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Leaders Who Create Alignment: Two Historical Examples

Thomas Jefferson

Yesterday it was Independence Day – 4th of July. An important day for America. I was reading mails and tweets from American friends and got inspired by it to write this short piece. I am not American, but maybe my…

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Post Merger Integration: Cultural Alignment is a Prerequisite for Value Creation

LeadershipWatch Aad Boot

Post Merger Integration research over the past decades has shown that a great deal of mergers and acquisitions did not yield the desired value. Many surveys mention insufficient attention to the people and cultural aspects of the integration as one of the main causes of failure. Overlooking or underestimating the effect of cultural differences can seriously hinder the integration process and can destroy value. Read more …

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Leading Change in the 21st Century: The Power of Letting Go

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The story goes that the hunters put an apple in a glass jar with a narrow opening and leave the jar deep into the jungle under a tree. In the evening the monkeys come out of the trees triggered by…

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Leading Change: Breaking Through the Fear of Mistakes

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“The team is already four months involved in this change process. They are informed in detail about the reasons for the change and the objectives that were set by the executive board. The phase of ‘not knowing’ or ‘not understanding’…

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Leading Cross-Cultural Teams: How to Create Openness? (Part 1)

When you observe successful teams in action you witness that an atmosphere of openness is always one of the success factors that drive the team’s behavior and performance. But as we all have probably experienced a few times in our lives,…

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Leading Change: What does Change mean to You?

You find two kinds of leaders, those who lead change as a continuous learning and improvement experience versus those who do not … yet. And their mental models are reflected in the successes people achieve. Read more …

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Cultural Alignment: 4 Communication Traits of Successful Leaders

Companies face the impact of a globalized market. New economies are emerging fast. Mergers and acquisitions are increasing. Traditional market positions of companies are challenged. As a result leaders are confronted more and more with new and different ways of…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Build Mutual Trust?

LeadershipWatch Aad Boot

Many companies operate in globalized markets, and leaders have to deal with cross-cultural differences. How do successful leaders create effective collaboration across organizations between members from different cultures? Read More …

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Post Merger Integration: Who is your Enemy?

My sons play baseball. They love the game and are both playing in the same team. It is a team of young kids between 11 and 14 years old and living in Brussels gives an extra flavor to their team;…

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Organization Development: The True Meaning of ‘People come First’

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A few weeks ago I received an unexpected call from a senior executive (I will call him Thomas) of a company I worked with some years ago. We had not seen each other for a long time and it was…

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