07 Mar 2021

Grooa Newsletter 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...

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...

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 ...

01 Dec 2016

Clear Mindset Inspiring case study grooa
Disagreements and conflicts are not necessarily problems that we need to remove; they are also opportunities to learn from each other. The C.L.E.A.R. ™ Mindset Method is a revolutionary approach that helps us build the skills necessary to do just that: transform conflicts into positive change. Here we share an example of its application. Those of you who have followed my newsletter hav...

20 May 2016

Olive trees Macdonald Grooa article
As a young real estate lawyer, I almost tanked my first important deal, until my senior colleague said something that resolved the issue and taught me the best negotiating lesson of my life. This was the experience recently shared with me by a McDonald manager who agreed to let me use his story. I will call him Martin. What was the trick that turned a potential clash into a positive out...

29 Feb 2016

the number 1 reason why we hate disagreements grooa article
The real reason why we hate disagreements is because we have the illusion of rationality. If you disagree, you are wrong and I can prove it! OK, I am just kidding, let me try again. Sometimes I feel hurt by other people disagreeing with my views and opinions because it sounds like they are against me. Does it make sense to you? Do you feel the same? Red is my preferred color. I like re...