culture

Difficult situations / Situaciones difíciles

Difficult situations

After releasing my post last week, I received some feedback, which I really appreciate. It seems easier to have a love-centred mindset when things go well. But, and here goes the issue, a leader must sometimes face difficult situations such as firing people or communicate tough decisions. How does love work in these moments? Is …

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Leading in crisis / Liderar una crisis

Leading in crisis

Have you ever been part of an extraordinary team? One of those high performing teams, not only in good times but, more important, in complex times. Leading in crisis is a challenge. Managing the pressure once it’s there is very difficult. On the contrary, building the team in times of peace to be ready for …

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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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All or nothing

All or nothing

One day, a maths teacher wrote the table of 9 on the white board as below: 1 X 9=9 6 X 9=54 2 X 9=18 7 X 9=63 3 X 9=27 8 X 9=72 4 X 9=36 9 X 9=81 5 X 9=45 10 X 9=80 Table of 9 written by the teacher As soon …

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Self-managing teams

Self-organizing teams

Self-organizing teams is a trend now on the world. Companies here and there have realized the power of improving teamwork, collaboration and accountability among their people. But just by empowering the employees, it doesn’t mean we can have a successful self-organizing team. This requires changes on leadership and management, on employees’ mindset, and, therefore, on …

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Do as I say, not as I do

Do as I say, not as I do

What happens with some people who think the rules don’t apply to them?
Usually, they think their power and position drive away consequences and, therefore, the common rules don’t apply to them. This ‘do as I say, not as I do’ behaviour provokes lack of trust.