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Earning respect “the Norwegian way”

Earning respect “the Norwegian way”

Cross-cultural communication Leader Last week I spoke about cross-cultural communication at a big company event in Berlin, Germany. There were 1700 people in the room, from 20 different nationalities. Leader I talked about how we all come from different upbringings,...
Why change-pain is the only constant

Why change-pain is the only constant

Change leaders “Change is the only constant” the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said 500 years BC. Change Leaders Having spent the last 20 years developing corporate cultures, teams and organizations in constantly changing markets and business landscapes, I couldn’t...
Satisfaction, engagement or passion at work?

Satisfaction, engagement or passion at work?

A few years ago I attended a conference about “engagement at work” (or “arbeidsglede” in Norwegian) and presented my theory about the 3 levels of engagement and how each of them impact performance, innovation and business results.  First we...
When culture becomes a strategy for growth

When culture becomes a strategy for growth

“Strategies are nothing but a guessing game for a future reality we impossibly can predict. Culture eats strategy for breakfast. With the right kind of culture, we can handle anything” my new boss told me. A Company with Culture as Strategy. The year was 2002; I...
One dance away from Steve Jobs

One dance away from Steve Jobs

A few weeks ago I was the Master of Ceremonies on a leadership conference on engagement and change in Oslo. One of the keynote speakers was Daniel Walker, CEO of Human Revolution Studios and Steve Jobs’ Chief Talent Officer at Apple between 2000-2005. He rarely...

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