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Be prepared!

You have got to be prepared in order to see the opportunities


Tiemen Fahner

Deep impression

Sometimes you have those training courses that leave a deep impression on you, simply because they help you to shed a light over all your business activities and to proceed from a clear vision and strategy. That was the Transformational Leadership training for me. With the right focus I can now continue to build on my new company, my team and myself.

Marije van den Berg, author, speaker and event coordinator

Immediately applicable

I am very happy that I followed this TL-training! A lot of valuable information that encourages reflection and is immediately applicable in practice. With your open attitude you have started the conversations. Thanks!

Dieneke van Oostrum, Studio Open View

Making choices

TL is a different leadership training because themes such as gossip, accountability and taking responsibility as a leader are so clearly presented. In addition, it makes clear that training leaders is ‘simple’ but not easy to achieve. Subjects that are interpreted in the organization are substantiated in what it requires of you as a leader to get to that desired stage and what you do and do not want to allow in your organization. I would recommend TL because of the above and to all leaders who want and dare to make choices for the organization. Those who want to be aware of what establishing a relational culture requires and yields.

Henriette van Dort, Hamewith Talent Development

How to handle change

Are you a leader and do you want change for yourself or your team? And you don’t know how to handle this? I would say: participate in this training. It will really help you further!

Annemieke van Hulsbergen, Pensioenfonds Metaal en Techniek

More profitable

One division which recently completed the TL-training was more profitable in one month than they did in the previous eight months prior to the training.

Anonymous

New kind of leadership

I was blown away how total commitment to transparency combined with openness, warmth and a clear strategy makes business leadership so successful. Never before in my life did I experience this kind of leadership and I could immediately connect.

Swantje Schmid

Best year

I was so positive about the book that together with the whole management team we did the Transformational Leadership training. As a team it improved our relations and we ran the best year in our whole existence.

Alef Meulenberg, Chairman and Founder at Rhiza and Co-Founder at Township Fleva

Decisiveness

The Transformational Leadership training gives a positive impulse for more decisiveness in your work environment.

Frank Weening, Dutchblower

50% growth

Our company has seen a 50% growth in revenue solely due to the TL-training and employees being more productive and enjoying their professional lives as well as their personal lives.

Anonymous

Dealing with constraints

Once we learned to deal with constraints, we’ve been able to move through difficult situations much more effectively with little to no down time. It is now much easier to deal with tough customers and employees—and every company has them.

Anonymous

Revelation

Transformational leadership is to put it modestly, a tremendous book and training that we apply on a daily basis, personally as well as professionally. For me it has been a revelation and I appreciate LYDIA Connect for this awesome knowledge.

Moses Kamau

Egos in the way

As a result of this TL-training, our leaders are encouraged and willing to empower others because their egos are no longer in the way.

Anonymous

Highly recommended

Highly recommended for anyone who longs for healthy leadership, change and wholeness for their own organization. Tiemen and Monique, thank you for bringing this to the Netherlands. I look forward to a huge impact!

Arjan Hulsbergen, lawyer, trainer / author and transformational entrepreneur

Risk?

Brilliance is pretty much always risky!

Never waste a good crisis!

Winston Churchill proved to be a solid leader during the second world war. He said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. He understood the principle that a crisis also provides opportunities; meant for good, not evil. I want to challenge you during this Covid-19 crisis to really think about the good things that can come out of this. Remember, we, you and me, are in control of making the good happen!

Don’t fall into the evil trap of anxiety, instead, grab yourself together, connect with others and start thinking in possibilities and opportunities. As relationships are the most valuable assets we have, treasure these! Find ways, use technology, to connect.

This week we will publish a tool, for free, to analyse your possibilities during and after this crisis.

In case you want help, we are there for you! Contact us: info@lydiaconnect.com.

Good Intentions!

We all know that feeling at 1st of January, after we have done the “lots”: eat a lot, stay up a lot, drink a…

Enough! We want to improve our life! Recognise it? I do! A lot… So we start with Good Intentions. Dieting, sports and many more plans; being though on ourselves.

Around this time, halfway January, the chance is that we have broken some of these Good Intentions already. And by the end of the quarter we feel we are back at square one. Recognise it?

What if there is a way to implement Good Intentions more easily? What if there is a Magic Bullet to actually Change Your Life? This Magic Bullet is called “Discipline”. You may think this answer is ridiculous, but stay with me…

What if we change our perspective on discipline? Often we think of discipline as punishment, being hard on ourselves, not having fun… We want to change that perspective: from punishment to training. Our LYDIA Connect definition of discipline is: “Training to elicit a certain pattern or behaviour”. Let’s elaborate on this a bit with an example.

