Avoid a crisis with Business Mentoring

Avoid a crisis with Business Mentoring

25 November 2020
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • For a successful change, you need a burning platform: turn crisis into positive actions

  • In this video, our Business Mentor Daniel Van den Broeck, an experienced transformation and change manager, reminds us that in order to turn a crisis into opportunities and positive actions, the right leadership is needed.

    A crisis makes the limitations of middle managers visible. Therefore, a Business Mentor can help overcome their limitations and avoid it becoming a wasted crisis. An authentic Business Mentor creates the trust needed to bring middle managers to a new level of competence.

  • Daniel Van den Broeck
  • Three interesting takeaways from Daniel’s interview

    1. As a ‘middle’ manager, make sure you stay in the middle. Make sure you stay connected with both your top management and your operational level. A Business Mentor helps to balance your relationships with both the higher and lower end of the organization.
    2. Millennials also need a guiding hand when it comes to digital transformation. Millennials are typically what they call ‘digital natives,’ which does not mean they don’t need guidance in digital business transformation. As a middle manager, you must support them on the business side of digital.
    3. In a remote setting, the middle manager must focus on his core task. Translating strategy into actions is more than ever essential to make sure your organization remains agile. For the execution of the strategy, a Business Mentor helps the middle manager make expectations as clear as possible (what) and trust the team in the execution part (how).
  • How to start? An Ambits Business Mentor is always a good first step

  • You want to put these tips into practice… That is easier said than done. How to start? How to make sure you do not fall back into old habits? How to make sure you stay entirely in control?

    Ambits Business Mentors have proven leadership experience and, therefore, understand your challenges very well. They are available as your sounding board, your guide on your path to strong leadership.

    Contact us to discuss this further.

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • not or inadequately trained 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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