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So far Simon Confino has created 16 blog entries.

Team Meetings: From Ego to We-Go

Team meetings can be awful. The usual egos dominating and other people remaining sagely quiet. So how can we shift to a better way? When a conversation is focused on the level of ego, people can become very anxious and defensive. The team culture can become much more scary and people clam up. That is very bad news for performance and health!

By |2020-06-08T11:00:23+01:00April 24th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Being Fully Myself – Authenticity at work

Authenticity at work i.e. being fully ourselves at work is a good thing. We discuss how to show authenticity at work and why you should bring your authentic self to work. An example of inauthenticity at work is as follows: A client in HR surprised me recently, “Simon, I don’t want our leaders being fully themselves. They will show their worst traits!”. He has a point. We suppress so much at work that we think after we have had a few drinks our true (ugly) self is let loose. It is as if our professional persona can hide the truth about who we are. But is that a good thing?

By |2020-06-08T11:00:09+01:00March 27th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Good Data Improves Team Performance

In order to improve team performance, managers have to have honest conversations about what’s going on, which can be tricky without offending. Each employee also needs to be comfortable challenging the powers that be and exposing oneself to danger. Teams too often duck the big issues, or opt for informal gossip and politicking thereby making the culture even more toxic.

By |2020-06-08T11:00:03+01:00March 13th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Tragedy of Employee Dis-Engagement

Humans are utterly amazing, bursting with potential. Human potential is the only limitless resource available to us. Never before has it been more important to fully utilise our collective human potential to solve the challenges we face. Yet tragically, at this critical point in our history, we are using only a small fraction of this precious resource. The data is truly shocking.
 

By |2020-06-08T10:59:56+01:00March 5th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Me to We: The future belongs to We cultures

Deep down we all know that the path humans are on is unsustainable. We are gobbling up resources and changing the biosphere so fast that geologists have even given our era a new name, the Anthropocene. In this blog I assert that the only way we can shift to a more sustainable future is through consciously moving from a ‘Me’ to a ‘We’ culture.

By |2020-06-08T10:59:48+01:00February 26th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Hunger to Reinvent Organisations

Last week I facilitated an open event entitled ‘Reinventing Organisations’, which doesn’t sound very sexy does it? Yet it was a sell out. 75 people were motivated enough to buy tickets and schlepp to the city on a cold wet Monday night to participate. So what is it about the ideas within Frederic Laloux’s book ‘Reinventing Organisations’ that is such a draw?

By |2020-06-08T10:59:41+01:00February 20th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Influencing Team Culture

As we start a new year, many leaders will have reflected on how to best influence their work culture. One which relies less on them exercising traditional ‘power over’ leadership and shifts towards team empowerment. One where people feel able to innovate, experiment and take appropriate risks. One which retains and attracts the best people or, in my language, a culture with a high ‘We-Q’.

By |2020-06-08T10:59:24+01:00January 12th, 2020|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Real Happiness at Work

Why is it that the huge increase in money thrown at ‘Happiness at Work’ initiatives over recent years has not stopped employee engagement scores sliding to an historical and shocking low of 13% worldwide? (Gallup 2016) Why are we so unhappy, and what can be done about it? 

As founder of We-Q, the Collaborative Intelligence App, I had the pleasure of spending time with Frederic Laloux, author of ‘Reinventing Organisations’, and one of the world’s most influential contributors to the study of healthy and effective organisations. Together we went on a deep dive into the ills and possibilities of contemporary work life.

“ Happiness is a transitory possibility to evoke, which seems radical given the levels of suffering in organisational life today.” Frederic Laloux
 

By |2020-06-05T16:44:47+01:00December 19th, 2019|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The yearning for Deep Human Connection at work

Fredric Laloux talks of the need to restore “our birthright” of deep human connection back into the contemporary workplace. The exclusive interview is embedded in this blog and is free to listen to. What then follows is a description of the key themes, their relevance to the contemporary workplace, and their link to the effectiveness of We-Q.

By |2020-06-05T16:44:39+01:00November 28th, 2019|Business - null, Uncategorised|0 Comments