The Power of Mixed Teams

Uncategorized Oct 29, 2020

What is considered sustainable and healthy for nature also applies to companies: The Power of mixed Teams

Let's have a closer look to our nature, monocultures and permaculture - and what we can learn from there!

Conventional gardening generally uses a single method for growing food. The focus is on what the gardener wants to grow, rather than which plants best suit a particular piece of land.

Monocultures can be managed efficiently, but they are anything but sustainable,” concludes a study by the University of Zurich.

  • Vineyard bright green under gray rain clouds Break in afternoon rain illuminates Willamette Valley wine country in northern Oregon, USA

    Monocultures only use the nutrients in the soil unilaterally. Soon there will be too little of one substance, and much more of another.
  • Because there is quickly too little of a soil nutrient, the farmer has to fertilize a lot. If he uses too much fertilizer, it damages the soil and the groundwater at the same time.
  • Monocultures are more susceptible to pests. 
    Therefore, farmers have to resort to pesticides and herbicides.
  • Fields with...
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#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

You might have heard different versions of the following analogy - let me share my version, which has been really unforgettable for me ever since I heard it: “If you take one of the most fertile and delicious banana tree from Alanya and plant it in Rize, it will not bear fruit; and if you take the most fertile and delicious tea plant from Rize and plant it in Alanya, it will not bloom”. One might ask: “Is it the fault of the banana or the tea, or even the soil where it has been planted if it does not bear fruit or bloom?”

Does this story sound familiar to you? I am sure many of you have experienced such a story - maybe even in your private life - or for sure in your professional career!

Have you ever felt like the banana or the tea plant? Have you ever heard: “You are not the right person for the job? Or you are not performing well in your role? Or you are not a good leader, team player, salesperson etc.”? If you have heard such...

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Transfer Effectiveness

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Transfer effectiveness in times like these - a rough push into the development zone

Almost none of everything that has made up our lives so far applies anymore. We too have been pushed out of our comfort zone, and we have used the innovative power that was freed up to completely rethink our leadership development programs for the current reality and how to design them digitally. Our focus was on our promise that applies more than ever:
We deliver IMPACT.

The Power of Old Habits

Many studies , but also our own observations in different organizations have shown the same picture for decades: Many participants come back to work enthusiastically from workshops and programs, but after a few days the flood of meetings, business trips, bureaucratic duties and pressure brings them back to their old habits.

Professor Robert Brinkerhoff is an internationally recognized expert in learning effectiveness and assessment of how training programs work. His findings have proven effective in dozens of...

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The end of bending - of talents and skills

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Last week I had an animal dream - I was a giraffe and had a conversation with a fish. The "fish" was a person who was obviously very close to me (emotionally, not physically in this time of social distancing) and she was very disappointed with my behaviour. She said to me that she wished I was more thorough and had more depth. I looked at her in amazement, bending my long neck down to her, going into the depths of her water. But after a few seconds I had to stretch to catch my breath. At the same time, I felt a great need to keep an eye out for all the things that might come our way. I turned my neck to all sides to get the overview I desired. 

"I wish you had more vision, that you were more open to new things and made quicker decisions," I finally said to her, the fish. Responding promptly to my statement she jumped as high as she could to take my perspective. But as high as she tried to jump, she was nowhere near able to get close to my height and certainly not to catch the...

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#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Daha önce hiç iyi anlaştığınızı, “aynı dili” konuştuğunuzu düşündüğünüz insanlarla hiç çalıştınız mı? Peki ya sabrınızı zorlayan ya da sizi çileden çıkaran insanlarla? Şüphesiz ki kariyeriniz boyunca her ikisini de deneyimlemişsinizdir. Biz insanlar, genellikle diğer herkesin bize benzer şekilde düşünmesini ve davranmasını umuyoruz. Bizim söylediklerimizi dinlemelerini, bizim gibi düşünmelerini, hatta biz daha söylemeden ne düşündüğümüzü anlamalarını bekliyoruz. Bu kuşkusuz birlikte çalışmanın en kolay yoludur, ama ne yazık ki gerçek olması mümkün olmadığı gibi en ideal yol da değildir.

Her birimiz kendimize has ve eşsiz özelliklere sahibiz

Doğduğumuz günden bugüne, nerede, ne zaman ve nasıl büyüdüğümüz, ailemiz, dostlarımız, öğretmenlerimiz, tüm sosyal ilişkilerimiz,...

