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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…
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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…
business as usual is over
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Business as Usual is Over - Risky is the new Safe

Business as Usual is Over - Risky is the new Safe Why your change competence will determine success or defeat in the future Let´s cut to the chase immediately, shall we? Business as usual is over! But what does that mean? In 1995, Professor…
keynote speaker transformation
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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…
change diamond
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The Change Diamond Model for Sustainable Transformation

The Change Diamond Model for Sustainable Transformation Making Change Happen - In the Long Run In this blog article, I would like to introduce you to a model that has dramatically changed my life. It explains in a unique way why some people…
non-negotiable core principles
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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.…
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Successful People: That Not So “Cover Worthy” Truth

Successful People: That Not So “Cover Worthy” Truth Why your personal definition of success matters Let’s take a minute to appreciate successful people. By successful people I mean people who have done things right from the get-go. These…
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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…
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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.…

You Have One Shot. Take It!

You Have One Shot. Take It! Living a life with purpose and meaning People often do impressive things in life until they hit a point of confusion. This applies to so many things, from relationships, projects, work, diets, working out, the list…
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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:…
we are changemakers
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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,…