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Queen from B2 to B6 Bishop from C7 to G3 ... or what I learned from this week... Mar 25, 2020

 Week 1, since we all together started to contribute to #flatenthecurve by #stayinghome.

If you feel like me - impressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and inspired at the same time (just to mention a few emotions I went through) - you might also enjoy a moment of self analysis.

 Maybe...

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OUR HAPPY FACE LOOKS THE SAME ALL OVER THE WORLD: Facial expressions can be analyzed Dec 01, 2019

A very frequent asked question of my clients is:

 

Can you really analyze facial expressions? Are there any scientifically proven facts beyond famous TV Shows like “Lie to me”? (http://www.paulekman.com/lie-to-me/) Or is this just pure nonsense?

 

I have been studying the...

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May the Force Be With You –Enhancing Business Success With Coaching Tools Nov 03, 2019

What do coaching and management have in common – and why does it make sense for managers to borrow from the coaches’ toolbox? This article provides answers.

 

At some point in your workday you’d probably love to have the serenity of a Jedi – wouldn't you? Especially...

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT #1 - IS CHANGE ALWAYS AGILE? Sep 30, 2019

The other week I was invited to Italy to give a keynote speech on „How to get management ready for change.” With a group of 30 entrepreneurs I discussed the key lessons I took away from working with boards and market-leading companies across Europe. Over the next few weeks,...

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COACHING SUCCESS DOESN'T FALL INTO YOUR LAP Sep 01, 2019

Imagine you want to buy a a new sofa for your living room. You check out various furniture stores, do a few test-sits, run your fingers across surfaces, compare fabrics and colors. Eventually you pick a sofa and look forward to its delivery.

Finally, delivery day comes. The movers carry in your...

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WHEN DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS EATS UP STRATEGY Aug 04, 2019

“With top managers and strategy, it’s often like with young teenagers and sex," a senior manager once told me, "they talk about it all the time but rarely ever get down to business." Well, while this may be painful for the teenagers at worst (*if* the observation holds true), for the...

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ATD CONFERENCE 2019: IMPACT AND INSPIRATION Aug 04, 2019

Washington, May 2019 – the World's Largest Talent Development Conference, a three-day event hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), attracted some 11,000 people. Keynote speakers included celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Seth Godin. A multitude of international...

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SCALING QUESTIONS Aug 01, 2019

On a scale from one to ten, how important is family to you? How important is it to have a partner with a good sense of humor? These are questions you typically find on dating platforms. They are designed to find out what makes you tick and what you want from a future partner. All you have to do...

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HIGH TIME TO ROUND OFF YOUR LEARNING Jul 10, 2019

When the railway was first invented over 200 years ago, doctors believed that its speed – less than 20 miles per hour – was a life hazard. By comparison, the current digital transformation feels like a real race. And yet: before long we will realize it’s been a leisurely ride so...

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TRUST IN ONLINE COACHING Jun 30, 2019

Over the past five years, the general interest in online coaching has grown enormously and so, more and more people ask me how it differs from real-life coaching. Some also express doubts, wondering whether online coaching can really work. After all, coaching is strongly based on empathy and...

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COACHING: ARE YOU STILL PUSHING OR ALREADY PULLING? Jun 02, 2019

High noon, at the senior management conference of a large chemical company. Tom Mayer, old war horse and enigmatic leader, clears his throat. "Ladies and Gentlemen: The digital revolution has finally arrived here,” he starts. “I will personally see to it that one by one, all our...

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WHO EVER SAID QUESTIONS WERE TABOO? Jun 02, 2019

Romeo and Juliet are lying on the floor, dead. There is a puddle of water and some broken glass. What happened? I use this little riddle in my seminars, encouraging participants to ask open questions to find the solution. Those who don't know it usually offer the wildest theories, but hardly...

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