Hercules Trophy Romania Launched

On Feb 20th, I was invited for the Universum Inspiration Days to launch the Hercules Trophy of 16th June 2017 in Bucharest. Universum Events is the best Event Architect and Teambuilding Company in Romania, believe me. We screened them and they came out as the best, not only because they have the skills, but mainly because they…

7 Marketing practices for HR

In a recent HBR blog post, strategy consultant Mark W. Schaefer defends his position on why HR needs to learn from marketing and how. I couldn’t agree more, because company culture plays a pivotal role in companies hurtling into out digital transformations. Study performed in March 2012 by LinkedIn’s Hiring Solutions Insight Team amongst 7,250 members worldwide…

Empathy and compassion as cornerstones of teamwork

In a recent HBR article (“To Make a Team more Effective, Find their Commonalities”) , David DeSteno emphasizes cooperation and trust between employees as vital elements for organizations that have to deal with increasingly complex problems at an ever faster pace. Teams, not individuals, are the future of work. Now how do you move teammates from mere colleague behavior…

Killer Confidence: a driving force for fulfillment

What happens when you bring a successful actress and film producer, a badass champion NASCAR driver and an entrepreneur turned women’s empowerment expert  in front of a room full of professional women and have them talk about how to build killer confidence? Suddenly the room feels full of energy and the confidence boost is spreading, touching…

The Corporate Coach

More and more companies start to see the benefits of hiring coaches for their employees.  Not many years back, very few people were familiar with the term corporate coach or exactly what one did. More familiarity was in terms such as business consultants. Even though these terms are often put in the same category as coaching,…

ABN AMRO Healthy People

In an interview with magazine Knack, Yves Beauvois, HR Director and HR Business Partner Linda Herbots at ABN AMRO Belgium, explain that corporate wellbeing and an open environment are key at ABN AMRO. The company has developed a program called “ABN AMRO Healthy People”, in which vitality and both the mental and physical wellbeing of employees are…

Case Study: Personal Leadership Evolution at BASF

The challenge BASF was looking to organize a leadership training for the senior managers in their organization that would elevate their leadership skills while at the same time uncover points of stress within individuals and how to best deal with them. They were also interested in a way to improve communication at various levels in…

Attention……Attention……

The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after only eight seconds, highlighting the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain. Researchers in Canada surveyed 2,000 participants and studied the brain activity of 112 others using…

Closing the gates… and unlocking your full potential

A healthy brain is a joy forever, but the average person uses only half the potential our brain can give us. The human brain is unnaturally big compared to our fellow animals. We are a real anomaly in Darwin’s theory, yet we survived using exactly this phenomenal thinking instrument. Especially people who live in big…

Talents and teamwork are key in sailing and in the workplace

Over the last weeks New York has been spoiled with some great sailing events.  There was the America’s Cup World Series, which returned to New York for the first time in almost a century. Racing for this iconic Trophy was held off New York from 1870 to 1920 for the first 13 challenges – with…

Case Study: High performing teams at ABN AMRO

The challenge In 2014, bank ABN AMRO went through a major restructuring phase, had a high burn-out rate among its employees and challenges with employee engagement scores. They also suffered from a negative perception by many of their customers. They created an internal Energy Program to tackle these issues and were looking for a trusted partner…