The positive power of nostalgia

The positive power of nostalgia

11 octobre 2021
Marie Croes
  • Yesterday was a heyday for me: the annual fair and carnival in my hometown.

    A day that I look forward to for weeks.

    A day on which I feel super happy from morning till (late) night...

    But why, I wondered?

    Because it's a day full of nostalgia
    👍 Flashbacks to my childhood
    👍 Bumping into lots of old friends and having a chat with them
    👍 Strolling through the streets of the village you grew up in
    👍 Reliving warm memories with friends

    Nostalgia makes you happy, why?
    💚 It (temporarily) reduces your stress level
    💚 It gives you an insight into who you really are
    💚 It gives you insight in what is important for you
    💚 It will give you a sense of connection
    💚 It helps you build mental resilience
    💚 It gives you energy to face future challenges

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • new in this role


    • lack self-confidence
    • don’t know how to go from being a colleague to being a boss
    • need to loosen up on the command & control leadership style
    • must let go of the (technical) expert status
    • cannot give or accept constructive feedback
    • feel pressure to perform as manager
    • have difficulty building relationships
    • want to be liked by everyone or want to be the ‘bad boss’
    • play the hero
  • are struggling


    • stay too involved in operations
    • have trouble prioritizing
    • cannot delegate
    • fear conflict situations
    • disconnect from the team
    • deal with flawed strategic thinking
    • do not relate to higher management
    • lack clear communication skills
    • remain not self-aware
    • avoid difficult conversations
    • miss political antennas
    • ...
  • capable of more


    • need mental preparation as successor
    • need to be able to lead big changes ahead
    • need to learn to be emotionally resilient and in control
    • need to learn to make big decisions fast without all the information
    • must become persuasive presenters
    • need to learn how to cultivate their own personal brand
    • need to learn how to lead by example
    • manage by trust, not by fear
    • need to overly develop empathy
    • ...
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