Lately I've been reading more and more about the idea of the 4-day work week and its positive effect on productivity: people manage more in 4 days than they did in 5 days before.
I find the reasoning behind this fascinating: you focus better when you have less time available.
So, I ask myself a very simple question: What does that have to do with 4 or 5 days? Why not switch to the 2-day week for the same reason?
Let's be serious: If we can focus better in 4 days, we can also do it in 5 days.
Our performance has very little to do with external circumstances and a great deal to do with our internal desire for high productivity.
Trump, climate change, the corona virus, refugee crises, etc…these things can make one pretty dizzy. Nowadays, countless messages come pouring in, through all kinds of channels, every day, and 90 percent are negative.
One can easily get the impression that these events are all crucial for our daily well-being. But not at all!
They have an influence, sure, but your personal environment is largely determined by exactly one thing: your small daily decisions.
How you treat the people around you has a greater impact on your happiness and success than the killing of a terrorist in Yemen or even the impact of a new virus.
It is very easy to be distracted by exploited media events and use them as an excuse for doing nothing.
I proudly announce that I recently became an author for the renowned Swiss business publication, "HANDELSZEITUNG."
My first article is entitled, "Back to the Basics" (just send me an email if you want a pdf of it, in German).
I chose this title deliberately because most companies focus too much on the big programs, the next big strategy, the introduction of new IT systems, the latest employee development program and so on.
These are not in themselves the wrong topics. But often the focus is lost on the huge effects of often very simple changes - the "basics."
Here are a few examples:
Here is another lesson straight from practice: When I start my "winning team workshops" with a new customer, what do you think often strikes me? Right…skepticism.
This sometimes goes as far as the refusal of individual people to commit themselves fully to participate in the various exercises.
Here comes the fascinating thing: Even extremely skeptical people succeed over time in getting fully involved and committing tto working on themselves, and it usually only takes a few hours.
How does something like this happen? This question is relevant for every person who wants to positively influence others; in particular, for every leader.
One of the wonderful things for me as a sparring partner, consultant and executive coach is that in recent years, I have had the opportunity to look into well over a hundred companies in all kinds of industries. Many of them became clients.
One thing I always find fascinating: the different ways of thinking, behaving and working that the people in the companies - and above all the managers - use to achieve their successes (and failures).
What is an absolute must for some people may have never been thought of by others. For some, weekly briefings are routine; others even have trouble arranging such an appointment once a year.
Some show fun and humour; others make you feel like you have to go to the cellar to laugh. Some constantly encourage and challenge themselves with coaching and training, while others almost never do anything of the kind.
The problem: Most people never look...
Welcome to 2020! This year marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. You will certainly hear more about this event over the course of the year—at least, you will if you are a little bit interested in music.
These are only three of his problems. What did he do with them? Did he complain and withdraw? Quite the opposite. Despite all adversities, he played at countless performances and “incidentally” composed 722 pieces, including operas, symphonies, and piano sonatas.
The next time you want to...
Here again is a business lesson from real life. If you apply the following, you can double your profits relatively simply (although the implementation is, of course, never quite as easy).
Over Christmas, I was with the family in Baden-Baden, which is famous for its thermal baths. One of these spas has an interesting offer: you go through 17 stations that build on each other to maximize the positive experience. The price of this experience is about twice as much as a comparable offer from another spa.
Now comes the exciting part. These 17 stations are nothing more than any other thermal bath has to offer: showers, hammam, pool, jacuzzi, etc.
So, what happened? The “17 steps” communicate a value that “two-hour thermal bath” simply does not suggest.
You are likely to hear all kinds of well-intentioned advice on how to be more successful and happier in 2020, and I will not repeat it here. But when I look at past projects and coaching sessions with my clients, there are certainly some places where I would like to see more courage to make significant changes.
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