Happy Doggy Year and My Struggle with Tai Sui

Dear clients and readers, Spring Festival (Chūn jié or 春节) is just around the corner and I would like to wish you ‘harmony and joy for the whole family’ (Héqì jíxiáng quánjiā lè or 和氣吉祥全家樂) in the New Year. It is time to celebrate the zodiac Dog Year (Gǒu nián or 狗年), which I do with a post touching upon the zodiac animals, the god Tai Sui (Tài Suì or犯太), and what it means to be entering one’s BenMing Year (Běn mìng nián or 本命年). Happy New Year everyone!

Companies Responsible for Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Prevention for Companies in China – For years it has been required to train employees about Sexual Harassment in certain countries and areas, but the attention is reaching new heights with the current #MeToo movement. This post touches upon the responsibility of the company, what you should do as an employer, examples, related services, and benefits – in general and in a China.

Persuasion in Negotiation

Have you ever considered how much easier your daily life and negotiations would be if you were even better at persuading and influencing others? This post looks at persuasion in general and in negotiation, the difference of persuasion and influence, as well as at six specific principles of persuasion.

Thoughtless Bike-Share Investors

Dockless Bike-Sharing and Thoughtless Bike-Share Investors!
In the name of speaking up for the purpose of the greater good, here goes! What’s up with the wasteful spending of billions in bike-mountains? I call for investors to take a deeper responsibility when choosing where to invest their money! Don’t be Thoughtless Bike-Share Investors, in that industry nor another.  (#ThoughtlessBikeShareInvestors) 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Dear clients and friends, The holidays are here and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2017 has been a great year and I am thankful for finally having had time to experiment with eLearning. If you have not tried it yet, hurry up and enjoy the still free trial period. Thank you and best wishes to you all for a great 2018!

Facilitating Conflict

As leaders, we want to get the most out of our teams and one way to do this is to assure that everyone weighs-in to buy-in. Your final solution, and its outcome, is best when everyone has shared their opinions, been heard, argued vigorously, and only then have agreed – this also leads to the best commitment. But how is this done? By facilitating Productive Conflicts.

Team Development with Vulnerability Based Trust

Trust is important for good team results, but trust doesn’t come easily and we live in a world that constantly shows us trust-diminishing behavior. Nevertheless, you have a large impact on the level of trust in your own team, and there are lots you can do to elevate it. Here are some thoughts on how everyone can promote and grow team trust even further with Vulnerability Based Trust.

HWAO Company Presentation

Dear clients and friends,
I have updated the company presentation, which was about high time. The new version is simpler and lists services offered and details on consulting, workshops, training, as well as an introduction of the HWAO logo, vision, mission, values, selected clients, and myself.

Five Team Dysfunctions’ Character Analysis

This post was written as an assignment, where the participants were to debate the Lencioni book ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ and its characters, while linking it with DiSC profiling and Belbin team roles. This means, that you might not fully agree with the analysis in this post, but it will be a good base for your own analysis and discussions, as well as serving as a reminder or introduction to the various people in Lencioni’s story.

HWAO eLearning Available Now – FREE!!!

Dear clients and readers, it is with great pride and pleasure that I now open the HWAO eLearning Center after months of programming, testing, and developing the first online training course. The system is not 100% perfect yet, but great enough for students to have a good learning experience, and surely good enough that I can offer free training to the first 100 people who sign up!!!

The 5 Team Dysfunctions Summary

This post is a very short summary of the book ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ by Patrick Lencioni – only mentioning the dysfunction, our hindrance of improvement, and the countermeasure or Leadership behavior allowing us to improve our team. Hey, but that is a good start, right?

The Engaged and Interesting Meeting

There is nothing worse than wasting time to re-discuss what has already been decided, if caused by participants having been poorly prepared or not engaged enough to open up and share both their opinions and knowledge in the first place. This post is about how to avoid meeting boredom and about making meetings interesting and the participants engaged – leading to more efficient meetings and stronger commitment.

National Day Holiday

The National Day holiday of China (国庆节 or Guóqìng Jié) starts on October 1st and is a 7-days off event, with the actual holidays scheduled on October 1-3 and then filling a week up by moving weekends or using personal leave. This post touches upon the historical origin of National Day, common activities, and more.

Overcoming Chinese Fear of Conflict

Overcoming Fear of Conflict in Return for Better Commitment and Results! Patrick Lencioni says we will achieve better commitment and faster results by eliminating our fear of conflict. Healthy conflicts will help employees spend more energy on the outcome and decisions will not only be faster, but you will avoid having to re-discuss the already closed decisions. That is obviously all good, but does this also make sense in a culture where harmony is among the top values? Is it even possible to benefit discussions and teams with such conflicts in any strong harmony cultures, where conflicts usually are shunned? Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Needed Learnings of a Coach

There are so many things to learn and remember as a coach, so I like to have a model or overview, because it helps me categorize everything for eased learning and differentiation. Differentiation, because it makes sense to me to separate the learning of e.g. one’s limiting belief and how these might influence one’s coaching, from how to help a coachee in dealing with his or her limiting beliefs. Have a look at the model and see what you can fill into its boxes.

My 2017 Reading List

Often being asked what I am reading these days, I generally list the books as I consume them – and this type of consumption I enjoy a lot. With this list, I can keep track on whether I live up to my goal of continued life learning, and have an easy way of answering just that question. Have a look if you are curious or are in need of new reading ideas – whether you want to read a book or perhaps my posts related to the same topic.