HOW you say Things

Summary: This article is about the Process Communication Model®. A model based on 6 different types of communication (personality types) within us, that can be used to manage stress, to communicate more effectively with others in harmony as you tune-in to the world of someone else. Voor Nederlands, klik hier. Last week I was on a…

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Be an authentic Engineer!

authentic engineer

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. As an engineer you might just do your job: collect parameters, requirements, make your calculations and consult your client. You just want to do a good job, and this is great. That can be a sign of authenticity. I was at an event last week. A man walked up to me…

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The Benefits of a Follow-up Session

Voor Nederlands, click hier. This week I had a Follow-up session with Francis. We had completed a series of coaching sessions, half a year ago. A Follow-up session is a conversation and is part of the coaching program for all my clients. It is an evaluation of the sustainability of coaching. Of course, I am…

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Feedback Please!

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. “Hey Freek, I have feedback for you!” This I hear this often after an interview, presentation, workshop or training. Some people experience feedback as criticism and shy away it. Feedback is actually a win-win situation. The idea is that both parties move forward. See it as a learning moment and certainly not…

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Engineer like a Motherf#cker

Klik hier voor Nederlands. Recently I was listening to the Tim Ferris show. He was interviewing Cheryl Strayed who explains how to write like a motherf#cker. Despite the foul language, her explanation struck me and applies to engineering as well.   In this article I am giving you Cheryl’s tips (read her column) and my…

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How to have successful job interviews

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. I am sitting in a nice coffee bar enjoying a perfect cappuccino. On my right, two people are sitting on a comfortable couch. They order something and start to talk. It turns out to be a job interview. I rarely listen to the conversations of others, but this time I am…

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12 Keys to create balance in your engineering career (part 2)

Voor Nederlands, Klik hier. In my last article I gave you 5 keys to create balance in your engineering career. The first keys are to list your values, to determine your priorities for success, to manage your time well, to simplify your life and to celebrate. In this article I am giving you 7 more…

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How to give the best to relationships

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. A while ago, a dear friend asked me how come I can get along with so many people. I had to think of about this for a while. I actually felt a little uncomfortable because there where more people in the group and their attention switched to me. It was as…

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Benefits of Self-Reflection

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. In my last article I wrote that integer people reflect on the mistakes they made in order to learn from them and to act differently in similar situations in the future. Some people have asked me how to reflect. Self-Reflection is comparable to active thinking. The thing is to ask yourself…

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Discover the power of your character strengths

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. Some time ago,  I gave a training and the projector didn’t work. I even had a spare projector with me but it couldn’t connect to my laptop as well. I was overwhelmed with stress and uncertainty overtook me in such an extend that I felt restless during the whole training. Even though that…

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