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!

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

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.

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)

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.

Lydia Connect registered!


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!

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

true leaders beyond limitations

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