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Organizational Development, Video

Nº 169

Building Thriving Organizations

Well-functioning organizations – organizations that thrive – from families to communities to businesses to countries generally share two common traits: vitality and learning. Vitality is the sense of being alive, passionate, and excited. It is often seeded in a specific core purpose and is fuelled by authentic leadership. Learning is about embracing growth that comes from gaining new knowledge and skills. Learning is seeded in connection and is fuelled by conscious investment. For us, at Whirling Chief, building thriving organizations that create value and differentiation through their people orientation is the most unifying, satisfying and inspiring purpose. When we are successful…

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Build Up That Creativity Muscle

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Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. Most of the things that are interesting to us or innovative in our lives is a result of creativity. What makes us different from our species – our language, values, artistic expression, ability to empathise, and engage with technologies – is the result of individual ingenuity that is recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning. When we’re creative, we feel we are living more fully. The number one attribute CEOs look for in their incoming workforce (according to an IBM survey of more than 1,500 CEOs across 33 industries and 60 countries)…

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Why is “Purpose’’ SO Important?

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Last week, I got a call from an old friend of mine. We studied together at the University, but I hadn’t heard from him since then. He told me that he has been working in the financial sector for over 10 years now, then shared with me many of the significant professional achievements and awesome position titles he had achieved. Two weeks ago, he and his team were recognized as one of the top 5 teams in the global organization for their business results. He admitted that, after the initial euphoria had worn off, he found himself feeling strangely disappointed….

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The True Power of ‘Being’

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There is so much discussion in the world today around the use and misuse of power – both in our workplaces and by the individuals we consider ‘leaders’ of our very own businesses, societies, and institutions, it should come as no surprise that our comprehension, acknowledgment and practice of the concept seems obviously and greatly lacking in its essence. In our dictionaries, power is broadly defined as “a person or thing that possesses or exercises authority or influence”.  This generally accepted definition suggests ‘power’ is more about ‘doing’ and when we engage in use of power; we’re utilising our authority to get…

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The “Greatest Transformation” and Leadership

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In our ‘Dispatch From Davos‘ write up last week, we shared about the Fourth Industrial Revolution being referred to as “the greatest transformation” human civilisation has ever experienced. The reasons? The Reach. Unlike any other industrial evolutions we have experienced, this time, with current technological advancements, we are able to go way beyond simple dimensions of ‘doing.’ In other words, technology is not just evolving the way we do business. For example, how we manufacture and produce things; it is actually evolving the way we consider and use our planet’s resources, the way we bond,  the way we learn, and the way we work…

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Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 164

The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

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Almost two years ago now, I read two books that changed my life for ever. So far, I have only talked about one from Dr. James Doty. The second book (and I have been waiting on purpose to announce) is called Emotional Agility by Susan David of Harvard Medical School. In her book, Dr. David so eloquently reveals the unspoken about the power of our emotions and profoundly describes how by turning inwards and through deeper understanding of all our being, we can gain strength to become a better version of ourselves. When one reflects on what’s lacking in our…

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My Dispatch from Davos

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Last week, I had the honor of being one of 600 women taking part in sessions at the World Economic Forum. As much as I loved joining the important conversations (and having no bathroom lines – a first!), I have to admit I found it impossible to take in all the information and digest at once. Nevertheless, if you were to ask about my biggest takeaway, I’d say that we humans are far more complex than we give ourselves (and each other) credit for and, if we want to fully embrace the changes ahead, we first need to go back…

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HR Management, Video

Nº 162

How Can Poetry Benefit Business?

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Last week at the World Economic Forum 2018, I heard infamous Yuval Noah Harari speak on a topic very dear to all our hearts: The future of humanity. Of course, we, as Whirling Chief community are most interested in how the future of humanity will evolve in relationship to work, work experience and work places. Following his talk, when asked about who should be the owners of data and data regulation in the 21st century, Professor Harari very humbly said “I don’t know”; then he continued to say “… perhaps we should ask scientists and experts and poets – especially poets in…

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Nº 161

A Job For All: Making Our Work Experience Better…

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Following our post ‘Forget Diversity, Are We Ready to Talk Inclusion‘ on Monday, I was approached by a dear colleague and was asked whether I, a “credited business person” naturally interested in further growing her business should speak/ share on topics we do via Whirling Chief. I loved the question so much, I wanted to share some of our exchange unedited because it opens such an exquisite window into the future and our mission… Special thanks to our colleague who graciously agreed for me to share their portion. Colleague: “Are you not scared that people would take you as a,…

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HR Management, Video

Nº 160

Forget Diversity, Are We Ready to Talk About Inclusion?

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Good morning everyone! Talking about a new taxonomy for leadership and people management practices, we are onto another taboo subject today: Diversity. The definition of diversity is simple – it means having variety of a kind. The way the word is used in the industry we find, however, problematic. We say, for example, that we want diversity in the workplace. What does that mean exactly, though? Do we want different kinds of opinions in the system? Different looking people? People of different race, gender, and ethnicity to be present? Do we want different sexes? What is it that we seek…

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