My monthly tip for virtual leaders: how body language comes across in virtual meetings

To consciously include body language in online conversations might not be an obvious thing, but it is important and simple enough This month's theme for the tip has been triggered by a former colleague of mine. He had gone through a training on LinkedIn Learning…

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New thinking for coaching Agile Teams

Effective team coaching has to focus more on the distributed competencies in the collective Depending on the industry, most companies experience what it means to operate in a [tooltip text="Volatility-Uncertainty-Complexity-Ambiguity"]VUCA[/tooltip] driven market. In order to keep up with these dynamics and uncertainties organisations are changing…

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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 2 – Self leadership

Self leadership is a key competency for sustainable and impactful leadership in a virtual context As announced in the opening blog post of this series this is the first of seven competencies I want to present, and reflect on how you can develop this further…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building resilience

The following is a conversation I had with Dr. Chris Johnstone about his new book about resilience and positive change.             About Chris Johnstone: Chris Johnstone is a medical doctor, addictions specialist and empowerment coach with over twenty years experience…

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Persönlichkeit, Entscheidung und Verhalten: Warum es so schwierig ist, sich und andere zu ändern

Please note: as this book is only available in German language, we have not translated the following outline into English. Thank you for your understanding. Wie entscheiden wir und wie sollten wir entscheiden? Die besten Entscheidungen gelten als diejenigen, die möglichst stark vom Verstand und…

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