Know your WHY! – Part 2

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Leadership, Personal development, Self management | 0 comments

It is a key element in leadership effectiveness. In the first part of this blog I outlined the WHY, our purpose in life, and explained why I believe it is important for you to know and talk about it. In this second part, I will write about how you can get clarity about your WHY, and I will provide some recommendations of books which I found extremely helpful for an exploration and journey to my WHY.   What is NOT a purpose in life in this context? Before diving into some tips on how you can explore or revisit what your purpose in life is, I...


Know your WHY! – Part 1

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Leadership, Personal development, Self management | 0 comments

It is a key element in leadership effectiveness I have split this blog in two parts. In this first part, I will write about what I mean with the WHY and explain why I believe it is important to know about it and to talk about it. In the second part (next week), I will write how you can get clarity about your particular WHY. So what do I mean with the WHY? In the most simplistic way it is our answer to the question: why do you really get up in the morning? Or: why are you here? Because what we are here...


Check-in: the ritual to increase engagement and focus in meetings

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Communication, Effective meetings, Online meetings | 0 comments

Clients regularly tell us that they have unsatisfactory meetings where the participants are not really engaged. No matter whether a meeting is face-to-face or virtual via phone or video, you need the engagement of participants to make it effective. Therefore, let’s focus on how you can boost that engagement and create focus for your meetings. The magic word is: “check-in”. If this sounds like boarding a plane, that’s indeed not a bad metaphor. At the start of every meeting the host makes a quick round of all participants, checking in with questions like these: How are you today? (How...


Review of VLD-Café session #4

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Communication, Online meetings, Virtual Leadership, VLD-Cafe | 0 comments

Unfortunately, our 3rd session had to be cancelled -so you won’t find a review of it here. We hope this will remain a one-off, as the feedback from participants so far was very positive and encouraging to continue with this new, innovative format even if not many people can really see how it can work. As soon as they have tried, they are convinced. It does work! And the 4th session of our VLD-Café online get-together has proven it again. The subject this time was about What it takes to get high engagement in virtual meetings The different perspectives brought into the discussion...


Employee motivation and engagement

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Communication, Leadership, Personal development, Self management | 0 comments

  How to grow and sustain increased engagement of people in your organization? 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 has a strong connection to the person’s self-esteem and self-worthiness. In general, it is connected to positive emotions which create a strong memory and a long-lasting effect.  In a simplified way, I differentiate three levels of possible interventions which have an increasing potential of boosting intrinsic motivation in people: Level: day-to-day recognition and praise Level: use of...