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What keeps certain companies standing strong year after year, while others fall away? While myriad factors contribute to a company’s longevity, the presence—or absence—of caring and compassionate leaders plays a particularly critical role. The future of business requires organizations to adopt a human-centered view of leadership. In a partnership with LinkedInLearning, we share with you in this course the necessary strategies designed to help you connect to your purpose as a leader and build more sustainable organizations. We provide a historical view of leadership and management and highlight new perspectives that challenge the status quo of work and introduce from…

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Agility Requires Fragility: Why We Must Embrace Science And Humanity In The Future Of Work

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Every Board room I sit in lately, there is reference to the concept of agility. “We need to be more agile,” C-Suite members say often, “The business is aiming for agility,” says HR Leaders. When we probe on what the concept of agility means, however, we rarely find consistent answers. Further, in discussions, we find agility is often confused with speed of operation or foregoing of organizational structure. It is critical we acknowledge the birth place of agility and understand how we can best utilize its purpose. Continue reading the original article here on Forbes.

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Nº 237

The Future Of Work Is Here, What Is Your HR Organization Working On?

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The emerging contours of the new world of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are rapidly becoming reality for millions of workers and companies around the globe. The inherent opportunities for economic prosperity, societal progress and individual flourishing in this new world of work are enormous. To realize them depends crucially on all concerned stakeholders’ ability to instigate reform in skill development systems, labor market policies, employment arrangements and existing social contracts. Catalyzing positive outcomes and a future of good work for all will require bold leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as an agile mindset of lifelong learning…

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The Art Of Learning Side-By-Side: Why The Way We Develop Is Not Working For Our Workforce

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Learning and development represents billions of dollars in investments for businesses – yet every time, I start a learning and development workshop by asking the audience a version of “Who resents being here today?” and with some encouragement, I get to meet a whole new community of peers who are able to list a long number of logical and tangible reasons as to why they dislike corporate trainings. Continue reading the original article here on Forbes.

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Structural Change Is An Easy Way Out: Why We Need To Own Our Corporate Cultures

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For years, we have described culture as something separate from us. “It is just a toxic environment,” we say. “The competition is going to crush us,” “The management is so bad!,” “Why is it so hard to be nice to one another?” We have used the iceberg model for years now to make the argument that the parts of our cultures that can be seen above the water are a reflection of isolated behaviors and outliers. We have made the case that the submerged part – the invisible continues to shape our experiences and we are unsure how to get…

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The Path To Mastery In Leadership: What It Is And How To Develop It

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Do you ever wonder why leaders have such a varying level of accomplishment and followership over time? I did for years and thought I had the perfect answer, too. I thought it was a matter of hard work. My thinking was, “If only I work harder, deepen my skills and run faster than everyone else, with the combination of my cognitive capacity and work ethic, I can reach a level of mastery that offers success and influence in no time.” I believed in that and acted towards it for years until one morning I woke up and discovered I no…

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Open-Heart Surgery For Fairness: Why We Need Compassion In The Future Of Work

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Over the course of my lifetime, I have come to know a lot of pain and suffering. Being a byproduct of multi-cultural, multi-religious parents, who were suffering from an identity crisis, I have come very early to learn about the struggle for one’s belonging. Growing up in poverty, having to share what one has and not having any luxury to hold new curiosities, I have come to understand the struggle for one’s security. When I lost one of my parents in an unexpected traffic accident as a teenager and fell into a deep state of confusion, I have come to…

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Morality In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence: Why Do We Need Wisdom To Lead In The Future?

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Have you ever come across someone who possesses an impressive quality of inner cohesion? The kind that made you want to be around them for longer than you had intended to. Their crawling energy and the healing impact on your soul made you wonder who is this person, what do they do, how do I become more like them? These are the kind of wise hearts that give many close and far the breath of life every day. These are the kind of wise hearts I aspire my heart to become a future leader… Wisdom is the sixth quality of…

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Wonder In The Workplace: How Curiosity Can Prepare Us For The Future Of Work

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I keep a number of quotes in my work office wall for a routine reading throughout my days. One of them is by 92 years’ young Benedictine monk David Steindl Rast. It says, “Today is a wonderful new day, I have never seen it before.” We live in a sea of complex and contradictory messages concerning the nature of our value and standards in this day of age. There are constant tensions we are being asked to manage between the agendas of the individual and the collective, the organization and the constituents, the government and the society, etc. Whether we are…

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Nº 230

Challenge is Different than Stress…

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During a genuine conversation reviewing an organization’s philosophy to talent management last week, one leader asked the difference between “having healthy tension” and “toxic tension” in the environment. That’s a brilliant question I thought may benefit many of us… As human beings, we do require and thrive on some healthy tension. Specifically, our performance can improve in snip bits when challenged with a specific end in mind. In that scenario, stress is our friend. It is an innate protective mechanism that intends to serve us – for our safety and wellbeing. When used at the right time with the right…

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