Emotional Intelligence, a crucial skill to develop!
We have encountered several challenges the past years: Covid, scarcity of materials, scarcity of people,… How to build an organization that is able to cope with all these unexpected issues? And how to keep your staff happy, motivated and engaged in these challenging times? Emotional Intelligence is the key! 3 facts about Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence:…Read More
What motivation is needed for rowing the ocean?
During the writing of our previous blog about motivation, we coincidently ran into Renate and Marieke. These two ladies won the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 2020 with their Atlantic duchesses team. What is this challenge about? To get a feel about the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge: It is a 2550 nautical miles (5000 km!)…Read More
Do you have Playful Incentives at Work?
Heiske shares with us one of her challenges during her morning routine…. The challenge in our morning routine ‘Our morning process to get my daughter ready for school is a real challenge. Despite crisp and clear time schedules, clocks and her own bad experiences with showing up late at school, she doesn’t feel the time…Read More
How to create universal Joy?
Enjoying your work is important. But what is it? And, more important, how can you create the feeling ‘joy’? What is joy? Ingrid Fetell Lee researched it. She was intrigued by the question ‘How do things make us feel joy?’ She focust her research on how tangible things make us feel the intangible emotion ‘joy’.…Read More
How to position yourself properly?
A week ago Heiske was invited to the Changemakers Club on Clubhouse led by Irene Janssen. The topic of the conversation was ‘Positioning yourself properly’. In this blog we will share a summary of this interesting conversation. Factors for positioning The conversation started with Heiske sharing 5 elements that are key to positioning yourself. The…Read More
Leadership by Trust
The video below shows a professional conductor and pianist in front of the audience. The pianist was expecting another Mozart concert. Leadership is… Trusting others. Riccardo doesn’t panic, keeps on beating for the orchestra and encourages Maria superbly. He gives her the confidence to play. Riccardo Chailly role models leadership. Getting yourself back together when…Read More
Communication struggles come to light due to home schooling…
Heiske: ‘Now with the kids at home, I find toys (or things my kids define as toys) everywhere. I like a tidy house. A tidy house results for me in a clear mind. When I come home after a busy day (pre-Covid times) or try to work in a messy house (now), it makes me restless.…Read More
What does it take to be a contemporary leader?
To be a contemporary leader you have to take into account actual social and technological developments. Yesterday Heiske had a conversation with some senior lecturers from the University Amsterdam (VU). Together they shared thoughts to ensure the VU properly educates its students for the future. To share her ideas Heiske used some slides of her…Read More
Leadership difference per gender
We often get questions about differences in leadership between women and man. Many people have ideas about it, but a lot is based on gut feeling. When we attend conferences for women only, the tendency is often that man should listen more and appreciate the feminine traits. Heiske has experienced challenges with remaining her authentic…Read More
How to overcome the 5 Dysfunctions of Virtual Teams
Patrick Lencioni explored the fundamental causes of team failure. According to his book ‘The five dysfunctions of a Team’ are: Absence of trust. Team members don’t dare to show vulnerability within the group Fear of conflict. The team prefers artificial harmony over constructive passionate debate, while the latter is required to create trust and openess Lack of commitment. Decisions…Read More