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Dominant Groups

If I were to ask whether you felt you belong to a dominant group or a non-dominant group, what would you reply? Perhaps this little test can help?  According to classical sociological definition, a dominant group is one with the upper hand, power, social status and / or certain privileges. The dominant group is often the one which sets out and controls the values system, i.e. what is considered right and wrong. Billy Jean King once said “Dominant groups know little about non-dominant groups, while non dominant groups tend to know a lot about dominant groups.” And hearing her say [...]

2018-10-08T12:22:46+00:000 Comments

Sorry to let you down

I hate letting people down, I guess we all do?  But if you are like me, someone who takes on too many activities and always broadens the scope of things to deliver better results, then it will be of no surprise that from time to time I have to let someone down. A forgotten meeting, a double booking in my agenda, the need to cancel a lunch that sits awkwardly in my planning, these are just the easy ones. When I had a PA, I never really saw the full consequences as it was her sent the ‘sorry’ emails or [...]

2018-09-14T17:45:05+00:000 Comments

So, what is your Distrans?

Years ago, a well-respected and rich entrepreneur showed me around his new factory. In a back room a dozen people were analyzing customer requirements, doing complex calculations, and writing contracts. “Do you see these engineers?” the company owner giggled. “They write more in one day than I have written in my whole life! They are more interested in their paperwork than in what we are making in this company.” I have had similar experiences in other companies: a large furniture enterprise, a meat-processing company, an industrial bakery chain …. The owners all wanted me to first know and understand their [...]

2018-04-15T09:20:56+00:000 Comments

Collaboration

I was in Paris this week, facilitating a one-day in-house company meeting based around the theme of ‘Collaboration’. When I run these events, the concept I tend to use is to share a thought, or even an opinion or two with the audience and then to have them challenge it for themselves, capturing their findings in a fast moving an interactive way. Usually I do not expect to learn much for myself from these events but this time I did. Towards the end of the day, the five-time world champion and Olympic medallist, Jason Lamy-Chappuis was invited to share his [...]

2018-04-07T06:21:45+00:000 Comments

I don’t like Freelancers

To put it in perspective, I don’t like the term “Freelance”. Too many people incorrectly interpret this as “a not-loyal job-hopper that will leave as soon as a better offer pops up.” I much more prefer the term “Independent Contractor.” Contrary to what is thought, a Contractor needs to have a very high level of loyalty towards the customer. The Contractor is there to solve a specific problem and needs to deliver the highest quality possible. In case of any lapse in performance, the assignment can quickly be terminated. This is not usually the case with employee contracts in most [...]

2018-01-29T16:51:36+00:000 Comments