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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Culture Change Is a Leap Into the Unknown

There’s nothing more “in” than “corporate DNA”. Which only goes to show that people are ready to buy any old metaphor wholesale. It’s as though before having been “birthed”, corporate culture had already begun to develop in the genes of those who “conceived” it. But this is only partially true and it’s partially worrisome. It’s […]

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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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Leaders, do you jam ?

One o’clock in the morning. The crowd thinned out from the bar. I was putting my sax back in its box, after a few hours of jamming with the band, and it suddenly struck my mind how similar my musician and my consulting life can be (although with jazz, you get to bed later!). As […]

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Oh, please, tell me a “Story”…

When my kids were very young, I used to tell them stories. I did it at night to help them cross the line between my story and their dreams. During breakfast, I would read them a short story to wake them up for a new day at school. Poe, Buzzati, Vian and others. It worked […]

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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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Three days without BB

The moment I set foot in Biarritz Airport, I sensed something was wrong. Just an impression, a hint of anxiety… and then it hit me. Hard. I had left my Blackberry in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. “Oh darling,” I said, turning to my wife, “guess what!” “What?” “I forgot my Blackberry!” She looked at me, stunned, ashen. “Oh, […]

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Les talents révolutionnent-ils les ressources humaines?

Manpower Group s’est associé à une matinée d’échanges informels organisée par HR Channel vendredi 24 juin 2011 sur le thème de la « révolution des talents ». Charles Gancel y a été convié. Retrouvez ci-dessous son intervention. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgmm7yV0yi0[/youtube]

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Leadership and Cheap Leaders

An old proverb says that “literature proliferates in the empty spaces of societies”. In other words, we discuss and re-discuss our weak points – the things we consider are missing in our environment and what we should be aiming for. If we look at it in those terms, the absolute LDH (Leadership Development Hysteria) that […]

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Pharma 2.0 needs a cultural shift

Governmental authorities increasingly focused on economics, growing competition by generics, the implementation of rebate contracts, networks of doctors and an increasing deficits in public health care budgets: these are only a few of the changes that are forcing the pharma industry to develop new strategies not only in research & development but also for sales […]

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