PWI event: Boost Your Personal Communication Skills

Some time ago I attended a PWI event and Elisabeth Van Den Bergh was the special guest on this occasion. As an expert in communications, she gave us very valuable information to do public presentations. The 3 key components in any communication, she said, are: Confidence: how you convey the message Content: the message itself Read More …

The Feedback Fallacy

The feedback fallacy article from Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall challenges our actual assumptions on feedback. Th later tendencies in management go for transparency and openness to constructive criticism. People are encouraged to give and receive feedback regularly on the assumption that this will drive them towards excellency. The authors point out that studies show Read More …

How good are you at asking questions?

I just participated in the selection process of the Harvard Business Review “McKinsey award for best HBR article” for 2019.  The three  articles nominated for the prize where very interesting, but the one by Alison Wood and Leslie K. John caught my attention because it was about questions.  Are you good at asking questions? Do you Read More …

Motivational Tricks for New Year’s resolutions

This article by Ayelet Fishbach in the Harvard Business Review is giving us advice right in time to be used on our New Year’s resolutions! He mentions 4 strategies to motivate yourself:   Design Goals, not chores: chores are those tasks that you don’t enjoy though you may like the outcome (the very explicit example Read More …

Agile Serious Games

I went the other day to an Agile Serious Games session organized by Wemanity, and we did nice exercises to illustrate the values and advantages of Agile Management. If you’re not familiar with the expression ‘serious games’, it’s used when playing a game that has a professional purpose, that makes the participants experience a problem Read More …

4 Behaviors to find new business ideas

I went to an open event at Vlerick, and Prof. Miguel Meuleman gave us a talk on the Entrepreneurial Mindset. He gave us good tips to find business ideas. Based on the six-year study behind the book The innovator’s DNA, he mentioned these 4 discovery activities that the authors have identified as the ones in Read More …

Embrace difficulties to stay mentally fit and happy!

I just came by this old article from Ian Leslie in The Economist magazine, it’s about a thought: embrace difficulties when they arise, they force us to be more creative and bring more satisfaction when we overcome them. There are two ideas intertwined here: the first one is that when things come too easy, we don’t savor them enough. Read More …

Kill your dragons to be creative

Walter Vandervelde did a presentation at Professional Women International on creativity this month. He taught us how to kill our internal dragons to be more creative 😉 NONO, the dragon of the criticism, prejudices and conservatism: Change your automatic reply from ‘yes but’ to a ‘yes and’. That will stop criticism and you’ll feel the Read More …

Learning how to learn

I’m an eternal learner. There are so many interesting things that time is precious, so when I came accross this MOOC I couldn’t but enroll and check it out.  Anything that helps learning stuff while reducing the needed studying time really appeals to me! I’m talking about the online course from Coursera called Learning how Read More …

The value of Reflection in Learning

I just read Stephen M. Fleming‘s article “The Power of Reflection” in the Scientific American Mind.  It talks about  the importance of metacognition, that is the ability of knowing our own thoughts and capacities. This skill that allows us to evaluate our level of competence on a particular domain is totally independent of our effective Read More …