Humble Inquiry – by Edgar Schein

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Creating positive relationships and effective organizations Why is it so important to learn to ask better questions? In an increasingly complex, interdependent and culturally diverse world, we cannot hope to instantly understand and work with people from different occupational, professional and national cultures. Says Edgar Schein in his recent book “Humble Inquiry”. Humble Inquiry is the fine art of drawing …

South African Positive Power

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I spent two weeks in South Africa where I was invited to provide my Culture Change Leadership Workshop to South African consultants and HR managers. When I watched the movie “Long walk to freedom” about Nelson Mandela, I realized that it had been only 26 years ago that apartheid was abolished. Such a short time! In spite of all their …

Thorlo: A case study of Positive Leadership & Culture

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Jim Ritchie-Dunham coined the term Ecosynomics. Ecosynomics provides a theoretical framework that shows the often hidden, underlying agreements that affect human collaboration, and how to change these fundamental assumptions. Energetic, high-performance teams start from a different initial assumption than economic scarcity. They start with abundance. Ecosynomics, the social science of abundance, explains how that changes all the rules of the …

Agility Ability

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Guest post by Graham Williams. We live in a sea of changes. Many have written of accelerated change in modern times. They come from all sides. Businesses face more unpredictable events stemming from within and from without: political, ecological, religious fundamentalism, social, financial and economic – which all feed off each other natural disasters, war, food and water shortages, extreme …

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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 …

101 Leadership Quotes to make your difference

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How do you thrive at work? How to engage the others? How to make organizational change work? How to create a great organizational culture with positive leadership? These 101 leadership quotes help you answer those questions and amplify your positive impact. That is – if you are up for the challenge! Even if you have little time and little influence. …

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What can Western leaders learn from Africa?

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“Working in Africa is fundamentally different than in Western societies.” Leontine van Hooft, a Dutch corporate anthropologist and entrepreneur, learned a lot when she started a venture in Africa seven years ago. She shares her insights in “The Power of African Thinking – About Ubuntu, unifying leadership in a new world”. Are you open to learn a few leadership lessons from other …

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Holacracy: a new way of organizing

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What are the challenges of organizational life? Your answer may contain silos, lack of trust, lack of decision making, politics, bureaucracy, communication issues, overwhelm, difficulty with change, rigidity and more… “Organizations are designed to produce these painful results!” That’s why Brian Robertson invented “Holacracy”. Does that work any better? I checked in with Ruben Timmerman of Springest to find out.

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Positive leadership starts with one uplifting person. Will that be you?

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What is Positive Leadership and why does it matter? Does “positive” mean that you can’t be critical? Of course not. By all means, keep thinking critically. “Positive” refers to a positive mindset while you stay grounded in reality and keep checking the facts, also those that don’t fit the story you tell yourself! Let’s explore the topic of positive leadership: …

Giver or Taker

Are you a giver or a taker?

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Success and satisfaction depend on who you are but also on how you treat others… According to Adam Grant’s research, you could be one of three types in the workplace: a Taker, a Giver, or a Matcher. How do you behave at work? And what is your workplace culture like?

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“Whole Person” Organizational Culture makes people and organizations thrive

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Guest post by Gerald Wagner. What if you’d wake up on Monday excited to go back to work? Organizations with “Whole Person Cultures” make this a reality. Not because they offer happiness courses and wellness perks – but because they create organizational cultures in which people thrive. Eliminate fear, add creativity. No need for office politics, if there’s openness. Bye …

Do you want to make a Positive Difference?

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Do you want a positive difference? If your answer is yes, positive leadership is your starting point. Positive leadership aims for the highest potential of an organization – instead of returning to “normal” after solving a problem it inspires people to go even further, into the realm of “positive deviance”. It often supports people to deliver beyond and above expectations.