Narrative Leadership

Yesterday PWN Amsterdam organized a great event about Narrative Leadership: The art of speaking so others can hear you. The speaker, David Drake,  an experienced American coach and the creator of  narrative coaching answered the questions: Why narrative leadership is more than storytelling How to use the iMAP frame to communicate better How to use narrative design to structure your message How… Read More

On Change

Do people really change? I believe we all have asked ourselves this question at some point in our lives. The “paradox of success”, according to Charles Handy, occurs because we need to change before we have to change. However, “when things are going well we feel no reason to change.” There are two ways people… Read More

A Constant Sense of Priority

Bob Cannan, the CEO of Eagle Productivity Solutions , says that One of the worst feelings that high achievers have — which is self-defeating — is that they have to get everything done, and that’s really the one thing that breaks a lot of ambitious people. [… ]The one thing that I try to advise… Read More

Information Overload

I feel overloaded with information and I admit I cannot catch up even with the things I really want to follow. Don’t get me wrong – I love information and I can’t live without research. However, what bothers me is that there is almost no time left to THINK. To digest what we read. To… Read More

This is water

Start the weekend with a great piece of wisdom – watch one of the most honest, provoking commencement speeches ever. It was delivered by David Foster Wallace to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College, three years before David took his own life. “The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important… Read More

Nothing Fails Like Success

Weekly business advice:  Be aware of the quiet, slow danger of active inertia There is no better time to talk about the term active inertia than today, in the age of uncertainty and disruption. According to Donald Sull, a Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School, “active inertia is the condition of doing what you’ve always… Read More

Some Thoughts On Leadership

I am fed up with articles which present leadership as an easy effort and an overnight success – just google the word leadership and you will see 458,000,000 search results. To paraphrase a famous quote “leaders are like ghosts, everybody talks about them, but few have seen them”. There are millions of articles insulting our… Read More

Can Leadership Be Taught?

Two days ago I came back from a fairytale place called Windermere where I spent 5 days attending an Open Leadership Program organized by Impact International. I have been following Impact’s work for  a year, so I was quite excited about the opportunity to participate in their program. Below is nothing but my opinion of how… Read More

Smartest guy in the room?

Worse than surrounding yourself with stupid people is surrounding yourself with smart people and not letting them act. Worse than not asking for their opinion, is asking for it and not hearing it, because you are always right. There are two things we should do: hire the best and get out of the way. When… Read More