Being a Leader Is Really Quite Simple…
All You Must Do Is "Get People To Collaborate!”
This morning I read an interview with a retired army colonel. He complained that the world is overflowing with useless research and advice on leadership, because as he said “it’s really just a matter of getting people to collaborate!”
A Common (Over)Simplification
This isn’t the first time I’ve come across consultants who accuse other consultants of overcomplicating the subject. Nor is it the first time that people involved in tackling emergenc…
Your #1 Leadership Lesson from Soccer!
All Right, All Right...
All right, we admit it. We're bigger enthusiasts about soccer when our national team performs like they did this week. And a 5-minute video clip from Denmark's European Mastership 2020/21 match with Russia are a perfect to illustrate the challenge we raised last week:
.... look for an additional layer of the game. A layer that can teach you a fundamental leadership skill...
What We Want You to Notice
The way to contribute to the team results starts by noticing the…
Learn a Fundamental of Leadership by Watching Soccer!
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European Championships Are Here!
During the coming month 24 national soccer teams will compete to become the 2020/21 European Soccer Champions. From the first kickoff on June 11 to the finals a month later there will be a total of 51 games. All will be broadcasted on national and commercial tv stations across Europe and across the world.
Fascinating – Even for The Bookworm
As someone who was always more into books than sports, soccer and the fascination with soccer ha…
Lead by Contribution not Compliance
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A Paradigm Shift has Happened
Since the beginning of days, leading people meant telling them where to go and what to do and making sure they complied. For the many, who were “far away” from the power, compliance was brought about by fear. For the few whose work meant administering a share of the power, compliance was brought about by agreement or manipulation.
This “Compliance Paradigm” Doesn’t Work Anymore
Maybe it’s the fact that illiteracy has been largely…
Competencies vs. Leadership Deliverables
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The Difference is Obvious
If you ask a kid in 4th grade about the difference between competencies and deliverables, most will be able to give you a clear answer. A competence is when I can do something well, e.g. I’m good at reading or good at math. Deliverable is the homework that I hand in, my contribution in class or anything else that I produce using my competencies.
If I only have competencies, but don’t hand in homework or take the tests, I will flunk that topic…