Downshifting: Managing the S-Shaped Curve of Learning

Downshifting: Managing the S-Shaped Curve of Learning

This blog is about downshifting, the practice of taking a step down to relaunch one’s career or learning. It’s a difficult part of a long career. The Piano Player When I studied the piano, a long time ago, I had

The Power of Social Technologies in Business.

The Power of Social Technologies in Business.

This is a blog inspired by the book “Social Technologies in Business” by Isabel De Clercq. Two Questions Imagine an organization where people can say whatever they want, when they want and to whom they want. Freedom of speech put

# Metoo and Leadership

# Metoo and Leadership

# Metoo In the past weeks there has been a tidal wave of disclosure about people abusing their power. The # metoo movement has helped people, men and women alike, to come forward and share their experiences with the world.

Potential Needs a Push

Potential Needs a Push

Human Potential What is human potential? We don’t know. You could say that potential is that what is possible. Or that what is not impossible. But with that not much has been said. We like to see potential as an innate quality.

I am a Leader. I am a Person. The Story of Themba (Pt 2)

I am a Leader. I am a Person. The Story of Themba (Pt 2)

This is the second part of the Story of Themba. Read the first part here.   The Aftereffects of Themba’s Breakdown After Themba’s breakdown, Kate took him to a Psychologist. The final diagnosis was acute depression. He couldn’t believe the diagnosis.

When Governance Becomes Terror: the Chief Discipline Officer

When Governance Becomes Terror: the Chief Discipline Officer

Chief Discipline Officer A friend of mine works in an organization that went through a merger. Or was it an acquisition? Anyway, the new organization brought also a new function: the chief discipline officer. I had never heard of that

6 Pro Tips for Unlocking Optimal Personal Productivity

6 Pro Tips for Unlocking Optimal Personal Productivity

Here’s how professionals increase their personal productivity. 6 simple tools and techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of what you do. We all want to get more done in less time as expectations for productivity increase to meet rising

Leadership Evolution: Act Like a Leader

Leadership Evolution: Act Like a Leader

Leadership Evolution based on Action A long time ago I read the book “Working Identity” by Hermina Ibarra. The basic idea of the book is that you could evolve from one career phase to another by doing things outside of

Protected Values: Context or Character

Protected Values: Context or Character

Protected Values Meet Alexander Wagner. He studies human ethical behaviour. In his tedtalk he wonders why people behave in a trustworthy way, even when they cannot get caught cheating. So there are values that resist trade-offs with other values, particularly economic values.

Culture as Organizational Glue: Beyond Rules.

Culture as Organizational Glue: Beyond Rules.

Culture is the essential complement of rules to help organizations function effectively — concluding our three-part series on rules. I visited London for the first time when I was a teenager. As one might expect from a school trip, it contained numerous memorable experiences. Quite

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