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The Illusion of Permanent Progress

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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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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Nº 191

Unleashing Performance Potential

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When an employee fails or even just performs poorly, as people leaders, we typically do not look for a fault in ourselves. The employee doesn’t understand the work, one of us might contend. Or the employee isn’t driven to succeed, can’t set priorities, or won’t take direction. Whatever the reason, the problem is often assumed to be only the employee’s fault—and the employee’s responsibility.  But is it? Sometimes, of course, the answer is yes. Some employees are not up to their assigned tasks and never will be, for lack of knowledge, skill, or simple desire. But sometimes an employee’s lack…

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Looking Inside to Lead Ahead

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One of our clients we respect deeply asked us in the previous weeks how to better ‘control emotions’ in the workplace. This is a subject majority of us struggle with in life, especially in context of our work environments, where stress levels are often too high. Therefore, we wanted to share some pragmatic tips. First and foremost, we invite our leaders to rethink terminology. The word ‘control’ in the context of emotions implies there may be a ‘right’ way or ‘wrong’ way of being; where in reality, our human way of being is quiet complex and natural. We find it…

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Taking Back Our Employee Experience

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The role of a people leader in the workplace is one of the most significant in terms of impact on organizational performance. When we are presented with an opportunity to build direct influence over others, we hold a vital role in not only aligning capabilities towards organizational goals; but also in shaping organizational culture. It is an unfortunate fact that in today’s corporate environments, such vital roles are still being handed to a few who may or may not be fully ‘ready’ to lead… As a result, we see employees exiting outside of organizations left and right. If we look…

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Nº 188

The Human Side of Business

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Imagine we had an education system that helped everyone discover their uniqueness and taught them how to develop a sense of ‘being’ grounded in multiple passions and how to share it with the world without having a need to calibrate self against others. Imagine what our work experiences be like if we had people leaders, who could say “it is great that you are different”; “show us more of your uniqueness so we can all grow from it.” Imagine we had organizational cultures that embraced the rebel in each one of us, knowing we are deserving and capable; trusting we…

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Nº 187

In Tribute to Kate & Tony…

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The past two weeks have been tough on many of us with two high profile suicide cases. I, personally had a tougher time with one over another. Though I choose to not question one’s decision to conclude their life, I will always question whether I/ we could have done anything to make them feel differently… We have a certain way with our language. The words we choose to exercise and the meanings we load onto them bring upon power over us. In many occasions and I am not certain always with cognition, we have created and pushed upon each other certain…

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