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Moving from C.H.O. to H.E.M.?

Our relationship to time

“Life is about making choices, and choosing means eliminating”1aiming at work-life balance, by Sophie Audubert-Todorovic.

Let’s assume that you’ve already read many management and leading change theories: change curve is a classic concept, you’ve identified the reasons for resistance and access to autonomy, you’ve spent some time surfing the internet about emotional intelligence, various communication techniques, collaborative management…You are aware of the hiring of some Chief Happiness Officers (C.H.O.) and are convinced that there is more to life than the raw pursuit of profit. As my clients, you are capable of “analyzing what’s going on”, however not sufficient this might be. What could we do?

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Who are the Mannequins of the Challenge?

mannequin challenge - flying times and crowded swift motions at Le Louvre museum in Paris. Restarto. Coaching change.

The “Mannequin Challenge” viewed by a business coach? By Sophie Audubert-Todorovic

As probably many of you did, I received regular messages on business social networks proudly announcing: “Have a look at our own mannequin challenge!” A click later, I had the surprise to discover… students, workers, managers, standing still in a professional attitude meant to show, thanks to non-verbal codes, the essential of their activity or their pleasure while working or learning, the challenge consisting in not moving during the video shooting. Of course, it’s another new web trend, probably nicer for their actors than the one consisting of filming oneself turning an ice-bucket over one’s head… I wondered what Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the process of photography, would say of this funny idea… remembering he asked his own model to stay immobile during hours to have a sharp picture, which made their smiles disappear.
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Six of one and half dozen of the other?

Looking after yourself or egocentrism? by Sophie Audubert-Todorovic

Looking after yourself or egocentrism? by Sophie Audubert-Todorovic

Today, at the different levels of an organization, in global business environment, the values of cooperation, collaboration, sharing, listening and empathy are spread, as if it was essential to put forward the right way “to care about others”, particularly in a management position. To create a quality of work life, people insist on caring skills. And it is for sure legitimate, as it has been widely proved by various schools of thoughts, from sociology to neurosciences. Read more

Encouraging self examination

“Effective coaching is often a matter of challenging assumptions, and the biggest assumptions often reside in the mind of the person being coached”, says John Baldoni.

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) has just published an article shedding good light on how to work best with an executive coach, from a customer’s perspective. This research article explains at length how to « make sure you get the most out of the experience » since working with a coach « can be a large investment of time and money ».

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