What to do when you are held back by lack of action?

Well, the easy answer is: Act. Do something. But if you are a like me, this is not so easy. Maybe you know this. You have a ton of ideas. You develop and conceptualize, but only a fraction if anything at all will see the light of day. The reasons can be various. A lack…

Do we need a new way of giving feedback?

There is enough evidence why feedback is important for us and our development. Still, receiving feedback is often something we dread. Especially when it is negative feedback. But also positive feedback can be something people don’t appreciate. For many of us it is very difficult to process feedback. Really process. With that I mean that…

How to become a good leader – VII

Part 6 This is my very subjective series on how to become a good leader. Everything I write serves as a reminder for myself and to give you an opportunity to reflect about your own leadership. It is probably good to start with the first part where I speak about the importance of crafting your leadership…

Tips for facilitators – III

Maybe you are an experienced trainer or facilitator or maybe you are completely new to the topic. I know it can be a difficult and for some even daunting task to facilitate a workshop or session, but there are ways to make it easier. In this series, I want to share some of my tips…

Tips for facilitators – II

Maybe you are an experienced trainer or facilitator or maybe you are completely new to the topic. I know it can be a difficult and for some even daunting task to facilitate a workshop or session, but there are ways to make it easier. In this series, I want to share some of my tips…

Tips for facilitators – I

I like to facilitate workshops. I actually very much like to be a facilitator. But what does facilitator mean? The Cambridge Dictionary defines facilitation in the following way: The act of helping other people to deal with a process or reach an agreement or solution without getting directly involved in the process, discussion, etc. yourself. However, often you will take on different roles such as the role of a coach or a trainer. I will…

Reflection: On being vulnerable

When you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I am rather open about my life and my feelings, and emotions. I was not always like that. When I was young, I was the opposite. I was very closed up trying to fight out everything with myself. That didn’t really work out…

Be alert when your employees get angry

This article is based on some of my own experiences, what I read in articles and from what friends told me. What unites most (if not all) of new employees, be it their first job or they just changed to a new employer, is their motivation and engagement. They want to help the company to…

How to become a good leader – VI

Part 5 This is my very subjective series on how to become a good leader. Everything I write serves as a reminder for myself and to give you an opportunity to reflect about your own leadership. It is probably good to start with the first part where I speak about the importance of crafting your leadership…

Unexpected leadership

This is a bit of a shameless self-marketing article =)… A couple of days ago, I facilitated a 2-hour-long workshop titled “unexpected leadership”.  I admit that the title is a bit clickbaity. The goal was to attract as many of my colleagues as possible, because this topic benefits from a diverse range of opinions and…

How to become a good leader – V

Part 4 This is my very subjective series on how to become a good leader. Everything I write serves as a reminder for myself and to give you an opportunity to reflect about your own leadership. It is probably good to start with the first part where I speak about the importance of crafting your leadership…