Author: Jesper H Christiansen

I just HATE compliments!

The employee saying this sentence said it with full force, in the hallway, right after a follow-up meeting with the manager and other selected employees. Uhm… yeah?! – was my meek response. I thought that the recently held employee-day had been fantastic (because I facilitated it of course), and that a lot of good initiatives had come out of it, especially from the employees themselves. Even the group that the employee behind the outburst was in suggested to me that it had been a really good day. In this group, they had agreed that from now on, the weekly...

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Stop ceaselessly talking about making mistakes…

…and start learning the better (and faster) way now Instead of focusing on mistakes, you have to pay attention to where you want to go, and what is helping you in that direction. I am currently, with great enthusiasm, reading my colleague Paul Z. Jackson’s latest book; – “Easy – Your Lifepass To Creativity and Confidence“. It is a practical book about improvisation and how the ability to improvise can be beneficial to your work and your life. It is about being creative and remaining flexible within a given (and sometimes very tight) frame. For me, as someone who...

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Like good old brief coaching

By Kati Hankovszky The biggest amazement of my summer happened thanks to a Swiss handyman. We cleared our schedule for two days to prepare our apartment for being painted. We have been living there for three years already, without ever taking the time for a spring-cleaning. There was a lot to do. The painter arrived at the time we agreed on – he was not even the boss of the painting company, but an employee. At this point I had no idea that this experience would become an inspiring metaphor for a masterful coaching. Three days after the painter...

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Let’s talk problems

Introduction A while ago, I was hired to work with a team. In advance, I was told that members of the team had serious issues with each other, and that the main topic was ”communication”. Further explanation followed, detailing that the tone could be quite hard amongst some of the team members, and that there was a sort of prejudice amongst different members that made it difficult for the manager to change the current situation of the team. So, how do you prepare for that? As a consultant and coach, I was careful to acknowledge what wasn’t working, rather...

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