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Discover how your business can make the difference by:

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Fostering healthy relationships


Delivering good solutions

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Being a force for good

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Providing generational continuity

We work with practical tools that can be immediately applied and multiplied.



'Short-Long Turnaround'

Do you feel pressure from your investors, suppliers, personnel or society? Then you most likely have a short-term focus.

Reduce the pressure in your business by implementing a long-term vision and notice that your business grows in stability and independence.

Renew your business goals and create new partnerships. To implement your renewal step-by-step, we offer you a ‘Short-Long Turnaround’, using our TL-training.

To give you a head-start we have 2 free canvasses for you to download and use, click the button below.

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Transformational Leadership (TL)

Build a culture in your business where you will see:

  • A powerful increase in personal capacity
  • Healthy relational growth
  • Sustainable and measurable organisational improvement
  • Teams that flourish on a higher level
Lead through storytelling

Lead through storytelling; communicate your idea that changes how people think about the world!

Discover your true value proposition

Tackle the core challenges of your business, creating compelling products and services customers want to buy!

Trend-driven Innovation

Spot trends and innovate! Be ready to act on opportunities by identifying points of tension between what people want and what is currently available.



Empowering leadership

Through TL-tools and other coaching techniques we will assist you as leader to build a healthy business culture where relationships thrive and business is blooming.

High-performing teams

We will take you through the 5 steps of building a high performing team, setting the vision, serving the team through teaching, training and equipping and empowering them to bring your business to a higher level.

Remove organisational blockages

Sometimes you have personal or organisational blockages and you have no idea how to solve them. We work with TL-tools and organisational setups to help you remove these blockages.

What is your challenge?

  • Leadership style and culture
  • Storytelling and pitching
  • Communication
  • Role clarity
  • Conflict and discipline avoidance
  • Vision clarity
  • Value proposition
  • Innovation
  • Policies, processes, systems and procedures

We can help you and your business to overcome these challenges.

Your role as a leader

As a leader you will function more effectively (and have way more fun!) when you create an environment that brings all the ingredients that you need together. Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and to expect the unexpected!

Monique Fahner

Always be honest

There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away.

Winston Churchill

Are you affected by a crisis?

Never waste a crisis, it is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Tiemen Fahner

Get rid of your box!

It is time to come out of your box. Beyond the box in itself is not enough, the box needs to be erased from your system. Instead you need to focus on purpose, the why of your business.

Be prepared for change in order to direct yourself and your business to your purpose.

Monique Fahner

Call for transformation

Change is happening all around us with an increasing pace. New technology is booming, reducing the need for human labour. The complexity of the financial systems becomes too much for humans to grasp. Competition is mostly based on price and the focus on productivity is fierce. Many people become burnout.

In this context, we see a new, countercultural, transformational leadership emerging. Leaders who yearn to be real, doing the right thing, connected to their calling in life, storytellers with a heart and mind to change the world into a better place.

Our story

LYDIA Connect is founded in 2018 to equip business leaders to be transformational and build healthy business.

By training, teaching, equipping and empowering we invite you to go beyond limitations in space and time and also beyond personal and organisational constraints.

We started LYDIA Connect because we saw multiple crises in business. Leaders seem to care more about themselves than those who follow them. The highest goal seems to be profit and people feel left behind. We want to help you to balance human, social, natural and financial capital. To bring back the deeper purpose of your business. Business as a force for good.

Join us.

Tiemen Fahner

Tiemen Fahner

director / founder

Tiemen is an entrepreneur and transformational leader who is passionate about empowering people to discover and fully exploit their potential. He has more than 20 years experience as a senior executive and program manager within Shell. He is adept at building organizations and has thorough knowledge of the development of new products, concepts and services. His strength lies in advising teams with the aim of healthy relationships and high performance.

Monique Fahner

Monique Fahner

director / founder

Monique is an entrepreneur with a heart for economic justice. As a political scientist she found that when politically nothing is possible, entrepreneurs can offer a solution or outcome. She mobilizes and inspires entrepreneurs to bring lasting transformation to society. Her strength lies in innovation, improvisation and perseverance to realize creative solutions in complex situations.


Never waste a good crisis!

Winston Churchill proved to be a solid leader during the second world war. He said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. He understood the principle that a crisis also provides opportunities; meant for good, not evil. I want to challenge you during this Covid-19 crisis to really think about the good things that can come out of this. Remember, we, you and me, are in control of making the good happen!

Don’t fall into the evil trap of anxiety, instead, grab yourself together, connect with others and start thinking in possibilities and opportunities. As relationships are the most valuable assets we have, treasure these! Find ways, use technology, to connect.

This week we will publish a tool, for free, to analyse your possibilities during and after this crisis.

