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Nº 118

What Does the Future Hold in Store for Us?

I recently attended the 2nd World Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Conference, hosted by Istanbul University. I had the immense pleasure of representing my home country, Turkey, and my discipline of studies: people management and organizational effectiveness. As we stress time and time again through our articles and v-blogs here on Whirling Chief, the world is at interesting crossroads. From psychology to spirituality, all that we hold close to our hearts is evolving. Even the way we think about humanity and our world is evolving. The world of business is no different… You name it, the way we’re doing, well, virtually…

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The Problem with Change…

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There seems to be so much being published about ‘change’ in all management and leadership journals at the moment. Indeed, if you Google ‘change,’ you get 3.7m hits to study. And, as you look round the world (particularly in the world of politics), we seem to be voting for change. That is of course by definition, not what we currently have – even though we don’t know what it might bring or where it might lead us! So let’s get back to a few fundamentals, and some very human principles. Change has been a constant in our human experience, and…

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Nº 116

Upcoming Workshops

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Hello Everyone! We have some wonderful news to share today! As Whirling Chief matures into its first year, we are not only growing in followership and community, we are extending our services. One of the key services we will provide starting Fall of 2017 is a set of paid workshops. There has been amazing encouragement and support for our online free webinars, we wanted to take the opportunity to go deeper into certain topics with our colleagues interested. Below you will find a list of workshops we are planning. Please stay tuned for registration information and fees. If there are other…

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How Does Culture Evolve During Times of Change?

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I love this question. To answer it, I performed my usual research: I started with Geert Hofstede, a Dutch social psychologist born in 1928 and best known for his pioneering research on cross-cultural groups and organizations. Hofstede’s most notable work has been in developing cultural dimensions theory, which he explored in his books Culture’s Consequences and Cultures and Organizations. I then turned to Frederic Laloux and his book Reinventing Organizations. I  love what he has to say on this topic: “Corporate cultures and context and purpose drive a culture that is called for in an organization. But beyond the unique culture of each company,…

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Nº 114

Tips for a More “Rewarding” Work Experience

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A few weeks ago, at the HR Tomorrow Conference, I presented about the gap between science and work practices. During one of our discussions, we talked about Rewards Management. For centuries now, our approach to rewards management has been linear, meaning ‘if you do this, you will get this.’ Dan Ariely, a renowned behavioral economist, has long studied motivation. In 2015, he published a study concerning what motivates us to work. Not only did he drop a bombshell on the conventional wisdom of people working for money – he discovered that for 21st century jobs, if you keep throwing money…

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HR Management, Video

Nº 113

What Happens in an Engaged Brain

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There is so much reference to employee engagement lately – especially in certain geographies. I personally am not in favor of the term ‘engagement’ as it is unquantifiable – scientifically speaking. We can monitor and measure many factors such as motivation, satisfaction, agreeableness, etc., ‘engagement’ is not a valid construct. That said, if we assume for a second we understand and agree to what ‘engagement’ is, then, you may want to know the brains of ‘engaged’ employees in the workplace functions differently than those others. Here is a wonderful video from Melisa Hughes on what happens in an engaged brain, enjoy!

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Running HR Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions

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With the shift in business context, many organizations are either being bought out or merging with compatible organizations to strengthen capabilities and/or expand market reach/value. When we consider the geographic spread of global M&A events, most flurries of activity take place in the developed worlds: The largest deals by dollar amount in 2016 are listed below: According to the Thomson Reuters Mergers & Acquisitions Review, published earlier this year, “worldwide M&A activity totaled US$777.7 billion during the first quarter of 2017, a 12% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016. During the quarter, 138 deals with a value greater than US$1…

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Nº 111

Are Women and Men Equals in the Workplace?

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No conversation about male/female equality can begin without first acknowledging the reality of ‘implicit bias.’ Let me share a personal story from a few years ago, which will help you understand what the role of implicit bias plays in our personal definition of equality. I was at the lead of a department in a global company based in the United States. I had just been appointed, and was ready to bring my excitement to every event I attended, especially to those organised by the company-dedicated group for women leaders. Their mission was to focus on strategies to advance women in…

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Nº 110

Work Evolution in the Public Sector

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Founded in 1997 by Seamus and Helen McGardle, SRI Executive Search was initially conceived as an executive search firm focused solely on the Not-For-Profit and Life Science sector. Since then, the organization has evolved and developed, becoming a global consulting practice. Specializing in Executive Search, Diversity, Leadership Development, and Board Services, SRI Executive offers a variety of services in the Not-For-Profit and Life Sciences arena. As there is so much development in these sectors, we asked Seamus McGardle, Managing Director of SRI Executive, about the shift in the business context and the impact he is seeing across organizations. Whirling Chief:…

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Don’t Go Overboard with the Overtime!

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My husband comes home the other week and asks, “Mrs. Psychologist, when faced with the challenge of a project deadline – which you know is going to kill your team! – how do you prioritize? Do you take sides with the workload or the people?” When it comes to prioritization, I hate to say it but there is no magic bullet. We all look for ways to be efficient when it comes to organizing and managing our life activities; everyone has their own distinct recipe, depending on where they find meaning, excitement, inspiration, and relief. Having said that, for the…

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