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Inspiration: Courage

Most managers and leaders dread challenging, difficult workplace conversations and many don’t have them at all. If we want to make a difference, we need to find the courage to have these conversations.   “Courage is not living without fear. Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway.” – Argo Movie ...

Conversations we dread – holding people accountable

  Holding people accountable. Five excuses – and benefits if you do it anyway.   1. “There is no need to correct them. They will learn from their mistakes and work on improving themselves without me telling them what to do.” By holding your people accountable you are sending out a clear signal, that it ...

Inspiration: rising every time we fall

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confuzius It is not about being so perfect that we will never fall, it is about being vulnerable, more courageous and resilient. “There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who ...

Can I avoid going blank in difficult conversations?

Dear Jutta, I am a project manager and very passionate about my work. The director of our division has asked me to join him for a difficult meeting with clients – a great opportunity to raise my profile. I know that my expertise and knowledge can really make a difference, and yet I am rather ...

Inspiration: be a yardstick of quality

Inspiration: be a yardstick of quality There are different standards of quality in organisations. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs   Questions What do you do to as a leader/manager to improve quality at work? The picture shows a king wearing a ...

Launch of “Art meets Business”

Launch of “Art meets Business”   I am delighted to announce  the launch of “Art meets Business”, a project in co-operation with „Forum Art“ of Kunst und Keramik (School of Arts and Ceramics), Weinstadt, Germany     You can expect more than 60 quotes illustrated by seven professional artists, bridging the gap between the world ...

Weekly inspiration: the quality of my communication…

Weekly inspiration: the quality of my communication… Most conflicts start with misunderstandings. Discussions about “who’s right” have a negative impact on our relationships.   “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion, that it has taken place” – George Bernhard Shaw     Today I want to focus on the quality of my communication, ...

A secret skill for difficult workplace conversations

A “secret” skill for difficult workplace conversations Today, I am sharing a secret skill with you many don’t think of. Well, actually it is not a real “secret”. Often, we are just too busy with ourselves and not clear-headed enough to make use of it as the following case study shows: Case study I was ...

Hiring with integrity

Hiring with integrity I recently interviewed small business owners who are about to hire for the first time, or already work with a small team. This is one of the questions I usually ask at the beginning of the interview. “What comes to your mind spontaneously, when you think of “Hiring”?” What really struck me, ...

Casestudy of a team day

  Casestudy of a team day worth time and money spent Catherine Strawbridge is manager/team leader of a fundraising team at Willow Foundation. Willow Foundation is a national charity in UK offering “Special Days” to seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds. Catherine participated in a bro bono mentoring program of The Aspire Foundation, of ...