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Stop – Start – Continue

The road to a better version of yourself is not just paved with things you should stop doing. There are also new behaviors you should add and there are behaviors that you certainly should continue. These behaviors are not always...

What is slowing you down?

When we talk about personal development, we often focus on the new things. The skills we need to learn, the behaviors we need to improve. However, many people don’t need to learn new things to get better, they need to...

Stakeholders

When we talk about stakeholders, there is often the notion that they are people who are somewhat involved in what you do and that you need to keep them happy, or at least informed. Although keeping your stakeholders informed is...

Bad Communication

Last week I was asked to name a collaboration I have been in, a collaboration that worked best and why it worked best. Immediately I had to think about a collaboration I had in the early 90’s with a supplier....

Slow down!

Since our move to a more rural area of the Netherlands, I have experienced a different pace of life, a more relaxed pace. It took me some time to adjust, but I found out that people here take more time...

Isn’t it just common sense?

In a recent conversation I was asked if preparing for a proper alliance isn’t just common sense for an experienced business executive. Indeed, to some extent, it should be just common sense. The issue is that we are conditioned to...

How do you ensure alliance results?

PWC, Accenture, IBM and some other consultants regularly perform CEO studies. In these studies we see a rising desire of the C-Suite to grow through partnerships and alliances. The reports don’t agree on the exact numbers: it must be a...

Are you creating ambassadors?

When I receive a request from a potential client that does not fit with my business, I try to not give them a plain “no” as an answer. Instead, I always look who else can help them with their request....

Where focus goes …

Focus: many say that focus is the single most important habit we need in order to succeed in getting the results we want. Still, there are so many distractions in Today’s world and we gather so many things we don’t...

If you know everything in advance

Last week, my brother reminded me of something our father used to say. It goes more or less like “If you would know everything in advance, you would only need a dime to travel the world.” He was a wise...

A collaborative Christmas!

A lot has been written about collaboration in the past year. Amongst others by me in this weekly column. Thank you for being a loyal reader!A general definition of collaboration: “Collaboration is the process of two or more people or...

What should you stop doing?

Busy, busy, busy, everyone is always very busy! Sometimes it seems that December is the busiest month of them all. Then we enter January, and many people start with all kinds of good intentions. The so-called “New Year’s resolutions”. By...