What Happened in France?
Luckily, I was in France, when the French team won the World Cup in soccer in July 2018. And what a party! All of a sudden everyone hugged each other. It was a perfect example of inclusion – just as the diversity of the French team. A common state of ecstasy across ethnicity, race, age, gender, and social class. And the victory was very soon translated into “We are the champions of the world!” A huge self-confidence and pride, which, however, very soon degenerated into leftist yellow vests fighting rightist yellow vests. This degeneration will not increase productivity and will certainly not ease the implementation of Macron’s reform plans.
We’re on the brink of 2019. It’s time for annual reflection:
What to continue, what to do differently
What matters, what doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter
Basically, How to live life best…
This issue #5 of ?PBP News is about GETTING FUTURE-FIT. It contains little tweaks you can give your mindset, so you can enter the new year of 2019 and continue into the future beyond, with robustness and peace of mind.
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!
We’re happy to share the highlights of our inspiring Summit Meeting WHERE 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!
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.
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:
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.
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”. Continue reading “How does The Four-Leaf Clover work for you?”
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”. Continue reading “When You’ve Done Well, Then What?”