• “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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  • Why “Bonobo Cultures” won’t survive

    Sunday February 11th, 2018 2 comments

    Recently, I was puzzled by an article claiming that Duke University researchers, Christopher Krupenye and Brian Hare had found that Bonobos (a type of monkey frequently studied for their social behaviours thought comparable to those of humans) “preferred Tyrants”. Although not qualified to judge, I was quite skeptical about their experimentations and remain unconvinced that what they measured (which piece…

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  • 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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