When on autopilot – is this how you think?

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It’s nice to discuss conventional and positive mindsets, but you’re probably so busy that you don’t normally think about your mental map. When you are busy and functioning on autopilot your conventional mindset is probably the navigator. Does this sound familiar? You hope for the best but prepare for the worst. You are behaving as a Taker, or a Matcher …

Beal: Ego or Spirit

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As we have seen, the givers that Wharton school of business professor Adam Grant identified, can be very successful. They can’t be dismissed as just “happy hippies”. They are people who seem to operate from a different, positive mindset. Coach and consultant Danna Beal, in her book The extraordinary workplace, contrasts ego-driven leaders with enlightened leaders who bring their authentic …

Do you see things and predict the future?

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Do you see things and predict the future? We tend to see reality as a fixed situation. We tend to see things instead of “unfolding processes in motion”. All those networking and organizing processes between a connected group of people with organizational positions and roles, we call “organization”. We may see the physical building where these processes take place, but …

Why work with Culture and Positive Leadership during Organizational Change?

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Does your organization need to change? The answer might be yes. In my opinion, many organizations need to upgrade to the 21st century and become positive organizations where people and performance thrive. But it’s not just my opinion. It’s a matter of fact – the market rewards organizations that are agile, with a competency to change, and that are innovative …

Dr. Fons Trompenaars : Transcultural Competence: reconcile dilemmas to collaborate and innovate

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In today’s connected, fast-paced world, transcultural competence is more important than it already was. Leaders and change makers must be able to collaborate around the globe, while they also create and foster a culture of innovation. Change and innovation, once an extraordinary event in an organization’s life cycle, are currently more like “business as usual”. How to become “trans culturally” …

Four Role Models of Whole Person Organizational Cultures

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin Guest post by Jerry Wagner. The Institute for Inspired Organizational Cultures (IOC) aims to develop a global community of leaders who are advocates for organizational cultures of wellbeing and happiness. In addition to IOC’s self-paced video lecture program about positive leadership and culture, IOC-founder Dr. Gerald Wagner also strives to shine a spotlight on companies …

Book Review: Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

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Ora et labora: the twin pillars of monastic work are of equal importance. For a Trappist monk work is a form of prayer and prayer is a form of work. They practice mindfulness. August Turak, an American salesman and serial entrepreneur, went to Mepkin Abbey, South-Carolina, when he needed time to think – and he kept coming back for years. …

Courage: Do You Act Toward Desire In Spite Of Fear?

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Guest post by Margo Boster. Leadership takes courage. Whether leading a company, a division, a team or just yourself, it requires courage to continually “put yourself out there” and take the lead. So what is your motivation to lead? Marketers and advertisers learned long ago that people are motivated to move toward pleasure or away from pain.  We have all …

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 …

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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 …

How can you be a positive leader?

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Positive leader – do you consider yourself as such? You may become a positive leader by doing some of the small actions that research reveals to have a big positive impact! “How to Be a Positive Leader – Small Actions, Big Impact” by Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer offers a pragmatic overview of the developing field of Positive Organizational Scholarship. …

Ubuntu Circle

How to co-create change in an Ubuntu Circle

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“Ubuntu can offer the ‘developed world’ a means to overcome the great challenges of the 21st century”. Says Leontine van Hooft, a Dutch corporate anthropologist and entrepreneur in Africa. She offers workshops to teach Western organizations how to use “Ubuntu circles” to connect, explore and co-create change. Are you ready to join me in this workshop? Let’s see how this …