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I just say things as they are…

I just say things as they are…

"I just say things as they are" is a phrase you might hear quite often. Maybe even without paying attention to it. If you - as we do in Gugin work with leadership development, conflict reconciliation and cultural identities you DO pay attention to phrases like that....

Fear as a Management tool? – Take the Survey

Fear as a Management tool? – Take the Survey

How often do you use fear to motivate? In the Gugin Research Team, we are about to start researching on how, when and why we as managers use fear as a management tool. Our preliminary research shows that some use it often, others never but almost everyone we have...

How much cultural Intelligence do you have?

How much cultural Intelligence do you have?

Look carefully at the image above. What do you pay attention to first, the different colours or the similar shapes? If you see the different colours first it means that you have a preference for looking for differences before you see similarities. If, however, you see...

Why I always bring a hard case onboard a plane as hand baggage

Why I always bring a hard case onboard a plane as hand baggage

This is an article about how airlines are pleasing all the wrong passengers I fly a lot. In Gugin we have a number of airlines and airports as clients, where we help them to figure out how to deal with the very diversified behaviour different cultures have...

Can you do too much for your employees?

Can you do too much for your employees?

We raise the question because we did a large survey for a client last month that gave some surprising results - results that will require some further research - for sure, but we will disclose the conclusions with you in this article. We have anonymised the name and...

Post-merger integration – the top 3 reasons why it usually fails

Post-merger integration – the top 3 reasons why it usually fails

According to most surveys, including those from BusinessWeek and McKinsey quarterly 2/3 of all mergers and acquisitions fail to meet their objectives due to cultural clashes. In Gugin we have spent thousands of hours and a lot of money researching the reason behind this and develop services that help bring down that ratio.

Dilemma 3: Are you corrupt?

Are you corrupt? Usually when you ask people if they are corrupt they will answer "No!". But the truth is that we can all end up being corrupt if the pressure on us is big enough. Will will not be proud of it, many will not speak about it and most people will feel a...

Leadership Training reinvented

Leadership Training reinvented

Leadership training has to be reinvented in order to be relevant for tomorrows leaders and managers. AI and automation are changing the leadership roles dramatically. Why do we need to reinvent leadership training? We need to reinvent the leadership training primarily...

Gugins services – How are they developed

Gugins services – How are they developed

  This short article is going to deal with one of the questions we are asked very often; "How are Gugins services developed and how do you know where to focus?" To answer the second part of the question first, the answer is easy - we ask our clients. Since 2001...

5 reasons you will never become a Leader

5 reasons you will never become a Leader

A lot of people want to become a leader. This article is about why you most likely will fail to become a leader. The article is also about what you can do yourself to change that situation. But you will probably find it is much harder than you anticipated.

Cultural Intelligence, what is it and how do you develop it?

Cultural Intelligence, what is it and how do you develop it?

What is Cultural Intelligence? Wikipedia defines Cultural Intelligence or CQ as "Cultural intelligence or cultural quotient (CQ) is a term used in business, education, government and academic research. Cultural intelligence can be understood as the capability to...

United Airlines corporate culture – a patient to be examined

United Airlines corporate culture – a patient to be examined

The United Airlines corporate culture exposed When a Kentucky physician was dragged off a United Airlines plane it naturally created headlines around the world as it was an incomprehensible act, which didn't make sense to anybody. If it had been a violent passenger or...

The Millennial Generation change the Cultural Patterns

The Millennial Generation change the Cultural Patterns

The millennials are between 20 and 35 years old and they haven't lived a life without the internet. They are probably the most progressive, idealistic and tolerant generation the world has seen. Who are they and how are they going to change the world? The reason why I...

Managing exceptions :: The key to excellent performance

Managing exceptions :: The key to excellent performance

This article is about managing exceptions and why excellence in this ability makes us stand out as leaders. Many years ago, right after graduating from University I got a job with IBM as a trainee and had to learn to make advanced computer programs in "C" - a widely...

Changing Corporate Culture With Cultural Nudging

Changing Corporate Culture With Cultural Nudging

What is Cultural Nudging Cultural nudging is a concept where we can alter people's behaviour in a predictable way without forbidding them to choose other options. It is used a lot in architecture where you want people to move in a specific way and pace in a building....

Don’t Compromise – solve Dilemmas a more intelligent way

Don’t Compromise – solve Dilemmas a more intelligent way

Politicians use it all the time, Business executives use it, Parents use it too - the word; compromise. We learn to compromise because we are told this is what we have to do when different values or interests collide. And we are proud when we have managed to seek a...

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