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Prevent your top performers to destroy shareholders’ value

Friday April 22nd, 2016 0 comments

Your top performers probably show great results and contrast strongly with the rest of your team. But what if I promised you to increase by 260% the performance of your average subordinates and showed that your highest source of shareholder value destruction are your top performers? This is what Jim Tamm, a now retired Senior Administrative Law Judge for the…

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High Power Distance kills Entrepreneurship

Friday April 15th, 2016 4 comments

Those of you who follow this blog know how much I support the ideas of Innovation & Entrepreneurship “guru”, Prof. Jay Rao from Babson. He has produced two short and excellent clips (displayed and commented on this blog, “If you wish to kill innovation, hand it over to R&D!” and “Prediction logic vs Creation logic“) Yesterday, I discovered another very…

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What is your cathedral?

Friday April 8th, 2016 4 comments

In our book, “Engaging Leadership”, I relate to a story that was highly popular in the 80-90’s TQM circles: “It was said that during the Middle-Age, a nobleman was walking down the place where a cathedral was being built. He was puzzled however by the differences in energy, quality and speed between the various stone carvers’ teams. Being curious from…

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Who will be brave enough to truly develop leaders?

Saturday April 2nd, 2016 0 comments

A few months ago, I had dinner with a top HR officer who had followed one of our programs and wanted to provide me with a rich “exploratory feedback” (something highly value-creating as it is half way between feedback and questioning. It feels less threatening and easier to receive and more creative and geared towards co-creation as the person giving…

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