The Importance Of Being Self-Aware and How A Growth Mindset Can Turn Us Into The Best Version Of Ourselves with Jan Muhlfeit

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Jan Muhlfeit

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Jan Muhlfeit, who has a proven track record in building and leading successful teams which he acquired through an extensive, 22-year career at Microsoft Corporation where his last role was that of Chairman for Europe. Since leaving Microsoft in 2014 he has been coaching individuals and teams on how to uncover their personal strengths and find the best in people. He also coaches high-level executives, Olympic games winners and artists from different countries and continents. And he still manages to find the time to be a highly-regarded global speaker, having spoken at Harvard, MIT and Cambridge to name a few. Jan talks about the importance of self-awareness, and why discovering ourselves can lead to better understanding of others. He also discusses why having a growth mindset will allow us to become the best version of ourselves.


Jan Muhlfeit

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2 Top Career Tips

1) We must always strive for self-awareness. Once we understand who we are, we will better understand those around us, including our teams and our competitors.
2) Always have a growth mindset and strive to become the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Because he had not recovered properly from a physically demanding period, Jan’s work began to suffer greatly. From this he learned the valuable lesson that we must take care of ourselves both physically and mentally, as each supports the other.

Career Highlight

Jan inherited a team during his Microsoft tenure, that was not performing especially well, but through unlocking the potential in each team member, he formed a powerhouse group that began to thrive and excel.

The Future

Jan would encourage people to start new companies as the sector is moving so quickly now that ideas can be taken from theory to the market in a far more rapid time than has ever been possible in the past.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Jan’s father convinced him that one day computers would change the world.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

To be yourself and find out who you are. Authenticity leads to credibility.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

To play things safe – to never upset the status quo and to never innovate.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Jan would pay more attention to the emotional and psychological factors that technology can aid with.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Jan’s wish is to help others discover more about themselves and better shape their futures. Aside from this, his ambitions all lie in the sporting world – namely tennis, which has been a lifelong passion.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Emotional intelligence, which has been a hugely important part of Jan’s success in inspiring teams.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Jan is dedicated the listening to, and following, people he considers to be the smartest in the room. This helps him to perpetually grow and develop.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Jan engages in sport, breathing exercise, meditation, walking, and consuming information through Clubhouse and podcasts.

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