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🍀PBP News #4 | GDPR & The Strength of Combining Brain and Heart!

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Dear friend,

We’ll start with HOUSEKEEPING:

This is our first newsletter since the European data protection rules GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018.

We’ve updated our terms to ensure compliance. And we urge you to manage your subscription to 🍀PBP News – opt out or stay in as you prefer, by clicking the link in your emailed copy of 🍀PBP News.

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Are You Kind to Yourself?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

One of my friends, a business psychologist, recently told me about the critical-friendly dimension.
At first, I thought this was not new – I knew perfectly well that there are two attitudes in life: One friendly and one critical. Some people are predominantly optimistic and positive, and some people are predominantly pessimistic and negative.

However, that was not what he was talking about. I should have guessed!

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Video from Summit Meeting: Big Brains Meet Big Hearts!

By Mette Bruyant-Langer

Video by Kristian Skov

We’re happy to share the highlights of our inspiring Summit Meeting 🍀BIG BRAINS MEET BIG HEARTS🍀 about Polarization and ‘The Movement from the Middle’, hosted by The Personal Business Plan on April 12, 2018, in Copenhagen, Denmark!

The summit was highly successful. This video highlights the best parts. Enjoy!

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Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts!

By Mette Bruyant-Langer

Today, 50 years after the Youth Revolution in Paris and 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, we need again to fight protectionism, populism, and polarization. We must work from a both-and, not an either-or perspective. We must include, not exclude. We have the freedom to choose and the responsibility to act.

On April 12, 2018, The Personal Business Plan hosted a very special summit meeting:

 

“Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts!”

We are proud and happy to say it was a huge success.

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🍀PBP News #2 | Busting 5 Headhunter Myths!

Dear friend,

Welcome to the second issue of 🍀PBP News.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT 🥦 – Reflections on career and life

*** HEADHUNTING ***

The HEADHUNTING SCENE is regarded by many as covert, secretive, clannish, and inaccessible. As a place driven entirely by networking among the top tier. As an environment where you are either in or out, and if you’re not in, your chances of a successful career seriously diminish. As a setting guided by the dogma:

“You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.”

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The Headhunter Behind the Scenes – The Simple Truth!

 By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Very often people ask me about the headhunting process, viewed from the inside.
Also, of course, about the tips and the tricks of the trade. This is exactly what this article is about.

For 20 years I was a partner in global executive search firms such as Korn Ferry. Over those many years, I built a systematic approach to evaluating candidates. I will share this approach with you at the end of the article. But first I will share with you some of the myths, I’ve encountered in my professional life.

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🍀PBP News #1 | Welcome to our newsletter!

Dear friend,

You are reading the first issue of 🍀PBP News. Welcome, we’re happy to share tips and tricks, anecdotes and opinions, examples and cases on achieving The Good Life.

What binds it all together is our Personal Business Plan philosophy, our PBP System, and Stephen’s profound executive coaching experience.

It’s all about personal growth!

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52 Ways to Make 2018 Truly Awesome!

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

We all need inspiration to live a successful life.

A life, where all aspects converge into a sense of fulfilment and flow. As an inspiration for you I have selected one quote for each of the 52 weeks of 2018.

Please pick your favorite quotes among the 52 listed below. My ambition is that you identify 2-3 useful rules of engagement and focus on these in 2018. And then, go on to live an epic life!

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10 Ways to Success and Happiness

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

In March 1996, I reinvented myself.
I wrote my own Personal Business Plan, and I went from being a Chief Marketing Officer at L’Oréal and Coca-Cola to becoming an executive search partner at Korn Ferry. This all happened because I was fired back in 1996 – there’s always a catch!

Since then, I’ve spent 20 years building my brand as a Headhunter, an Author, an Executive Coach and a Speaker – always with Leadership at the pivotal center and The Personal Business Plan as the ultimate goal.
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The journey of Emmanuel Macron towards Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

 

How are things really going in France?

