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The Battle of the 'Creative Genius' vs the 'Performing Machine'

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 10.01.2016 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Over a long and lazy lunch and a glass of Italian wine we started talking about how sad it is that so many people do not thrive at work. Why is it that people do not feel that they matter? How come they do not see the important part they play in the bigger picture?

Corporate 'Dugnad' -- CSR The Norwegian Way

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 08.26.2016 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Everyone in Norway knows the word "dugnad," and most of us are accustomed to the term 'dugnadsånd' (the spirit of dugnad). The dugnad tradition has been around for a long time.

Smarter Meetings: The WHY, HOW and WHAT

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

How many internal meetings have you participated in so far this year? Raise your hand if you think there were too few. And do you have any feeling that the ones you've been to could have been smarter meetings?

Why Going Slow Will Make You Go Faster

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

When we start to move too fast, we often do not see what we need to see. It is important to move slow enough to make the necessary corrections as they come up. If not, we end up spending more time because we need to go back fixing things that have gone astray.

How to Avoid "Us" vs. "Them" Thinking in Your Team

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Rivalry and competition in an organization can be positive. The question is whether it is done in friendly ways that accelerate improvement and performance. Or is it a negative force that fosters uncertainty and lack of trust?

Why You'll Love Being an Involving Leader

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Well, for all we know, you're already there. In that case - congratulations! For all of you who look upon this as something you would love to experience - no worries. The above scenario is an option for every leader. But to start, we need to face facts.

"If I See a Leadership Book on a Leader's Desk, I'll Fire Her!"

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

In the news some weeks ago, we read an interview with a well-known top executive from Finland. He had just visited Oslo to share his thoughts about le...

Super Teams, not Superstars

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Sometimes you can feel it immediately. This "something" that is hard to explain, but so easy to feel. A "something" which is part of the culture, and ...

A Better Leader by Sitting in Front of Your Computer?

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

By Even Fossen When I was young I, by some peculiar reason I do not even remember today, had the ambition of becoming the CEO of a substantial compan...

Should Hugging be Part of Your Corporate Culture?

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

It seems to be a correlation between hugs and a successful career, a correlation that for many people is obvious. We know that hugs increase oxytocin, lower blood pressure, and decrease cortisol.

Why Progress Is the Sweetest Thing

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Many leaders are concerned about how to motivate their employees. They know that engaged workers produce better results, are more creative, and care more for their work. However, which factors that actually motivate and engage their teams have long been discussed.

4 Things to Do to Make You a Better You

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Today many in our part of the world agree that personal development is important and that we live in a time where we must be adaptive and open to change.

Why Taking Time Off Is Valuable for Your Career

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

When you are really busy in your life and career, it might feel like a utopian thought to take a few days off. Not to mention a few weeks. Days or weeks where you can whisk away on a much-needed vacation, preferably far away from everyday chores.

What Is the Cost of Your Leadership?

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

Imagine the coolest racing car ever built. And you are the one in charge. You are ambitiously leading the construction team. You have a vivid image of...

Climbing the Corporate Ladder... and Falling Down

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

There have been a few moments in my life, beautiful moments, where someone I've met tells me that what we talked about once, totally transformed their...

Being a Good Leader Is Not a Popularity Contest

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

The corporate world is changing. Again. And the requirements for how to be a good leader are also changing. Again.