How is it that some leaders can motivate, inspire, and lead people toward a common goal, while others can’t?

Good leaders have a unique ability to sense and influence the spirit of their team. They always seem to have their finger on the pulse, with a particular talent for sensing, tuning into, and empathizing with the energy of their team. In other words, they can read the room.

This ability to read a room is how leaders can match the energy of their team, and guide them forward. …


After weeks in lockdown, the world is slowly getting back to normal.

People are going back to work, and cities are coming back to life again. Like the first days of spring after a cold winter, the clouds are lifting and life is gradually returning to ‘normal’.

It’s been a challenging few months, but now is the time to rebuild, renew, and chart our way forward.

But as we do, it’s also important to reflect on what’s happened. Times of great change cause us to reevaluate our lives. …


The world is changing around us. As we deal with the impacts of this global pandemic, each of us is faced with an important choice…

Illustration by Atomic Roderick

In a matter of weeks, life as we know it has been put on pause. Offices, kindergartens, schools, and churches have closed. Theatres, stadiums, pools, and gyms too. Borders are sealed and cities have gone into lockdown.

As the rhythm of our daily life turns upside down and we struggle to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, every one of us is faced with a choice.

How will you respond?

Will you react…


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It was the summer of 2012.

Jacob, my husband, had just become the CEO of PNO. The timing couldn’t have been worse.

I’d just given birth to our son, and so just as we were adjusting to beginning our own little family, Jacob stepped in as the leader of another.

Every day he would wake up at 4:30 am, travel one hour and fifteen minutes to the head office from our home in Copenhagen to the office in Sweden, spend a full day at the office, return home late in the evening and do it all again the next day.

Solvej Lee Ørnstrand

Head of People, Communication & Sustainability— PNO

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