Lets face it, going on a diet is punishment if you ask me… However, what if we rephrase it to something that does change our behaviour? Instead of “going on a diet”, we say: “I want to be able to move freely, have more fun and energy; to reach that I need to get rid of a couple of kilos”. Then we train ourselves to reach the goal of having more fun! Or would you rather punish yourself bashing kilos?!

As always, who writes this is also preaching to self! So, stand with me to change our perspective and train ourselves. I want more fun and energy, you too?

Why is our company called LYDIA Connect?

Do you know that feeling? Staying within a confined space where what you need is lacking?

It is time to explore the changes you desire in order to be an authentic leader!

As a trades person, the woman Lydia from Thyatira who lived around 50 AC decided to move to Philippi, a Roman colony and trade city in Macedonia. The reason for doing that was marketing; the Roman emperor had decided that only high Roman officials were allowed to wear purple. To sell the precious purple of her city Thyatira, she decided to move to Philippi, the place where she could reach her customers, the high Roman officials. Philippi was a Roman colony on the major east-west trade route, the Egnation Highway, between Rome and Asia. Lots of tradespersons traveled behind the Roman army at the Egnation Highway and brought products into Rome and further into the Roman empire. Lydia made a very strategic choice to settle in Philippi and soon she sold her purple to the Roman court and developed friendly relations with people from the Roman court. Besides the spatial borders she also went beyond personal constraints, attending gatherings where she met new people and was exposed to new ideas and beliefs. We believe Lydia was a woman of exceptional leadership, intentionally delivering generational business.

We want to connect you with this kind of Lydia leadership, healthy leadership, delivering good solutions, improving this world and providing generational continuity.

Join us!

Your role as a leader

As a leader you will function more effectively (and have way more fun!) when you create an environment that brings all the ingredients that you need together. Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and to expect the unexpected!


Monique Fahner

Updated website! *new services*

The last couple of months we have further developed our training services and launched new coaching services.

The key learning after the startup was the need for coaching. The way we have developed the coaching services is to use building blocks from our training services. That way we ensure that we can fulfill our vision.

Enjoy browsing the website. More additions will follow later.

Have a wonderful day!

Let the truth be heard!

So many of us daily encounter that truth is not being heard. We as leaders need to build a culture of truth. How do we do that?

  1. Lead your people with questions, not with answers.
  2. Freely engage in dialog and have debates, don’t force anybody.
  3. When something dies, conduct an autopsy together and do not blame anybody.
  4. Implement a culture where people can raise red flags.

You will notice that where truth is heard, freedom arises!

Always be honest

There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away.


Winston Churchill

Going for Generational Leadership

Leaders, concerned more with their own reputation for personal greatness, often fail to set the company up for success in the next generation. – Jim Collins (adapted)

LYDIA Connect says this world is in a leadership crisis: many of today’s leaders care more about themselves and their image than about those who follow them. Our TL-Training addresses this crisis. This unique training empowers mutual relationships and removes constraints, resulting in clear goals and better performance. Explore for yourselves!

Read more at https://lydiaconnect.com/training.

Try something new!

Today I came across this post. It hit a nerve, sometimes we overstate our professional views. Be open to try something new!

Unavoidable change

“Over time, I have learned two important lessons: 1) all personal feedback is relevant and 2) change seldom occurs until the pain of staying the same exceeds the pain of changing.” – Ford Taylor (Transformational Leadership)

Pioneering

Being a pioneer involves breaking through walls and barriers, you got to have tenacity! But the joy, oh the joy!

Do you see it?

Often we are so in the moment that we cannot really see what is going on, especially when under pressure. That is why we advise you to keep asking for honest feedback from your team, peers and leaders to keep improving. Not all feedback may be true, but all feedback is relevant!

You have to see it (knowledge), in order to own it (attitude) and then you can change it (behaviour)! All change starts with seeing it! Even stronger…, no relational or organisational change will happen without: see it, own it and change it.

LYDIA Connect registered!

Our company LYDIA Connect is now officially registered since 20 April 2018. We are honoured to offer you four services: transformational leadership training, export readiness training, consultancy and events. Stay tuned!

Get rid of your box!

It is time to come out of your box. Beyond the box in itself is not enough, the box needs to be erased from your system. Instead you need to focus on purpose, the why of your business.

Be prepared for change in order to direct yourself and your business to your purpose.


Monique Fahner