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Influence and persuasion: a question of timing

Are you aware that it is in the moments immediately before you state your appeals that people largely decide whether they will say yes or no to you? To help you increase your influence, Robert Cialdini explains how to increase your chances of persuasive success in those critical few moments with what he calls the…

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Participate in a survey on the use of social networks in your company for the Center for the Future of Organization 

Dear lecteurs, The Center for the Future of Organization at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management is conducting a global project that investigates how companies and their leaders leverage social technologies for their business processes, especially in large and complex organizations. The OSML Global Index® will provide tangible metrics that allow companies to assess…

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Taking the right decisions even when the outlook is hazy

Leaders are mainly distinguished by their ability to manage complex situations, or “gray areas.” Joseph Badaracco suggests that these are best tackled by asking five key questions designed to broaden your thinking, sharpen your judgment and help develop fresh perspectives. Badaracco’s philosophy combines an analytical and psychological approach, which is designed to guide you towards…

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Three global HR and leadership trends for 2017

As 2017 really gets going, we identify three over-arching, interrelated trends that will shape the direction of HR and leadership around the world this year.   1. Data analytics and machine learning technologies will become more fully integrated into work processes. Forward-thinking companies like Google already use people analytics as the foundational building block of…

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HD-Sydsvenskan tackles corporate stupidity [interview]

Most corporate cultures reward employees who seek to please superiors by agreeing with everything rather than challenging decisions. The problem is that such cultures give rise to organizational stupidity. According to Pontus Bodelsson, CEO of the Swedish media group HD-Sydsvenskan, the solution is to work to instead develop a culture of questioning. When Pontus Bodelsson…

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Here are 5 not-to-miss articles published in February! Topics covered include caring leader, productivity and efficiency, empathy, recruitment and more…

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading! Economy & Society “The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives“ (MITSloan) People are living longer and working longer – but few organizations have come to grips with the opportunities and challenges that greater longevity brings. Leadership “The Caring Leader”…

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Dare to be messy: tapping an unrecognized source of creativity and resilience!

“Few people are willing to take the messy path if a tidier approach of organizing, preparing, and coordinating looks like it might deliver victory,” writes celebrated economist and author Tim Harford. And yet, he argues, creativity and resilience relies on “human messiness.” “In our organizations, politics, marketplaces and personal lives, we continue to enjoy the…

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Loss of meaning, loss of passion = brown-out

In addition to burn-out and bore-out, two professional afflictions born respectively from excess of work or boredom, there is a third pathology emerging. Caused by the demotivation that is provoked when daily tasks are plagued with absurdities, this condition is known as brown-out (literally, a drop in voltage in electrical power supply). How can you…

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Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills

Organizational stupidity can translate into a dangerous sense of futility that prompts even the brightest employees to abandon objectivity and silently accept absurd tasks. Organizational stupidity is a common hazard in many companies but — paradoxically enough — it can prove useful to maintaining a certain degree of cohesion. How can we explain the upsurge…

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Agile and visionary leadership: Business Digest’s specialty [video]

Business Digest has been observing and reporting on leadership and management trends and innovations since 1992, and is constantly developing its various areas of expertise to inspire ever more visionary and agile leadership. From close monitoring of trends to publication of a monthly newsletter, organising managerial communities or highlighting research work on management, Business Digest…

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