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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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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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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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Less is more

Less is more

First time someone told me ‘less is more’, I was a kid, and it was a friend of my parents explaining why having myself covered with many fake rings, bracelets and collars was not a good idea: ‘nothing shines if you don’t make the space’. Some years later, at the office, a guy simply had …

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Building presence

Building presence

Last week I attended a great on-line event hosted by Mark Bowden; he is an expert in body language and communication techniques. For an hour, he explained how you can building presence when participating in an on-line event. It was truly insightful and amusing in equal measure. These tips to go on-line are great whether …

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Learning is everywhere

Learning is everywhere

Many people say ‘There’s no learning in the comfort zone, and there’s no comfort in the learning zone’; at least I’ve heard it many times. It probably comes from the feeling that learning is difficult because it is a change (in behaviour or knowledge) and, therefore, an effort. To be honest, I don’t fully agree …

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