Transformation, corporate culture and ballet

“So you’re going to give ballet lessons??” This is what a French executive asked me in the late eighties. I was trying to convince him to pay attention to his company culture as he thought about how to implement the organization change he had initiated. I should have answered yes, because when it comes right […]

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The Simple Response to Complexity: Teams!

It’s obvious to everyone that the digital revolution represents a total paradigm change. We’ve gone from the civilization of the written word to the age of code; from the word to the icon; from the pyramid to the network; from verticality to horizontality. This is so overwhelming that for the moment no one can fully […]

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Matrix Organisation : Getting the balance right

How ICM helps Companies

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Another View on Women and Men

I’d like to start a conversation about gender issues in business. And in particular, why there seems to be a belief out there that women need so much special, “only-for-women” support in order to be successful leaders. When I read articles and look at the content of all sorts of courses aimed at women in […]

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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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