No one can fully develop without recognition from others. That’s why it has been said that to live in plenitude we need explicit or implicit acceptance by others. Ultimately no one can live without self-affirmation and/or separately from others. Martin Buber made this clear in his unforgettable “I and Thou”. This indispensible need for positive…

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“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”  James C. Collins  An incredible symphony is a harmony of instruments, notes and timbres of sound – be it percussion, wind, or string. And people who play music. Let’s not forget the conductor either. Without talented people, whatever role they play, there’s nothing special, and even less so, if…

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We are right on the brink of another Christmas. Another year has slipped by, past our daily chores interspersed by the odd escapade, failed plans, laughs, and why not, the predictable tears. At this point, almost unintentionally and most casually, we stop inevitably to take stock and ponder over the New Year’s resolutions which will…

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The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline, by Josh Bersin @Josh_Bersin in HBR.org Investments in traditional leadership development are often misguided and a waste of money. It’s not that development itself isn’t important. In a Deloitte study of 7,000 organizations this year, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline” an urgent issue. That’s up…

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Human Capital Is Their No. 1 Challenge, So CEOs Must Demand More From HR!  by John Sullivan @DrJohnSullivan A recent survey of global CEOs and board chairmen was conducted by the prestigious Conference Board, and it concluded once again that human capital is the top challenge that they face. While some in talent management and HR might feel…

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In the era of the industrial economy, companies were able to succeed by being more efficient than their competitors. Today, in the so-called knowledge and innovation era, that’s not enough. Given the speed at which changes occur, companies must be able to innovate and to constantly offer products and services that offer new value and…

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A journey to the centre of the employee is a title that Jules Verne himself might have penned. Today it would probably be the riskiest and the most exciting adventure that any company ought to undertake for their people management strategy. To understand the transcendental nature of this journey to the centre of the employee,…

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The leadership fad The figure of the all powerful leader is now outdated. Now almost nobody places much stock in this quasi-perfect leader who knows everything that there is to know. As rightly Peter Drucker said a few years ago, when he referred to the executive profile outlined in management textbooks, “What seems to be…

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“Leaders often say that their organization’s greatest asset is its people — but in reality, this is only true when those employees are fully engaged in their jobs.” This sentence from the Gallup report, State of the Global Workplace, sums up the relevance of engagement management today in companies worldwide. This report shows how employee…

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Strengthen transformational leadership skills, invest in state-of-the-art technology, and steer management’s vision to favour reinventing the business—all these contribute to building an innovation culture able to equip companies in today’s fast-paced world with the versatility and flexibility needed in order to meet their productivity and profitability targets. Under such conditions a solid and sustainable competitive…

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