Actively Embracing Differences: Building Understanding and Appreciation for Joint Problem Solving

𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗰𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿.

Recently, on our walk, my son met someone very different from him. 🦌
That someone didn’t shy away and went straight to him. I loved seeing how my (I am not so little anymore) person approached the unexpected meeting with curiosity and openness.

I wish for us adults (or still children?) to not only speak about the McKinsey and Deloitte reports that prove the value of diversity on boards and in teams in terms of productivity, innovation, and job satisfaction. I want us to create that foundation of feeling safe when facing adversity, creating trustful connections and openness to the different without fear stopping us so that together, we can solve large-scale problems that we undoubtedly face.

Encountering something or someone different can be a magical moment if you open yourself to the experience 🌟 All it takes is to STOP the fear and CHOOSE curiosity.

And who or what, completely different from your norm, enriched you lately?

3 Tips to Power Up Your Executive Presence

Ready for more impact?
Having worked with more than 100 international leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, here are the 3 essential tips to remind yourself of daily.

1. Understand the uniqueness of your perspective.
You have unique experiences through your life journey that have shaped your worldview and perspective of events and challenges. Ensure you understand what value this brings to your environment, considering the market situation, your organization’s strategy, and your team’s contribution to the objectives. Bring your unique perspective forward at every meaningful opportunity – whenever you can create impact.

2. Seize the right moments to speak up.
Overcome the fear of speaking up. Voice your thoughts when the timing is right for maximum influence. Identify those pivotal moments when your input truly matters, guided by your core values. Remember, it’s not about always having something to say; it’s about adding value with your unique insights when you can positively impact your company.

3. State Your Case Clearly and with Conviction.
Once you have the stage, be clear, concise, and compelling. Make a case for why your perspective warrants attention and aligns with the ongoing discussion. Remember, your verbal and non-verbal cues must synchronize with your message. Be authentic, as authenticity is critical to delivering a message that resonates with your values and unique perspective and is believable to your audience.

Remember, your voice is a catalyst for positive change. 🚀✨

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Is Binary Thinking Spoiling Your Beautiful Freedom?

I feel a power in me that I must develop, a fire that I may not put out but must fan, although I don’t know to what outcome it will lead me.  

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Do you, like Van Gogh, feel a power, a fire, a spark that you can not put out but must fan and ignite?

A close friend of mine held several prominent positions at large corporations. When he left his last role unexpectedly, he found himself seeking similar roles where he could continue to add the same value.

It’s natural. Most humans prefer known outcomes, which leads us to tie our identity to one role or title.

  • I’m the VP of product.
  • I’m the CEO.
  • I’m the head of marketing.

But when we connect our identities to one role, we may find ourselves stuck in binary thinking, pursuing lateral moves or upward mobility when the role ends, whether due to layoff, firing, or even personal desire.

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Vulnerability without oversharing

How to open up to vulnerability without oversharing

Have you ever felt uncomfortable while your colleague shared something deeply personal? Have you ever felt as if somebody pushed you to share personal information without an apparent reason?

You may have encountered oversharing.

Vulnerability is a vital strength for leaders and anyone who wants to build strong connections, trust, and, with that, a sense of psychological safety. Psychological safety catalyzes engagement, performance, and many other desirable outcomes. So sharing with others and showing up as a vulnerable human being is key.

However, I’ve witnessed many people mistake vulnerability for oversharing. Oversharing can have a counter effect on people feeling uncomfortable, losing trust and alienating relationships.

So how do you make sure to hit the right balance?

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Energize Yourself in 2023 by Giving Forward

It’s been a typical year-end in the corporate world. 

Q4 was incredibly tense. The financials had to be closed, and projects concluded. Clients tended to come out of the woodwork with last-minute requests.

We dealt with their queries, grabbed gifts for friends and loved ones, and then, exhaustedly, sank into the cushions to stare at the tree, menorah, or unity cup, wondering where the time (and our energy) went.

And that’s just the stuff of our individual lives. We’re also contending with the state of the world—war, inflation, layoffs, and coronavirus.

We’re stressed. More stressed than we’ve ever been.

Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report says stress is at an all-time high, with 44% of employees reporting that they experienced stress “a lot” the day before they were polled.

Things aren’t easy. We must make a conscious effort not to spin into negativity. We must work hard to stay balanced and optimistic because negative thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies. They harm our physical states, too.

The idea: Don’t give back—give FORWARD

 

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5 steps to stop being overwhelmed

The last quarter is in full swing, and it’s as fast as ever.

Do you feel the need to speed up and match the increased demands?  Do you hope to cross all your to-dos and close off projects before the holiday break comes to your rescue? Do you frequently check in on your team members’ progress and speak mainly about operations to stay on top of everything that’s going on?

If so, don’t. It’s a trap!

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To Speak Up or Not to Speak Up: that is the question.

Have you ever experienced a professional conversation that didn’t feel right? Did you receive a direction that made you squirm in your chair?  Have you ever witnessed a situation where a colleague’s or leader’s behavior made you uncomfortable?

If so, you may have considered your options and the risks that speaking up may represent.

Throughout my time in the world’s largest logistics company, I stood many times in front of the decision: To speak up or not to speak up.

I believe that if you become aware of something risky or limiting to an organization, team, or individual, you have the responsibility to engage. Otherwise, you are becoming a part of the problem.

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The end of one conversation is a beginning of another.

The Fear Project Summary

 

I started The Fear Project in 2019 as a pro-bono exploration of a topic that I observed had a significant impact on the corporate world. My intention was to de-stigmatize the topic of fear – a seemingly unpleasant emotion often perceived as a sign of weakness, especially in business environments.

 

By approaching ten highly respected international leaders with diverse backgrounds and in different industries, we triggered a conversation that may benefit any environment – business or not.

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