“Did it work?” From this question, I started an exploration of the impact of Change Agents on corporate culture . This is the third and last post, where I share what I think makes the real value of the change work - what makes change agents indispensableRead More
Overcoming the simplistic opposition between “change” and “resistance to change” is I believe a service that change agents can do to their cause. Besides, change work comes with risks and responsibilities that are important to be aware of. Second part of my reflections on impact and culture change, inspired by the Berlin Change Days.Read More
Traditional ways of work are being transformed by change agents. Or are they? What is the actual impact of change agents on corporate culture change? Is it worth the hype around the flourishing “Transformation” and “Innovation” job titles? First part of my reflections on impact, inspired by the Berlin Change Days.Read More
(…Best is yet to come)
Today, it’s been 8 weeks since I started a new life as an entrepreneur, after 27 years in corporate roles. Exciting times! Here’s a quick and partial collection of some highlights, so as to remember the intensity going forwardRead More
Why partner with Kotter? It’s not just about the brand – known across the world. It’s not just about Pr Kotter – the thought leader, legendary youngest professor at Harvard, prolific author of best-selling books translated into 200 foreign-language editions, top leadership “guru”. It’s much more than that.Read More
Our individual and collective responsibility to bring about positive change is immense. But how do we do? One way, as Henry Dunant did 150 years ago, is to give life to a new idea that advances humanity. More modestly, another way today is to improve how purpose-driven organizations work. Notes from my contribution to an event on Community Building & Change Management organized at the International Committee of the Red Cross in January 2018.Read More
What is corporate activism? I believe it is broader than “companies taking a stance on social issues” and it has the potential to propel organizations, people and society at large into a more positive future. It is a leadership transformation tested with success in a large, global organization. In this post, I describe how it works and why more organizations should consider creating value this way.Read More
"By decree of the President of the French Republic and upon my proposal, you have been appointed Knight of the National Order of Merit".
This happened to me! A beautiful surprise and an encouragement to keep fighting for better leadershipRead More
How will organizations evolve in 2017? Will we see a slow, gentle evolution towards more collaboration? Or could change be more radical and brutal? Brexit, Trump... what happened in 2016 in the political arena could very well impact business organizations too.Read More
After 10 years exploring the world, growing through unusual jobs, connecting deeply with strangers, I experienced a cultural shock when I joined a large, old, scientific company. First, I tried to cope. Then, I tried to change a few things. It didn't always work as hoped, but it was definitely instructive.Read More
Creating a common reality, from which people can act together towards a certain goal, is possibly the most arduous challenge faced by corporate communicators today. Major social changes, technological disruptions have profoundly impacted sense-making. What can corporate communicators learn about this new world and evolve their professional practice, to remain relevant and add business value?Read More
While performance is monitored to death through zillions of numbers, how do we assess the effectiveness of culture change efforts? And, as we want to support voluntary transformation, how do we measure behavior change with metrics that do not operate as targets or injunctions? A field experience in a large-scale transformation may open ways for meaningful measurement.Read More
It’s been a blast. A year has passed already since I’ve started getting involved in an amazing people-centric transformation project. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on the progress that happened, what remains to be done, and what I’ve learnt along the way.Read More
Want to wreck the atmosphere of a friendly dinner? Speak "industrial quality". Explain how compliance, deviation tracking and process books are important. It's only minutes before the first guest starts yawning and stretching. Yet, I'm moving to Quality, and I'm thrilled. It's an overwhelming challenge. How to transform an old industrial culture, with Quality as a catalyst for change? How to engage employees into making quality products? How to make Quality exciting?Read More
Business, organization and culture change are hot topics in the corporate world today. However, they often remain conceptual thinking: implementation is seen as difficult. Where to start? The trigger can be as simple as a meeting. But not the usual one. Here’s an example of how a single, different type of meeting can kick off a new collaborative culture.Read More
On December 2nd, 2013 I was awarded the Tribune Women’s Award. This French leading economic daily newspaper acknowledges every year the talent of women entrepreneurs and top executives. I was lucky enough to be recognized in the “international” category, a good fit with my international career path. But in this particular case, the trophy rewards a collective story of changing mindsets and organizations.Read More
A short while ago, one of my tweets was favorited and retweeted more than any of my previous tweets. It made me curious to understand why. Was there anything in its content that was particularly appealing? Any learning I could draw from this?
Adoption is the pain point of social enterprise. While adoption rates linger at staggering low levels, critical success factors are endlessly identified, dissected and commented.
Among those is the “top management support”, often seen as the key to success. But is it really? Is it true that, to succeed, social initiatives must have a high level champion, possibly the CEO? Can a company become social if it hasn’t got its Michael Dell, a Chief Social Officer, or at least highly convinced top executives?Read More