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What are you talking about?

leadership mindset Jan 24, 2019

When you’re studying the subject of success (which I have been doing for years), you will know that there are big differences in the topics that successful and average people discuss.

In other words, your choice of conversation topics determines how successful you are in life.

Usually, the most successful people speak about the decisions of today and the future. Conversely, the average person focuses on the present situation and the past, ("when it used to be better").

Successful people talk about visions and goals, mediocre people talk about other people and events.

Successful people see opportunities and control risks. The less successful people see the risks and avoid opportunities.

Of course, this view is not black and white, but I hope you can see the pattern.

Here are three things you should pay attention to yourself and your colleagues during your next conversation or meeting:
  1. Future. What opportunities and possibilities do you see, which you can seize from today's...
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Let’s make history!

leadership productivity Jan 18, 2019

You now have about 49 weeks left to write history this year. Seriously: what are you doing to move the world this year, at least in your surroundings and for your fellow human beings?

The direction of our lives is largely determined by the questions we ask ourselves.

And in my experience, most people do not ask themselves questions that will help them move forward, but questions that will leave them in the comfort zone.

"What am I going to do to write history this year?" is a strong, uncomfortable question. Because you may not have the answer. If your reaction is "What nonsense!", you are on the right track. That's because in this case you have the potential for more positive influence on your environment - and for making a real difference.

Here are three concrete ideas on how you can write history this year:

  1. Choose exactly one big goal! I know you've heard it a thousand times: what is your one big goal for the next 12 months? And yet, when I ask people in any environment...
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The need for fresh air

Let's be honest, right at the start of the new year: There are always 1000 reasons why one should not change anything - and certainly not yourself.

Those who care relatively little about these reasons are not only more successful on average but also happier, more fulfilled and more positive in the world.

You must have positive intentions, of course, but hopefully, that goes without saying.

Let me ask you a question about 2019: What would it be like if you question something that already exists every day and allow fresh and different ideas?

It's like opening your windows wide and letting fresh air flow through.

Where to start? From my work in 2018, I see the most " need for fresh air" in these areas:

  1. Leadership. Get out of your way of thinking through sparring partners and coaching. Cancel useless meetings and apply new findings from leadership research.
  2. Self-responsibility. In other words, we all have full responsibility to choose our attitude every minute. I find it downright...
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The right focus

mindset productivity Jan 04, 2019

Welcome to the New Year! I hope you have survived the celebrations well and are ready for an extraordinary year in 2019.

Right at the beginning, an important tip so we can get on the right track and pick up speed quickly: Choose the right focus!

What do I mean by that? Well, we all have a consciousness that can only focus on one thing at a time (which is why multi-tasking doesn't work, but that's another story).

"And what is the 'right' focus?" you will ask now. Here are three focus ideas that will make a huge difference in your success, influence and fulfillment during the year:

  1. Influence. Focus exclusively on things you can and will influence. One of the biggest (often unnoticed) wastes of time and energy is focusing on things we have no influence on and that don't get us anywhere (Attention: Reading the newspaper is usually part of that, as are pointless meetings).
  2. Impact. Focus every day on making the lives (or businesses) of others better. This can be done concretely, and...
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How to make 2019 a brilliant year


Welcome to the New Year! Here's a reminder of how a very simple method can make 2019 an outstanding year for you and the people around you. Watch the video and tell me what you think.

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An important idea for 2019


Here is a suggestion for the New Year, inspired by the Picture Gallery in Berlin: how do you leave a positive and lasting impression? What will you be remembered for?

Happy New Year!

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Here's to another chance!

leadership Dec 27, 2018

So, now we've done it! The year 2018 is (almost) over. I hope you have achieved a lot and above all helped others to lead a better life and have more success.

In this sense I wish you a Happy New Year and that 2019 will be a wonderful year for you, your friends and your family.

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How valuable are you?

leadership mindset Dec 20, 2018

Especially at this time of year, many thoughts revolve around how we can do good for others. That is good but should not be limited to specific periods and events.

What do I mean by that? Well, for example, I travel a lot by train and sometimes wonder how each one of us has made the life of some other person, the environment or the planet better in the hour we spend here together. Most, unfortunately, not at all.

This is my message: Instead of actions from time to time, you simply work on doing something valuable for others or yourself every hour. Ask yourself every hour, every day the question: "How have I made the lives of others a bit better today?" 

Here are three concrete areas to start with:

  1. Contents. Create valuable content that helps others, and that promotes something positive. Don't wait for someone to give you permission, take responsibility.
  2. Feeling. How do you make others feel? That can be as simple as a smile, a positive remark, a recognition, etc. Who should...
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How to achieve outstanding results

mindset strategy Dec 14, 2018

When I work with my clients, we start with exactly one thing that makes a big difference in their later successes:

We set extremely ambitious goals (or exactly one). It has been shown over and over again that this is precisely the essential basis for achieving results that would otherwise hardly have been imaginable. More about this in the video.

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When no one is watching ...

leadership mindset Dec 13, 2018

The true quality of a person can be measured by his or her behavior in these two situations: under extreme stress and when no one is looking.

In the first case, (to put it simply), our cerebellum takes control, and in the second case we have to "prove ourselves to no one." The problem: a strong and positive character only works in the presence of consistency. This means that you cannot be an outstanding person when you are in the limelight and an average person when you are stressed or alone.

Your character is constant and is only reinforced by situations. Why is this important? Well, if you want to achieve more (whatever that means for you), you need to consistently want it (and not just from time to time). And you also have to want it even when nobody is watching.

This is exactly why so many teams and people remain to be mediocre and often even frustrated and stagnate.

Here are three ideas on how you can change that for yourself and your team:

  1. Your identity. Define your...
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