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Relationships: IDEA #1: Honour The Individual

leadership relationships Jun 11, 2021
Relationships....THE most discussed topic in my sessions with my clients.
 
No surprise here - building and maintaining good relationships is not just a "useful" and absolutely crucial skill for any leader for achieving top results.
 
It even determines how happy we feel. That's not just me claiming it - it is the result of the longest-standing study of Harvard spanning 80+ years by now that confirms what we secretly (or openly) already knew all along (just google it and you'll find many links referring to it).
 
BIGGEST source of issues
 
💥 In my line of work, I regularly experience that the most severe and time-consuming issues in business arise from the interaction between people.
 
And in private life. I bet you knew THAT one.
 
Let's face it - there is no dividing line between those two areas anyway!
 
On top of that, lots of people who are in a separation phase seem to gravitate to me - and talking to them about the issues of...
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The 29 Most Crucial Lessons I've Learned About Communication In The Last 3 Decades

The end of the year is always a good possibility to reflect & review. I went a bit further back - not just one year, which in all fairness also has to do with the fact that I put together a course about this immensely important topic.

Communication is complex and I keep learning, understanding and feeling what holds us together as human beings, what creates the glue and which is the basis for connection and collaboration.

So here's what I found in the last decades, condensed in 29 points. I hope that serves you.

  1. The quality of our conversations/communication determines the quality of ALL of our relationships. Regardless of how much I twisted and turned this - this is always true. Professionally as well as personally.
  2. REAL listening is a huge part of successful communication. And among the top 3 competencies, I have identified. The bad news: doing it right is so much harder than I ever thought. Particularly when someone says something that rubs me the wrong way! The good news:...
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Are You In The Monkey Trap?

Last week my 24-year-old son came to me telling me that his computer was causing a lot of trouble and he required help from me.

Which in the end - GASP - I refused to give.

Here's why and what that has to do with the monkey trap.

I've been a single mum for a long time - so I was the one my children came to for support for basically anything.

I was the rock.

The encyclopedia.

The timekeeper.

The defender.

The one who knows where everything is.

Useful when the kids are small(er). 

Eventually, this can become rather a hindrance for both parties - I'll come to the WHY in a moment. 

But let me tell you the story first.

Obviously, the OS (operating system) was compromised, and he wanted me to download a version of it onto my computer and give it to him on a USB stick. No problem. 

It quickly turned out though that I did not have the right stick, so he went and bought another one, only to find out that it was not t just a simple download, but a major act of producing a...

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How to keep yourself & your team aligned working both, remotely & in the office

 

It looks like we won't get rid of the Corona situation and the consequences any time soon. Part of it is that many people still work remotely, some work in the office while keeping distance, some do both. 

That creates its own challenges. And even more so when you're a leader in another country than your home country - in other words, if you are an expat. Or if you start new in an organisation during these times and desire to get to know and align your team. 

So, now I've recently started - together with a befriended leadership coach - a Meetup group in the Munich area, particularly (but not exclusively) for Expat Leaders. And this was exactly the topic we discussed in our very first Meetup event on September 4th. 

Here's the video which we recorded to make the information accessible for more people and we discussed these issues:

* Keeping communication and coordination of work up

 * Little informal time to chat

 * People spread out

 * Feeling of...

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5-Minute Leadership Wisdom #1: What to do when someone attacks me verbally?

emotion video Jun 02, 2020
 

I dare saying that all people have experienced that: someone - maybe out of the blue - attacks them verbally, kicking off strong reactions inside.

"What a moron" - probably one of the thoughts coming up...followed by anger, rage, frustration, shame...you name it.

Here's a quick way of how do deal with that - immediately when it happens.

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5-Minute Leadership Wisdom #2: What to do when people talk over you again and again?

 

Do you know the feeling when people interrupt you all the time and it's hard to finish a sentence, let alone anything longer? That can be infuriating and very disruptive...and it can easily feel like you're not respected by the other person.

Here's what to do and how to deal with these situations. 

And as a side effect this will generate more respect from the other person. Promised. 

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5-Minute Leadership Wisdom #7: What to do when your brain works overtime relentlessly?

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2020
 

....and where tigers and Prof Dumbledore's Pensieve play a role.

What to do as a leader when your head is constantly full of thoughts bouncing back and forth relentlessly in the head almost all the time (even at night)?

Most people have a lot going on in their lives. And when they're leaders they also have responsibility for others, for teams or even whole companies. No wonder their brains work overtime.

This is not only exhausting, it might even affect a good night sleep and the potential to think straight and make good decisions.

Here's what helps.

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5-Minute Leadership Wisdom #6: No time for self-care? Then do this.

 

5-Minute Leadership Wisdom: What can I do if I never seem to have time to take care of myself, to relax, to do exercise...you name it.

Well, here's the two-fold answer to that - and it's actually rather easy.

#personalleadership #leadership #selfcare #choice #selflove

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5-Minute Leadership Wisdom #4: What to do when people don't understand and don't get your message

 

Why can't they get it - it's so easy?...you might think.

Here are two surprising and probably rather counterintuitive tips on how to change this quickly and effectively.

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5-Minute Leadership Wisdom #3: If you're a perfectionist - this is for you

 

We all know someone who says he or she is a perfectionist. Here's what's behind and 2 crucial things to know about it. 

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