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Organizational Development, Video

Nº 157

Neuroscience of Social Interaction

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 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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Nº 149

An Interview with Expertera on the Agile Future of Talent

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In the early months of our platform, we talked quiet a bit about agility of talent, highlighted the book of Agile Talent we collaborated on with Dr. Jonathan Younger and Dr. Norm Smallwood. During a 2016 HBR article, Managing On-demand Talent, we highlighted about how companies are gaining advantage through a new capability–strategic use of external experts–made possible by technology and the globalization of talent and how leaders around the world recognize that “lean,” “agile,” and “fast” strategies require new ways to access and leverage–without owning–key talent to fill critical gaps. Today, we are sharing an interview with Hayal Koç, Partner and VP of…

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HR Management, Video

Nº 148

DisruptHR Talk: Sesil Pir

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DisruptHR is an information exchange designed to energise, inform and empower people in the HR field and those interested in people management practices with new and/or evolving ideas. Last week, we shared an article by our Founder, Sesil Pir, who summarized observations on the event and the context behind. In this official DisruptHR Zurich video, we share with you the story as to why it is even more important now for organisations to focus on people first with the dynamics of globalization, digitalization and democratization in the 21st century! Please do feel free to share if the story resonates with…

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