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, and President of the German National Academic Foundation. He published…

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