We are LYDIA Connect, an organisation for healthy and transformational leadership.
We work with practical tools that you can immediately apply and multiply.
What is your challenge?
- Leadership style and culture
- Storytelling and pitching
- Role clarity
- Conflict and discipline avoidance
- Vision clarity
- Value proposition
- Policies, processes, systems and procedures
We can help you and your business to overcome these challenges.
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!
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.
Call for transformation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
- Lead your people with questions, not with answers.
- Freely engage in dialog and have debates, don’t force anybody.
- When something dies, conduct an autopsy together and do not blame anybody.
- Implement a culture where people can raise red flags.
You will notice that where truth is heard, freedom arises!
There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away.
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!
Today I came across this post. It hit a nerve, sometimes we overstate our professional views. Be open to try something new!
“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!
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.
Our company LYDIA Connect is now officially registered since 20 April 2018. We are honoured to offer you four services: transformational leadership training, export readiness training, consultancy and events. Stay tuned!