Positive Surprises

attidue drives successI’d like to share 2 stories that happened yesterday. 2 stories that have a common theme. 2 stories that mean don’t be afraid to ask.


For years I’m playing social football. We have a pretty good team and most importantly we have a lot of fun. Yesterday we started with the bare 11 where our striker Dave carried a strained achilles tendon and wasn’t full of running. Midway through the first half we “lost” another Dave with a pulled hamstring. And before halftime a pinched calve muscle made me hobbling, too. At half time we debated briefly what to do as we had only Dave’s son Joel at the sideline. We decided it doesn’t hurt asking the other team “The Spikes” if they would be happy considering Joel was 23 and we are playing over 45’s. When I asked Pete, the captain, he agreed despite some of his team mates opposing it. Look, I said to him, Joel is a referee not a player himself. If you are not happy, that’s okay. So, they let him play. We had a much more enjoyable game with equal numbers and a 3 all result was a fair outcome.

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Nothing is obvious

nothing is obviousI spend a day at the helpdesk the other day. Listening what the usual conversations between the support staff and their customers were about and observing how the conduct their business.

I feel this is important. It provides me as a leader with a better understanding what is going on at the “coal face”. I could have easily skipped it as I’ve been managing a helpdesk years ago. What could possibly have changed?

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Is Leadership dangerous?

Associate Professor Jan Ketil Arnulf’s research at the BI Norwegian Business School deals with what leadership is and how it is exercised. 2 months ago Audun Farbrot from the same school wrote about his findings. The statement

“There are few things more dangerous than leadership.”

stood out and made me read the article. Jan explains the dangerous aspects of leadership can be divided into three areas:

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Leading Cross Functional teams

I just read an article about the treats of different cultures. Funnily enough this comes as Adam commented on one of my blog posts from an English / French perspective and I’m – a native German – living in New Zealand. The big thing about this article was the following table (taken from Richard D. Lewis’ book “When Cultures Collide”)

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