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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 ...

If you don’t look after the chicken, who is looking after the egg?

If you don’t look after the chicken, who is looking after the egg? A friend of mine told me this lovely metaphor I wanted to share with you:  If the farmer doesn’t feed his chicken and doesn’t look after its needs, it certainly will have an impact on the egg, to the point that there ...

How great teamleaders handle complaints

How great teamleaders handle complaints – or what a glass of wine taught me about leadership Last Friday, we went to a pub. If you are familiar with how to order in British pubs, you know, that each table has its own, visible number. You check the menu, make up your mind, go to the ...

Effective teamwork 2

Effective teamwork Effective teamwork or the facts of life This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it ...

Pass the cake test 2

Pass the cake test The cake test is a quick and easy way to save time and energy and stop procrastination, when you do your weekly planning. I love writing todo-lists in order to prepare for the coming week. Getting my list ready on Sunday evening gives me a good feeling that I will be ...