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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?
If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?