• It is about time you protect your Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Colin Kaepernick

    Friday February 2nd, 2018 2 comments

    The battle between Good and Bad, Loyalty and Toadying, Progress and Immobility, Past and Future, Courage and Conformism has accompanied Mankind since its beginning. And always, prior to Victory, courageous whistle blowers and change agents have paid, with their lives sometimes, and more often, with their jobs, with lawsuits, with humiliation, their determination to help their Nation, Organization or Tribe…

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  • Cautiousness kills

    Wednesday January 24th, 2018 4 comments

    Year after year Helen Fisher (Chief Scientific Officer for the Dating website, match.com) holds a Survey with a large sample of US members. This year, she found out that 67% of the single US members who were engaged into a long-term relationship had not married because they are terrified at the idea of… divorcing! Recently, I was observing an executive…

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  • Hope, Faith and Bravery

    Tuesday January 16th, 2018 2 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…

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  • 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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