interdependant co-arising

You’re not where you are because of your own making

I first become a manager because my Danish colleague, the most senior, most talented, and next-in-line guy, in the our sales team got too impatient waiting for his promotion. I was also looking for a way out of my current role but he was faster and found a role outside of the organisation. Shortly after he had left the next …

empathy and compassion

Why empathy isn’t the magic key to great leadership (and what to do instead)

Even if you are only remotely interested in personal development and leadership, you could not have missed the empathy train. Empathy is in every leadership conversation now and often touted as the magic key to great leadership, partially because of the rapid rise of Brenéity, the devotion to the teachings of Brené Brown. All the talk about empathy is well-intended …

Is Buddhism a religion

Is Buddhism a religion?

No, Buddhism is not a religion. Stay with me as I unpack this. Let’s start with Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh who says “Buddhism is not a religion, it’s a practice, similarly to yoga, which you can do irrespective of religious beliefs”. This statement is a controversial, both to some Buddhist and to others, so let’s define religion and …

the road home

The Road Home: The Journey Towards Living Your Purpose

I’d lost count of how often that nagging question ambushed me. As I did every workday, I charged down the narrow road to the highway to work, my brain on fire. Not with ideas and energy, but with a morbid calculation that had become routine. So routine that I’d even gone through my old college physics books to refresh my …

Your ego and the transition to leadership

Your ego and the transition to leadership

My series of talks with Paul, co-founder of Maniphesto, continues on the topic of your ego and the transition to leadership. We talk about fear responses, rewriting your ego story, the frustrations when leaders report to managers, how to get started on the journey from manager to leader, and more. Maniphesto is the European umbrella organisation for men’s work and we’ve …

Every day courage

Everyday courage

Paul Lloyd Robson, co-founder of Maniphesto, and I talk about courage. We talk about the Avengers, courage atrophy, ego stories, social attributes, and how you can’t escape spirituality. Maniphesto is the European umbrella organisation for men’s work and we’ve just launched mentoring to support men, check it out here. TRANSCRIPT FREDRIK We are typically so preoccupied with what I call social …

vulnerability life leadership

Vulnerability, life and leadership

I had a talk with Paul Lloyd Robson, the co-founder of Maniphesto, about vulnerability in life and leadership and how it relates to weakness, integrity and courage. I share my perspective on why vulnerability is a critical component to engage others on your journey. Maniphesto is the European umbrella organisation for men’s work and I share how my work with leaders …

The secret to finding your passion

A serene background, like a beach, a sunset or a perfect looking human reaching their hands towards the sky and an overlay text: “Follow your passion!” I’ve had enough of that so I decided to take deeper look into what it actually means and how it can be done. My discovery on the topic of passion and purpose is simple …

In Flames Alias

In Flames – Alias

It’s amazing how music can completely turn around any mood. This is one of my goto songs to recharge my batteries, fire me up and get on with it. Strong melody and epic guitar riffs packaged in power by Gothenburg band In Flames. Enjoy!