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Cross-Cultural Leadership: Jacques Rogge on Negotiating with the Chinese

Cross Cultural Leadership, Olympic Games

Jacques Rogge, Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), speaks with a surprisingly soft voice.  I had the chance to meet him last week, when he – invited by The Antwerp Forum – shared his insights on ‘How to…

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Leading Change: 3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Are Reluctant to Compromise

Leading Change, compromise

The other day I watched a political leader proclaim with great pride what a huge success this compromise was. How they had reached it after long and exhausting negotiations. This was truly a great solution that would change the future…

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Leading Change: How Focus Creates Sustainable Change

Leading Change, Camera Lens, Focus

You hear and read about it everywhere: if you want to create successful and sustained change in your company, it is important to be focused and to transfer that focus to your people and teams. In the turbulence of the…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series I wrote about the importance of people alignment as a crucial competence for today’s leaders. Especially in a globalized world, where cross-cultural and multinational challenges are becoming more and more a normal part of…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 1)

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Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders are more and more facing cross-cultural challenges caused by globalization, emerging economies and new markets. How to notice differences in cultures? How to understand their impact on people behavior and performance? How to avoid cross-cultural friction…

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Leading Change: What About the Coaching Skills of Senior Leaders?

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Senior leaders are confronted with an increasing rate of change and complexity and need to find ways to deal with it. Leading your company through change has become different from how it was ten to twenty years ago. Mobilizing employees,…

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Leading Change: How Great Leaders Deal with Criticism

Barometer

We live in times of change. Shifting powers between West and East, technological evolutions, emerging countries and changing economic landscapes, financial systems that are under severe pressure, new innovative companies that change market places. As I described in an earlier…

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Leaders Who Create Alignment: Two Historical Examples

Thomas Jefferson

Yesterday it was Independence Day – 4th of July. An important day for America. I was reading mails and tweets from American friends and got inspired by it to write this short piece. I am not American, but maybe my…

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Leading Change in the 21st Century: The Power of Letting Go

Painting of apples

The story goes that the hunters put an apple in a glass jar with a narrow opening and leave the jar deep into the jungle under a tree. In the evening the monkeys come out of the trees triggered by…

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Leading Change: Breaking Through the Fear of Mistakes

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“The team is already four months involved in this change process. They are informed in detail about the reasons for the change and the objectives that were set by the executive board. The phase of ‘not knowing’ or ‘not understanding’…

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