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Escaping the Prison of Life

When was the last time you took time to educate yourself to the contrary view? Majority of us grow up with liberal ideas (by the way of our education systems) and consider ourselves ‘enlightened’ when we reach what we consider an acceptable level of education or experience. None at any time – unless we come across a spiritual leader or a person of wisdom we care to listen – tells us that idealism holds standards of perceived reality, which is limited to our mental qualities. Or that true evolution comes from intersections of diverse views because physically, at a hormonal…

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Organizational Development, Video

Nº 157

Neuroscience of Social Interaction

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Caring is our default mode as human beings. Caring not only ignites our reward system, our brains produce oxytocin we feel lifted in spirit and useful in relation to others. According to the latest research by University of California, social connections at work have big impact on productivity and behavior reports. Researchers for Gallup found that having strong social connections at work makes employees more likely to be engaged with their jobs (at task level) and produce higher quality of work, and more importantly, less likely to fall sick or be injured, (here for research). We asked Dr. Sinan Canan,…

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Collaboration over Competition

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In our first blog of 2018, we re-emphasized our commitment in making work experience better for more of us. In that, we listed five ways we can improve our conditions, the first being ‘vocabulary’. We believe deeply that we need a whole new vocabulary in business, in leadership and for our management practices. Today, we want to talk about one of those words we feel needs to drop from our dictionary. It is called ‘competition’. People will tell you there is ‘healthy competition’ and ‘unhealthy competition’. We find all forms of competition to be hostile. They may seem friendly on…

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Nº 156

…Let Them Become the Leaders…

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First day in the office and may I say with a full, well-rested, highly energized, loving heart? I couldn’t stop agonizing over Oprah’s Golden Globes speech from last night over today.  “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again” she said. What kept ringing in my ears was…  “Make sure that…

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Nº 155

Business 2020

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Have you found yourself having difficulty getting out of bed lately? Have you caught yourself resenting your job, your team? How about your boss? Have you felt guilty or even shame about how you feel inside and not knowing how to change it? Or perhaps you are out there yawning, unaware of how you feel? No matter which of these experiences you may be going through, the truth of the matter is that you are not alone… We live in a world of changes occurring at unprecedented speed and impacting with unprecedented scope. At the beginning of the 21st century,…

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Nº 154

Our Holiday Message for Humanity

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“Human beings have a knowledge of death and remembrance of past,” said Dr. James Doty during a reflective discussion a few weeks back, adding, “That puts us in a unique position to cope with mindfulness.” Yet, about 70% of us are not present in the moment. We function as if we are on an autopilot. Email someone, and half the time you get a reaction rather than a thoughtful response. Pay attention to first text messages you receive in the morning. Half the time you’ll see there’s no opening line – no ‘good morning’ or ‘how are you?’ The conversation…

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Nº 153

Our ‘Best of’ This Year

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Personally, I had stopped sharing book reviews a few years back because my sense was that people would connect to what was most relevant for them at that very given time, depending on their circumstances, experience and need. Then, earlier this year, I started getting questions around what inspires me? I have to admit I get my inspiration from many different sources – from reading, observing art, water colouring, traveling, listening to podcasts, writing poems, watching movies, nature! 🙂 We were discussing these inquiries as a team and  decided to share a short list of our ‘best of’ this year….

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One Value Your Organization Must Live in the 21st Century

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In a series of extensive, longitudinal studies of Fortune 500 firms, we tend to see that executives are working to evolve both the structure and incentive strategies of their organizations as businesses shift strategies toward less diversified portfolios. Many organizations are known to “flatten” their hierarchy, meaning they reduce the number of management levels, double the size of their executive teams while changing the composition, and substantially push performance-based pay philosophies. Interestingly though, “delayering” at the higher levels of the pyramid – typically associated with the delegation of authority – is a more complex phenomenon that is more indicative of…

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Nº 151

Work Trends for 2018

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Wow! When I shared work trends of 2017 last year, I did NOT expect to see as much change as we have witnessed. This massive swell of evolution is expected to continue into the new year and likely, pick up some new steam as well. The boundaries we have known so deeply over centuries will continue to fade away. Business transformation? If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening around the world of work and accepting the need to evolve, it is very likely you may fall behind. Below, we tried to share some trends you can expect to…

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Nº 150

Digital Transformation and The HR Function ?

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A few years back, I was part of an organization where our sales team was tasked to convince our customers that our product was the most innovative in the market. One of the sales managers came to my office and sat down. He said: “This is never going to work”. I asked him, what the problem was. He said: “I just spent a week of visiting customers showing them our product on an outdated laptop with Outlook 2007 and Internet Explorer on Windows XP. After a long day of customer meetings, when I finally came back to my hotel room,…

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