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Being the mentor

"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." (Steven Spielberg) There are many famous mentor relationships that demonstrate the advantages of this special setup: from the real people like Haydn and Beethoven to the fictional of Dumbledore and Harry Potter. Sometimes… Continue reading Being the mentor

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The first half of my leadership tenets collected with the help of #AtoZchallenge

Our principles influence everything we do. Often they go unsaid but they clarify when made conscious. This is what happened to me as well when I wrote down what I believe is true about leadership. At the half-time of the challenge here is where we stand. 1. Be authenticBe you, no matter what. 2. Be badass Don’t… Continue reading The first half of my leadership tenets collected with the help of #AtoZchallenge

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Lift them up

"Positivity lifts us from mediocrity to excellence by giving us vision, confidence, authenticity, energy, passion, charisma, creativity and added meaning in everything we do." (Jan Muhlfeit) We have surpassed the classic (old-fashioned) leadership approach that's all about performance, efficiency, financial results, ROI. More and more people realised that these are easier obtained if we provide… Continue reading Lift them up

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Knowledge isn’t power – it’s how you apply it

Training is not about teaching skills or information, it's about how to apply them. In epistemology (the study of knowledge) there are zillions of approaches to classify, define and name the different types of knowledge. I'll keep it simple: there are facts that we can recite, and others we can apply. For example we can… Continue reading Knowledge isn’t power – it’s how you apply it

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Juggling various responsibilities

Advisor, cheerleader, listener, trainer, auditor, guide, representative, devil's advocate - it's just a couple of the roles we fill in as leaders. We need to support our team. First and foremost we have to be there for our team, following their lead on what they need at that moment. Advice, motivation, information, or just a… Continue reading Juggling various responsibilities

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Individual attention always pays off

We're leading a team but we're working with individuals. My favourite part of being a leader is to work with people one-on-one. I have people only for their first 3 months in the company so I have a chance to work with very different individuals. They start with different backgrounds, skills, styles and therefore experience… Continue reading Individual attention always pays off