Yesterday I went to a new restaurant for lunch. I complimented the owner about his surprisingly delicious organic soup. He thanked me and told me that he was seeking a way to expand the format of his business. Before I knew it, I had given him a few tips on how to get the best out of his enterprise. He immediately grabbed his notebook and began quickly to write everything down.

At a friends' party I got into conversation with someone who told me about his new company that was not yet generating enough revenue. I quickly saw where the crunch lay and in my enthusiasm came up with solutions as to how he could reach his goal but he became indignant. Suddenly I became fed up with my own enthusiasm because now it made me look like a know-it-all.

The more positive part of this characteristic is, that my enthusiasm, in combination with quick thinking, provides that I conduct business in a sincere way, giving teams the feeling that there is an environment where they can speak freely and where we can come quicker to the core of the matter. How beautiful is that?

Enthusiasm is inextricably tied to me and that is something I learned to embrace a while ago. Through listening more to my intuition I am better able to measure it. Sometimes, a simple question like "May I think with you?" can help, before I break loose.

Just drop me a line if you would like to cogitate or just brainstorm together with me.

Moniek van Rheenen-Schreurs