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Designing Your Organization Around a Singular Mission

As I hinted in my previous Whirling Chief post, How to Humanize the Workplace In An Era of Machines, there may come a time in the not-too-distant future when machines can predict the best organization design and structures to meet current market dynamics. Just think about how ride-sharing services could soon be operated by driverless cars. There are countless other examples. For now, we humans not only still have a place in the car, we are still in the driver’s seat. With this coming shift in mind, it’s no surprise to Whirling Chief readers that traditional views of organizational development,…

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What Impact Does Emotional Intelligence Have on the Organization?

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The first scientific paper on Emotional Intelligence was published in 1990. While Cognitive Intelligence (IQ) has been with us for over 100 years, dozens of studies presented the importance of emotional and social intelligence in high-performing organizations. By paying more attention to the emotional aspects of the workplace, organizations can make the work experience more meaningful. Leaders of successful organizations recognize their employees are their key assets and a person’s feelings about the work do affect the way they carry out their job. People who are, for example, supervised by a manager who does not care about them, is self-centered,…

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Nº 145

Taking ‘Human’ Back in Human Resources (& Business) of 21st Century!

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Last week, I shared the debut stage of Disrupt HR in Zurich with my most valuable colleagues, Reto B. Ruegger, Hari Abburi, Pierre Olivier Botteron, Judith Oldekop, Leandra Amsler, Sandro Pisaneschi, Mirjam Schaffner, Angelo Ciaramella, Leo Marty. What a great organization and by the virtue of this article, let me publicly pass my thanks to our hosts, Lena Schwerzmann and Timo Plattner again. There were several topics we covered from career transitions, to culture fit to agile HR modeling to artificial intelligence to generations – all equally interesting. My topic? Taking ‘human’ back in 21st century business & HR, of course!…

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Supporting Each Other in Career Development

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Women leaders show an impressively high level of dedication and goal orientation that not only matches men’s, but in some instances surpasses theirs. Additionally, the women’s mixture of toughness and softness interwoven in their leadership styles made a big difference that proved crucial to the outstanding results of their teams. Taking that understanding into account means that we, as female leaders, can do a lot more to support other women in their career development. However, let’s not restrict ourselves with just women-to-women dynamics, as I have personally encountered many wonderful very senior male leaders that were outstanding mentors in areas…

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Nº 143

What is Organizational Development?

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We find many companies and professionals are confused when it comes to organizational development. What is it? What it does? Is it a good thing, do I have to invest in it? Does it support our strategy or is it a stand alone exercise? These are questions we encounter often and try to clarify. In today’s video, we tried to shortly summarize what organizational development means and how it may be best realized inside an organization. Remember any development activity – individual or collective – requires change at multiple levels. To lead change effectively across an organization, applied behavioral science knowledge…

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Nº 142

An Open Letter to HR: Let’s Lead the Change Journey in Gender Equality in the Workplace!

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For those of us in Human Resources who have taken on the task of trying to increase the diversity in our talent pipelines to enable women to rise to and succeed in senior leadership roles, the results we were hoping to achieve have been mostly elusive. In 2017, just 5.2% of CEOs of S&P 500 companies are women – up from 4.8% in 2014.[1] According to Forbes, in 2016 the global proportion of senior business roles held by women stood at 24%. This shows a slight increase from 22% in 2015, but has coincided with an increase in the percentage of…

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Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 141

The Neuroscience of Human Bias

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You may have realized October has been a month of celebrating our differences. Today, we are featuring yet another article on diversity and inclusion. We are taught to think of ‘bias’ as a bad thing. In reality, our biases help us get through our day to day. For example, when we wake up in the morning, we don’t know whether our car is going to work or the bus is going to show up when we arrive at the stop; however, we assume it will and structure our day accordingly. Majority of our biases help us get through life. The…

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Nº 140

Is Your Career Ready?

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We tend to think of career development as a linear thing and only one that happens early in career – wrong! You’d be surprised to know how many executive leaders we coach through transitions. When it comes to managing careers, the key to success is planning. Remember the idea of linear management is long gone; you better fold up that career ladder and hop on the career jungle gym! Our new contributor Andrea Cole does just that; she helps leaders find their new paths… My leadership development career has always been on the school cycle, rather than the calendar year….

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Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 139

How to Build Mutual Accountability and Trust

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Talk to any HR professional and they’ll invariably say, “Oh, I simply cannot get my leaders to do X.” Then talk to any leader with people management responsibilities and you’re bound to hear, “Oh, I simply cannot get my HR to deliver X.” On any topic related to an employee’s life cycle and experience, you can find tension between these two parties. The truth of the matter is work experience is a creation that is co-owned. Our HR Management 101 video series continues with a video on how to form and sustain mutual accountability between management and HR inside an…

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Nº 138

3 Simple Things We Can All Do to Advance Inclusion

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Inclusion is a passion for me and not just what I do for a living. The recent news around the software engineer’s 10-page screed against Google’s diversity initiatives going viral inside the company, sparked action and heated debate. In the memo, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the author argues that women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological differences between men and women. There has been a lot of talking on this memo, with many dissenting as cheering voices. What it shows us is that ultimately dialogue is needed…

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