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Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Is what you see what you get?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Aug-2016 14:58:26 / by Walking the Talk posted in Change, Accountability, Behaviour, Brazil, Leading culture, Current affairs

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On Friday 5 August, over 3 billion people around the world had their eyes locked on Rio de Janeiro to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony. There is no doubt about it - it was a beautiful spectacle. Headlines throughout the world the following day congratulated Brazil for a truly amazing show. As the Washington Post said, “Rio was basking in what it does best. This is a country expert in revelry, which every years fills its streets with dancing, stranger-kissing, inebriated glee at Carnival.”
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The only thing we can predict about people is that they are unpredictable

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Jul-2016 17:43:29 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Behaviour, Communication, Mindsets, Current affairs

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The recent political events in the UK have reminded me of a saying that I often use; ‘the only thing we can predict about people is that people are unpredictable’. You may be wondering what I mean by this…
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Brexit and culture: What if the EU were a company?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Jun-2016 16:20:42 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Carolyn Taylor, Leadership, Managing culture, Communication, One-Team, Current affairs

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I’m fascinated by the behaviours of people. What we can learn from observing them–especially in organisations.

And so I found myself wondering, in the midst of one the most historic votes in Europe’s history: 'What if the EU were an organisation and Britain one of its business units? What advice would I be giving them?'

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Embracing difference - sorry Trump, you're wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Apr-2016 12:33:10 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Mergers and acquisition, Change, Culture change, Behaviour management, Openness, Amanda Fajak, Current affairs

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As we barrel towards a potential Brexit (British Exit) from the EU and watch on with a mix of intrigue and disbelief as the USA seems to genuinely consider Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate, I am struck by how much of the debate is being driven by the fear of difference.
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EU Refugees: Applying the blowtorch to values

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Sep-2015 18:11:05 / by Walking the Talk posted in Corporate culture, Values, Jerome Parisse-Brassens, Current affairs

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I am particularly stunned by the plight of refugees pouring into Europe at the moment. As I witness the flow of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other countries, as well as Europe’s slow response to the crisis, I can’t help drawing a parallel with what happens in the corporate world.
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