Listening to what is coming….

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Prise de Tage et syndrome de Stockholm
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Luxury and Time
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Ode to counter-intuitiveness
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La communication dans tous ses états
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Keep the ball in play
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The elephant in the room
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What is it that we do not talk about?
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Culture starved
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Doing the work in a complex world
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Stop managing time, it’s been managing you anyway

Prise de Tage et syndrome de Stockholm

J’ai commencé la semaine à Lisbonne et je la finis à Stockholm, d’où le titre. L’Europe, comme le reste de la planète, est d’une beauté à couper le souffle. C’est émouvant de voir à quel point les gens ont trimé pendant des siècles pour avoir une vie, une vie en[…]

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Luxury and Time

I thought luxury was not my thing. I have not had a watch for decades. They scratch my portable computer wrist pad. And the ones I had before were neither flashy nor expensive. But now I do work with the luxury industry. I like it. There is a building in Shanghai[…]

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Ode to counter-intuitiveness

What about doing crazy things? We know that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Then comes a whole gallery of muscle flexing archetypes. We need force. This is what we grew up on: strength and honor. Sounds like the Roman empire. Actually it comes from the Ridley[…]

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Keep the ball in play

In most games, you need to keep the ball in play. When you go out of bounds, the game stops. In real life, that means that to keep the activity going, one needs to stay between boundaries. When you go beyond those boundaries, bad things happen. Homeostasis and health From[…]

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The elephant in the room

  Sharing information and opinions can at times fall prey to group think or other forms of conformism. That can prove dangerous. Important information can be overlooked. It may be that is is known but not easy to mention. It could also be hidden in plain view. Talking about the unsaid[…]

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What is it that we do not talk about?

We do a lot of emailing. Too much maybe. We also talk, hopefully a lot and face to face. After all being human is about having a body and it is nice to be together, just to talk. When we talk with people we like and respect, we create “nice”[…]

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Culture starved

Forget about the cultural codes

The main message is simple. Forget about the codes, there are very few codes you really need to learn. This is not Japan and you do not need to be familiar with the angle of bending when saluting. Even in Japan, they know you are not Japanese.

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Doing the work in a complex world

In many (most?) organizations, things get done and improved while the toll, that is not just the monetary cost, keeps rising. There is this famous triangle of: resources, time and quality. To maintain a standard, if one of the variables gets lowered, then the others have to make up for[…]

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Stop managing time, it’s been managing you anyway

Time is critical in modern organizations. We have so little of it that, like any other precious commodity, we are urged to manage it effectively. Still, when people started noticing time shortage, they looked for ways to use it more sensibly. Put this in the ambiance of the last century when it all happened, you get time management. We could go back to the Greeks, but I will spare you.

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