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How to Lead Change

How to Lead Change

Want Growth? This is how to lead change The aim of life is, quite simply put, growth. Growth rewards us both personally and professionally, expands our horizons and pushes us forward to new and better goals. But growth does not come cheap. It requires change. Change, however, can be a deal killer for many of us, something we are programmed to avoid – or at the very least, fear. A lot of it has to do with how we perceive change – and how we approach change. Future leaders know that if they are to grow, they must embrace change. They know how to create change in themselves. But most importantly, they know how to lead change in their teams to propel growth for all. What is growth? Growth comes in many forms. For humans, we talk about how we can grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. In corporate life, we talk about market size, brand impact, and product capabilities – among many other growth measurements. We (humans, that is) usually think of growth in linear terms. We base our perspective of future growth on what has happened in the past. This way of thinking is common because it lets our rational mind work. But unfortunately it is also very limiting. It does not take into account the possibilities of hyper-growth, which sometimes happens because of factors that are outside of our control. This perspective also sees growth as merely a linear size of what we already know. Can you imagine how a tree would look like if it only grew in linear terms? It would look like one giant... read more
Six Ways to Make Your Life as A Modern Leader Easier

Six Ways to Make Your Life as A Modern Leader Easier

The idea that what we do at work should fill not only our bank accounts, but also our hearts, is gaining momentum. We are seeing this demand more and more often with our clients as an increasing number of smart and eager employees look for meaning in their careers. It is a big ask – especially if you are a leader. Not only do you need to give your employees tasks to perform, you also need to help them find meaning in their work in order for them to be motivated and engaged. When people get disengaged at work they, in some cases, end up loathing what they do, creating a bad work environment and even sabotaging their own work. It is hard to be a good leader if things are like that. Future leaders want to know that what they are doing at work can have a lasting impact on their customers, community and society at large. This is the new reality and the very landscape that keeps A-list employees motivated and engaged. Let us share with you 6 tips to meet this meaningful challenge that will also make your life as a modern leader easier: 1) Accept the fact that no one is born a leader. Many leaders we talk to think they know ALL they need to know about leadership, at the stage they are at right now. This attitude will cause them a lot of trouble later on, as they fall behind compared to the leaders who focus on updating their leadership skills. Warren Bennis, a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies, even... read more
The Battle of the ‘Creative Genius’ vs the ‘Performing Machine’

The Battle of the ‘Creative Genius’ vs the ‘Performing Machine’

Creative Genius vs Performing Machine? Hey – that’s me! Yes! We know. For many it’s a constant struggle: How can we find time to be creative, when there’s so much to do on our ‘to do’-list… Let your creative genius rule! Read our take on how important it is to let your creative genius rule in our most recent blog post in Huffington Post. The title is “The Battle of the ‘Creative Genius’ vs the ‘Perfoming Machine’” But, wait – there is more. This is also the story about how our brainchild, Brainwells, was born. Read on – it’s all here. By the way – isn’t it funny to see how we change, only in a few years? Well, nothing to hide – and this is a true ‘Brainwells-in-the-making-selfie’, taken while having lunch in Malcesine Italy. It’s taken just as we started drawing the outline of the idea that later became Brainwells – on the back of a napkin. Read more here.                  ... read more
The Human Side of Strategy (the only way to go)

The Human Side of Strategy (the only way to go)

Strategy starts with you. It must become a natural part of your everyday life and thus a part of the company’s DNA. Only then, can you start dreaming of the success that you deserve.

As you know – strategy is a plan. A plan of how to reach your goals. It can be printed on paper. Or presented neatly on PowerPoint. But no matter how good your strategy and enchanting your presentations, to succeed you must first hit a chord with your employees. And make sure that they take ownership of your strategic framework.

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Corporate ‘Dugnad’ – CSR The Norwegian Way

Corporate ‘Dugnad’ – CSR The Norwegian Way

Dugnad? CSR? What on earth does the Norwegian word ‘dugnad‘, Hurtigruten, Patagonia, Innovation Norway, Anita Krohn Traaseth and extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh have in common? Dip into our blog “Corporate Dugnad – CSR The Norwegian Way” at Huffington Post to get the answer. Corporate ‘Dugnad’ – CSR The Norwegian Way Hint: CSR is a great way to build engagement in your team. It is also a way to DO GOOD for your environment. Which is important. So – go ahead – start changing the world. Like this guy does – Lewis Pugh, Patron Of The Seas.              ... read more
Building Your Company? – Then This Is Urgent

Building Your Company? – Then This Is Urgent

When everything you do feels urgent, it’s important to know what to do. It does not matter if you are working on an idea, a product or a service, or if you run a big or a small company, either way you really need to have a clear understanding on what’s important, and what’s urgent. The IMPORTANT things are those that make you, your idea, and your team stronger and bring you forward in the long run. The URGENT matters are the day-to-day tasks that absolutely need to be done, but often are driven by tight deadlines. Also, they often demand so much attention that they clutter your ability to look at the structure and scalability aspects. (If you want another perspective on what’s important vs. urgent, we highly recommend Marie Forleos take on this. She’s one of our favorite entrepreneurs’ and cover the topic in this episode of Marie TV). What’s Important is More Urgent Than What’s Urgent At Brainwells we work with many leaders who can show amazing results – these are really, really clever people who have done their best to be where they’re at right now. They have worked really hard. They have done a lot of things right: Some have ideas that can blow anyone’s mind. Others have experienced growth that would turn most business people green with envy. Some have gathered teams of skilled people on a level you did not know was possible. But still – when they approach us – they all have the same questions: How can we refine the idea even more, how can we grow faster, how can... read more
Smarter Meetings: The WHY, HOW and WHAT

Smarter Meetings: The WHY, HOW and WHAT

What’s your potential for running smarter meetings? (psst… It’s not even difficult.) In the blog post “Smarter Meetings: The WHY, HOW and WHAT” in Huffington Post we give you a few more hints on what would help you save time when it comes to meetings. Meetings that are smarter, more effective, and more engaging! So – WHY are we so obsessed with running smarter meetings? Because it will give you more time. Time you can spend on anything. Even the things WE think you should consider; Becoming a more involving leader, engaging your team, know how to lead smarter. And things like that. You get it. But, start with the meetings, it will not only shave hours of your time but also release time and capacity for people on your team. So you can have a smarter and more effective team. Wouldn’t that be something? Get this, yes? About why smarter meetings are good for you? If so take a look at this page, too: Better Meetings? Do These Few Adjustments And Get More Time!... read more
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We are Kristine Maudal and Even Fossen, founders of Brainwells, authors of the blog LeadershipCourageFun and creators of the online program FutureLeadershipNow. We've been leaders ourselves for many years, and now work internationally training ambitious executive teams. Our mantra is that good (and even great) leadership is what changes everything in this world. We LOVE to share our thoughts and experiences on how to be a leader able to lead changes ahead. It's all here for you to start using. Enjoy!

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