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How to Spot (a Lack of) Alignment during Team Meetings

Successful teams act out of a common focus, a sense of direction, and team members ‘own’ decisions as if they were their own. But reaching and maintaining this state takes conscious effort. Even in the best teams team members can…

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Building Successful Teams by Reaching Beyond Agreement

Building successful teams by reaching beyond agreement, and creating an alignment focus

Successful teams are not interested in trying to find out ‘who is right’ and ‘who is wrong’. They are not really keen on reaching ‘agreement’. They aim for more. Why? Because they understand that people are complex creatures. We all…

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Building Successful Teams by Making Sure you are Communicating on the Same Scale

Building successful teams by paying attention to communicating on the same scale

Team meetings often go wrong when we communicate on different scales without being aware of it. Successful teams recognize this and by doing so they prevent time consuming and exhausting discussions. “If you drive to, say, Shenandoah National Park, or…

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‘This too shall pass’ said Lincoln, and What it Means for Leadership Today

business transformation, leading change, leadership skills

For leaders in today’s unpredictable world this quote of Abraham Lincoln is very relevant. Let’s take a closer look at what it means. When the British still had an Empire (ruled by Queen Victoria) and a weak China was forced…

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Looking Back on Last Week’s Trip to Hyderabad

Hyderabad India, cross-cultural, diversity, team

I just returned from a trip to Hyderabad (visiting my Indian colleagues and teams that work on the corporate transformation program I’m leading for a European retail company) when I came across an interview with Google CEO Sundar Pichai. He…

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Thriving in Disruptive Times: How Benjamin Franklin Nailed it.

Benjamin Franklin, University of Pennsylvania, Whartona

Benjamin Franklin’s example shows how self-cultivation can be a smart strategy for leaders determined to survive and thrive in disruptive times. Looking back on a recent trip to Philadelphia (费城), the city where the USA was born, two things made…

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Can Resilience be Taught?

Resilience, Business Transformation, Leading Change, Leadership

In these time of relentless technological and business change, resilience is starting to receive renewed attention, and is climbing higher on the leadership agenda. Resilience encompasses the ability to recover quickly from setbacks, to respond positively to change, to see…

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This Year’s 5 Most Read Articles on Leading Complex Change

books, leading change, articles, cross-cultural ledership, Harvard

Find here the top 5 most read articles on leading complex change and cross-cultural collaboration on LeadershipWatch in 2017. Enjoy! 1) Organizational Alignment: The Power of Cross-Organizational Networks What will the organizations of tomorrow look like? Will they still hold…

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Stop Believing These Persistent Myths About Leading Change

Leading change, Leadershipwatch, nature, flowers

Let’s change the way we lead change! In one of our most-read articles here on Leadershipwatch ‘What Does Change Mean to You?’ I describe how change always has been and always will be a natural part of our lives. We’ve…

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Skills for the Future: Break Patterns and Surprise Yourself, says Harvard’s Michael Puett

Tidal patterns, change, Michael Puett, Leadershipwatch

What are the key skills for the future? In our special multi-part series, experts share valuable and surprising insights we can use to build tomorrow’s world. In this part Harvard professor Michael Puett explains the skill of breaking patterns and…

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