About last summer

We’re happy to share some impressions from our recent trainings and workshops! Over summer, Francisco Serrano Baptista and Katelijne Vercaeren co-led two deep dives in Frankfurt. The aim of these trainings was building capacity to tackle climate change systemically for Climate-KIC’s coaches and trainers community. Participants worked on their visual facilitation skills through a systems lens, …

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How to be an agile team as awesome as the Avengers.

The box office success of superhero movies like Oscar-winner “Black Panther” and hot-off-the-press “Captain Marvel” is undeniable. Some of the most popular ones of the genre, like “The Avengers” series, draw upon an ensemble cast. The construct of an ensemble cast leans towards a sense of collectivity and community without having a single main protagonist. …

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Creating the healthiest place to work

With Millennials and Generation X dominating the current workforce, there is a massive change in attitude about what the 21th-century workplace should look like. A couple of years ago, the traditional role of Human Resources departments was providing the processes and frameworks for employees to thrive at work. Today, the current generations at work are …

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Crossing the edge in style

Heraclitus said over 2000 years ago that “change is the only constant in life.” By now we all are becoming aware that change is the new normal. And still, most people naturally resist change. Even a natural cycle like leaping from one year into another is often experienced as an edge to cross. Just look …

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Relationship matters… from the Boardroom to Disneyland

We’re in relationship all the time, and often we take our relationships for granted, even our closest ones. Recently, my most intimate relationship, aka my husband, and I applied the insights from three days of Alchemy —a training aimed at co-leading workshops and much more— to give our kids an unforgettable experience in Disneyland®. In …

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Embracing your inner diversity for more inclusivity

Three landings from ORSC™ Geography. When I married my husband nearly eight years ago, we brought our diverse Portuguese and Belgian heritage together building a new home in Switzerland. Today what we in our relationship refer to as “Neutral Switzerland” is “Our Land.” This wasn’t always the case. In our relationship, each partner has spent …

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Feeling the December rush? Just breathe.

An invitation to stand still In a recent conversation with my son about how to best serve him during stressful moments, he told me to “just breathe.” It reminded me that there is nothing as important as taking a deep breath to pause and reflect before (re)acting — in particular during this hyper-busy end-of-year rush. …

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It’s not personal, it’s the system!

Recently, I journeyed high-speed from the crisp and calm of the Swiss Alps to the bustling City of Lights, Paris, with the intention of investigating my relationship with the systems I’m part of — group, team, tribe, and family, among others. The one constant element they have in common: continuous change. Having been part of …

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Creating awareness: switching off by switching roles

Imagine you just arrived at your dream holiday destination. You are ready to let go of the stress following wrapping up work, the never-ending organizing of kids, the sweating rush of packing, the exhausting traveling and dragging that overpacked luggage up the stairs. Yes, paradise city is calling at last: time to switch off and …

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Singing on purpose: three motivational insights for more inspirational leadership

Recently, I was watching with my kids this new movie called “Sing” with a soundtrack including everybody’s favourite hits, and starring Matthew McConaughey as a furry koala, Buster Moon, on a mission to organise a singing contest to revive his theatre.  The reason for writing about what some might call a kids movie here is …

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