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

“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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Featured Video, From Us, Video

Nº 193

A New Welcome Video!

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Hello dear friends and colleagues, We are back from our annual holidays and rested as a team; we hope you are enjoying your summer in return. Some of you may remember roughly a year ago we had created a YouTube channel for Whirling Chief, hoping to build a few prototype videos to gauge for on-going interest. You may appreciate the process of creation is often a lonely process — one that demands a ton of solitude and patience; however, we are humbled by the fact that not only ~800 of you subscribed to our channel, asking us to continue the…

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Nº 192

On Vacation!

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  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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