The power of fun and gamification

I spoke earlier this year about the development of a visual monopoly style incentives board, to communicate the initiatives linked to long-term strategies that I developed. At the challenge of a colleague, I eventually ended-up fleshing this into a playable board game. So far, hundreds of people have used the board game as part of … Read more

Leaders must master the challenges and opportunities of strategy

Perhaps because of my experience of playing strategy games when I was younger. Leadership and strategy have always been closely interrelated in my mind. Yet, over the past few years, I have observed that this isn’t the case for everybody. While strategic planning and strategic analysis are super strengths I’ve developed as an executive leader … Read more

A most overlooked leadership skill … Time management

During my ongoing journey as an executive leader for an international organisation. I’ve been able to see a lot of things related to leadership quite differently. From the unexpected discovery that my strengths could be leveraged into super strengths. To realising that my own natural curiosity would always be rewarded. However, and especially in the … Read more

Why the Apollo Moon landings are leadership at its finest!

I’ve always been interested in space exploration and I spent countless hours as a kid reading books on NASA’s and Russian cosmonauts exploits. My younger self dreamt of seeing humans return to the Moon, walk on Mars and exploring new solar systems. I am still fascinated by the subject and to me, the Apollo Moon … Read more

Leadership lessons from the nuclear industry

Nuclear reactor

Looking at my nuclear industry career with hindsight. It is actually quite striking to see that many leadership lessons can be drawn from the industry. The more I think about it, the more I actually realise that it even influenced elements of my own leadership style. So, let’s find out what the industry can teach … Read more

Speakers and Leaders must learn to leverage their strengths

Leverage is pwoerful

The secret sauce in the very successful Toastmasters formula is peer to peer evaluations. Evaluations are structured oral and verbal feedback that members give to each other after delivering a speech. The structure will typically cover what the person did well as well as areas for improvements. However, the power of leverage that they provide … Read more

What playing Civilization taught me about strategic leadership

My interest in gamification in leadership and communication largely stems from the fact that was a keen player of video games for many years. Many hours and days playing one series, in particular, the Civilization series. A turn-based strategy game where the objective is to build a civilization that can stand the test of time. … Read more

Why leadership is hard

Nowadays there have never been more courses, publications, and studies on leadership as a discipline. We know more than ever about the different leadership styles. We know which qualities are necessary for people to become good leaders. We finally seem to have more help available via coaching and mentoring than ever before. However, the World … Read more

Effective communication through gamification

Incentives board created by Florian Bay

Leading a volunteer organisation brings many interesting challenges. Chief of which is how to engage others with initiatives designed to support the wider organisation in meeting its goals. This is where gamification can help leaders in getting buy-in for said initiatives and changes. One of the conclusions of the 3-5 years strategic excellence plan that … Read more