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034 The Psychology behind Change

“The definition of leadership is to execute change!” Today we will be discussing change!  Every organization wants to change in a positive way. Whenever we do a topic like this, it’s always best to define what a word is because a lot of people have different conceptions. The definition of change: the verb is to…

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033 The Psychology of COVID-19

Why do people, even intelligent, well-balanced throw themselves into fear and panic? This is similar to the phenomenon of managers being busy in an office and running around telling everyone how stressed and busy they are. It is a reactive lifestyle, but humans are naturally a reactive species. Reacting is safe, and much easier than…

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032 Why no one is doing Home Office today

“Home Office, or Pan-Office?” I’ve been reading a lot recently about doing home office. Because of the viral outbreak, many companies have started to explore the option of working from home. However, my thesis is this: nobody at the moment is doing home office! This thought stems from the Leadership Stars program, where we were…

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031 Old Dog, New Tricks

Today’s topic is for those who have been leaders for a while now and think it’s time for becoming better! Whether it be about new habits or introducing some new tools, improving yourself is the best thing you can do. “There are a variety of factors that are limiting their potential to change!” I know…

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030 Well-being Part 2

Today we will continue the second part of the Well-being episode. The focus will be on movement and what you can do if you do not go to the gym. Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re in the your early or mid-forties. The studies are out of the way, the career is on track….

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029 Well-being Part 1

Usually I discuss things that you can’t really touch: your thoughts, your mindset, your communication style. Today we will talk about you and your body. Many of you listening to this can associate with this in terms of wanting to be more healthy. Unfortunately, either because you’re in the office or just not sure how…

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028 Don’t attend meetings

Today’s topic is for those who have been leaders for a while now and think it’s time for becoming better! Whether it be about new habits or introducing some new tools, improving yourself is the best thing you can do. “There are a variety of factors that are limiting their potential to change!” I know…

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027 Common Mistakes New Managers Make

In today’s episode we’re talking about the little landmines that are waiting for new managers. When you take that step and become a new leader, there are many things that you need to watch out for. This applies to us all because no one is perfect! If you think you are, then this podcast is…

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025 Non-Jobs

Today’s topic is based on something that I think we all want! Many of my clients ask me, “Olaf, how can I not work anymore? I want to be free and on the beach doing nothing! What can I do to make this dream a reality?” Well, my answer is always the same: unless you…

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026 How to Resolve Conflicts at the Workplace

Today’s topic will be about conflict resolution in the workplace! Unfortunately, conflict is common whenever there are people together. This episode will delve into various psychological solutions for common workplace conflicts. Most conflicts fall into two categories: personal and professional. Professional conflicts have the potential to be much more stressful there’s a lot more at…

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024 Requirements of Being a Leader

Today’s topic is an interesting question for a majority of the people in the business world. What exactly are the requirements for someone to become a leader? I’ll begin with the definition of the word leader. A leader is somebody that has responsibility for others, we can also use the terms leader and manager interchangeably….

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022 10 Points for a successful video call

You know how it is. This thing with technology, when it’s just desperate. We only become truly effective when we can use the technology to our advantage. One thing that keeps coming back to me in this process is the subject of video telephony. And I must say, I’m really a fan of it. For…

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021 Open Door Policy

Today’s episode is about the open door policy and how effective it is…or isn’t! An open door policy is usually used as a behavioural institution in that every manager has their own office, and the door is open so that employees can approach him. At least, that is how it is supposed to work. “The…

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020 Is Self-Employment the Future?

The focus of today will be on self-employment. Is the future of work self-employment?  I read about this often. Last year I attended a conference about whether this is the future. Surprisingly, I was one of the only people that said no, it isn’t. Let’s discuss where this opinion comes from. More and more people…

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019 Coach or Psychologist

Today I refer to the last episode in which we discussed the question of success or happiness and which comes first. My conclusion was that you need to be happy to be successful, despite being taught our whole lives that it is the other way around! So do I require a psychologist to become happy?

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018 Does Success Make You Happy

Let’s talk about happiness and how to achieve it. I want to be happy in life, so perhaps the way to become happy is to become successful. Because success brings happiness, doesn’t it? Let’s first define success. Success is achieving a goal that you have. “Success brings happiness…doesn’t it?” I have an example I like…

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017 What is a “LeadershipStar”?

  Today I will be taking about what I think is a Leadership Star. It all starts with your promotion: High likely you have been the best professional who got promoted into the boss-role. This is where the problem starts: People don’t understand, that leading is a different kind of craft than the former profession….

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016 Why I Love Email

Today’s topic will deal with an issue that I am very passionate about: email! As you can tell from the title, I love email! It is early 2020 now and I continually read articles about how email is dead. The funny thing is, I have been hearing this crap for the last 10 years. It’s almost like a running bad joke. I have collected eight points in defense of email. Let’s jump right into it!

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015 Company Loyalty Decreasing

So today we are talking about company loyalty! One of our listeners, Nicole, who is based in Germany, sent us an email. Her company basically gave her an ultimatum: move to Spain or leave along with the rest of her team. Nicole is not sure what she should do. She’s never been to Spain before,…

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014 Understood and taken business goals

Any successful business leader will need to be able to achieve their organisation’s goals – but what does a goal look like, and how can you transform them into reality?

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013 Dealing With Stress at the Workplace

So today I have one of these topics that are relevant to all of us. Everyone is always talking about being stressed all the time. Let’s begin with what stress means. The official scientific definition of stress is an event, experience, or environmental stimulus that causes a state of mental or emotional strain or tension….

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012 Don’t Work For Money

In one of our previous episodes we discussed one of our readers who sent an email about being content where they are. During the course of our discussion we touched on not working for money. Today we will talk about what exactly that mean. Everybody believes that they work for money. You make a deal…

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011 New Habits

Today we will speak about how to bring in our positive attributes or habits from our old company and making sure we don’t pick up any bad habits in our new workplace. So bringing the positive and not absorbing the negative! This always starts with a decision from yourself. Honesty and then a decision. Before…

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010 Moving to a New Company

Today we are speaking about moving to a new company! Dealing with the stress of moving to a new company is a problem for many people. The stress can be caused by being evaluated by your superiors and your colleagues. We’ll start with the issue of dealing with stress, but a slight correction first! Let’s…

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009 How to get promoted – externally

So last time we left off on external promotion. If your timetable is not reached in that time and you are not getting promoted, you should lead your own life and decide to move to a different company. It is the typical dilemma of no risk, no reward. You must head for adventure and just…

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008 How to get promoted -internally

So how do you go about getting promoted? There’s a difference between being promoted internally within your organization and wanting to move to a different company and being promoted externally. We will initially be discussing the first option, or internal promotion as most people are more focused on that. It’s difficult to jump from one…

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007 Why should we change?

“I am good, why you want me to change?” Today we give you thoughts on this.

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006 Don’t tell them how – tell them why

“What if you just explain your thoughts to your employee?” So today the title of the episode is “Don’t tell them what to do.” “Them,” are your employees or direct subordinates. Let’s start with what I usually see. There is an employee who is doing something such as a presentation or important task. The manager…

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005 The Science of excuses – Cognitive Dissonance

As you may have seen it in the headline we will be discussing the science of excuses. The scientific term would is cognitive dissonance. The official definition of cognitive dissonance is: the emotional tension that arises when a person becomes aware of simultaneously holding two conflicting beliefs or when an individual detects the existence of…

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004 IT is Spine and Brain

Today I would like to share a thought on where IT departments should stand in the system of organizations. My first position was as a consultant and then six months later I took over the lead of the IT department. That was the time when the computerization of the business really started. This was the…

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