Hope, Faith and Bravery

Tuesday January 16th, 2018 0 comments

As most of you know by now, I have decided to dedicate part of my time to validate/invalidate my theory that, if we frequently use the sports metaphor in the Business World, in fact, business has a lot to teach to the Sports Community.

I therefore work 20% of my time with FC Lausanne Sport, a 1st Division Team, both on Team Dynamics & Mental Coaching and seeking to apply the rules of “Disruptive Organizations” (1/Create an intelligent organization, 2/Design an organic culture, 3/Lead the Context more than the Content) on the pitch, during the game. Our two last games, played under this model saw victories of 1-2 and 5-1. We went from last to 5th in the first half of the championship and, a very encouraging criteria is that we start to attract young and promising talents, advised by their managers to join us, since our Vision, Playing Philosophy and Style are original in our business.

On the wall of our locker room, a quote in Spanish from an anonymous person is painted:

“Hope is wishing for something to happen, Faith is believing it will happen and Bravery is ensuring that it does happen!”

I wanted to share this popular Spanish quote with you all, at the beginning of 2018, which, following all economic, geopolitical, futuristic and other oracles will be a year of profound mutations.

  • Hope is what we call Logos: It is a vision, an intellectual idea, a plan, a roadmap. It is immaterial, no matter how well drafted. And without it, there are little chances that anything will happen at all. Leaders need to ensure clarity in that step.
  • Faith is what we call Pathos: It is linked to emotions, beliefs, convictions, passion. Faith is what transforms the plan from an idea to a compelling desire to make things happen. Leaders need to tap on their people’s emotional agenda here.
  • Bravery is what we call Ethos: It is about moving from intention to action. This is where leaders convince through exemplarity. You can’t ask others to be brave on your behalf, and stay behind to protect their wives and children…

Let me wish you therefore to be able to create reasons to hope for your people, to engage them emotionally and to have the bravery to lead them to action.

  • Closing 2017: Leaders take a stand!

    Friday December 29th, 2017 0 comments

    Leaders make a difference! My grandfather was a Judge. He was part of the gentry in his town, a classical right wing, catholic bourgeois. But, during the IInd World War, something was increasingly disturbing the peace of mind which sounded natural for this farmers’ grandson: “Even though the news and other credible source of information remain silent, I can’t ignore…

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  • Forget “team-building” and other rafting or bungee jumping exercises! Are you ready to put yourself in danger for your team?

    Saturday October 28th, 2017 0 comments

    “I know that the game tonight is crucial, but I have decided to put myself in danger! If I truly believe in your stuff of unconditional support, in the fact that the bench should be as highly considered as the “star players” and because I do not want a team with “players and substitutes” but a team where we are…

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  • “This is a man’s World”: If you wish to create a challenging culture… start by supporting each other!

    Saturday October 7th, 2017 0 comments

    Too often, James Brown’s greatest hit, plays in my head when facilitating sophisticated senior teams during a delicate working session of theirs. Generally speaking those teams, rightly so, seek to raise the level of their collective game by challenging each other, calling on each other to do a better job. This is healthy and I have sufficiently expressed my concerns…

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  • Corporate Activism & Leadership Transformation

    Saturday September 30th, 2017 3 comments

    I have had the privilege to meet an amazing woman in July, taking advantage of one of her visits in Lyon (she now lives in the US). Céline Schillinger works for Sanofi Pasteur, has an impressive academic education and an even more amazing life story, a true Heroin’s Journey. But what fascinated me even more, in this discussion which could…

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  • This is not a bank note (when procedures take over from Meaning)

    Friday September 22nd, 2017 0 comments

    I recently met in Villars, an Austrian man who had been part of the team who designed in 1996, under Robert Kalina’s supervision, the first €uros bank notes which were circulated by the European Central Bank in 2002. Understandably, he was very proud of this achievement and took some of those older € out of his wallet: “What do you…

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  • Why “the Matrix” doesn’t work!

    Friday July 14th, 2017 4 comments

    I couldn’t prevent myself to think of this clip! I was strongly engaged by a bright, young Chinese leader this week, about the fact that the matrix organization was getting in the way of organizational performance. “Invented” in the 80’s, with a wonderful intention (respond to the increasing organizational complexity driven by specialization, globalization, cross functional projects, seeking to align…

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  • Does your boss also want to “go digital” and expect you to find what this means?

    Sunday July 9th, 2017 0 comments

    It was back in 2008 when 12 Brazilian CEO’s contacted a local business school (Fundação Dom Cabral) which invited me to design a Journey tailored to their needs. They all had an intuition that a tidal wave had launched somewhere and that we didn’t know where, when and how it would hit, but they knew their previous “winning formula” wouldn’t…

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  • Our (very) old friends: Logos, Ethos and Pathos. By Michael Newman

    Friday June 30th, 2017 2 comments

    Regular readers of this blog will be very familiar with Aristotle’s Three Agendas; Intellectual (Logos); Behavioural (Ethos); and Emotional (Pathos). They are a core philosophy of the Enablers Network and are widely used by our clients and many of our partner networks.   We consistently find that the Three Agendas are quickly understood and embraced for their simplicity. People instinctively…

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  • Leading when I don’t know: a new Logos, Ethos and Pathos for Disruption Leaders

    Saturday June 10th, 2017 2 comments

    Unless we are Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos, the chances are that we feel increasingly concerned about leading in a context that we do not fully master nor understand. Who can claim that they have a clear grasp on all new technologies (3D copying, 4.0 Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Digitalization, Epigenetics, Internet of Things, Nanotechnology etc.) and their strategic…

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  • In times of Disruption, challenge your orthodoxies!

    Thursday June 1st, 2017 0 comments

    A famous toy company, the World Class Finnish education system and the winners of the European Rugby Champion’s Cup have in common the ability to identify the ‘Orthodoxies’ in their business and challenge them before it is too late. Someone in the toy company voiced the opinion that to see a little girl enjoyably playing with cars and houses, with…

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