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Why Focusing on Conflict “Resolution” Hinders Innovation

Most conflict management theories and training courses are focused on resolving rather than actually managing conflicts.  The focus on “resolution” contains a dangerous assumption: that disagreements and conflicts are “a problem”. Most of the times, this assumption is incorrect: disagreements are excellent opportunities to collectively learn and innovate. Yet, it is not easy to acquire the skills necessary to transform disagreements and conflicts in learning dialogues and positive change.  (more…)

A Quantum Physicist’s Toolbox

Nature – beautiful and incredibly complex. Diving into the microscopic behavior of matter on the atomic level opens a world which is fascinating, yet impossible to describe in an exact manner. Quantum physicsists must therefore equip themselves with a “toolbox” of methods that enable an approximate, yet in many cases very satisfactory, description of nature’s complexity.  (more…)

Planning Skills: 7 Tips (Not Only) for Managers

If you are responsible for a project – either because you have a management position or because you’ve been assigned to head a specific venture – you need to have a good implementation plan. Planning, however, isn’t something that just happens. It’s a skill that needs to be acquired.  (more…)

Coaching and Mentoring: What’s the Difference?

We now have executive coaches, leadership coaches, agile coaches, provocative coaches, business coaches, life coaches, as well as fitness and mindfulness coaches, and even in-house coaches. Are we coached out?  (more…)

Master the Art Of Being Mentored: How to Get the Most From Mentoring

Knowing just how to get the best from the time you spend with your mentor might seem a little daunting at first. But remember, mentoring is a two-way process. Once you understand that the difference between success and failure, it is very much down to you, the contribution and the commitment you’re prepared to make. (more…)

Great Leadership: See Things Through Someone Else’s Eyes

While both the first and the second part of this article series dealt with managing your own emotions, in this final part we will turn our attention to the emotions of the people around you.  (more…)

How to Boost Communication Within Your Company: Talking To Stakeholders

In the first article, you learned about individual requirements for communicating professionally. In this article, we will examine what successful communication looks like across departments and business units.  (more…)

Great Leadership: Be the Boss of Your Emotions

This article series is about successful and great leadership with emotional intelligence. In the first part, we examined how you can become more aware of your emotional state at any given moment. In this article, we want to discuss what you can do about it.  (more…)

Great Leadership: Take a Look at Yourself

Great leaders aren’t great only because of their expertise. They are great because they inspire those they lead to do great things, to fully explore their potential. How do you become such a leader? Of course, there are many varieties of great leadership – but they all have one common denominator. It’s called “emotional intelligence”.  (more…)

5 Reasons Why Companies Win at Content Marketing

Well, there is the content itself, of course. But there is so much more to content marketing than meets the eye and a great piece of content is always the result of consistent effort, careful planning, and the right attitude.  (more…)