The three enveloppes

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Our culture tends to consider failure as a fault and not as an error, as a result first of all we look for guilt rather than for the root cause of the error.

Naturally the reaction of the culprit is to defend himself and to bring any justifications to exonerate himself instead of assuming the failure and learning from it. The history often told of the three envelopes illustrates perfectly this posture. I do not resist to the pleasure to share it again with you.

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Impulse change.

Capture d_écran 2017-03-23 à 15.13.16Any organization should evolve to avoid dying. It’s as simple as that. However adaptation is not enough as such, it has to be faster than ever to stay in synch with the tremendous acceleration of the environment.

Managers and consulting firms in organization perfectly understood the authoritarian need to drive the change in order to make it a success.

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Monkey on the shoulder

We attribute the paternity of the expression “the monkey on the shoulder” – or “Monkey on the back” – to the American William Oncken Jr (1912-1988). He used this expression in his lectures he had through all the United States on the time management for the company executives.

William Oncken would have found his inspiration for this analogy in the Persian fable ” Sinbad the sailor ” and more particularly in his adventures during his fifth journey. In this episode Sinbad tries desperately to get rid of an old man who caught solidly on his back.

Whatever the exact origin the expression is, it had a worldwide success and became a great classic in the theories of management and more recently in the coaching ones.

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Strategy : chess, Go and poker.

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Games of strategy always have constituted a domain of preference for the amateurs of intellectual challenges.
Rules and objectives to achieve are specific to every games but, if you look at it closely, everything could be summed up to a question of domination : domination by the number, by the conquered space, by the accumulated gains… A domination obtained by the pure intelligence of the player and by his ability to take the relevant and quick decisions at the right time.
Therefore it is not surprising that the managers have looked at games of strategy to try and understand the strategic principles that could apply to their company.

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John Wayne’s syndrome.

Universally known, John Wayne embodied in his movies the virile, lonesome, cowboy protecting the weakest people. He had the authority, the strength and the charisma of the undisputed chief. He always knew what is good and what is bad. He was independent and did not need help from anybody, except from a small group of loyal followers acquired in his cause.

Thirty years after his death, John Wayne always embodies heroin American.

Actually it is not amazing that certain American specialists speak now about John Wayne’s syndrome to qualify certain behavioral trends.
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Catherine and Marie de Medici: end of Valois, beginning of Bourbons.

capture-decran-2017-01-25-a-14-00-48The house of Medici has definitely marked with its imprint the history of Florence and of  Italy for four hundred years during the XVIth in the XVIIIth century. Medici also managed to export their power and their influence on several European countries. In France, Medici gave two queens, and not the slightest : Catherine and Marie de Medici. Their exceptional fates curiously got involved and followed one another.
In many respects, coincidences and tragic facts which took place during their two reigns exceed all what any historic novelist would have been able to imagine.
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