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The Power of Words

Saturday September 26th, 2009 11 comments

One year ago, “Scientific American Mind” published an article[1] claiming that “How we characterize an issue affects how we think about it!” The authors analyzed the Bush administration’s choice of words in response to 9/11 events. For the authors, the words and metaphors that were used, determined the strategic response the US administration. They compared the response suggested by these…

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Cognitive Dissonance as a leading indicator

Saturday September 19th, 2009 12 comments

Financial data are lagging indicators. Corporate myopia consists of obsessing about them and failing to see the Tsunami or the (Blue!) Ocean of opportunity ahead. Companies therefore seek to identify and work on “leading” indicators. During a recent meeting in Brussels with colleagues and friends (N. van Heck, M. Newman, N. McRoberts and F.D.C. Professor D. Sardenberg) the notion of…

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From "Guessing the Future" to "Preparing for it"

Friday September 11th, 2009 4 comments

We borrowed this slogan from Nick van Heck (one of our partners from Executive Learning Partnership). With an environment changing at an increasing pace, with the complexity increasing by the day, Nick is right in advising to stop spending our resources on trying to guess an illusive future and to encourage us instead to maintain our organization in a permanent…

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The beginning of a journey of exchange and shared learning

Thursday September 3rd, 2009 3 comments

The beginning of a new adventure, Didier gets blogging… Each of my pieces of work provides me with rich learning (see our April 2009 book “Engaging Leadership”) and I was always a bit frustrated not to be able to share some of the post work reflections. This blog is here for that. As my friend, Media Futurist and provocative thinker,…

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