culture

Totally obvious / Lo que es obvio

Totally obvious

After some weeks away, I’m here again, hoping that you too had some time to do nothing and have fun. During this time off, I reflected about how our context impact our lives. And, being that important, how there are things that we take for granted, and never question because it’s the water we swim …

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Appreciation and recognition / Aprecio y reconocimiento

Appreciation and recognition

A good leader makes other people feel important and appreciated. Appreciation and recognition are two of the main factors to boost motivation among people, and therefore commitment. Many leaders and organizations around the world focus their efforts on what should be improved, forgetting what’s already there going well, and must be recognized. Thus, getting a …

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Burnout

Burnout

Burnout refers to a phenomenon where employees suffer a mix of physical and psychological symptoms due to a continued stress in the working environment. According to the State of the Global Workplace 2022 report delivered by Gallup, only 21% of employees around the world are engaged at work and only 33% of employees are thriving …

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Distributed leadership / Liderazgo distribuido

Distributed leadership

The future is not what it was. Companies can’t predict it anymore, and uncertainty calls for adaptation and flexibility. Trust is the new liquid gold, continued eroded by the effects of an old-fashioned leadership style in a difficult context. Hierarchies are flattening in an attempt to make things simpler. And in the middle of this …

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Toxic workplace / trabajo tóxico

Toxic workplace

Picture a place where only titles, job descriptions, and levels in the hierarchy matter. A place where communication doesn’t flow, and silos are part of the landscape; a place where status and visibility are more important than collaboration and results. You’re picturing a toxic workplace. The elephant in the room Toxicity is something all employees …

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Real purpose / Propósito real

Real purpose

Leaders need to deal with uncertainty. To make that, they aim to a desired future chosen among all the possibilities. A destiny strongly dependent on what the organization’s purpose is. Vision, the desired future, and purpose, the why, are present in every organization. But unless actions follow the words, it’s not a real purpose but …

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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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