Having just returned from my beloved France, my second home country, I still wonder how the recent leadership changes will affect everyday life. Specifically, I wonder how Emmanuel Macron will execute his reform plans. How will he enact his manifesto with the power granted by an absolute majority in the National Assembly?

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The Personal Business Plan is now online – What’s the story behind?

By Mette Bruyant-Langer

 

I’m really proud to present our online Personal Business Plan system.

Sign up for a free trial at The Personal Business Plan and see for yourself – you’re going to love it🍀.

 

This is a blog post, not an advertisement, so I’ll tell you the whole story from my end.

 

To begin with, here is a picture of Stephen and me in front of the Blue Ridge Mountains 😊

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Who is your hero?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Heroes

Sometimes, I’m asked who my hero is. I used to answer by naming a celebrity.

Earlier on I would have mentioned Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Barack Obama or other well-known personalities. Then my answer gradually changed. I started answering that my hero is myself in 10 years. I am chasing myself as I will be in 10 years. And now, 10 years later, when being asked who my hero is, I still answer: “Myself in 10 years”. I’m not even close to becoming my own hero. But maybe I’m getting closer. So, who knows, maybe in 10 years?
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Do You Have the Courage to Commit?

Courage to Commit is what you show when you make a choice – and stick to it!

Often a certain level of risk is involved and therefore it is even more important to maintain your course. Young people don’t always have to wait till the right apartment, the right partner or the right education turns up. Sometimes you need to choose and then make your choice the right choice. See life as a decision tree and remember: History never shows the alternative, the fork you didn’t take.
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How Do You Maintain Your Learning Agility?

Being Learning Agile means knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.

Recognizing situations when you feel insecure will help you predict such situations and act in the most relevant way when they occur. We all encounter situations that make us feel insecure. The secret is to learn how to deal with them and implement this behavior when faced with adversity. New patterns will form in your mind and actions – and progressively these situations will no longer seem threatening to you.
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How does The Four-Leaf Clover work for you?

In my family we have a lot of sayings. One of them is “Do something”.

This means that you need to take charge and move in a certain direction – not just wait and see what happens. Another is “both-and”. This means that very often it is not a question of doing either-or, but rather choosing to do both. It’s an attitude where you don’t need to limit yourself – rather, you prioritize what you want to do. Sir Winston Churchill used to say: “History will be kind to me. I intend to write it”.
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Pain is temporary – quitting lasts forever!

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Recently, my family and I had the pleasure of climbing Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, reaching Uhuru Peak at 5.895m.

The magic combination of the full moon, the glorious sunrise, the view from the top of Africa, and the curve of the horizon was absolutely breathtaking. The adventure gave rise to the following key learning:
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Is There Still A Line Between Your Personal Identity And Your Professional Identity?

I am convinced we are approaching a more integrated lifestyle where the dividing lines between work and personal time will gradually disappear.

Do you remember when we talked about an on-line universe versus an off-line universe? That dividing line blurred a long time ago. Then we started talking about no-line. And now everything is on-line.
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When You’ve Done Well, Then What?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Photo by Juan Jose on Unsplash

I am often surprised by how privileged people are unable to see the bigger picture, focusing on nitty-gritty hygiene factors in their lives.

Most people I deal with in my consultative work have done well. By many standards they are successful. However most still have existential doubts and unsolved dilemmas. Most of them still yearn for Freedom, Autonomy and Independence (don’t we all?). And the greatest comfort comes with the words: “Know That You Are Not Alone”.
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Why Don’t Women Put Their Birth Year on Facebook?

On a daily basis I’m surprised that I can’t see the age of the women I wish Happy Birthday on Facebook. Most men put theirs. There is no need to be embarrassed!

We all go through the same life phases. We all live through the same existential challenges. But when it comes to age it is as if half the population uses the ostrich strategy and buries their head in the sand.
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