07 Mar 2021

Grooa Newsletter Leadership Trends seeds of thoughts march 2021
Not given a Seat? Bring a Folding Chair! I recently found this quote on the UN-Women-Medium page: "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring your folding chair!" This was a famous phrase by Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the US Congress in 1968 and it was clearly addressed to women (she always declared to suffer more prejudice for being a woman than for being...

10 Feb 2021

Grooa newsletter February
The Steep Road of Courageous Inclusion How are you holding up these days? As policy makers go about renewing and extending contact restrictions, I find myself suspended in between a mild euphoria for the comfort of working from home and the heartbreaking longing for human contacts. It is a constant emotional rollercoaster that consumes energy, so that I get more easily fatigued and nee...

13 Jan 2021

Grooa Inspiria Center
Happy New Year! These first days of January have been quite rainy in our part of the world, but I am sticking to my personal new-year-resolution: to spend more walking time outside, no matter the weather. I am a stubbornly indoor person, but I have decided to stop making excuses and use the little private forest that surrounds our Grooa Academy Center; even if we are not open for clients...

16 Dec 2020

Grooa Newsletter December
BRINGING SEEDS FOR THOUGHT TO YOU EVERY MONTH! As I am writing the last "bulletin" of this crazy year, I am thinking of the learning that I want to bring over to the next year. The pandemic is not over yet, so some things are not yet changing: We still need to apply all the patience, resilience and stamina that has supported us so far. We still need to focus on staying healthy while s...

18 Nov 2020

Grooa Newsletter November
BRINGING SEEDS FOR THOUGHT TO YOU EVERY MONTH! I hope you are staying safe in these proving times. The Second Wave of Pandemic appears to be more proving than the first one. The First Wave was hard, but we learnt a lot. After the initial period of anxiety and fatigue, we managed to cope and we built resilience. Liberated from the obligation to commute, we felt more productive while en...

30 Sep 2020

Grooa newsletter october 2020
I don't know about you, but I am noticing a slight dip in my usual level of energy now that the temperature drops, the rain falls and the pandemic has a global resurgence. We had a long sunny summer in Europe; it helped warm our hearts, soothe our souls and rest our minds from the constant worries about health, work, the worldwide growth of economic inequalities, or even the global warm...

02 Sep 2020

Grooa Newsletter September 2020
I would like to share with you a real life leadership story. Today, I had a 3-way coaching session with a newly promoted Global Director of LEAN implementation and with her boss, the Global Supply Chain VP. This is the usual "second step" in many Executive Coaching programs, first we clarify and define the Client's coaching goal, then the Client invites the Line Manager to share the ch...

24 Aug 2020

Grooa Newsletter August 2020
I hope you are enjoying your summer. Many countries have seen an improvement in the Covid-19 spread and have started to ease travel and meeting restrictions. So you may have hopefully been able to take advantage of the improvements, maybe taking some days off, or simply enjoying some more social contacts. As for myself, I was finally able to travel back to Oslo, after being locked dow...

22 Jul 2020

Grooa Newsletter July: Overwhelmed by too many Priorities? These 3 strategies will surprise you
Not a day goes by without someone telling me that they feel under increasing pressure to make faster decisions and deliver ever faster results. I am not surprised. The complexity and interdependence of work has dramatically increased in recent years at the same time as the digital agile world demands ever faster decisions and faster outcomes, whether the organisation one works in has a f...

06 Jun 2020

Grooa Newsletter June: Leading Effective Virtual Meetings and Tackling Difficult Conversations
Exactly ten years ago, at the beginning of Summer 2010, I had one of the worst crisis of my life and made one of my best decisions ever. I was feeling quite "down". I had just been repatriated after my last expat assignment. It had been a very tough period, but I had loved every minute of it. I had learnt a lot, travelled a lot, created new markets, developed organisations, negotiated ...