Musings on Love – X

What happens if you do not talk? This is about every relationship we have that is meaningful to us. When it comes to the relationship with your partner, everything is amplified, because being in a relationship means there are additional expectations towards each other. Unfortunately, often they are not voiced. So what happens if we…

Can playing around with intensity improve our performance at work?

When you are doing sports, the answer is an obvious yes. Athletes vary the intensity all the time to put their bodies under stress and to improve their performance. The question is whether this could also be beneficial at work? In a soccer match, you cannot go full speed from start to finish. Sure, you…

How to become a good leader? – IV

Part 3 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…

Should companies adjust their career paths?

Today, I had a short conversation with a colleague about how a “normal” career path can force us to do something we don’t want. To be more specific, we spoke about the possibility for a person to decide if she/he wants to become an expert or if she/he wants to become a leader/manager. The regular…

How to become a good leader? – III

Part 2 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…

How to become a good leader? – II

This is the second installment of my “How to become a good leader” series. It definitely makes sense to read the first part where I speak about the importance of crafting your leadership vision. In case you didn’t read the first article, I want to stress again that this is my subjective view and I…

How to become a good leader? – I

Let me begin with that what I consider a good leader might differ from your own view and that is totally okay. I even want you to challenge what I write and maybe add how you see it. I am convinced that becoming the best leader one can be is a lifelong process and once…

It is Difficult to be Open-Minded, if You Don’t Listen

Many people say about themselves that they are open-minded. Sometimes, I have the feeling that this is not really true. Maybe it is ignorance. I cannot really tell. I say that, if you don’t listen, you cannot really be open-minded.

A Different Kind of Human-Centeredness

Human-centered or human-centric, those are terms I hear more and more. Be it in marketing, designing and developing products and services, and when speaking about changes in organizational structures. Design Thinking is one approach with being human-centered as its core focus. I support the development to bring the human more into the center. I also…

Steps to build a good team climate

What is one of the most important things you need to know about when you take on a leadership role? Well, you should know about the requirements and you should know what you are talking about when it comes to daily operations. In addition, I think at least equally important is to get to know…

Why it might be a good idea to have a mentor at work

Yesterday, I had dinner with a friend and colleague from work. We spoke about different things, but one topic, we spoke about a bit longer: leadership. Part of it was also how we can develop ourselves and what kind of help would be good. At one point in the conversation we spoke about the role…