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Power of neuroscience at work

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Have you ever worked with people you really get along with, who speak the same “language” as you? What about people who push your patience to the limits and drive you crazy? I am pretty sure that you have experienced both on a daily basis. We very often expect people to behave or think similarly to us. We expect them to listen to us, to think the same way as we do, or even to understand ourselves before we say anything. That would undoubtedly be the best way to work. But it is neither the reality nor the best way.

We all are different and unique in our own ways

From our birth to this very moment everything, like where, when and how we grew up, who our family, friends, teachers are, our social environment, the culture surrounding us and of course our experiences play a decisive role in shaping our personality. All the time we carry an invisible backpack full of beliefs, values, concerns, challenges and desires with us – and we bring it to work too. We interact with...

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Performans – Geri Bildirim – Gelişim

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Liderler ile birlikte yaptığımız çalışmalarda performans değerlendirme dönemlerinde geri bildirim vermek ile ilgili yöneticilerin bazı düşünceleri / inanışları olduğunu gözlemliyoruz. Bu inanışlar ile ilgili bir yazıyı yılın bu döneminde sizler ile paylaşmak istedik.

Ancak önce aşağıdaki sorulara genel olarak bakmanızı istiyorum:

  • Yoğunluğunuz nedeniyle yılda ancak bir kez mi geribildirim görüşmesi yapabiliyorsunuz?
  • Çalışanlarınıza açık ve sürekli olarak geri bildirim vermenize rağmen, hala yeterince gelişmediklerini, inisiyatif kullanmadıklarını mı düşünüyorsunuz?
  • Gelişim alanlarına yönelik geri bildirim vererek, çalışanlarınızın motivasyonunu olumsuz yönde etkilemekten ya da onları kaybetmekten mi çekiniyorsunuz?
  • Kötü performans gösterdiğini düşündüğünüz bir çalışanınız ile geri bildirim görüşmesine girmek sizi...
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Performance - Feedback - Development

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Some like it HOT, some don't like it at all - and we like it HEALTHY

Did you know that Chili and Feedback have a lot in common? 
Chili peppers are available throughout the year to add health to those brave enough to risk their fiery heat. Did you know that feedback is available and healthy all year round? If you use too much and prepare incorrectly, it can be very painful. But tastefully prepared in the right amount, it can do real miracles.
Chili improves our immune system, boosts metabolism, reduces inflammation and improves heart health. Giving and Receiving feedback can do the same with your organization: It improves loyalty (immune system), boosts engagement (metabolism), increases trust (reduces toxic inflammation) and improves business results (heart health).
In our study with leaders, we observe that managers have some thoughts / beliefs about giving feedback during performance evaluation periods. We wanted to share an article about these...
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Transforming failure and fear to a culture of learning

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020
Imagine the following situation: As 11 months old you think, "I want to walk upright like adults." A brave decision. You pull yourself up and start your first steps along with the sofa. And suddenly - ups - your foot bends and you fall down on your pampers. You turn red in embarrassment, look around the room, and hope that no one has watched you during this unsuccessful attempt. 
You might give it a second try, but after 3 steps you fall down on the diaper pants again. Discouraged, you decide that walking is not for you and you continue crawling through life until today.
This seems unimaginable and a terrible idea, right? And yet we behave very similar in many professional situations. 

When we say 'fail', it evokes bad feelings, because this word is normally used in a negative context. That is why we are afraid to fail. But why this fear of making mistakes? Isn't it time to put an end to this subconscious negativity? 


Changing the perspective can...

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Hata ve Korkulardan Öğrenme Kültürüne

#peopleatrightplace Oct 29, 2020

Hayal edin: 11 aylık bir çocuksunuz ve "Yetişkinler gibi iki ayağımın üzerinde dik bir şekilde yürümek istiyorum" diye düşünüyorsunuz. Cesur bir karar. Kollarınızdan güç alarak kendinizi yukarı çektiniz ve kanepe boyunca ilk adımlarınızı attınız. Ve aniden - eyvah! - ayağınız kaydı ve düştünüz. Utanç içindesiniz, odada etrafınıza baktınız ve bu başarısız girişim sırasında kimsenin sizi görmediğini umuyorsunuz. 

İkinci bir deneme yapmaya çalıştınız, ancak 3 adım attıktan sonra tekrar takılıp bebek bezinin üzerine düştünüz. Bu başarısız denemelerin ardından cesaretiniz kırıldı ve yürümenin sizin için doğru bir seçenek olmadığından eminsiniz. Bundan sonra iki ayak üzerinde yürümek yerine hayat boyunca emeklemeye karar verdiniz.

Bu kabul edilemez ve korkunç bir fikir gibi görünüyor, değil mi? Yine de...

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