What do you mean, “responsibility”?

Question never asked Throughout my career, I have sat at dozens of recruitments, both as the recruiter and as a candidate. I have been introduced to my new jobs and introduced others to theirs. I have evaluated my subordinates and have been evaluated as a staff member. I have completed management and leadership courses and…

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Seize the power of influence

Stay FOCUSED, and seize the power of influence

COVID-19 and leaders’ freedom to choose Last spring, when the COVID -19 pandemic was unfolding, I was speaking to a leader in an international organization. Let us call him Richard here. He was concerned about the coronavirus spread, economic recession prospects, and the inability of leaders to act based on facts and in the spirit…

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Blurry COVID leadership times

1+10 leadership lessons from the COVID year

“What are you taking away as a leader from all this,” asked Susan, the coach of Valcoach.ch, as the COVID year 2020 was drawing to a close. I thought I knew. Towards the end of the year, I gathered my teams to reflect on their work during the pandemic months. I asked them what they…

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Organizational leadership in the time of pandemic

It begins innocently. You hear about the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, and shortly after in the whole of China. But it’s far away, it has nothing to do with your organization. Then other countries, closer to home, begin reporting cases. Numbers grow faster and faster. Your employee comes back from winter holidays abroad and the…

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The mass production of tasks

A group of internationals visited medical labs in hospitals around a post-war country. It was the beginning of the 21 century, yet they only saw a couple of very old optical microscopes. They were appalled, and decided to act. With generous donor funding, they bought tens of scanning probe microscopes. They organized ceremonial public handover…

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