2016

The square peg and the round hole

The square peg and the round hole. I am so privileged! I am so lucky! I am so grateful! I have been working with both my sons for several years during the summer holiday. Well, THEIR summer vacations, not mine. As the president of a small consulting company, summer students represent a great opportunity to […]

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Homo contactus has arrived! 

Homo contactus has arrived! New era, new thinking. Harold Jarche opened a new box for me. A recent post on his blog ignited a series of thoughts in my mind. Thinking back on Rodin’s “The thinker” as the old way of thinking : solitary and deep. Are we so far down the rabbit hole in […]

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Meeting heroes : the power of networks

Meeting heroes : the power of networks Two heroes in 1 week. Best score ever! I met two of my heroes in the same week. Meeting heroes is not the same as meeting rock stars. Similar but more humbling. I am an overt groupie! I love to get autographs at concerts. I will buy a […]

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The ultimate performance improvement recipe

The ultimate performance improvement recipe exists. And it is cheap! Learn to cook. Stop buying new recipe books. Cease to imagine how it is going to taste and start cooking. Together with the other cooks of your organization. Easy? Probably not as most organizations do not cook : they order to go.   Seth Godin […]

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Are you an amateur or a real cook?

Are you an amateur or a real cook? As an amateur cook, I have purchased lots of recipe books… mainly for my spouse by the way. As an amateur cook, whenever I want to cook, I open one of the books. For ideas For expert advice To make sure I know what to expect To […]

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I’m a frog, you’re a frog… KISS me!

I’m a frog, you’re a frog… KISS me! « I’m a frog, you’re a frog… KISS me ». This is an actual quote from a very popular song from Robert Charlebois in the early 70’s in Quebec. As a Quebecer or Québécois, we were all aware that English speaking people in Canada called us so. I am […]

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Managing the budget and missing the goal

Managing the budget and missing the goal? Aw… never! As a consultant I am frequently faced with a budget limit from my clients. Until we discuss the real issue. The vast majority of situations ultimately get resolved and the budget is never a real issue. Really. That is not to say that the budget expands! […]

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Victim of abuse

Victim of abuse This looked like an ordinary parking ticket. Trivial enough. Under the wiper, gracefully waiting for my trembling hand to remove it. Yep. Trembling hand. I was sooooooooo upset. I apparently parked in a prohibited space at a prohibited time. I just could not fathom why, oh why, this happened to me ! […]

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Centralization frenzy

Centralization frenzy ? I cannot believe this. I was recently told of a new manager coming on board in a Health center, due to the massive re-engineering our good God/Minister has imposed. This manager spent a few days looking around and called a general meeting. “Well… I have been told you are a very professional and […]

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Sorry, No time to breathe.

Sorry, No time to breathe. I can just imagine somebody telling me this, all red in the face, dying but very convinced about it. This is such a funny scene that, were it not real, I would laugh my heart out. As it is, I am almost crying. This is so absurd that it would […]

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Learning from the past, planning for the future

Learning from the past, planning for the future It happened once again. With tears in my eyes I had to stop reading. Not because of ocular fatigue, although this seems to occur more frequently these days, but because the tears got in the way. Real tears. Once again, insights from a book overpowered me. I […]

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Collective intelligence : the neglected side of organizations

Collective intelligence : the neglected side of organizations Why would anyone build an organizational structure so rigid that no innovation is possible ? Why would anybody create procedures that suffocate initiative while simultaneously promoting a job position requiring creativity and vision ? Why would anyone WANT to work in such an organization and then complain […]

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The fallacy of information

The fallacy of information I have seen it. You have seen it. Great advertisement. Superb promise of content about changing you, your practice, your organization …whatever ! And boy, did you see how many speakers there will be !!!! And here lies that deceit. Content for contents, sake never works out. Have you ever purchased a […]

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Collective intelligence: connect slowly to learn quickly

Intelligence collective ? Et quoi encore ? L’organisation apprenante est-elle morte ?

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Is your organization sick enough?

Is your organization sick enough for you to act on it ? Probably, but you do not see it … yet. However, if you look carefully, do you see any of these telltale signs ? Your employees are not a motivated as they used to be ? You hire the best… and they leave soon […]

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Teen suicide and a father’s shock

Teen suicide and a father’s shock I have a small family. I am part of a small family too ! Only one brother. My spouse has only one sister. Overall. two nephews and two nieces. Typical small family. When the kids were younger and still living under our roof, we used to have dinner altogether. […]

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