skills

Intuition / Intuición

Intuition

Does intuition play a part in a decision-making process? Making decisions is generally hard due to the inherent uncertainty and the complexity of the problem and the pressure of time. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of our intuition to make sound decisions. Intuition is when we instinctively know that something is right or wrong. In …

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Second orden thinking / pensamiento de segundo orden

Second order thinking

Deciding is often a tension between a long-term want and a short-term need, thus most times is a difficult process where a second order thinking is needed to unravel hidden implications of our decision in the future, preventing unintentional outcomes to occur. The question is now how we can identify second order impacts. The straightest …

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Ockham's razor / La navaja de Ockham

Ockham’s razor

It is said that simplest explanations are usually the right ones. This statement is known as the Ockham’s razor – after an English philosopher named William of Ockham. The rationale behind is easy to understand: why should we complicate things that apparently have a quite straight reasoning? This fallacy is so powerful that it’s easy …

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the future of work / el futuro del trabajo

The future of work

This week, I gave some lecturers about the future of work, and the effects of digitalization on the workplace. Now I want to share some ideas with you. Being a trending topic today, there are many people wondering what to expect in the coming years. Two years ago, the World Economic Forum releases a list with …

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Meta-learning / Meta-aprendizaje

Meta-learning

After listening to an interesting TED Talk from Ray Dalio,  this question stuck with me: how do I know I’m right? As arrogant as it can sound, I’m usually right in assessing situations, which makes it easier taking decisions. And yet, I never questioned myself how I do know. This kind of meta-learning is far …

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Conflict / Conflicto

Conflict

Many people fear conflict, and yet it is part of life and part of our long-term relationships. Every time we are surrounded by people, there’s a potential occasion for conflict because they might want or need something different from what we want. This is why we should learn how to deal with it. Basically, a …

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boost creativity / disparar la creatividad

Boost creativity

Pablo Picasso once said that all children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up. Children are incredibly imaginative, creative, full of resources; they can easily think out-of-the-box, amazing their grown-ups in every possible way. Therefore, how about connecting with our inner child to boost creativity? Good artists copy, …

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Persuasion / Persuasión

Persuasion

When I work with managers developing their leadership skills, we usually talk a lot about how they make decisions. Complexity, non-linearity, and uncertainty shape a context, in which making decisions is certainly difficult. And yet, making decisions is only one side of the coin. The other side is persuasion, an art that every leader should …

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What is essential / Lo esencial

What is essential

The truth always turns out to be simpler than you thought. Or at least, this is what Richard Feynman said. I tend to agree, despite being surrounded every day by uncountable events that make me difficult to focus on what is essential. At times, it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, select what …

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Boost diversity

Boost diversity

How can you develop the right mix of talent, and create the environment and capabilities needed to face your challenges? How can you boost diversity? If you have read my last two post (1)(2), you probably understand why this question is so important. According to some studies, “diverse and inclusive organizations are 70% more likely …

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