Brain picking

When you can talk to a “young” worker (during a job interview or with the daughter of a cousin at a wedding dinner) and especially if he or she has a profile that does not seem to exactly correspond to the one your organization would hire (in terms of skills, career, values), pick his or her brain with these 4 questions. You’ll learn incredible things… Read more

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

On resilience

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More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails when the pace picks up or the pressure is on. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom, when deciding a company’s future. It is with these words that Dean Becker, CEO of Adaptive Learning Systems, introduced resilience. What traits are shared by resilient people? What behavioral mechanisms are to be implemented when faced with a very difficult personal or professional situation? Read more

Is yours a fixed or growth mindset?

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For some, Intelligence, skills, creativity and – more generally – every human quality can be cultivated, worked on, improved. Others are convinced that these qualities are etched in stone at birth. One is born smart or stupid, one has a “gift” for management, tennis, etc., or not … Which side are you on? Read more

Manage your energy, not your time

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As a general rule, our response to greater pressure is to spend more time at work; in the end, this always uses us up physically, mentally, and emotionally. It empties us, in the proper sense of the word, of our energy, which means declining levels of commitment and involvement, a limited capacity for paying attention and focusing, and often mediocre results as the outcome. And to make things worse, this strategy is based on a finite resource: our time. Read more