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Transcendence: Leading for the Highest Good of All

Last week, following a challenging conversation, someone asked me if I should consider “raising my voice” more often. Communicating in a more aggressive tone may lead to results sooner in situations and it may certainly lead to a temporary emotional relief – yet, as a psychologist and organizational effectiveness expert, I happen to know sustainable results (and modeling) is in capsulation of self transcendence. Back in 2007, ‘transcendent leadership‘ was introduced as a global initiative at the World Economic Forum. I was living in the US and working for a technology giant as a HR professional then and I remember being…

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Re-Imagining the Way We Work!

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As the world is at the cusp of re-visioning self with the power of digitalization, globalization and democratization, there are two major trends humanity is dealing with on a day to day basis: Organization’s immense effort to stay relevant, Human beings’ immense desire to find meaning. Across industries, sectors and geographies, and regardless of scale and maturity levels, all organizations and their leaders share similar questions regarding the future: What will we refer to as ‘work’ tomorrow? Who will make up our workforce? What skills and capabilities will be needed? How will we integrate AI, robotics, infotech and biotech? Who…

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‘Awakening Humanity at Work’: Leadership in the New Age

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“It’s not personal, it’s business.” How many of us have heard this statement in the workplace and/or have cited it ourselves? Well, I not only have heard it, personally used it many times earlier in my career. If you find yourself saying “What’s the matter with you, Sesil? Of course, business is business, it has nothing to do with who I am at home!”, here is a set of statistics for you to contemplate on: According to OECD, in the last 50 years, productivity has not inclined over 1% in EU and has been ~2% in the US – No…

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Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 200

21st Century Leadership Calls for our Wisdom

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At Whirling Chief, we are keen to get our broader business community acknowledge that the current work experiences we reside in is neither well suited for our human nature nor complimentary to the 21st century life experiences we want to be a part of, and, engage new age leaders in a regenerative process towards re-envisioning future and building the kind of work experiences we want to be a part of. We seek inspiration, a spark, a purposeful task that makes us jump out of bed. We seek meaning, knowledge and comfort to know our work effort makes a difference somewhere….

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Creating a Climate of Understanding (for Humanity & Profitability)

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We, human beings, have a strong conviction that we are rational. We believe once we have formed an opinion through learning and have had an opportunity to put that learning to use regularly, it must be true. In psychological terms, rationality is really about two things: what we know of to be ‘true’ and what to do (Manktelow, 2004).  In order for our beliefs to be rational then, they must be in agreement with evidence. In order for our actions to be rational they must be conducive to obtaining our goals. Human brain works on comparison and to master our day…

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At the Core of Leadership: Choice

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A few years back, during a very difficult conversation around portfolio divestment, one of my colleagues in charge of our group facilitation asked us, a room of corporate executives in charge of 55B USD core industry business, what may be the essence of our leadership… It was a difficult question to answer then, and it is still today. It is difficult because the concept is embodying so many beautiful opportunities. Yet, over the years, I have come to learn, understand and experience there is an essence to leadership. There is a core. Before influence, leadership is a choice one makes. A choice…

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What’s Love Got to do with Work?

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I was returning from a recent business trip and my flight got delayed an hour. Instead of going back to the lounge, I decided to sit by the gate and get some reading done.  The sweetest gentleman sitting next to me started chatting up… First, he asked where I am headed, then, he recognized my accent and asked where I am from, and finally, what I do for a living? “Industrial and organisation psychologist?! I have no idea what you people do!” he said cheerfully. I tried to explain, picking my words carefully. He listened attentively. At some point he…

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The Illusion of Permanent Progress

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Our working culture is obsessed with the idea of constant progression. Our targets move up, number of work hours increase, our abilities are stretched constantly leaving no space for us to breathe (and sometimes leading to a ‘silent suffering’). Please allow me to share with you a little unspoken truth about the process of ideation and creation: The life cycle of birth and re-birth embodies strong intuition. Contrary to common belief, intuition is not woo-doo… It is our ability to understand something instinctively without the need for a conscious reasoning. That doesn’t mean it is coming from an unknown place… It…

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If Leaders Could Dance to the Wind of Energy…

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I was recently in the presence of a corporate executive I respect deeply. I had a secret, a hidden agenda to find out what makes this leader stand out in a room of hundreds… Ssshhh, I do that sometimes. I am an organizational psychologist, remember? 🙈 This leader I have seen at work has a very unique way of ‘being’ and I was determined to find out about the secret sauce… 🙂 As a consultant, I was surely at the groups’ presence on duty and at the same time, I was experimenting quietly in my mind, taking silent notes on paper……

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Trends We’re Observing in the Workplace

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I joined Chris Dyer of PeopleG and the author of  “The Power of Company Culture” on his live Talent Talk radio show in California back in June along with my colleague Kevin Grossman, the President of Global Programs at Talent Board HR. We chatted about trends we are seeing in the workplace, as well as what companies and business leaders need to be thinking about as they look into the future years of 21st century. You can listen to our conversation here.

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