Know Your Baby Boomers

More insights on leading a multigenerational workforce It’s complicated… somewhat, at least. We face a challenge that is new to everybody: a truly multigenerational workplace. How should we operate in such an environment? How can I be most effective as a leader and create productive results? Find out about the boomers…. It’s important to recognize […]

10.5 Gifts of Kindness!

Effective leaders love people and kindness plays an important role. They are authentic, do what they say that they are going to do and create a motivational environment. Daniel Waldschmidt, a highly respected sales strategist, consultant, and friend of mine stated once in an address to a group of business people that kindness is fundamental […]

Talent Development Up Close and Personal

One recent evening, I had a conversation with some young professionals in their late twenties and early thirties. While they represented a variety of personal as well as professional backgrounds, the main theme of the conversation was about their career and outlook. Looking at it from the perspective of talent development, I tempted the group […]

Leadership by Example: People Listen to What You Do!

Leadership by example is a popular term in the conversation about effective leadership. However, what does it really mean? Most effective leaders independent of their “address” within the hierarchy actually do lead by example. By walking the talk, you will become a person others want to follow. Obviously, authenticity comes into play, too, because when […]

On Engagement: You can’t clean a house without being in it

In the last post the focus was about Leading Change, today it is about Engagement. The “red line” however, stays unchanged and cannot be emphasized enough. Leaders are required for one predominant reason: to create results! On that notion I define leadership as creating results THROUGH people. The key word is “through” and there is one […]

A collection of wisdom only age can provide

In my profession as an executive coach there is always a focus on progress, success and achieving goals, and this is a good thing. Yet it is also important to take a step back, assess and reflect… Our way of life has become a fast moving entity based on rapid change which may not always […]

Ten Steps to a Motivating Work Environment (Motivation)

As an executive coach quite often I get asked for the “secret sauce” of employee motivation. I have to “disappoint”   every time with my answer. We cannot motivate employees in a sustainable manner. All the well known, traditional means of motivation like i.e. money, fear, pain or pleasure create only a short-term impact. To […]

Executive Coach – An Effective Leadership Development Process!

In the past, executive coaching in the business arena had a somewhat negative connotation. When a manager or leader “got a coach assigned” it was often a measure of last resort. The situation has changed dramatically during the last 10 years and people have realized that an executive coach can support them further their already successful live. […]

Results: It’s the people in a company that generate them!

Working with my clients I am often confronted with questions about implementing the latest technology, upgrading the infrastructure or equipment and improving processes. While this is all very important it is easy to overlook the one common denominator: the people in the organization. It is not our technology, equipment or processes that generate results; it is the people in our […]

Authority and Power

A frequently asked question from my clients is: “How can I get people to honestly contribute to my project, although they do not report to me?” There is a sense of feeling powerless due to perceived lack of formal authority to demand action. Have you ever been in that situation? Actually, this scenario leads initially to more […]