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Reinventing Organisations – where talent blooms and our callings are honoured

Frederic Laloux’s highly acclaimed management book Reinventing Organizations explains how every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness, it has also invented a radically more productive organisational model. I witnessed this new stage of consciousness come alive … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Mirror

Can you see freedom? What shape is it? What colour? Is it like the mirror’s surface never seen but known only by what is reflected there? The full glory of each of us illuminated by the reflected light. Its reflections … Continue reading

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Seek first to remember what has been forgotten (or ignored): the future of leadership

When confronted with taking the next step forward, why is it that the last place that we look for guidance are the footprints that we (and others) have left behind? Why do we not learn from the past? In today’s … Continue reading

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Cross generational wisdom: the future of leadership

In organisations around the globe the mantra “age is no barrier” continues to hold true.  Perhaps one of the keys to unlocking the leadership of the future lies with those just now entering the workforce.  They will have to navigate … Continue reading

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Hope and Hopelessness: centre your life in the practice of Active Hope

Faced with strong, overwhelming feelings of hopelessness I’ve been asking myself how do we sustain ourselves in dark times? Last week, I responded to a tender for work with a failing organisation: I felt I could offer nothing. Later that … Continue reading

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Talent management for the common good

In the public interest early organizations were often created to benefit the city or country concerned. The structure and management of modern organisations originated from city guilds or from military practices. In the past century, with the pervasiveness of the … Continue reading

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Democracy at work: Culture 2.0?

It is no secret that during the current economic climate, many employees have lost trust in management. Often the squeeze on budgets creates a pressure that many leaders will respond with words like, downsizing, redundancy, and structural change. These reactions … Continue reading

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The Importance of Purpose

Working with purpose, being “on purpose” we might say, most often is a place of high energy and momentum and can give you the intrinsic motivation to strive to achieve more, while simultaneously feeling fulfilled in and out of work, … Continue reading

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Generation Y as Generation WHY

Generation Y is soon becoming the largest generational cohort in the workforce. As Gen WHY, they are motivated by a sense of service to and connection with the larger human community through the product or service they contribute to. They … Continue reading

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Purposeful Patriotism

On a long drive last year, I found myself listening to a classical music radio station, and to one of the most inspiring pieces I can remember hearing. The live recording, a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, was made … Continue reading

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Purpose: The missing ingredient

Reading through news articles, blogs, updates and surveys on weekly (sometimes daily) basis, there is rarely an article that, 3 months on, still sticks in my head. In September last year the Chartered Institute of People Development (CIPD) published a … Continue reading

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Leadership? Management? Facilitation.

Much has been written about the distinction between a manager and a leader; a manager – so the popular thinking goes – is one who directs resources (including the woefully misnamed “human resources”), and a leader one who enables others … Continue reading

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Putting Values to the Test

Our November newsletter spoke about values and how we work with them everyday. The theme can be interpreted in many ways. One of our readers felt compelled to write about what values look like from his/her own experience. This is … Continue reading

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What do you really care about?

Many in senior leadership positions reach a point of “crisis of purpose or meaning” where the values and intentions that were so obvious and explicit to them in their earlier careers have become lost and obscured by the sheer volume … Continue reading

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Quiet Heroes

I just got back from an inspiring evening in Prague. Together with a friend, we had an idea to start Aikido classes for ourselves and few more people. Today was the third class with 11 people attending. A fun and … Continue reading

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Keeping the values burning

In an era of increased customer choice and global awareness, a company’s values are becoming one of the important market differentiators. Savvy customers in developed countries can – and increasingly will – choose on the basis of perceived values of … Continue reading

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How to develop core strength at pace

As a recent AIESEC alumnus, it is very interesting, though not surprising, to see the speed at which the global organisation changes in response to changes in the external environment. Programmes are added, acronyms are changed and within 2 months … Continue reading

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