Wednesday 31 August 2016

Employment…

Sometimes I am amaze on the focus that individuals and organisations put into hiring an employee, or getting a new job, based on their expertise and qualifications. These two are definitely two very important areas that must be met. The amazing part is the little focus put on the alignment of the organisation values and the individual values. Some people may argue that this is not needed and then again, I beg to differ. Why is the alignment of values so important? Let’s rewind a little bit. We all know how expensive and time consuming is to start a new job or getting a new employee. In one hand it is the new employee learning how the company works, processes, etc. On the other hand, it is the new person becoming part of the team and the whole team learning to work with a new team member. Back to the values. When the company values (which translate in what it is important for the company and how it operates) and the individual values are not aligned, then the efficiency and quality suffer and as time goes by, the employee will not be satisfied and will start looking for a new job. For example: You had an employee that was hard working, happy with the job, doing technical work and often did a great job when asked to deliver a technical sales pitch to a client. An opportunity arose and you promote him to a senior sales position, which he accepted and sales went through the roof. You further promoted him […]
Monday 29 August 2016

Dare to dream?

How beautiful it is to dream like a child, where there is no limitations. As we grow, we are taught to “be real”, which actually means to stop dreaming. The sad reality is that most people in today’s society no longer have dreams and no longer know how to dream. The consequences of not having dreams are that we lose our curiosity, our drive to explore, to try new approaches, new solutions… One common issue many of my clients have mentioned is that they do not know their purpose in life. They have realised that what they have been doing is not what they want and they don’t know what to do next. In principle, this is easy to address by working on their life vision, values and mission. What I have found interesting in this process is that they forgot how to dream, how to reach out for new possibilities and opportunities, to be curious. In short, our dreams provide us with a vision to where we want to be in life, they provide us with a purpose in life. The best part of this is that once we have a purpose, a well defined purpose, all obstacles seem to disappear. Think about it. I wonder, do you have dreams? … Furthermore: Do you think we should keep going in dreaming for a new and better life? Are you coming up with new dreams as you go through your life? More importantly: Do you know how to dream?
Monday 09 May 2016

Questions to promote creativity and innovation

I think it is safe to say that we know how valuable creativity and innovation can be in all aspects of life (personal & business). The trick is how do we develop this skills? What do we need to do? It is actually very simple: Challenge all (in a constructive and resourceful way). I find the following questions a good habit to promote my thinking and improve my creativity and innovation: Why must it be this way? What else has been attempted? What do the successes do? What is its purpose? Does its current form promote its true purpose? What else could achieve this? What’s missing? What’s annoying? Why do anything? If we didn’t have this, what would we do? What do you think? Do you have anything else you can add?
Monday 02 May 2016

The four D’s for your success

Many people seek success and only a few achieve it. One way to achieve your own success is with a clear view of what you want to achieve. These four steps provides a checklist to get this clear view on what you want to achieve.
Sunday 01 May 2016

The 5 Barriers to Success (5 of 5)

5.- Lack of vision for ourselves where we dare to have dreams come true: Lack of clarity of our life in the future and afraid of making our dreams a reality. Discover YOUR truth: We all have a message within us We all have something important to share We’ve just been so used to burying it, we forget
Saturday 30 April 2016

The 5 Barriers to Success (4 of 5)

4.- Poor Planning: Often relates to not able to set goals or setting goals and not achieving them. Focus on what is important to you and your life right NOW! Then define on what will move you towards your IDEAL LIFE in the FUTURE and work on what MUST be done now!