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Speaking about “intercultural management”

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This past Saturday, I spent the day in Aix-les-Bains, a beautiful resort town near Lyon. The event was the annual conference for the officers of the region’s Rotary Club. I was invited as an outside speaker to talk about management across the world’s cultures. About 500 people attended, and the lively audience was a pleasure to interact with. This was my initial contact with Rotary, and I was indeed impressed with the members, and with the day’s three other speakers. In addition, I enjoyed learning about Rotary, an organization about which I knew very little prior to this event. As a matter of fact, my knowledge of this organization was limited … Continue reading

Creating a group culture

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This week, I am teaching a two day seminar to MBA students in Grenoble. As I am working far less in business schools now than in previous years, coming here got me thinking again about how I like to run my classroom and interact with students. Almost exactly one year ago, the European Foundation for Management Development ( invited me to speak at their 2013 MBA conference, on the subject of “creating positive group dynamics” in an MBA classroom. At that time, one of the first words that came to my mind was culture. In all the varied situations where I work, be it in business, in teaching or elsewhere, I always try … Continue reading

The pope’s remarkable stories of inclusion continue, as he takes the church to the streets

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  One of the themes of my coaching of leaders and in my seminars for the past 15 years has been the importance of telling stories of collective identity. These are the “stories of us” that define our group, by explaining who we are, what we stand for, how we see the future, and what we can accomplish together. A shared narrative can be a powerful force that clarifies a group’s culture, inspiring members by providing a sense of meaning and direction. Beyond inspiration, though, these stories of who we are and where we are going have the most impact when they become veritable stories of co-creation. In my best … Continue reading

Back to South America

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  This week, I have returned to the southern hemisphere for some fascinating events in Peru and Argentina. In Lima last Thursday (November 14), I gave an in-company seminar for 50 managers at Visa, on how to use personal storytelling in management. It was a great crowd, and we had a lot of fun along with the learning. Then, on Friday, I did one of my full-day conferences that have become frequent events in Latin America, on developing leadership potential in oneself and in others. It was organized by my Uruguayan friends, the Alta Gerencia group. On Saturday, I arrived in Buenos Aires. I must admit that the voyage from … Continue reading

Stay in touch with ourselves

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  Earlier this week, on the long journey from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, one of the flight attendants was reading a book by Anne Wilson Schaef, Meditations for women who do too much. She told me that she was having a lot of fun with it, and I was intrigued by the title, so I accepted when she offered to let me borrow it for part of the flight.  The book is organized as a series of quotations, one for each day of the year. The themes center around a variety of issues in women’s lives, followed by the author’s thoughts on the matter at hand. Perhaps it was just … Continue reading

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