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Shared purpose

Shared purpose

September is the back-to-school month (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). Either if you’re a student or you’re a worker, you came back with, maybe, some new school year resolutions. If you recently became a leader, one of those thoughts should be building a shared purpose for your team. A shared purpose drives collaboration, and …

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Narrative bias

Narrative bias

Back from holidays, I first want to welcome you back to this weekly blog. I hope you had a chance to recharge, both physically and mentally. I did. That’s why I chose to come back with a hard and yet actual topic: narrative bias. Here we go! To warm up, let me show you an …

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Because you can

Because you can

The world is looking at Tokyo, immersed in the Olympic Games, wondering who the best in each category will be. Sports in general, and the Olympics in particular, talk about effort, competition, resilience and teamwork. And at times, about the pleasure of doing things only because you can, setting a vision for the future and …

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Short-term view

The short-term view

Being able to balance the short-term and long-term views is key for a leader. When chaos reigns and complexity is unmanageable, balance between a short-term stability and a long-term viability is tricky. When the business is going well, focusing on the long-term view is pretty easy. We feel we don’t need to care a lot …

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The four horsemen

The four horsemen

According to Patrick Lencioni, in his book “The five dysfunctions of a team”, the pillar to build a high performing team is trust. Without trust, we cannot go further in enhancing performance and results. In this trust building process, communication is key; therefore, talking about some communication patterns, that can make it difficult, makes sense. …

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Humour

Humour

“I think being funny is not anyone’s first choice”. Probably Woody Allen is right. Changing a bit the context (he was talking about his occupation) and considering life, I wonder why humour shouldn’t be our first choice. Humour has positive effects on our mental health, and it is known that people with a high sense …

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Work smarter

Working smarter

There are a few truths in life. In fact, as I tell many times to my students, the answer for almost every question is: it depends, meaning there’s almost anything to be considered black or white. But the fact that we all have 24 hours a day to invest, spend or waste is one of …

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The tenth man

The 10th man

“The problem with most people is that they don’t believe something can happen until it has”. This is a quote from a film called World War Z talking about the 10th man theory. What the film shows is that after several disasters in Israel that no one thought could happen, if, in a council, there …

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Critical thinking

Critical thinking

According to the World Economic Forum, one of the most demanded skills for leaders is critical thinking. I’ve already written about the VUCA world we’re living in is; and how important it is for a leader to be flexible and able to understand the context and make decisions. Critical thinking is about being able to …

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