Entries by IljaGee

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The Success Formula in Business and Life

The Success Formula Why clarity, focus and hard work will determine your happiness and gratitude in life What does success mean to you? The particular and individual definition of success is the indispensable foundation for happiness and satisfaction in life. In order to be able to be permanently successful in business and in life, I´d like […]

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Success is an Asshole!

Success is an Asshole How to discover what Succes really means to you “Success is an asshole!” I spat this sentence with contempt into the reflection of my face in the mirror. It was a New Year’s Eve, many years ago. At that time, I was still managing director at Karstadt (Germany´s largest retail corporation […]

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The Five Seasons in C Major

The Five Seasons in C Major How every change on the outside starts with an inner transformation Have you ever been in that space of motivation where you are just enthusiastic about every sensible new information you come across? As though you’re a little human sponge that’s ready to take over the world no matter […]

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How to Give an Outstanding Speech Or Presentation

How to Give an Outstanding Speech Or Presentation 10 Tips and 5 NoGo´s for successful lectures, speeches and presentations Have you ever wondered how to give an outstanding speech or presentation? You´re not alone with these thoughts. For many managers, entrepreneurs and executives, giving a good speech or a professional lecture has become part of […]

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Non-Negotiable Core Principles

Non-Negotiable Core Principles Why Strong Core Values are no Longer “Nice to have” but a Must Probably the oldest saying regarding change goes, “Love it. Change it. Or leave it.” For me, this triad hits the nail on the head in its simplicity. In all areas of life, we have exactly these three options. If […]

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A Woman on Wall Street – Gender Equality in Business?

A Woman on Wall Street – Gender Equality in Business? How to build a career as a female executive, entrepreneur or manager Routine and strict financial rules can be extremely exhausting; especially in Wall Street when you have had to recurrently perform a similar task and deal with similar crises for decades. This may result […]

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Transform your Company Culture – Make your Business Future proof

Transform your Company Culture, make your Business Future proof Why employee centricity is more important than customer centricity “Ilja, it’s like this—I’m really open to new ideas and would like to tackle multiple goals at once. However, my colleagues are simply resistant to change and always block my suggestions immediately. It’s frustrating. What should I […]

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10 Songs that changed my life

10 Songs that changed my life Music inspires, motivates and changes Music changes. It provides us with energy, focus or even healing like no artificial pill ever could. A couple of years ago, a journalist asked me a question for a radio interview: “What is the most important invention in the history of mankind?” And […]

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The Changemaker Manifesto

The Changemaker Manifesto We are Changemakers – We create the Future The world is full of negative moaners, naysayers, know-it-alls, whiners, complainers, energy vampires and cynics. And with this group apparently growing bigger every day, a lot of people get the impression that the world is trapped in a downward spiral. They keep asking themselves: […]

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10 Books That Changed My Life

10 Books that changed my Life A list of recommended books for your business, your career and personal growth   At least once a day, I receive an email, a direct message on LinkedIn or Instagram or a WhatsApp, where people ask me, if I could recommend books worth reading (and just in case you´re […]