💡 Too much autonomy is not good for you!

'To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail'. Abraham Maslow is said to be the source of this quote. The same can happen, once Leaders add professional coaching to their toolkit. Granted, it's an exciting skill to build and apply. It opens so many doors!...

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💡 Empathy does not mean accepting bad behaviour

Empathy is good...until we overdo it. Hear me out! ☀️  The bright side Empathy is generally seen as the ability to sense other people's emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. I think we can agree that having this...

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💡 Being trapped by earning more

Here's a thinking that I encountered quite a few times from Managers: "I earn more than my team members. So I need to be better at solving more problems than my team members to justify it." This often leads to bad habits of Managers involving themselves way more than...

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💡 Who is *your* coach?

I want to share with you an interesting finding. Over the last years, I have spoken with many people who use coaching skills at work. And I really wanted to tell apart those who do or don't take it seriously. I ended up asking 2 questions very regularly, as they...

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💡 Can you fix your own mind?

What if you notice that your HEART is not healthy? Well, in all likelihood, you go see a doctor quickly. They are the specialists in this area. Your heart belongs to you, yet it is obvious to you that you are not automatically an expert in its functioning (unless you...

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💡 How to give better advice with coaching skills

Yes, you read right. Today, I will give you some tips how to give better adviceby applying coaching skills. Is this a contradiction? No. In your job of leading people, you may not have too many 'pure' coaching conversations. However, you will likely use coaching...

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💡 The power and peril of a crisis avoided

What would you say is more heroic? To anticipate a gigantic crisis and help avoid it? Or To jump into an ongoing crisis as a brave ‘firefighter’ and save a burning platform? Well, independent of your or my opinion, I think we can agree on one thing: It is a lot more...

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💡 Good coaching is not about questions, but…

What If good coaching were only about good questions? It would imply that.. The more good questions I know, the better my coaching gets. There’s a set of universal questions that I can learn and remember. I should buy a book of good coaching questions and memorise...

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💡 Why did you really say this?

I would like you to try 2 things. Just in your head. Or out loud. Up to you. 1st: Say the following statement in the MOST NEGATIVE possible way. “You know, I had a look at your presentation. I think it is too long.” Try it. Give it a deep, condescending sigh to start...

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