Are you kind enough to collaborate?

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How well do you collaborate? Are you a team player? People have a natural tendency to work together and collaborate – as research shows. Cooperation is the basic driver of human civilization (according to author Dirk Messner). We all have a drive to belong to a group or team or tribe and feel acknowledged and respected and safe – even …

Journey of a Change Learner

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Guest post by Paul Gibbons. In March 1993, the derivatives market was booming and banks, although intoxicated by the profits, were worried about the risks of these strange, complex instruments and how to control the armies of traders making all the money. The normally reserved world of British commercial banks had been taken over by brash, loud-mouthed traders. Senior management …

Leading Your Organization to Profitability

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Guest post by Mark Hamade. Have you ever had a stressful day and craved food to soothe yourself? Have you satisfied that stress with a salad? If you have, you are not like most people. It would likely take an amazing salad with just the right blend of ingredients to provide comfort from a stressful day. Leading your organization to …

Grace in corporate culture

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Guest post by Brian Fulghum. “Culture eats strategy for lunch” is a well-known expression of the importance of your organization’s culture and aligning it with organizational vision and strategy. I stumbled upon the importance of this principle when I was part of the leadership team running a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in northwestern Pakistan. We wanted to run a …

Reflection Questions for leaders, consultants, and other professionals

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As Einstein said: “If I were about to die and I had only 1 hour to figure out how to save my life, I would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour searching for the “right question”. Once I had formulated the question, finding the answer would take only 5 minutes.” Every day, we start a brand new year…. …

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Business books holiday reading list with questions

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Ready for a holiday? If you are, why not catch up on some reading? Reading opens new doors: also to great questions that can help you shape your future! Here’s my business books holiday reading list with some questions. Business books holiday reading list Let me share my favorite business books list on Goodreads with you. This list doesn’t contain …

Do you give attention to who you work with?

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In this reflective time of year, I’d like to ask you how you focus your attention. Do you give genuine attention to the people you meet both in your personal and your professional sphere? Let’s distinguish three levels of reality: the what, the how and the who. Our education and career are based on the what: our knowledge and expertise. But …

Leading Volunteers

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Guest post by David Dye. How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can. I’ll wait… How long did you make it? 30 seconds…1 minute…maybe 2? Before long, you couldn’t help yourself – you just had to breathe. In fact, I could …

Shadow Consulting: Does it really work?

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Shadow consulting – have you ever done it? It’s not the dark side of consulting. It’s something that consultants may do too little… It’s consulting with another consultant to help you do a better job in consulting. Official definition: a shadow consultant denotes a consultant who, at the request of a colleague and by means of a series of mutual …

Enlightened Leadership: Replacing Fear with Trust and Compassion

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Guest post by Danna Beal. I have been a consultant for 20+ years working in hospitals, medical practices, CPA and law firms, banks, non-profits, government, retirement, hospitality, car dealerships, and education. Although each industry believed they were different, they actually had more in common than they differed. Many employees turn out to be suffering at work…. For many years, I …