Rebound—or the Joys of Failure

In a minute or two of trawling around LinkedIn you will be amazed at the great men who all sing the praises of failure: from Churchill to Michael Jordan; from Kennedy to Henry Ford; from James Joyce to Abraham Lincoln. On the other hand, you won’t read much about Joe Dorn, a baker in Pocatello, […]

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The Blind Spot of Compliance

When I open the paper, here’s what I read: Volkswagen is surreptitiously warming the planet. HSBC is laundering money from dubious sources. Servier is making money off of a health risk. The Carlton offers room service that goes way beyond the mini-bar. A minister, self-styled tax-avoiding Savanarola, proves to be overly fond of Swiss and […]

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Cultural Integration: How to Marry Your Best Enemy

The Europe of past centuries knew all about cementing alliances. Royalty and nobility married their children into one another’s families. Love had little to do with it compared to the political challenges and the future of peoples who were all too often at war. The goal was peace: durable, fruitful peace between heretofore enemies. Sometimes […]

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Matrix Organisation : Getting the balance right

How ICM helps Companies

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Comment ne pas rater son modèle de leadership

A quoi donc doivent ressembler les leaders de demain? Bonne question. Et beaucoup de nos clients se la posent. Confrontés à la complexité, la diversité, à l’incertitude grandissantes du monde actuel et au changement de génération, ils s’interrogent sur ce qui pourrait contribuer à bâtir un socle culturel solide et cohérent. Et quoi de plus […]

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Agility and the Circus Paradigm.

Slogans of the times are always meaningful. There is an old French saying: “Literature always develops in the cracks of societies”. In other words, we talk a lot and write a lot about our unfulfilled aspirations. When it comes to management, today’s word is “agile”. Organizations should be agile in order to adapt to an […]

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Make Way for Experts

At the heart of the future… I invited Melissa, a senior expert from an international high technology company, to dinner four months ago. I’d always thought it was exciting to be at the heart of something that could make the difference in our developed countries: not economies of scale, not doing more with less, but […]

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Resilience: 4 Energies for Sustainable Performance

Do you remember how at the end of 2009 those who predicted the crisis would be over by the end 2010 were attacked as “pessimists” and “negative thinkers”? And now, here we are in the beginning 2013 and everybody now knows that “crisis” is probably a misnomer because whatever it is, it’s here to stay. […]

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Support Functions: from Blues to Samba

Three months ago I had dinner with my friend Joan. She seemed pretty depressed. Since she had recently taken a CIO position in a global organization, I thought it probably had something to do with her engagement and frequent travels. But I was wrong. “It’s always the same story” she told me. “At the end […]

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Hold on Ulysses! The Art of Resilience

Today we find ourselves limping from one crisis to another. And we cut, and cut, and cut. We cut costs (a necessity); we cut personnel (a tragedy); we cut hopes (a mistake) – and in the end, we cut the fun out of our lives (a disaster!). Who can take five years of this? Professional […]

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