• “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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  • Intoxicating possibilities By Marvin Faure on Friday May 26th

    Friday May 26th, 2017 4 comments

    What wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility?” (Søren Kierkegaard) This is the third in a series begun by Didier’s post What makes populist leaders successful? We propose an approach for leaders that favours positive emotions and broad engagement to create constructive outcomes. Populist leaders mobilise their followers by tapping into powerful negative emotions (especially…

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  • Only passions, great passions by Marvin Faure

    Friday May 19th, 2017 3 comments

    Didier caught the mood of the moment last week in one of those inspirational blogs to which only he has the secret: What makes populist leaders successful? He suggested that the reason for the rise of people such as Trump, Le Pen, Wilders, Duterte and the success of Brexit is the extraordinary ability of populist leaders to inspire their followers.…

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