• The thin line between being an “isolated weirdo” and a popular Visionary Leader

    Thursday July 5th, 2018 0 comments

    I guess many of you have seen by now this remarkable short TED talk (3 minutes) from Derek Sivers, dated from 2009 on which I had written a blog post in 2010. But what a few only may have seen is what happened to him, before this “Visionary Leader” finally created a movement: On the second clip, the young man…

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  • How Hofstede’s insights can help you understand the strength and weaknesses of your business

    Saturday June 30th, 2018 0 comments

    I recently took a flight in Europe (so, I am not aiming at France, since Air France are always on strike). It seemed half full but the boarding took an unnecessary long time to be completed and was completely chaotic, both on my way to and back from that country. And the rest of the flights were a succession of…

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  • “Responsible Leadership is the alternative to tyranny and our only protection against it.” (P. Drucker)

    Friday June 22nd, 2018 0 comments

    This post is not about football (although it is where the action takes place), but about behaviours, values and our ultimate responsibility as Business Leaders: educating our people! Who hasn’t seen the exemplary images of the Senegalese and Japanese fans, showing respect for their colours and Russian hosts, by cleaning the stadium after the game won by their national team…

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  • If people are disengaged, they don’t even need to sabotage, they just need to scrupulously follow the rule! (Y. Morieux)

    Saturday June 16th, 2018 0 comments

    I am a fan of BCG’s Yves Morieux’s interventions. I see the one here below as his best (and shortest), a must seen! Morieux’ topic here is about three levers needed to get a better performance in today’s Disruption Economy and its V.U.C.A. (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous… anyone who still didn’t know?) consequences. He calls for three axes of…

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  • “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”

    Thursday June 7th, 2018 2 comments

    Last week’s blog post met an amazing success, suggesting there is a huge malaise about the way Diversity is being dealt with in our organizations. So many of you wrote in confidence and shared something that a lady illustrated so well: “Diversity here has been taken over by bureaucrats seeking to impose quotas instead of engaging the organization into what…

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  • “20 years after everybody else, we finally discovered the politically correct…”

    Friday June 1st, 2018 2 comments

    “Twenty years after everybody else, we finally discovered the politically correct…” This was the ironic comment of a employee, showing me the predictable and emotionless clip produced by their Chief Diversity Officer (or a title like this) to promote diversity in the organization… an endless suite of good intentions, buzzword bingo and promises of promoting more women and non-Americans (the…

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  • The Future of Leadership (by Ben Clayton Jolly)

    Saturday May 26th, 2018 2 comments

    “We used to talk about the VUCA world (Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex and Ambiguous), now we are living it every day.” “Leaders face a learning crisis when they move from leading one size of group to a larger group.  This happens at around 15 people, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000.  As you progress you need to eat your own children –…

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  • Naomi would still be alive if a Samba band had taken her call!

    Saturday May 19th, 2018 0 comments

    On December 29th 2017, Naomi Musenga was suddenly paralyzed by an excruciating pain in her stomach. The 22 year old, mother of a baby child, called the emergencies in Strasbourg where she lived… The pain was unbearable as she was being passed from one service to another. The transcript of her agonizing and last discussion is terrifying: “Allo yes! Allo……

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  • Empowerment and waterline

    Wednesday May 9th, 2018 4 comments

    Empowerment is the basis for trust, simplified procedures and processes, daring organizations and customer obsession. These new directions are followed by those taking on the Disruption Economy. It suggests that the shift from traditional, vertical, siloed and hierarchical organizations, towards self-led, flatter, purpose-driven and agile organisms has started. But when comes the time to empower their people, many leaders find…

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  • To be invincible… be vulnerable

    Sunday April 29th, 2018 6 comments

    “These last days had quite some impact on my life. You and your team opened up my eyes, helping to explain why some of my team members are not fulfilling my expectations. I had to realize that I am more part of the problem than I ever expected. Changing myself and my style will be a challenging adventure…” This is…

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