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7 Top Insights for Leading East-West Business Teams

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As business leader you are increasingly dealing with global business teams. For instance East-West business teams in which people from cultures you know rather well need to collaborate with people from cultures you are less familiar with. This is a…

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The Essence of Successful Executive Teams

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“It is not in good times that you see the value of team alignment, but in difficult times,” Aad says. “Teams that manage to navigate successfully through difficult situations, that face disruptive changes and find answers, that manage to inspire the organization despite the uncertain and complex changes it has ahead.”

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Leading Indian-Dutch Business Teams: 3 Insights that Help Create Results

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A couple of weeks ago, I advised and facilitated newly formed Indian-Dutch business teams – this in the context of a recent acquisition of a Dutch and very innovative SME by an Indian multinational in the pharmaceutical sector. I (myself…

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Strategy Execution: Why It Often Fails

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A senior executive recently shared with me: “I have been explaining our new strategy for months, and last week in a leadership meeting I got astonishing feedback. The main message was ‘we have no clue where we’re going with our…

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Building Your Executive Team: 3 Valuable Lessons from Andrew Carnegie

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“Here lies a man who knew to enlist in his service better men than himself.” This is how Andrew Carnegie, the (Scotland-born) U.S. steel magnate who gave away the vast majority of his fortune, wanted people to remember him. (Among…

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Leading Change: Why Do Many Leaders Struggle to Create a Vision

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In today’s business reality the level of complexity and the increased rate of change cause challenges for many leaders. Motivating people to change direction, building new strategies, transforming business models, and adopting new ways of collaboration. Quite a job! Especially…

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6 Contrarian Reasons Why You’re Lucky to Be a Leader Today

Our Guest Post on Switch & Shift: Nobody ever said that being a leader is simple. Certainly not in today’s world where changes seem to happen at the speed of light; where communication and collaboration are heavily impacted by new…

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Team Alignment: What if Your Team is Stuck?

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Do you recognize this situation? A team is confronted with an important problem, and it has to tackle it. All team members are actively discussing and debating the problem, trying to come up with a proper solution. Everybody shares a…

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Leading Multinational Companies: The Difference between Execution versus Action

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Some time ago this executive team contacted me. They were dealing with important market changes that affected their business. There was an urgent need for change in the organization and they had defined a set of strategic objectives that would…

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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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