Down the Ladder Trumpiness

So apparently Donald Trump will be the next president of the Divided States of America. For the last 6 months all the major polls said Clinton would win. She didn’t. For the last 6 months all the major media channels said the Democrats would win the Senate. They didn’t. For the last 6 months these […]

Creating a New Game of Leadership

I’m at my favorite little castle drinking a morning cup of coffee while reflecting on the last 3 months of extensive travels and meeting some amazing people from all over the world. It took me to Geneva, Warsaw, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Milan, Florence, Sienna, Arezzo, Valencia, Ibiza and Abu Dhabi. The one thing that stuck with […]

The Source of Power of Great Leaders

So many times I see people get stuck in fighting the way things are. They lose themselves in a conceptual world when they compare their personal mental picture of “how things/persons should be” to “how it is”. This leads to a world of frustration, loss of efficiency, well being, productivity and performance. We all know […]

Every Renaissance Starts With New Thinking

After spending a fantastic time with my family strolling the streets of ancient Florence, admiring the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza Della Signoria, the Boboli Gardens and the majestic Santa Maria del Fiore I decided to spend a blog on an amazing time in Europe’s history: the Renaissance. My goal is to illustrate how you can have […]

We Got to Stop Meeting Like This…

In my daily work with organisations, there’s one thing I see that’s seldom done well: Meetings. They often are seen a source of frustration, confrontation and time wasting. They often are seen a source of frustration, confrontation and time wasting. And that’s unnecessary! So here are 12 quick insights, in random order, to dramatically improve […]

The Most Important (and Invisible) Skill for Reaching a Summit

Last week, as I was flying out of Geneva airport, I saw the majestic Mount Blanc through my little window (yes it’s the picture above this post that I snapped with my iPhone). I watched in awe for at least 10 minutes and then I realized something profound. When mountaineers try to climb a mountain, […]

The Destructive Effect of Mistaking a Myth for Truth

There is a cultural myth that, in order to succeed, one must: a. have lots of focus b. work hard c. make lots of sacrifices in order to reach their goals (There are tens of other myths in any business, but that’s beyond this blog) Believing this myth leads to the toxic assumption that in […]

Turbulence!

Recently I was traveling on an aircraft thinking about the training I was to deliver the next day, when we suddenly hit some turbulence. It soon turned into some more and then even more turbulence. The plane lifted and dropped very suddenly, and the pilot came on the PA saying that iit would continue for the next […]

Businesses Fail Because They Don’t Serve

Businesses fail because they don’t serve. They blog, market, advertise, publicize, launch, and a bunch of other fancy-sounding distractions. Yes, distractions.  And it never ever works to put hurdles between yourself and your customer. They optimise processes, they re-organize the business, they introduce Lean or Six Sigma, they train their people into the newest management […]

5 Easy Steps to Fail as a Manager

Having worked both as a manager, and also as an employee of both excellent and dreadful managers, I’ve seen just about every management style around. I’ve also, unfortunately, experienced some people who should never be in a position of authority, for various reasons. With that in mind, I’ve created 5 easy steps that will help […]