Moving ideas on leadership & entrepreneurship.

Some things never change: Creation of great teams

Recently I found one of my workshop presentations I was running roughly 5 years ago. I conducted the workshop with some junior managers, who were supposed to delegate and lead a small team for the first time. We would kick off watching this video to show how others do “effective management” and then started thinking how we would do it differently. If you want to see the example video just have a look here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg5cdZ-Fnpc Running through the presentation now, 5 years later, I have to say some things never change. And what has been

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Art of Anchoring

Human perception and brain works on comparison. When we are given a set of information, everything after are defined around that information. When Nike has a premium collaborative shoe with an NBA star and they discount it 100$ to 199$, you are excited to get them. On the other hand there are many shoes in the same store you would think 100$ is a high price.  This is a great anchoring example. Not just pricing though, anchoring is huge all over our lives. Think of a deadline you are given, from that point on all

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Get closer to “YES!” – How to break up with your sunk cost fallacy bias

We all know Jessica, who – despite it being 1000% clear that she should break up with her partner – is still holding on to the idea that the relationship might turn to the better. She invested 2 years of her life to get close to that partner – and continues to invest time, emotional and physical energy instead of letting go.  The same happens with Tom and his financial investments into the company of his friend. He’s been helping out hoping for his friend’s to succeed. However, it actually became clear after 3 months

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Procrastination is Helpful

A few days ago, while chatting with a contractor, that word came into conversation: Productivity.   He was telling me his new methods and apps to suck much more out of time and how to kill procrastination. Expecting I would clap and join the ‘hustle’ push.   Hard to blame him as I was in a similar mindset a few years ago: bullet points, pomodoro, this many minute cycles and endless apps to keep my shit together.  That all changed, here is my take.   Procrastination is helpful.  Downtime is helpful. How so?    Productivity

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A Kick In the Behind for Your Confirmation Bias

Hey there! How’s your day been so far? Today, I’d like to look at our natural bias to seek information that affirm and substantiate our beliefs and assumptions: the lovely confirmation bias.  At first sight, this bias might seem nice, warm and cuddly. It deceives us with the idea of what we know is true. It pretends to help us to understand what should be expected in certain situations or from certain people. Our brains love to feel safe like that because it means there is no (dangerous) surprises. However, this bias keeps us from

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Starting from the End

This one is really big for me. Solving a problem, creating a product or aiming at anything, working backwards is perfect for increasing clarity and certainty.  Let’s say you have a problem, we all do. Now write the problem down in detail, this is your starting point. Instead of immediately thinking what to do as a next step, think of your desired outcome when problem is completely solved. Write your optimum solution, be realistic but detailed.  This is your end point.  Now work backwards from the end to the start step by step to see how you can connect the

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It’s Time to Let Go of Your Imposter Syndrome

Let’s talk about my friend Peter – a lovely guy, who is very intelligent and personable. Someone who has the ability to walk into a room of strangers, where he radiates his charm and wits and comes out with a bunch of new friends.  You might think Peter is a very confident guy. But he isn’t. Peter and I also used to work together and he was often, if not constantly doubting himself: “What if Tina thinks I am dumb?”; “Why did Martin say he needs to think about it?”; “The Directors are all in

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Why I Chose Radical Honesty

What if not being fully honest creates most of your problems? A few months ago I was talking to a contracter who works with me regularly. He is generally doing avarage work while thinking he is great. I realised, me not willing to share this with him keeps him from progress. Not just that, it keeps creating problems for my work which spreads to other areas.  This happens all the time. Not just in work but in relationships, investing, count it on… It is also true for my inner talk, there is always a tendency

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How to Destroy Performance Playing the Status Game

“Could you move that desk for me and bring me a coffee, I’m way too busy for this…” Sure, at a certain hierarchy level you are just too expensive to take care of certain stuff yourself. Why bother to take care of super basic everyday tasks? Isn’t there an intern who could do it?! What you lose You might’ve just started to become comfortable in your ivory tower. But what happened? You don’t hear from your colleagues? Your team seems far away and sometimes you have the feeling they rather make jokes on your behalf

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How to Set Goals the Smart Way

“We don’t want your distance from the goal crush you” Jordan Peterson Obviously people have difficulty to set goals and execute them. We know you can’t arrive a place if you don’t start moving towards a direction. Well executed goal setting is fulfilling and will increase your confidence, make you achieve future goals easier. The more you achieve, the more you will be likely to achieve. But why it doesn’t work for most people? A few reasons why goal setting is not working for you: You are not defining it in detail Too hard or

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