Start up coaching

Standing on your own feet and carry all the responsibility is courageous, challenging, and at times lonely. The rollercoaster is up and going for most of us, starting one’s own project is filled with positive energy, ideas, followed by self-doubts, alternated by highs and lots of motivation. These ups and downs are completely normal. Sharing one’s experiences in a safe environment with a coach can be very fruitful for personal growth and the company’s development. Starting one’s own project involves a lot of risk taking and sharing the anxiety around it with a coach can reduce the stress and make it possible to focus on creative and innovative parts of one’s company.

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Leadership breaks

December 21, 2020

Leadership involves courage, risk taking, trust, patience, and thought through decision-making. To be a successful leader, it’s crucial to delegate and let your employees work independently. Micro management is suffocating and destroys creativity, motivation, and innovation of employees. Take a break in your leadership and give your employees space. It takes courage, is however crucial for the most effective leadership and long term health of your staff. Be hands off, the best preventative measure against burnouts of employees, especially now, during this time of the year, an unprecedented year that required more from each and everyone of us. 

 

Take a break and why it matters! Boredom rocks!

 

Great ideas don’t evolve if people are overloaded with work. Show appreciation for your employees by giving them time off, time to be creative without expectations. You’ll be rewarded. Boredom rocks! Boredom bring creativity, because your employees aren’t overwhelmed with external stimuli, they’re ready to think creatively, when stimuli can come from within, intrinsic motivation of your employees.

 

#podcast #research #performance #businessplan #leadership #haveabreak #coaching #corporate #success #passion #communication #trust #micromanagement

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Group Development: Insights from Research

December 21, 2020

My research assessing group development has shown differences in productivity based on the culture. Flatter hierarchies such as in Sweden, with consensus driven decision-making were less productive, comparing to a relatively flat, yet hierarchical structure in Swiss groups, where consensus is weighing high, but at the same time, decisions are being made by leaders. It’s all about the mix, to provide group members space to share their ideas, yet also help them take decisions, to avoid  a scenario of diffusion of responsibility.

 

Group leaders checklist!

  1. Identify different roles in your group
  2. Assess stage of group development
  3. Provide space for independent development, no micro management!!
  4. Establish group values, norms, expectations, trust, and goals.
  5. Team events to keep the sense of unity up.

#podcast #research #performance #groupdevelopment #groups #intercultural #leadership #coaching #corporate #success #passion #communication

#covid19 #womenentrepreneurship #drschwankinsights #drsimonesmindspace #psychology  #zurich #switzerland

 

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Wellbeing: recipe for a happier school environment

December 16, 2020

Today, I’m taking to Emmanuelle, French Italian upper school teacher and trained emotional intelligence educator. She’s sharing how little things make a big difference in our lives. The recipe for a happier school environment is: emotional intelligence, embracing diversity, and mutual respect.

 

#podcast #research #emotinalintelligence #school #coaching #wellbeing #happiness #respect #stopbullying #covid19 #womenentrepreneurship #drschwankinsights #drsimonesmindspace #psychology  #zurich #switzerland

 

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Diversity in Romantic Relationships

December 16, 2020

Living a life that isn’t mainstream is very exciting and provides plenty of new insights to different cultures, traditions, values, languages, food, and lifestyle. It is primarily an advantage, I personally find. But of course it comes with challenges and issues in communication, expectations, and more misunderstandings then couples with the same cultural background would encounter. Racism and micro aggressions are unfortunately also part of a mixed race couple.

 

The importance of mutual understanding becomes more prevalent, a positive side effect of a mixed race couple.

 

The awareness of differences facilitates communication and reduced the level of unmet expectations.

 

Diversity and it’s consequences of encountered racism and micro aggression are topics mixed race couples are challenged with. It’s important to talk with each other about it and learn to understand and decompress the experiences.

 

We can all support each other to make a change. Together we strive!

