Women are natural leaders – we just don’t think of ourselves as leaders

If you follow what is going on with any of the latest research on what creates innovation and thriving teams, you’ll quickly understand that there are a lot of leadership principles and values at play that simply come natural to women: The only thing women often don’t bring is the confidence that they are andContinue reading “Women are natural leaders – we just don’t think of ourselves as leaders”

Building a sense of interconnection into a team

We all know that sense of shared experience when we sit around a campfire with a group of people. Teams are also made of multiple people coming together to jointly go after a specific goal. And very often new teams struggle to figure out how to actually arrive at a sense of “we” as aContinue reading “Building a sense of interconnection into a team”

Powerful questions about leadership

When we learn something new, we are best set up to retain information and create new habits, when we are following one of our own interests. The latest research from neuroscience shows how our brain literally shapes itself following what we put our mind to, what emotions are present, and how we move our body.Continue reading “Powerful questions about leadership”

Agile makes sick

“Agile makes sick” was the provocative title of one of the sessions I joined at the Agile Cologne open space a few weeks ago. Obviously the session title was meant to provoke. Obviously the person bringing the topic deeply valued agile ways of working in principle. And yet: he had good examples of people whoContinue reading “Agile makes sick”

Psychological safety does not magically feel good

Many of us have read the research by Google on psychological safety as a signifier of high performing teams. And many organizations, team leaders and team members would love it, if we could simply turn a switch and voilà, our team has psychological safety. So why is it so hard to get psychological safety bakedContinue reading “Psychological safety does not magically feel good”

Emotions in Leadership

Whether we like it or not, and however much we’d like to think of ourselves as rational human beings, we are living in bodies that have strong ties to their emotions. And if we are leading a team of other human beings, we are not only connected to them through rational thought (think goals, projects,Continue reading “Emotions in Leadership”

The role of interconnectedness in product work

“What makes an excellent product manager?” was a question I was recently asked while speaking to somebody who is currently working remote in a product role. One of my favorite responses to this is how Marty Cagan describes the role of a product manager as being in charge of “discovering solutions that are valuable, usable,Continue reading “The role of interconnectedness in product work”

How much change is too much?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit more certainty again? Like you plan your vacation and you feel pretty sure you’ll actually be able to go? No need for checking the cancellation policy and the Covid related refund policy, no worry about a relatively realistic chance of getting sick in another country, no worryContinue reading “How much change is too much?”

Does work / life feel like too much right now?

When is the last time you experienced being at work (or generally in life) like sitting on a swing by the ocean? Picture an experience of pure joy, lightness, ease and fun? Chances are that these are not the adjectives that come to your mind when you think of work (and given our experience ofContinue reading “Does work / life feel like too much right now?”

OKRs and Trust

As we’re getting to the end of 2021 a lot of teams are thinking about Strategy for 2022 and their first set of OKRs for the coming year. I’m a huge fan of working with OKRs as a goal setting mechanism with empowered teams. And I should add ONLY with empowered teams. It is aContinue reading “OKRs and Trust”