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Nº 192

On Vacation!

  It is that time of the year again. After a very busy first half of 2018, we are now off (in rotation) for our summer holidays until the end of August. For those who are looking to catch up on reading, please find some of our ‘most-hit’ articles below: A Job For All: Making Our Work Experience Better A Human Way of Leadership Awakening Humanity at Work Dispatch From Davos For those interested in following us on LinkedIn, please find some of our ‘most-hit’ blogs below: Living in the Moment Meaning is Inside of Us Trust and Psychological Safety…

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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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Nº 191

Unleashing Performance Potential

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When an employee fails or even just performs poorly, as people leaders, we typically do not look for a fault in ourselves. The employee doesn’t understand the work, one of us might contend. Or the employee isn’t driven to succeed, can’t set priorities, or won’t take direction. Whatever the reason, the problem is often assumed to be only the employee’s fault—and the employee’s responsibility.  But is it? Sometimes, of course, the answer is yes. Some employees are not up to their assigned tasks and never will be, for lack of knowledge, skill, or simple desire. But sometimes an employee’s lack…

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Looking Inside to Lead Ahead

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One of our clients we respect deeply asked us in the previous weeks how to better ‘control emotions’ in the workplace. This is a subject majority of us struggle with in life, especially in context of our work environments, where stress levels are often too high. Therefore, we wanted to share some pragmatic tips. First and foremost, we invite our leaders to rethink terminology. The word ‘control’ in the context of emotions implies there may be a ‘right’ way or ‘wrong’ way of being; where in reality, our human way of being is quiet complex and natural. We find it…

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Taking Back Our Employee Experience

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The role of a people leader in the workplace is one of the most significant in terms of impact on organizational performance. When we are presented with an opportunity to build direct influence over others, we hold a vital role in not only aligning capabilities towards organizational goals; but also in shaping organizational culture. It is an unfortunate fact that in today’s corporate environments, such vital roles are still being handed to a few who may or may not be fully ‘ready’ to lead… As a result, we see employees exiting outside of organizations left and right. If we look…

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Nº 188

The Human Side of Business

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Imagine we had an education system that helped everyone discover their uniqueness and taught them how to develop a sense of ‘being’ grounded in multiple passions and how to share it with the world without having a need to calibrate self against others. Imagine what our work experiences be like if we had people leaders, who could say “it is great that you are different”; “show us more of your uniqueness so we can all grow from it.” Imagine we had organizational cultures that embraced the rebel in each one of us, knowing we are deserving and capable; trusting we…

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Featured Video, Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 187

In Tribute to Kate & Tony…

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The past two weeks have been tough on many of us with two high profile suicide cases. I, personally had a tougher time with one over another. Though I choose to not question one’s decision to conclude their life, I will always question whether I/ we could have done anything to make them feel differently… We have a certain way with our language. The words we choose to exercise and the meanings we load onto them bring upon power over us. In many occasions and I am not certain always with cognition, we have created and pushed upon each other certain…

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How We Damage Our Workforce’s Path to Finding Meaning Everyday

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On Monday, we introduced the concept of ‘meaning at work’ with a wonderfully engaging video from Emily Esfahani Smith, the author of the book ‘Power of Meaning’. Today, we want to share with you some of our analysis around how majority of us in leadership roles – consciously and unconsciously damage our workforce’s path to finding meaning at work everyday. If you walk into any traditional organization small or large scale and ask “What’s the number one purpose of business?”; you are most likely to hear “It is to make profit.” Whether that’s the number one purpose of business or…

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Organizational Development, Video

Nº 185

Meaning at Work

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In the United States alone, we spend on average 35-40 hours working every week. That’s some 80,000 hours during a given career—more time we will end up spending with our families?!! Beyond providing as a source of income, what does work give us? Naturally, we all have different sources of fulfillment in life and certainly different environments provide different experiences for us; but what does it mean for us to find fulfillment at work? Meaning at work is a real concept. Studies across a number of institutions (from Berkeley to MIT) show employees will provide increased motivation, loyalty, creativity and productivity to…

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Leadership 101: Path to Self-authentication

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As we start to analyze findings of our collaborative research with Stanford University’s CCARE, what we are seeing very clearly is enduring leaders truly emerge from their whole selves. Those leaders who drive vision, inspire and enable people of all diversities over long periods of time engage in constant soul-searching and are willing to test their uniqueness through their life experiences with a growing hunger to become a better version of themselves. Over the course of last week, through our social media accounts, we have been sharing tips around how to grow authenticity; today, we share the complete list. Kindly consider reading…

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Great Leadership… a Path to Authenticity…

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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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