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“How the Cirque du Soleil deals with Complexity”

Sunday April 25th, 2010 0 comments

A moment of exceptional beauty and aesthetics to start this week: please take a look at this short clip of highlights of “Alegria”, one of the Cirque du Soleil’s most successful shows… Observe the complexity of movements, the absolute necessity of perfect timing and positioning of the different actors… Look at those subtle and invisible gestures of care and support…

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"The Purposeful Leader"

Sunday April 18th, 2010 2 comments

When confronted to complexity, humans tend to respond by increasing control, micro-management and closing. The recent crisis provided a strong although well intentioned illustration of this: Some CEO’s were requesting daily cash flow statements of their people as a way to feel “in control”, showing concern and seeking to grow a necessary sense of urgency in the ranks. However, thinking…

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“To be in command and out of control”

Sunday April 11th, 2010 2 comments

My partners and I are about to embark on a journey, with several organizations in the world, which have decided to seriously engage their people in their strategy implementation and create (more) “Intelligent Organizations”. I was looking for leaders having taken their people through similar paths. Fabio Barbosa in Banco Santander Brasil, Jorgen Knudstrop and his team in Lego or…

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