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Ambitious Leader Podcast



Monday, 06th of September 2021
Strategic HR, Leadership Coaching and Training - the ultimate partnership - Conversation with Veronika Modrava
The Happiness Factory and Veronika Modrava joined forces in a strategic partnership!

In this episode, you will be introduced to Veronika, her activities, and her background. But we will also talk about how she became an independent service supplier in a field in which she thought it was not possible to be a service supplier in.

We will talk about our partnership in detail, and we end the show with more philosophical questions like:
After listening to this podcast, you will feel like you've known Veronika for ages ;-)
And that's exectly what is needed for a strong, upcoming collaboration!


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Tuesday, 11th of May 2021
Chat with an Ambitious Leader - Bessern
"Money is the root cause of many evil things in the world! So fulfilment in life is not about money, it's about being happy and about reaching the goals that are meaningful to you!"
An inspiring quote by Ivan Palomino in this new Ambitious Leader Podcast's episode.

Do you tend to step into the money trap?
Then you can probably learn from Ivan and Elena Agaragimova's entrepreneurial path!

Together they created Bessern: a company focussing on making knowledge accessible to as many people as possible, AND making sure that acquiring that knowledge leads to a measurable behavioural change so that you can become happier because you're reaching your meaningful goals!

In this podcast episode, filled with lots of laughter, we talk about very serious things:
Listen to this new episode to discover how a Managing Director turns into a 'Passion Manager', and why even when you're impacting 1 million lives, you still have to deal with very human struggles!

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Monday, 15th of February 2021
Ambitious Leader Chat - Coaching within an organisation
A few weeks back, Dennis was asked by Pavel Golenistsev to have a chat about coaching within an organisation: You will hear answers to all these questions in our new Ambitious Leader Podcast episode!

So if you wonder whether you, as a business leader, should invest in coaching or not, then you should definitely listen to this episode!

To trigger you a bit more, here are a few of the oneliners that will hopefully stick with you: And most importantly:
When you think you don't need a coach, that's exactly when you him most!

Enjoy the episode, and tell us what you think of it!

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Thursday, 21st of January 2021
Ambitious Leader Chat - How to measure the results of your leadership style?
Almost everybody is convinced about the fact that good leadership has many benefits: the performance level of the team goes up, the KPI's do the same, and the well-being of the team members is positively influenced by good leadership.
But how do you KNOW if you're a good leader?
To know that, you have to look at the results your leadership style generates. But how do you measure the more intangible results like empathy, engagement and well-being of your team?

In this chat, Karolien and Dennis talk about the importance of the more emotional/people side of performance; about the importance of data vs only feeling your leadership style's effects; and about how to measure these effects in an easy and objective way.

Our partnership with Heartount is a strong solution for this!

This makes it easy for companies to distinguish between strong and less strong leadership styles; and it makes it easy for us and our coachees to objectively show our coaching interventions' results.

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Thursday, 10th of December 2020
A leadership perspective on Social Engineering
Learn about what social engineering is, how it can affect you -as a person and as a company-, and especially, learn about the important links between social engineering onboarding and every leader's responsibility in this!
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Thursday, 24th of September 2020
Building Strong Partnerships
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to get far, go together.
That's the true spirit of 'partnerships': making sure that the whole of all individual elements becomes more than their sum.
But how do you reach that? And why are partnerships so difficult to maintain?
In this episode we go into all the details that will enable you to build strong partnerships!
We will start by enhancing your collaboration style, expanding this mere collaboration into a win-win model, upgrading that into a win-win-win model, and eventually even arm you to build a win-win-win-win situation!

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Friday, 29th of May 2020
Ambitious Leader Chat - Purpose
The Ambitous Leader Chat starts on our social media channels: every fortnight, we launch a theme and around that central theme you can ask us anything you want. The best questions are discussed in a chat between Karolien and Dennis, the 2 coaches of The Happiness Factory.
This week's central theme is: Purpose.

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Wednesday, 20th of May 2020
Ambitious Leader Chat - Productivity
The Ambitous Leader Chat starts on our social media channels: every fortnight, we launch a theme and around that central theme you can ask us anything you want. The best questions are discussed in a chat between Karolien and Dennis, the 2 coaches of The Happiness Factory.
This week's central theme is: Productivity.

