Welcome!This blog contains challenging, inspiring stuff compiled for individuals with an active interest in their personal and professional development. An edge for you!
For thinkers, pragmatists, and engaged individuals with personal ambitions beyond leading a streamlined life. And especially: for people who look for solutions when they feel they got stuck…
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You may have come to this site because I, or someone you know thought that you might appreciate the resources it offers: content that is designed to be put into practice. You can benefit from it if you give it some thought, otherwise you’ll come away thinking, “so what’s so different?“
If you are pondering some issues, or wonder what you can do differently when you feel stuck, I have some fresh ideas for you; depending on many issues on your way up the career ladder. Ideas that you are probably not working with at the moment… These are no know-it-all articles; I just want to start a little fire in your mind. Filling in the blanks is then up to you.
If you are in, or aspiring to, a leadership position, I’d like to invite you to put these thoughts to work for you. On the other hand, if you are not in a management or project management role, and have no team, this may not be so relevant for you.
This blog is dear to my heart…
I already have a professional website – I help managers to make it to the next level, and enjoy life there. This has been my passion for 17 years now. I work with leaders-to-be, but mainly help top managers stay on top of things and successfully drive their key priorities. To achieve this, we typically work together for 9-24 months, one-on-one. My clients are with companies like ABB, ATKearney, BakerMcKenzie, BMW, Continental, Danone, KPMG, Merck, PSA, Siemens, and many others.
Given my intensive way of working I can only reach a small group of people. But I have accumulated many tools in 16 years of practice that anyone who wants to make a difference in their career can benefit from at various stages of life – whether they wonder how to make the contribution they desire, how to transform a key relationship, how to stay true to their values, or how to live and work the way they want.
So this is the reason I created this site and the blog: for people whose ambition goes beyond a streamlined career. People who juggle a lot in their lives, yet take time to reflect their own issues. I address those who are interested to look at their part of the equation, and who are thinking hard about how they contribute to their issues, and how they can therefore contribute to the solution. This is not a mainstream ambition… – most people are happy to play “blame games“.
If you believe that your current limits aren’t set in stone, and like chewing on good questions, you might enjoy the thought-provoking pointers. Naturally, some will resonate more than others. And if you don’t like an idea, that’s ok too. I offer glimpses into a different way of working and living that is more sustainable, respectful, and enjoyable. This is my aspiration in my life and work, and to a lesser degree, my wish for this website, given the obvious limits of the medium.
There is nothing to buy here. I am assuming that a lot of people are like me: they need their time to build trust, and don’t wish to be pestered by “special offers“. I think it makes sense to create meaningful input for people who are willing to put an idea to the test, and observe the difference it makes. I believe that helping people who are willing to invest into themselves is not only a worthy endeavour, but also makes business sense: trust grows slowly over time. And coaching is first and foremost a trust-based activity.
Three disclaimers upfront to avoid misunderstandings
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In quick scan mode, chances are you won’t get much out of this. Unless you interact with the thoughts on a deep level, there just won’t be any result. Even the most entertaining videos require some thought and action on your part.
Especially the work sheets require some 30 minutes of your thinking time in order to produce value. As with live coaching, good questions only produce if the answers have the same quality – and that takes time.
Make fair judgments: you are free to browse the materials, and use or ignore any of my suggestions. But please respect my copyright. So if you want to share something, it’s simplest to share the link to this page!