My past years as a CEO were far easier after I had got a deeper understanding of what change does to people and what elements needs to be in place to move the organization towards sucess.
As a leader with international experience in HR and as a CEO, I have worked through crises, downsizing and structural changes. My original four years of studies in economics, my master degree in HR and my training in LEAN has taught me a lot about business processes. I though asked myself several times why it was so tough being a leader.
I had a solid background. I was familiar with change. I grew up in three different countries, practicing three different school system. I grew up in Africa as a missionary kid. I lived in France as a an expat kid. As a Norwegian, I studied and worked in France and in Norway. I have been through a lot of personal challenges and tough life situations. The big breakthrough though came when I lost a child. It was a steep learning curve. I had to look in my own mirror. I understood I had to acquire new knowledge about myself and about human beings to fully integrate life into my leadership.
This was the reason I trained in coaching. I still realized though that it did not bring me the understanding of the human feelings and reactions. I went on studying as a family therapist and trained in family constellations. I finally specialized in organizational constellations and organizational changes. Most of all in all these processes, I learned that the more I know about myself, the easier it is to keep my integrity as a leader.
I learned how to work with the invisible dynamics between people and the importance of looking at the wholeness of the business. I acquired a systems thinking that provides the basics to move the organization into flow and towards success. As a leader, we hold the organisation. As a leader, we open up for how much the organisation can develop. As a leader, we show the way, especially in times where the business needs to move in a new direction. We create performance. As a leader, we need to open our hearts to be motivated for what we do every day. Our motivation reflects like a mirror and people adapt their attitude accordingly.
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