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The Sad Legacy of Pandora

Buddhists declare that the source of suffering is people’s expectations – from their life and fate, from themselves, from the others.  In the absence of such expectations the state of zen can reign, peacefully of course. For those who carry on their existence always crammed…

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The Hidden Price for Innovation

In a world that seems to be a whirlpool of daily changes in everything for everybody (not all beneficial, mind you!) there is a word, a concept, and a slogan at the same time that shines through like an all-mighty beacon of everybody’s hope for…

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The Affecting Bystanders

  It would be nice to believe we are entitled to enjoy and rely on the comforting presence of a favorable community.  Family and friends are the first to come to mind.  Colleagues and neighbors are next.  And we would like to believe that even strangers will not…

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Motivation Formula

Every single one of us wants motivation for their own benefit. Some for the company’s benefit. Beyond the responsibilities listed in job descriptions and ominous KPIs which are great predictors of standard performance employees and managers alike would relish the bliss of motivation.  Some wanting…

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Management of change or change of management

Regardless of our inner desire to enjoy stability and predictability we have surely reached a universal acknowledgment that any person, organization, industry or even country is going at any moment through some kind of change.  Changes can be sudden events created by external and independent factors…

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Election or selection? 6 short answers

Like in any other year in 2016 a huge part of the world population is going through elections.  Like in any other year in 2016 a lot of people are looking for jobs.  Candidates, whether on the political stage or the labor market, are striving…

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The Game of Reference Letters

One rather annoyed colleague asked me about the real need and purpose of reference letters in the recruiting process especially given the fact that people who are looking for a new job cannot expect or rely on the goodwill of their current or past employers….

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What IF .. WE hire our Managers?

Let’s imagine you have reached a magic realm where subordinates select their managers instead of the “normal and tedious and painful even” way used in our daily professional lives… Like a coach I will ask several questions and leave you the time and space to fill…

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Always right and always wrong

I believe we live in a world tainted by a global bipolar syndrome where extremes do not attract – as the law of magnetism declares. Each one of us takes firm sides all day every day.  We are always right and they are always wrong….

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Loyalty versus Competence

I still remember that, during a management course, the trainer made a vivid comparison between the “apostle” and the “mercenary” – as opposite attitudes of employees versus their employer. What struck me the most in this theatrical approach was the obvious and overwhelming negative bias…

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