Achim Nowak

2020 Is Almost Done. Take The Helicopter View.

I used to teach a leadership program with a strategy guy. Marc Rubin. Take the helicopter view. One of Marc’s favorite phrases. I have used other terms that connote the same mindset – being the observer, double-tracking our experience – but the notion of helicoptering…

Two Leadership Qualities You Can’t Fake. So DON’T.

I have always loathed the phrase Fake it til you make it. If you don’t know how to drive a car, please don’t fake the ride. You may kill us both. Ever since the notion of fake news entered our vernacular, I have wondered. What…

4 Reasons Why You May Wanna Shut Up

I like to talk. I have been known to over-talk. It is what happens when I go to the dark side. I have a strong point of view and I will let you know. And darn it, sometimes you don’t respond. My unchecked instinct is...

Ignore Your Our Psychological Profile and “Act Like” the Leader You Would Like to...

My European colleagues think we’re a little nuts. You Americans are obsessed with psychological profiling. You put your leaders through psychological assessment after assessment. And with every new self-assessment you stick them into another little psychological box. Yes. I know what they mean. I have…

How to get out of the COVID rut

Joe looked chipper. Unusually chipper. You’re very energized today, I say to Joe. I feel his energy busting through my Zoom screen. And I ask: Where are you? That isn’t your home office that I know so well. I’m on my first road trip since…

Stop Delegating. Give Them Power, Instead.

It’s a leadership sacred crow. One of those things you’re taught in a middle management leadership class. Don’t do it all yourself. Delegate to them. YES to Part One of that statement. About the delegation piece? How about empowering your frontline team members to make…

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