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French elections: the cultural difference between Macron and Le Pen

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-May-2017 15:22:43 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in Be Do Have, Beliefs, Values, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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There are many fundamental differences between the opinions and actions of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the two final candidates in the latest French presidential elections, which saw Mr. Macron win and become the youngest president of the Fifth Republic. One difference that struck me was how they both approach the cultural debate.

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M&A: How to avoid culture clash

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Aug-2016 18:04:41 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in Mergers and acquisition, Be Do Have, Culture planning, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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Every merger or acquisition is undertaken to enhance business value, yet many fail to achieve expected outcomes because of a failure to effectively manage cultural risks and harness cultural opportunities. Data shows that up to 50% - 70% of mergers and acquisitions fail to achieve expected returns. In most of these underperforming deals, culture clash is at the top on the list of reasons for failure.
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Why you need to manage behaviour consistently

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Jun-2016 16:30:11 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in Leadership, Accountability, Be Do Have, Behaviour, Symbols, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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I recently had coffee with a close friend who’s just resigned from a senior position in a key department of a large company. Answering the puzzled look on my face, he explained that he’d had enough of his boss – the manager of a specific department who took the role a year earlier.
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A culture of simplicity - keeping it simple, the smart way

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Feb-2016 15:22:16 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Carolyn Taylor, Be Do Have, Behaviour change, Corporate culture

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 "Simple has been one of my mantras. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end, because once you get there you can move mountains."

– Steve Jobs

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A surprising culture change lesson from a taxi driver

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Nov-2015 00:32:23 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in Be Do Have, Behaviour change, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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I jumped in a cab the other day in a hurry to get to a meeting and was greeted by a resonating “hello” and a smiling driver.

It was raining hard and I expected a more somber attitude. We started chatting and I made a remark about his positive outlook.

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