In case you want help, we are there for you! Contact us: info@lydia.international.

Good Intentions!

We all know that feeling at 1st of January, after we have done the “lots”: eat a lot, stay up a lot, drink a…

Enough! We want to improve our life! Recognise it? I do! A lot… So we start with Good Intentions. Dieting, sports and many more plans; being though on ourselves.

Around this time, halfway January, the chance is that we have broken some of these Good Intentions already. And by the end of the quarter we feel we are back at square one. Recognise it?

What if there is a way to implement Good Intentions more easily? What if there is a Magic Bullet to actually Change Your Life? This Magic Bullet is called “Discipline”. You may think this answer is ridiculous, but stay with me…

What if we change our perspective on discipline? Often we think of discipline as punishment, being hard on ourselves, not having fun… We want to change that perspective: from punishment to training. Our LYDIA Connect definition of discipline is: “Training to elicit a certain pattern or behaviour”. Let’s elaborate on this a bit with an example.

Lets face it, going on a diet is punishment if you ask me… However, what if we rephrase it to something that does change our behaviour? Instead of “going on a diet”, we say: “I want to be able to move freely, have more fun and energy; to reach that I need to get rid of a couple of kilos”. Then we train ourselves to reach the goal of having more fun! Or would you rather punish yourself bashing kilos?!

As always, who writes this is also preaching to self! So, stand with me to change our perspective and train ourselves. I want more fun and energy, you too?

Why is our company called LYDIA Connect?

Do you know that feeling? Staying within a confined space where what you need is lacking?

It is time to explore the changes you desire in order to be an authentic leader!

As a trades person, the woman Lydia from Thyatira who lived around 50 AC decided to move to Philippi, a Roman colony and trade city in Macedonia. The reason for doing that was marketing; the Roman emperor had decided that only high Roman officials were allowed to wear purple. To sell the precious purple of her city Thyatira, she decided to move to Philippi, the place where she could reach her customers, the high Roman officials. Philippi was a Roman colony on the major east-west trade route, the Egnation Highway, between Rome and Asia. Lots of tradespersons traveled behind the Roman army at the Egnation Highway and brought products into Rome and further into the Roman empire. Lydia made a very strategic choice to settle in Philippi and soon she sold her purple to the Roman court and developed friendly relations with people from the Roman court. Besides the spatial borders she also went beyond personal constraints, attending gatherings where she met new people and was exposed to new ideas and beliefs. We believe Lydia was a woman of exceptional leadership, intentionally delivering generational business.

We want to connect you with this kind of Lydia leadership, healthy leadership, delivering good solutions, improving this world and providing generational continuity.

Join us!

Updated website! *new services*

Updated website! *new services*

The last couple of months we have further developed our training services and launched new coaching services.

The key learning after the startup was the need for coaching. The way we have developed the coaching services is to use building blocks from our training services. That way we ensure that we can fulfill our vision.

Enjoy browsing the website. More additions will follow later.

Have a wonderful day!

Let the truth be heard!

So many of us daily encounter that truth is not being heard. We as leaders need to build a culture of truth. How do we do that?

  1. Lead your people with questions, not with answers.
  2. Freely engage in dialog and have debates, don’t force anybody.
  3. When something dies, conduct an autopsy together and do not blame anybody.
  4. Implement a culture where people can raise red flags.

You will notice that where truth is heard, freedom arises!

Going for Generational Leadership

Leaders, concerned more with their own reputation for personal greatness, often fail to set the company up for success in the next generation. – Jim Collins (adapted)

LYDIA Connect says this world is in a leadership crisis: many of today’s leaders care more about themselves and their image than about those who follow them. Our TL-Training addresses this crisis. This unique training empowers mutual relationships and removes constraints, resulting in clear goals and better performance. Explore for yourselves!

Read more at https://connect.lydia.international/transformational-leadership.

Try something new!

Today I came across this post. It hit a nerve, sometimes we overstate our professional views. Be open to try something new!

Unavoidable change

“Over time, I have learned two important lessons: 1) all personal feedback is relevant and 2) change seldom occurs until the pain of staying the same exceeds the pain of changing.” – Ford Taylor (Transformational Leadership)


Being a pioneer involves breaking through walls and barriers, you got to have tenacity! But the joy, oh the joy!

Do you see it?

Often we are so in the moment that we cannot really see what is going on, especially when under pressure. That is why we advise you to keep asking for honest feedback from your team, peers and leaders to keep improving. Not all feedback may be true, but all feedback is relevant!

You have to see it (knowledge), in order to own it (attitude) and then you can change it (behaviour)! All change starts with seeing it! Even stronger…, no relational or organisational change will happen without: see it, own it and change it.

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