• Leading in Covid-19 days: How can I fly like an Eagle, when I am surrounded by turkeys?

    Friday March 27th, 2020 0 comments

    Stanley McChrystal is a former Army general whose unusual leadership style earned him several victories in the war against unconventional opponents such as the Taliban in Afghanistan. In an excellent NYT article, he drew a comparison between battling unpredictable insurgents and winning our war against Covid-19. General McChrystal’s advice to leaders in chaotic times is to: Be visible and present…

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  • “If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blame it on you” (R. Kipling) or “Leading even when we don’t know: How should we react to Corona-Hysteria?”

    Saturday March 14th, 2020 2 comments

    I love those words of Rudyard Kipling in his famous poem “If”. One of my very good friends and partners in crime, sent me this fascinating view that some government seems to hold as how to plan their response to Covid-19: The actual situation reminds me of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin model helping to understand how our leadership attitude should change…

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  • “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t have to.”(Richard Branson)

    Sunday March 8th, 2020 2 comments

    I recently had dinner with a friend, CHRO in a large multinational. A strong idealist, considering his mission to be to develop and prepare their employees for the shock of the Disruption Economy, he was surprisingly annoyed. “Didier, how do you create an HR Community with people who are so different? Some are idealists, putting themselves at risk for the…

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  • From Leading my Team to Engaging a Community

    Friday February 7th, 2020 6 comments

    No! I am not back to my Hippie times when I was teaching Rock Stars to ski or playing ice hockey as a goalie… This is what I looked like then, for those who doubt I ever had hair! The reason for talking about “Engaging a Community” is that it becomes increasingly relevant in the Disruption Economy! The Disruption Economy…

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  • Reasons to believe in Mankind!

    Thursday December 19th, 2019 0 comments

    Dear readers, dear friends, I owe you an apology for letting our blog down in the 2nd part of 2019! This is due to a lot of (wonderful) work. Since mid-August I am on a 7/7 rhythm. As this will slow down in 2020, I will get back to my weekly habit of sharing reflections and convictions which, generously, come…

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  • When “Guardians of the Temple” sabotage your Transformation

    Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 0 comments

    “No progress without transgression!” claims Hamilton Mann, Thales’ Digital Marketing & Digital Transformation Director, “Every innovation is a disobedience to a rule, a norm, a habit, a process, a way of doing things, an established thought, a belief system that the organization carries…” And what happens when the “Guardians of the Temple” seek to rein the mavericks in??? Two months…

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  • 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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