And What Did You Do This Weekend?

caturdayAs I said on Caturday, I headed down to Den Haag for a Toastmasters International conference.



Here are my absolutely raw and unedited notes from Lars Sudmann’s Utopian Leadership keynote:

#1 VISION forming and spending a lot of time on your vision (a leader is someone who goes the way and shows the way) what does a good vision look like? paint a positive vision of the future. to show the way out. not to sugar coat things. but to show the way out. WHAT are we doing? WHY are we doing this? (HOW? leave this to the team)

Commander’s INTENT (in one sentence figure out what it is that we are doing) “the single most important thing that we must achieve for this task / project is…”

#2 FEEDBACK how often in your leadership do you give LIKES to others? “on days you have not been fired, you can think of yourself as having been praised.” 5:1 praise to criticism is ideal, but 2:1 is more realistic. start / stop / continue – hp model; what can you start doing, what can you stop doing, and what can i continue doing?

#3 SELF LEADERSHIP think about the best leader you ever had; the leadership challenge formula – leadership problems = TLT x People x Power
TLT too little time (the headless chicken syndrome)
people (specific individual requests)
power (the leader eats more cookies)

the way out? go back to markus arealius. the happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. so act virtuous use your time well and be cheerful. then when you drop from life’s tree, you will drop like a ripe fruit.

3.1 self awareness; what don’t you like about people? write down five things and then score yourself 1-5

3.2 self reflection; five minute reflection; reflect how good of a leader was i today? can combat the cookie eater

3.3 self regulation; on a scale 1-10, how important is that; reframing

But I digress.


Two more things happened that were kickass awesome. And, yes, one of them is edible.

First of all, we broke out of the Goldberg Escape room. WHICH WAS AMAZING.


And secondly, I baked a raspberry cheesecake. A lot of baked cheese cake recipes have a water bath or water in the oven while it’s baking or complicated baking action, but not this one.


  • 200g digestive biscuit
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 600g full-fat soft cheese
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 150g tub natural yogurt
  • 3 medium egg
  • finely grated zest 2 lemons, juice of 1
  • 50g plain flour
  • 200g raspberry
  • icing sugar, to decorate



  1. Heat oven to 120C/100C fan/gas and line the base of a 20cm round springform tin with greaseproof paper. Crush the biscuits in a food processor or in a food bag using a rolling pin. Tip into a bowl with the melted butter and mix well. Push the biscuits into an even layer into the base of the cake tin and chill until needed.
  2. In a separate bowl use an electric whisk to beat the soft cheese with the sugar. Next beat in the yoghurt then the eggs one at a time. Finally beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice and flour. Fold through two thirds of the raspberries crushing them very slightly so they start to bleed into the mix then tip the mix on top of the biscuit base and smooth over the top. Bake for 45 mins to an hour, then turn off the oven, leave the cake inside for another hour then cool at room temperature. Chill overnight. To serve, remove from tin, scatter with remaining raspberries and dust heavily with icing sugar.

Are you drooling yet?

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