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LEADERSHIP AND OFFICE SPACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

During the last weeks of 2014 I was fortunate, once again, to have visited my home country for the holidays. After traveling to Guatemala City for the past four years, I’m always amazed at the pace in which the urban landscape changes from one trip to the next. There is explosive growth in commercial, professional

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THE LEADERSHIP TRAP

A prominent position that provides a unique insight into the role, responsibilities, attitudes and behaviors of a leader, is the American presidency (in particular, from the beginning of the 20th century to date). By studying the presidents’ actions and decisions, during the great depression, two world wars, the cold war, the conflicts in Korea and

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LEADING AND MANAGING IN TIMES OF RAPID CHANGE

In partnership with my colleague Alexandra Barosa Pereira, I addressed two groups of Portuguese business and industry leaders in the beloved city of Lisbon. We wanted to discuss what kind of leadership and management skills are required to succeed in the present times. Back in the 90s we speculated about the impact of globalization and

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IDENTITY: MINE, YOURS, THEIRS, OURS

Last week I had the opportunity to travel, meet interesting and generous people, have great conversations and listen to compelling stories on the topic of identity. My identity, for example, is probably typical of the times we live in: I was born in Guatemala, raised in the United States, returned to my home country and left

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ON TIME, TUNNELS, AND LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS

During my frequent conversations with managers, executives and business owners, on the state of leadership in their organizations, a recurrent challenge faced by most is the lack of time. Everyone appears to be busier than ever, struggling to complete lengthy task lists, appointments, and calls, while running daily operations. Who has time for strategic thinking

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2013: A QUICK REVIEW

I write this as I cross the Atlantic heading to meet family and friends for another end of the year reunion, celebrations and catching up. I can’t think of any year in my professional career that I would describe as “routine” or “boring”.  Fortunately for me, the journey I started almost 30 years ago has

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ENTREPRENEURS, MANAGERS, LEADERS: DO YOU HAVE A PROFESSIONAL PARTNER?

When the environment changes so do our attitudes, perceptions and actions, but not always at the same pace. The current economic climate is transforming the labor market in permanent ways.  For example, in countries that were enjoying growth and stability until 2008, the realization that a full time, well-compensated job may be a thing of the past is only now

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THE VALUE OF A CONVERSATION

In the middle of the Spanish summer, when most people take their vacation and most professional activities slow down to an almost unbearable pace, a friend´s 11-year-old son was asking me job-searching tips.  He is very committed to becoming a commercial aircraft pilot, and understands that the training process for such a profession is very,

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LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN SPAIN

The words Spain and Crisis have been linked, in ever increasing waves, for the past five years. Much has been said about the financial, political and social angles of the crisis. But one has to focus and invest time to read about the leadership aspect of this crisis. I believe that a significant part of

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COACHING LEADERS TO PERFORM AND ENJOY

In recent weeks I´ve been asked by different Leaders to discuss ideas and opportunities not only to perform better in their roles, but to also find the connection to enjoying what they do.  As a Leadership Effectiveness Coach, this is a great topic for conversation and to support individuals in creating a more balanced environment

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