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If you must provoke a radical turnaround… Try benevolence!

Thursday June 25th, 2015 0 comments

Often, when parachuted into a turnaround situation, we face a bit of a dilemma: Do I “shake my people up” or do I comfort them? A first surprising experience of leadership as a ski instructor (for those of you who know me now, it is inconceivable that I once had long hair and was nicknamed “Jesus”), came by trying to…

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Get rid of your “superstars”!

Saturday June 20th, 2015 0 comments

This morning, actuality came knocking on the door of this blog, which explains why it is posted later than usual. The news is irrelevant in the context of the existing horrors and gigantic economic and environmental challenges. But in the microcosm of football, I read that Brazil, engaged into the Copa America, will have to do, once again, without their…

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Der Weg ist das Ziel! How to create an impactful statement

Saturday June 13th, 2015 0 comments

Last week’s post has attracted a lot of attention and numerous comments (almost all private, given the level most of you operate at). A consensus seems to emerge: A Vision/Mission/Strategic/Values Statement  cannot be reduced to a simple communication exercise. Nevertheless, we often fall into the trap of thinking that the elaboration of an almost perfect statement, and its subsequent communication…

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No company ever became visionary through a vision statement!

Friday June 5th, 2015 0 comments

Built to last, the book from Stanford professors James Collins and Jerry Porras has been a revelation for millions of students, academics and executives, since its publication in 1994. It has since lost a part of its credibility (see this article in Fast Company), as many of the companies it described as sustainable (built to last) seem to have met…

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