Once upon a time…

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Fairy tales actually provide a lot of structure. We are steeped in their lore from the cradle onwards and they help us to construct the world, to make sense of it and to find our place in it. There could be a few knights, princesses, and other fairies hiding in offices… Off with the masks! Read more

Work on cooperation

In teams and organizations that value it, cooperation is much more than a state of mind, it is part of the daily life of every individual, it influences vocabulary, and guides relationships. It is a pillar of the culture of the company, one of the key values. 5 good habits to cultivate (together) to work on it. Read more

The magic of “AND”

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We very often find ourselves stuck with limited (and limiting) choices which basically don’t really satisfy us. Should we be empathetic or commanding? Should we delegate or control? Partner or competitor? (…) It’s the “OR” trap that limits us, that excludes (others, ideas, innovations …), that forces us to compromise. On the contrary, saying “AND” opens a new playing field up for exploration: that of our infinite capacity for creation and transformation. So how de we go from “OR” to “AND”? Read more

Feedback: Why ask for it and how to receive it

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Leadership Practices Inventory is an organization that evaluates management practices (one million leaders worldwide to date) based on 30 questions. The most poorly-rated behavior (both by employees and by the leaders themselves) is as follows: “He/she asks for feedback to assess the impact of his/her actions on the performance of his/her employees/colleagues”. And yet, feedback lies at the core of learning and personal development; it helps you improve your performance, develop your talents, align with expectations, solve problems… Read more

Let’s Groove

In a company, there is (there used to be) a plan for everything. And the vocabulary that goes with it: planning, objectives, organization, control. But as Mike Tyson said, ” Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. And in an increasingly unstable environment, you’re never safe from an uppercut or far from a KO. If you prefer jazz to boxing, there’s a solution for you. Read more

Transparency has (at least) 3 virtues

Many leaders believe it’s better to hide things when they’re unfavorable, that it’s better to be positive (and motivating) under every circumstance. But that’s a mistake. And all the more serious a mistake given that, quite often, their employees aren’t fooled. 3 good reasons to choose transparency (in every case). Read more

Corporate (mono)culture

Corporate culture, where it exists, quite often functions like a monoculture. It acts as a filter, a unique perspective employees end up not seeing or questioning anymore. At that point, conformism becomes the most realistic, easiest and – most of all – safest choice. But not necessarily the best one. Read more