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Thursday, 07th of May 2020
The Thin Line Between Being Ambitious and Holding Yourself Back
To get from where you are now to where you want to be, 3 things need to be in place: When these 3 things are installed, there's nothing to stop you, right?
That's what we will be discussing in this episode: what could be "wrong" with these 3 elements (ambition, path, yourself)? and how do you overcome the potential problems you're facing when getting those things right?.

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Tuesday, 21st of April 2020
Ambitious Leader Chat - Teamwork
The Ambitous Leader Chat starts on our social media channels: every fortnight, we launch a theme and around that central theme you can ask us anything you want. The best questions are discussed in a chat between Karolien and Dennis, the 2 coaches of The Happiness Factory.
This week's central theme is: Teamwork.

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Wednesday, 11th of March 2020
The Talking Stick
It happens so often that people argue about something, although, in essence, they want to reach the same goal in the end. They're just not aware of it that, in the end, they're striving for the same thing. That mutual understanding could resolve a lot of discussions, and a lot of wasted time, especially in a business context. And there is a pretty easy solution for it: The Talking Stick. Listen to this episode to learn more about the concept, about how it can be used in different situations (and it's certainly not only about conflict management), and to learn about my personal encounter with the Nipissing First Nations, the real source of the talking stick!

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Wednesday, 19th of February 2020
Introduction to season 2!
The Ambitious Leader Podcast is back! Get ready for season 2, with new episodes!

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Thursday, 07th of December 2017
How to make impact with your appearance
Being perceived as credible for what you do, gives you an enormous head jump in making your impact. In the first contact a lot of that credibility is created by the first impression, and that has a lot to do with your appearance: how you look, your smile, your posture, but also the cloths that you wear, your hairstyle, even the bag that you carry with you and the pencil you write with.
In this podcast episode we, Véronique Hoex and I, zoom in on those elements.
Véronique talks about various ways of how to fit in and stand out at the same time. Fitting in makes it easier to connect, standing out gives you the impact that you need to reach your goals easier.

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Wednesday, 22th of November 2017
Why personal growth isn't incremental
Personal change and growth isn't reached by incremental steps! It all starts with a big and resolute breakthrough change. This is a bold statement that is diferent than building upon insights. By combining the Lean terminology Kaikaku and Kaizen, with the 'hero's journey', I show you how real transformative change and growth comes into life.

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Wednesday, 08th of November 2017
The non-verbal side of communication
Together with Sofie-Ann Bracke I discuss the non-verbal side of communication. We talk about the importance of being able to really feel what is happening inside your body, because that is what is expressed by your body language. Your body language is the first form of communication with everybody you meet, and if that non-verbal communication immediately creates an environment of safety and feeling at ease, then everything else will go much easier and smoother. So being aware of the non-verbal side of communication can multiply your effectiveness!

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Wednesday, 25th of October 2017
Upgrade your ambitions, and downgrade the things that are holding you back
In the beginning of this year, I did a lot of interviews around the question: 'Do you have a lot of ambitions, and experience feelings of holding back at the same time?'. In this episode I share the insights that came out of those interviews. I talk about 4 points of attention to upgrade your ambition and improve your process on how to get there, and 4 point to downgrade the roadblocks you might experience while realising your ambition.

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Wednesday, 11th of October 2017
Building Successful Habits
We've all been there: you make a resolution, you start of with a lot of good intentions, but then, after a wile, everything returns to how it was before.
Building habits that last, isn't an easy thing to do. Luckily there is a methodology you can use to create strong routines that will become successful habits.
After listening to this podcast, you will be able to use that methodology and create your own habits so can finally make those resolutions come true.

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Wednesday, 27th of September 2017
Reflection and Journaling, the key to your development
If you want to grow and develop, you have to look back on your own behaviour, on the things that have happened, and think about what you could have done differently. Writing those thoughts down, will make it more tangible.
But how do you do those things? How do you reflect? In which way do you write it down?
In this episode we will focus on the details of reflection and journaling, so you can immediately start with your own self improvement.

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Wednesday, 06th of September 2017
How to live with LOW investment and HIGH involvement
We all want to be fully engaged and fully involved in everything we do. That's what makes live worth living. You're full in it!
But then you also experience the downside of it: life can make you restless, life can affect you emotionally. The concept of living with low emotional investment and high mental/physical involvement is a great answer to that!

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Thursday, 24th of August 2017
How to manage your energy
Managing your energy level is the most important thing to talk about, because it is the beginning of everything. If you have lots of energy, you are ready for whatever that might come to you. You are prepared to take up any high engaging role in your life, as an ambitious leader, as a parent, as a high performer, as...

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