 

#podcast #research #mixedracecouple #missunderstanding #conflict #racism #microagression #relationship #mentalhealth

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Intercultural Business Communication

December 16, 2020

Understanding and integrating different cultures is challenging and far to often misunderstandings lead to lower productivity in business groups. Where we already face challenge with group work within the same culture, intercultural groups face additional layers of complexity.

Prof. Bennet designed the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. People go through different stages and experiences, when engaged with cultural differences. They move from ethnocentrism to ethnorelativism. From denial, to defense, minimization, acceptance, adaptation, to integration of cultural differences. The further to the ethnorelativistic side of the continuum one gets, the more eloquent intercultural communication skills one develops.

The different stages of development describe the perception of cultural difference one experiences.

Intercultural consciousness needs to be established among employees, in order to successfully interact in global teams.

#podcast #research #performance #leadership #coaching #corporate #success #passion #routines #success #interculturalcommunication #communication #culture

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Routines to success

December 14, 2020

Routines are key to a successful, healthy life. Especially, during a year with so many disruptions of our daily lives.

If you aim to change your daily habits, do small adjustments. Focus on small  daily routines rather than major changes. Rather do a 5min exercise everyday, than once a week for an hour, continuity is crucial.

 

A) Start with a daily 5min exercise plan that you’ll be able to power though.

B) Short 5min everyday exercises build self-confidence, as you’ll actually able to achieve the set goal.

C) Achieving your set goals make you feel better.

D) Well-being positively impacts your mental and physical health, and boosts your immune system.

 

#podcast #research #performance #leadership #coaching #corporate #success #passion #routines #success #exercise #mentalhealth #sport

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Optimal Performance

December 14, 2020

We all strive for optimal performance, to find the ideal balance of work and passion for life. But how can we achieve our goal for optimal performance?

 

First step: identify the barriers that keep us from living the most optimal life. Barries can be mental, relational, environmental, physical.

 

Second step: initiate a process of removing these barriers that hinder you from success. This is a challenging journey, with backlashes, disappointments, failing to succeed, repeating mistakes over and over again, but essential to move ahead and eventually succeed.

   

Third step: visualize your success and follow your passion. Visualization and imagination can increase your chances for success.

 

Fourth step: highlight your abilities, develop and strengthen your skills and apply peak-performance training to aline mind and body for optimal performance.

 

 

Emphasize on the importance to remain a passionate leader in a very competitive global environment.

#podcast #research #performance #leadership #coaching #corporate #success #passion #success

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New year and new hope

December 12, 2020

“Seriously 2020 WTF” I read the other day and yea, it’s pretty accurate. Even if I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been able to celebrate our wedding with International guests from around the world in January 2020 in the Swiss alps.

A new year is approaching and time to reflect over 2020. As a scientist, the vaccine brings hope, admiration, and fascination for colleagues in the labs.

If I’d take the vaccine, YESSSS, I wish I’d be first in line.

 

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Screen overdose

December 12, 2020

Around the world people are glued to their screens, for work, hobbies, social life, staying connected with family and friends. A “scrinification” of our lives occurred. These unlimited hours we spend in front of screens are exhausting and neither our brain nor body are made for it. Humans are meant to interact face to face and move around.

 

How to detox your screen day?

 

  1. Start your day with physical activity, if possible outdoors. Don’t jump out of bed and straight turn on your computer.
  2. Set an alarm on your phone to take breaks, “fika” what it’s called in Scandinavia. Be an example for your colleagues at work and show them that breaks increase productivity.
  3. Spend your lunch break and dinner OFF the screen. As you’ve used to walk to get lunch, keep that welcomed break at take a walk.
  4. Plan an OFF screen physical activity or ON screen class where you’re primarily listening.
  5. Alternate your position, work standing, then sitting, then standing again.

#podcast #research #screenoverdose #scrinification #screentime #mentalhealth #remote #coaching #corporate #performance #physicalactivity #covid19 #womenentrepreneurship #drschwankinsights #drsimonesmindspace #psychology  #zurich #switzerland