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Agonizing over Decisions

The human condition: to be aware that we are free to take decisions and that these decisions can turn out to be poor choices. It is normal to suffer and regret decisions. Nobody has an anxiety-free life: not even in the movies, not even in romantic songs.  Alain de Botton shares a wise insight into existential crises […]

Commencement Speech: Emmanuel Faber – “Who is your Brother?”

I’ve just added another great Commencement speech to my youtube playlist: Commencement Speeches Emmanuel Faber gave the commencement address at HEC this year, 2016. The first half is in french, the last in english.  Emmanuel tells a powerful personal story, describes 3 diseases, and asks us a question… This is a powerful speech.  You’ve got to watch […]

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The #1 Reason I am Inefficient.

This graphic captures it all… Thanks to XKCD for the original. “I take good decisions and then I work to make them great.” It reminds me of a story about one of the founders of Tata Industrial group. He was asked “How do you take good decisions?” He paused before answering: “I don’t do anything […]

6 keys to leading positive change: Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Do you want to start something? Do you want to grow something? Do you want to make the world a better place? Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a Harvard Professor that has spent her life looking at what it takes for leaders to get things done. 6 Keys to Leading Positive Change Show up – if […]

I know this guy who was successful (otherwise known as Type I errors)

One anecdote does not make a proof. The danger: humans are more easily persuaded by 1 clear and concrete anecdote than by big data and expert statistical analysis. “My friend’s brother bought a house in downtown Barcelona 2 years ago and is now selling it at twice the price!” This statement has far more impact […]

How to Learn Charisma (17 Specific Practice-able Tactics)

What is charisma?   Charisma means “special gift” in Greek.  It is something that allows some people to magnetically attract others to them and their projects. Is it innate or can it be learnt?  According to John Antonakis, Marika Fenley and Sue Liechti in the Harvard Business Review June 2012 article “Learning Charisma”, it is learnt. How to Learn […]

16 Lessons from HR Directors Summit 2016

I wrote up a list of lessons that were shared by speakers during the HR Directors Summit last week. Your learning rate is your earning rate Uncertainty is always filled by negatives Catch people doing something right and recognise it immediately Let leaders do the leading (HR supports leaders in the business, it doesn’t replace […]

Speaking at European HR Director Summit

I had the privilege to deliver a keynote session at the European HR Director Summit yesterday. It was inspiring to be surrounded by 200 senior HR people thinking about making work engaging and meaningful for the people at their companies. AkzoNobel decorative paint division put 17,000 people through a 3 day reflection on who they […]

The 4 Kinds of Work

There are 2 ways to categorize work: cognitive or manual repetitive or non-repetitive. 4 Kinds of Work There are basically 4 kinds of work: Manual repetitive – Assembly line factory worker, farm labourer Cognitive repetitive – Call center operative, Bank teller Manual non-repetitive – Jewellery maker, Custom car builder Cognitive non-repetitive – Project manager, Sales of large complex […]

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Zero Executive Presence: “When I speak, people don’t listen. Why is that?”

Student: “When I speak, people don’t listen.  Why is that?” Teacher: “It depends…” It always depends… There are many possible reasons that people don’t engage with you, don’t care about what you are going to say, don’t pay attention. Rarely does anyone come to me and say “I need help.  I am boring.” However, this condition is […]

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