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

Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban

Work is health. The greatest servant of Louis XIV would be the last to contradict this. Deceased at the age of 73 in 1707, Vauban worked his whole life to remain an undisputed and undisputable master. He never stopped cultivating excellence in order to stay free. A fine lesson (of history and humility) for all innovators. Read more

Bee or wasp?

To think and act differently, to find new directions, you must first let go of all your certainties and all those hard-won convictions. They reassure you but at the same time they determine your scope of possibilities. It’s the only way to take (back) the initiative and be (finally) free. It’s all about bees and wasps (yes, really!) Read more

Not even afraid

“Did something not go the way it should have?” This is a key question. One that promotes experimentation and learning (through action). A question that makes things more authentic, more transparent. A question that makes you grow. So why is it so rare in companies? 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

Stop with the incantations

Life emerges. It belongs to no specific organ, no specific function. It manifests itself. But if it is to exist, it needs certain crucial, simultaneous conditions. We can’t work directly on the emergence, only on the conditions of its expression. Creativity, trust, even respect (…) emerge in the same way as life does. And what emerges is not decreed. There’s no point in calling on your collaborators to be “creative next Tuesday between 2 pm and 5 pm”… Read more

Cultivate your hunches

Hyper-creative geniuses, those who – working on their own – come up with great innovations with a momentous “Eureka!”, don’t exist. Great ideas, great innovations, begin incomplete, like partial glimpses of what the final picture will look like. Some mature over time, establishing new internal connections and gaining in power and clarity, while the rest fade away. Read more

Combinatorial innovation

The invention of printing by Gutenberg in the 16th century is a classic case of combinatorial innovation. All the key components of printing had already been developed long before him, particularly the press, which was originally a grape press. Therefore, Gutenberg’s genius lay not in his inventing the principle and the elements needed for printing from scratch, but rather in borrowing a mature technology from a completely different sector and using it to solve an unrelated problem. Read more