Understanding Emotions

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A recent presentation by a colleague of mine brought to my attention the fact that we do not have a consensus definition of what emotions are. Ancient definitions don't necessarily hold in light of recent research from neuroscientists.  This blog contribution is my first look into this essential topic which is at the core of what it means to lead people.

Getting started with Coaching Ourselves

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Coaching Ourselves is a peer-to-peer learning process which combines state of the art management content with the benefits of social learning. It provides a cost effective way to develop people which is easy to implement.  Here are  three steps which you can take to introduce this process into your organization...

Feed-Forward - A Coaching Ourselves Module

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The Feed-Forward module from Coaching Ourselves provides both a practical and powerful learning experience. The use of this module can positively influence and change team dynamics  within a company...

Holocracy - an organic approach to organizing work

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We live in an time where disruptive technologies have challenged and begun to redefine dominant business paradigms in many industries.  The music industry illustrates the power of such rapid transformation. In very little time, this industry has shifted from using vinyls to CDs to downloads, changing the very way music is produced and consumed.  Is it a surprise that during a time of such rapid change that traditional organizational forms are being challenged as well?   The paradigm of Holocracy has emerged as a result of the shifting demands of our time. It proposes a new organizational model which is in alignment with the challenges all businesses face in our digital age...

Coaching Ourselves

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Coaching Ourselves is an answer to how companies can support management development in a cost effective way.  The secret to the success of this approach is that it leverages the knowledge and experience of existing employees in addition to providing state of the art input from leading professors of business schools from around the world...

A shift in Leadership for a digitalized world

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Digitalization requires a new leadership approach.  But not all has changed.  Good leadership from the analog era is still good leadership in the digital era  Nevertheless, something new is needed...

Reaping the Full Benefit

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Are you getting the full benefit of large group meetings and events? Through participatory design Ensemble Enabler supports companies to maximize the value of such encounters...

A Fish Out of Water

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Every organization  is confronted with the tension of how best to deal with what is urgent versus what is important. How can leaders and managers clearly identify what is really important in the turmoil of everyday business?

Extending the Echo

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Are you leading a large-scale change initiative?

How can you communicate the appropriate message about this initiative to the company's employees in an effective and affective manner?

Peer-to-Peer Learning is the key....

Silos and Octopus Traps

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In the wheat growing areas of the world, grain is stored in large towers known as silos. Multiple silos are usually required. Each silo rises high into the sky, independent of the other silos. However, this colorful metaphor that has become commonplace to describe separation and lack of coordination in organizations and in society is not necessarily understood across the entire world. Silos are not to be found in rice based economies.

Making the Whole Elephant Visible

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An “inside-out” approach is characterized by acknowledging that the experiences and input of individual stakeholders (ie. employee, customer, supplier, shareholder, etc.) offer an essential part of the solution. From their position within the system, these stakeholders know better than anyone else what is working and not working for them (and the company). Key components to be changed and/or improved can be determined if this information can be made visible. The process of making this kind of information visible is what Ensemble Enabler describe as “strategy mapping”.

Let’s look at a concrete example of this approach.

Organizational Culture and Networks

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In today’s digitalized world, it is difficult to conceive of work getting done without harnessing the power of networks.  There are virtual groups and teams, communities of practice, webinar meetings, etc.

Keystone Habits

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I recently read a story which merits retelling. It is a powerful story about how an unwavering focus on a specific value can help to turn a company around.

Global Ignorance

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Last week I had the privilege to facilitate a portion of the DGUV International Strategy Conference on Safety and Health at Work held in Dresden. I would like to comment on some of the food for thought I got from that conference and compare that to a survey that came out today, the 29th of March in the Handelsblatt.

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Innovation

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What is innovation? …AND how can we better foster innovation in our organizations?

A recent trip in the Bavarian countryside provided me with a wonderfully simple example of what innovation is and what it takes to make it happen.