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Word of Advice

  • Your boss is always right
    Like it or not but your boss is always right. Right in the sense that either you have to find a way to “agree” to your boss opinions or you have to find another boss. The reason is that if you are to contribute building a great business culture, you and your boss must have a "one voice", i.e. a common way of looking at things and a common direction for moving forward. So you either find a way to agree with your boss, which may mean that you influence your boss to draw his opinion closer to yours, or find another boss.
  • Leadership styles
    If you want to be a leader you may have thought of your "leadership style". This topic is often discussed and debated: Is a "hard style" better than a "soft style" or is the trick for leaders to be "situational"? Well, as interesting as this debate is, before you come to question your leadership style you have to ask yourself the following questions: 1) Do I like to lead people and 2) Do people like to be led by me? If the answer to one or both of these questions are no, then do not worry about your leadership style, then it is smarter to do something else than be a leader.
  • Care for a snack?
    Have you ever done or been a part of a customer survey? After a flight a while ago I was asked in a user survey how happy I was with the assortment of snacks on the plane on a scale from 1 to 9. What I was not asked though was if I care about having a snack on a plane in the first place. In theory I could be very happy with the assortment and give them a good score or something completely opposite, but at the same time I do not care about a snack at all. I wonder what they use my feedback for.
  • Flexibility
    Flexibility is a great trait in life since flexibility allows for more choices. But how can we develop more flexibility? One way is to spend time interacting with different types of people and learn to communicate well with all of them. You find people at different job levels, such as leaders and their employees, you find engineers and architects and sales people. They are of different religions and come from different countries. And it is good fun to learn to communicate well with 80 year olds as well as two year olds. The more you do that the more flexible you will become.
  • Important in leadership
    What is most important in leadership? Setting direction? Clarifying and communicating goals, or maybe being inspirational? All of these are important points but one is more fundamental; one must like to lead people!
  • 10% faster or different destination
    In running, direction is more important than speed, and in our jobs we should always ask ourselves if we focus on direction or speed first. Adding speed may give us 10 % improvement while adjusting the direction may give us a quantum leap. Running fast is good but only if direction is properly set first.
  • Listening
    When you listen to people are you really listening or are you merely "waiting"? Many people pretend they are listening but they are really just waiting until the other person is done talking so they can make their point. If we do that then we miss important points and cannot get much out of the discussion.
  • To take it personally
    Do you take things personally? Like when something happens in the office or in your company that influence your situation in a negative way, for example reorganization. My father was a farmer and a man that related to the environment in a very effective way. Like when the rain poured down and destroyed his harvest. It was negative for him but he never took it personally. A good rule is to relate to what is happening in a pragmatic non-personal way, especially if we cannot influence what is happening.
  • Writing
    Business people are writers: we write emails all day long, proposals to clients, project plans and updates. But how good are we? Here is a good tip for becoming a better writer: do your written points make the reader more educated or more confused? Often we add too much and by that add confusion. One rule of good writing is that if something does not add clarity to the text it will actually make it worse so we better not put it in.
  • Lacking something
    In a coaching session a person told me he lacked self-confidence. I asked him if he had no confidence in anything he does in life, like in sports, a hobby, in driving a cars or whatever. After reflecting he admitted he had lots of confidence in his jogging ability! So he has confidence, just not in all areas. So the challenge is not to create confidence, it is to move it a bit and expand into other areas of your life, which is a very different task. Next time you think about your missing a certain trait, look inside yourself for a while before you conclude that the thing is not there at all!
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