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Great Leadership… a Path to Authenticity…

We have been thinking, talking, writing about leadership for centuries now. Collectively, there must have been over a 1000 studies conducted to determine the characteristics, competencies or ‘special gifts’ of enduring leaders over the years. Thank goodness, we have not singled this down to a one ‘perfect’ formula (just like parenthood) because I bet you we would all try to copy/ paste it into our realities, a recipe for a potential of disastrous experiences in our lives. Our research findings with Stanford University’s CCARE on leadership only concur what we have been gathering from our readings and discussions over the…

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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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HR Management, Video

Nº 182

Adjusting to a New Workplace… A Mutual Responsibility…

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Starting a new role can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. There is so much to take in… Recruiters, first-line people leads, and HR professionals often work harder during this time to support new joiners. A good on-boarding plan becomes super helpful and yet, the desire to get acclimated into a new environment, new colleagues, small and large cultures, new expectations, new goals can still be overwhelming… It is not uncommon for professionals to second-guess their decision nor to get adjusted in time. Either way, the initial 90 days is a critical time of  ‘mutual learning’ between an organization…

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“Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?”

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We have been getting a ton of questions from our executive clients on definition of values lately: “What does it mean to have a ‘value’?” “Where do they come from?” “How do we find our leadership values?” “What’s the best way to find my values?” Though it is hard to summarize it all in a single post, this is our attempt to answer a few questions at once. As human beings, we all have our own values, beliefs and attitudes we have developed throughout the course of our lives. Our upbringing, family environment, close role models (parents, teachers, friends), communities…

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Interested in a Life Experiment?

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“I have booked myself into a lovely apartment with a view for three days. This is my attempt to take myself off of autopilot and see what happens. Going in, I am aware that it is not going to be easy to stay clear of the “should“, the “need to“, the “must” and instead, focus on the “want.” I will be conscious of the way I think and react. Otherwise, the days would pass in a breeze, and I would leave the apartment none the wiser. I intend to be present, observe simple behaviours, and see the balance of automatic…

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A Human Way of Leadership

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We all know someone who was a strong individual contributor and once promoted to a role of people management, genuinely struggled to survive. We observed them to either cling onto ‘old’ ways of working, not having sufficient emotional agility built up, being unaware of presence impact or fail at gaining the respect of peers… Does it sound familiar? Marry the act of managing people the way one manages a task with demands of our modern day work environments and top it with day to day existential struggles of any human being and voila… You get a mess… It is no…

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Awakening Humanity at Work: A Leadership Model for 21st Century

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In our recent post, ‘The Birth of a Movement‘ summarizing our notes from Work Human Conference 2018, we shared news around forming of a wonderful community around ‘making work a more human experience‘. Today, Whirling Chief is excited to announce our collaboration with Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruistic Research and Education (CCARE) in building a new leadership framework that offers a unique and practical program focused on cultivating compassion, wisdom, and well-being. Awakening Humanity at Work: A Leadership Model Cultivating Compassion, Wisdom, and Well-Being in a New Age! It is no doubt humanity is undergoing a huge transformation, and our businesses…

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Nº 177

Can Work Feel Like Not Work?

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A few months back, following WEF 2018, in attempt to provide organizations with some tangible ideas as to how they can map out job transition pathways and consider re-skilling opportunities, using the power of digital data to help guide workers, companies, and governments to prioritise their actions, time and investments, we posted a guiding report in collaboration with other experts. While the conversation around robots taking over current jobs continue, we have a beautiful opportunity to consider how we can skill up and skill differently across our global workforce. The VP of Innovation and Strategy at UPS,  David Lee says…

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Nº 176

The Birth of a Movement!

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Wow, what an amazing experience I had at the recent Work Human Conference last week! It is true… We are not the only ‘crazies‘ at Whirling Chief out there trying to champion humanity back into the workplace. 🙂 The Work Human Conference, sponsored by Globoforce is a growing community with a powerful mission: to galvanize more leaders worldwide to harness the transformative power of people for the next generation of Human Resources. Together, we want to recognize and celebrate breakthrough organizations building and rebuilding human-centric workplaces, where employees achieve their fullest potential, in turn leading organizations to reach their fullest potential….

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A Value… A Living Thing…

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Values. I think by now many of us realize values play a key role in creating and maintaining fulfilment and satisfaction in our experiences. Although motivation, values and emotions have been studied by philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists for decades now; there’s still some confusion around what a value is/not… and how to define it… As a result, we find many leadership values are not making their way into people’s hearts and many organizational values await sitting hang up on some wall not supporting the culture an organization may aspire to create. A ‘value’ is a concept that describes the beliefs of an…

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Nº 174

For Life Long Learners!

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In a recent collaboration, BCG and WEF have imagined various scenarios for what the future of work may look like by the year 2030. Unsurprisingly, in their report, Eight Futures of Work, the need for re-skilling – meaning an organizations’ need to provide venues to today’s workers so they can develop the skills and capabilities needed for the future workplace – is highlighted several times. It is true. In the future: we will learn on the go, our learning experience will be customized, our learning content will be curated to maximize outcome, we will be expected to switch in between…

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