• Is this truly a leadership topic?

    Thursday May 23rd, 2019 2 comments

    When Saul Bekin, a Brazilian consultant and business mentor, shared a TED speech titled “Sleep is your superpower”, and commenting it with “Unmissable”, I confess that my first thought was “Thank you for confirming that LinkedIn increasingly seems like Facebook nowadays!”. But, knowing of Saul’s other quality publications, I thought: “Why don’t you try to understand why someone like him…

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  • Learning to let go: The fifth step in Tuckman cycle

    Thursday May 16th, 2019 0 comments

    You probably all heard about a classic in team dynamics, called the Tuckman cycle: When assembling, a team (even a couple of people) tends to start with a stage called “Forming” (socialisation, need for inclusion), then it will naturally migrate towards “Storming” (affirmation, assertiveness), followed by “Norming” (reflecting, structuring and learning from the previous mistakes) and finally “Performing” which is…

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  • “Be the bird” by Hamilton Mann

    Thursday May 9th, 2019 0 comments

    Hamilton Mann is the Group Director, Digital Marketing and Digital Transformation at Thales, an 80’000 people French multinational I came across this article he recently wrote on the topic of innovation. The reason to republish it, with his consent, is that, exactly the same applies when it comes to Transformation, Change & Disruptive thinking. I really encourage you to read…

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  • Am I a stone carver or a Cathedral builder?

    Thursday May 2nd, 2019 0 comments

    I work a lot with the themes of Purpose and Deep Intent. A few days ago, I came across a very interesting Cassie Werber’s article dedicated to the same topic. Putting the record straight, INSEAD professor Gianpiero Petriglieri claims that, if it is fundamental to give meaning to our work, we shouldn’t expect anybody else to do it for us:…

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  • You never will be too empathetic!

    Friday April 19th, 2019 0 comments

    Recently, Korn-Ferry published an article about feedback, which was quickly interpreted by some as “too much empathy isn’t good!”. My reply to one of them was that, after 35 years of professional life, I was still expecting to find anyone loaded with too much empathy! As a leader, no one will ever demonstrate too much empathy! Empathy elicit outstanding contribution…

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  • Don’t waste your time communicating: ENGAGE!

    Friday April 12th, 2019 4 comments

    So many leaders still assume that the job has been done, once their Convention, webcast or confcall ended-up well! The Communication Pack is ready; the new Strategy, Vision, Organization or Roadmap has been explained and everyone will now cascade it, supported by a professional communication team… “Mission accomplished”, do the leaders feel by leaving the room. This is what happened…

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  • If you wish to bring radical change, avoid taking the wrong start!

    Friday April 5th, 2019 4 comments

    All of you, whom I had the chance to work for, probably remember this simple and elegant matrix, inherited from my leadership Professor and ex-partner, Chris Parker: The Challenge vs Support matrix. It represents the different sorts of culture that leaders create through using none, one or both of the Challenge (demanding, dare) and Support (benevolence, care) levers. As you…

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  • Shapership: The Art of Shaping the Future (Part II)

    Saturday March 30th, 2019 0 comments

    Aline Frankfort and Jean-Louis Baudoin are the founders of Creative Consulteam, a boutique consultancy in Creative Leadership. Summarizing their observations about leaders who manage to create a culture of innovation, they came up with the concept of “Shapership”.  This article is the 2nd part of the one published last week. Shapership is this capacity to Shape the Future and inspire…

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  • Shapership: The Art of Shaping the Future (Part I)

    Wednesday March 20th, 2019 0 comments

    Aline Frankfort and Jean-Louis Baudoin are the founders of Creative Consulteam, a boutique consultancy in Creative Leadership. Summarizing their observations about leaders who manage to create a culture of innovation, they came up with the concept of “Shapership”, which they explain in this article and the following one next week. I thank them for sharing it here. What we introduce…

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  • When your team drifts to “benevolent neutrality”, try “Positive Abrasion”

    Thursday February 28th, 2019 0 comments

    A friend of mine leads a team of 25 top professionals, recognizable by their strong egos. His main frustration was that a sort of “Paradox of Friendship” (following an old study at Bell Labs which found that, in many project teams, creativity and performance were plummeting 12 to 16 months after the team had been assembled, due to its members…

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