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ACCOMPANIMENT FROM A DISTANCE May 05, 2019

Last week @Die Presse asked me and other coaches about our experiences with online and face-to-face coaching. You can read the whole article here.

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HIGH TIME TO ROUND OFF YOUR LEARNING Mar 31, 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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WHO EVER SAID QUESTIONS WERE TABOO? Mar 03, 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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SHUT UP AND LISTEN Jan 06, 2019

I bet you didn’t know that coaching is like painting.

Painting? Yes: as in painting walls.

Let’s assume you want to paint your living room walls. The first thing you’re going to do is drive to the DIY store to get the necessary equipment. You want a perfect result, so you buy...

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WHY YOU SHOULDN'T LET YOUR UNFILTERED EMOTIONS TAKE OVER Dec 02, 2018

Phew! What an exhausting meeting. Leaving the room, John feels dead-beat. The introduction of the new HR software seems to be going nowhere and he feels deeply frustrated. But there’s no time for emotions. Dozens of e-mails are waiting, plus he’s only got half an hour left before his...

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ON COMPLEXITY AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES Nov 04, 2018

9:30 p.m. in Shanghai. Seated around the conference table are managers of a multinational IT company, looking at me and each other with big eyes. "Oh, I know about VUCA challenges, alright," James is saying, “in sales, we struggle with them every day." "Oh, come on,” Sylvia butts in,...

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HOW READY ARE YOU FOR VUCA? Nov 04, 2018

Everything going on around us is becoming increasingly difficult to predict these days. Share prices, for example, can seesaw dramatically within a very short space of time – and have indeed lacked stability for some years now. The surprise element truly seems to have become almost a...

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LEAVING AN ESTABLISHED PLAYER TO JOIN A START-UP: A ROCKY CHANGE Sep 30, 2018

Will I fit in? What do superiors and colleagues think of me? How can I make a difference? Changing jobs is always a venture into the unknown. More likely than not, you (or your staff) will wonder whether you fit in. The situation gets particularly difficult when you leave an established company...

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HOW TO PROVIDE AD-HOC SUPPORT THROUGH COACHING Sep 02, 2018

"There’s this person on my team and I just don't know how to handle her. Can you help?" a supervisor asks her division manager. Now imagine that division manager were you: What would you tell her? This may not sound like a typical coaching-tools situation at first; its label doesn’t...

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BETTER TO COACH WELL THAN TO COURT IN VAIN Jul 01, 2018

Dear entrepreneurs, dear managers:

Whether we've met before or not – I expect you'll all agree with my hypothesis: Important and responsible tasks should only be delegated to capable, highly committed people. Which, in my experience, immediately raises the next question: Where can you find...

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VUCA AT TOP MANAGEMENT Jun 04, 2018

VUCA is not only something you hear about in the daily press, but have more than likely already experienced to some extent. Things going on around us are becoming increasingly difficult to predict these days. Share prices can seesaw dramatically within a very short space of time – and have...

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UNCERTAINTY – WHEN UNPREDICTABILITY CALLS May 06, 2018

The upcoming product launch of a competitor not only casts a dark cloud over the future of your company, but also the market. Rumours about a merger at one of your top clients make precise planning almost impossible. And then just last week, one of the key people in your team collapsed due to...

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