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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... 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
Stuck? Here’s Why Going Slow Will Help You Move Faster

Stuck? Here’s Why Going Slow Will Help You Move Faster

In order to be successful we need to constantly find better (and smarter) ways to be more efficient and to increase the level of execution. In this rush for optimal performance and strategy execution, it is easy to get stuck. To lose sight of the important stuff and to know where to focus our efforts. If we haste too much and are constantly in a rush, mistakes are made and long-term opportunities lost. In the middle of stressful situations, we tend to forget that we can actually increase our speed dramatically if we first slow down a bit.

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Why Sharing is Caring

Why Sharing is Caring

We do not know about you, but we LOVE being part of the knowledge economy. Especially these days when SHARING is a big part of the game. Sharing knowledge in this way is a fairly new concept, but still it is easy to get stuck in the old way of thinking about this. We are so used to holding back on ideas and insights and to share them only with a few. Most people do not understand how anyone can share valuable advice for free. Sometimes we even start thinking that there has to be a hidden agenda, that this is too good to be true. And of course, sometimes, it is. But things are changing. Today knowledge is a commodity. From almost every corner of the world you can deep dive into top-notch research, experience, and advice. As long as you know how to do it. Today it is not “what you know” that differs the winners from the more mediocre ones, but it is “what you do.” As in – “what you do with the knowledge you behold.” Some common feedback we get from people who’ve been reading the very blog you are reading right now is: But, you are giving it all away? Why do you do that, you could charge money for this? They do not understand at all how we can justify sharing our insights, reflections and even tools for free – and still run a business where we charge money for what we do. But, you know what, there are actually three really good reasons for giving it away: First, We are convinced that... read more
What This CEO Is Guilty Of…

What This CEO Is Guilty Of…

What do you do if you run a team where the team members do not like each other? Or even worse, they can’t stand each other and refuse to collaborate. But you still need their skills… Last year we were hired by a CEO to assist his executive team with the goal of improving their collaboration. At the first meeting the CEO told us that the members of the team were very skilled, but they were not effective at all when it came to the way they worked together. The reason was that several of them refused to collaborate. And by now the situation had escalated to total misery. It was difficult to meet in the same room at the same time. Even going out for dinner to celebrate their wins was totally out of the question. No wonder the CEO was a little stressed about the situation. It would be easy to conclude that the CEO had done a bad job when choosing his team members because of their somewhat obvious lack of social skills. But that is too simple an explanation. It did not start out like this. The situation developed over time. What the CEO was most guilty of was not acting earlier. But when we got our chance to address the issue, we knew exactly where to start. We’ll share the tips we gave the CEO because most of us need this reminder to lead a good team. No matter if we run a smooth or mal-functioning team. Just remember these three factors, and you will come a long way. You’re in charge: No matter... read more
Build Trust in Your Team – In No Time!

Build Trust in Your Team – In No Time!

Lately, we’ve seen a growing trend from modern and ambitious leaders who make a conscious effort to involve their staff by various means. One of the more popular methods involves talking individually to as many coworkers as possible. To do this in an effective manner, some have adapted techniques traditionally known from a more romantic context – speed dating. Nothing wrong with this. In fact, we highly applaud new methods and techniques that make leadership more involving, effective and rewarding. Taking a new and different approach is exactly what we focus on ourselves when working with leaders and their teams. We are especially fond of collaborative methods and processes that can be repeated, are scalable in nature, and get popular (and used) throughout the entire organization. Because – let us be clear on this – you do not need to be in a top executive position to initiate actions similar to speed dating to get a new perspective on things. Indeed, if speed dating and other out-of-the-box methods intrigue you, let us share the following tips to make them even better: First, don’t just rush through the speed dating method to get to as many people as possible, gather information, and then use the intelligence to make your decisions. Yes, it is an effective method. But if gathering information in order to make a decision is your primary concern, there are other and even more effective ways to help you. Instead, use the conversations gained from speed dating to get to know people. Ask them what THEY care about; what exactly brings passion to their life at work, things... 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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