When I discuss role models for outstanding leadership with my executive coaching clients, always one name come to mind: Nelson Mandela. On the occasion of the great man’s 94th birthday, here is my personal essence of his leadership lessons.
What do football and business have in common? When the team does not perform the leader gets fired. When you are a leader, blaming others does not help. What helps is asking yourself what you as the leader have to change.
Executive Coaching case study: how an overwhelmed Western director in Asia learned to overcome negative self-talk, regain self-confidence, and succeed on his expat assignment.
When you need “Work-Life Balance” something is terribly wrong in your life. The term implies that you are not living while you are working. And when you are not living then aren’t you… err… dead?
Problems and challenging situations are inevitable. That is true for your professional as well as for your personal life. The question is how you deal with the challenges effectively.
A typical human reaction to difficult situations is to blame other people. Often we see ourselves as victims of the circumstances. But is that true? In most cases it is not.
In any unpleasant situation you have to ask yourself first: in how far am I part of the problem? What part of the problem am I causing myself? And as inconvenient as it may be, we have to be brutally honest with the answer.
Many managers who were once identified as high potentials get stuck at some point in their careers. Decision makers get second thoughts about the manager’s capabilities dealing with a broader job scope. Or, what’s worse, the manager gets promoted and suddenly finds him-/herself on the fast track to derailment…
The MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®) is the most powerful personality instrument to enhance leadership capabilities, improve communication, and boost team effectiveness. MBTI® looks at four dichotomies: direction of energy, perception, decision making, and life orientation. This results in sixteen basic personality types. Understanding your personality and how you are different from others helps you lead people to success as well as to grow personally & professionally.
Organizational complicatedness has risen by a factor of 35 since 1955 according to the Harvard Business Review.
If you too spend more time reporting KPIs rather than achieving them, here’s the way out: get the big picture first, then focus on less. Identify the critical few success factors to achieve your organizations’s overall goal, and focus on these consistently.
To make your way effectively thorough the jungle of performance targets, simply keep the three keys to success in mind: Direction, Focus and Execution! Once you do this consistently you will be amazed how success will trigger even more success.
As the saying goes, you cannot prevent the pain, but suffering is optional. Here’s how to lead yourself and others through crisis:
1. You cannot control the events in your life. But you can control how you respond to them. Ask yourself these two empowering questions: What can I learn from this? How can I turn this around?
2. You get what you focus on. So focus on the solution, not the problem.
3. Be a role model and lead your team. In order to lead your team, you have to lead yourself first and not give in to your worries and negative emotions. Create empowering beliefs, self-confidence, and know that you can handle the situation.
Last week Germany lost their greatest humorist Vicco von Bülow aka Loriot. What many don’t know is that before Loriot became so successful, he struggled to pay the rent for his apartment. No other skill distinguishes truly successful people from the rest more dramatically than persistence. In order to succeed, you have to remain persistent in the tough times. Believe in your dream and keep going!