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During an offsite programme about team culture earlier this year, we talked about how we can drive cultural change inside an organisation. A culture where people feel empowered and belonging. As the conversation developed, one person of the middle management team popped a question that really made me...

Hello and welcome to the blogs section! In the many conversations I have with clients, we often talk about the power of purpose and how that drives organisational behaviour and engagement. It is an amazing motivational force. In fact, according to decades of research, there are...

September is that time of the year when the Middle East’ most ambitious thinkers and doers convene around the subject of sustainable development and social impact in Dubai. A regional and global gathering of experts, business executives and government organisations that work towards a more...

21 June is the United Nation's International Day of Yoga, recognising the holistic benefits of this timeless practice. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means 'to join' or 'to unite', symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than...

In 2013 I went through a dark tunnel into the light. For the first time in my life I was confronted with man’s greatest fear: death. What started as vague muscle aches evolved into agonizing pains within 5 months. The first half of 2013 was characterized...

Earlier this week I arrived in Amsterdam where the international Junior Chamber (JCI) hosted its annual congress. At the heart of this event, the WeDo2030 festival took place, dedicated to committing to the the #UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Some 4500 delegates from over 80 countries flocked...

Beliefs have become instrumental in group survival, and the shaping of the identity of a group. After all, people that share common beliefs are likely to form stronger trust based bonds. Beliefs are a distinct human trait and an important part of our identity mix;...

Are 'diversity' and 'inclusiveness' part of your organization's core values? And what percentage of your senior management positions is held by women and people of other cultural backgrounds? Probably not more than 20-30%? Meet your unconscious bias: the thought patterns, assumptions and interpretations that assume...

While in Yangon for the first time to deliver a team development program, I learned that the people of Myanmar have a distinct word for empathy: "Ko chin sar-nar-hmu". Empathy, widely recognized as a core trait for effective leadership, is deeply rooted culturally and resonates...

Numerous in-depth studies have reached the same conclusion: Organisations that invest in leadership development perform better than those who do not. But leadership has many different meanings to many different people and organisations. And more than before, the terms leadership and leadership development, seem to...