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“The Universal Myth keeps our people engaged through difficult times”

Saturday November 28th, 2009 2 comments

One of the most powerful ways to engage people through difficult times is by helping them realize that their suffering, doubts and frustrations are legitimate while being authentic in pointing towards the light at the end of the tunnel. A friend of ours, David Pearl (, introduced me to the work of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), a respected mythologist, professor and…

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How to “Create conditions for people to do and be their best”?

Saturday November 21st, 2009 2 comments

Following the great interest (thank you for all your mails and please feel free to share your thoughts directly on the blog) of last week’s post, I thought it would be good to complete the scene on how to avoid the “Going Limbic” syndrome. Years ago, my partners and I came across the research done by Australian psychologist Michael Apter…

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“What causes resistance to change”

Sunday November 15th, 2009 0 comments

I recently met a solid leader, deeply engaged in a post acquisition integration project. As usual, the project management part of the process was well thought of and under control. However, he was concerned with a more subtle part of the integration: How to ensure that the biggest asset targeted in the acquisition, people, their experience, passion and intelligence wouldn’t…

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“The Engaging Leader and the Hedge Fund shareholders”

Sunday November 8th, 2009 2 comments

It is probably difficult to imagine a more challenging place to be for a CEO than run a Telecom company while having a hedge fun as shareholders (I guess we all heard the semi-fictional joke that during Board meetings, hedge funds representatives avoid shaking hands with the management team in order not to create personal ties which would get in…

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Marcial Losada explains his research for our blog readers

Sunday November 1st, 2009 10 comments

Impressed by the quality of some replies of yours regarding the post “Power of Words” and quoting Marcial Losada’s groundbreaking research, I went to him directly and asked to comment and summarize his work for our mutual benefit. Marcial was kind enough to respond and here it is: “For the benefit of the readers who are not familiar with Meta-Learning…

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