Are you at River Rubicon?


What does it mean crossing River Rubicon: Julius Caesar's crossing the Rubicon river on January 10, 49 BC precipitated the Roman Civil War, which ultimately led to Caesar's becoming dictator and the rise of the imperial era of Rome. ... Today, the phrase "crossing the Rubicon" is a metaphor that means to pass a point of no return.

“Crossing River Rubicon” has become a metaphor for making monumental decision to enter an entirely new territory fraught with danger, mystery, risk and opportunity.

We now one thing for sure and whatever strategy you had before the Pandemic it is no more valid. PERIOD. 

What ever took you here will not get you there.

You must step-up to a higher standard.

In some situation, just one of these factors could place you at the Rubicon. If you ticked more than three boxes, you are almost certainly on the riverbank.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There! 

You cannot achieve your growth goals through a linear extension of business-as-usual....

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Why human-centric leadership is needed?

This blog start with a short story that reflects the current global leadership style:

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and AnybodyThere was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody would not do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done…!"

The Covid-19 crisis has unexpectedly thrown most people into a new situation and many are now “forced” to work from home (WFH). WFM has two sides, like a coin. One side is the freedom, creativity and higher productivity and the other side is missing the office and camaraderie.

Long before the pandemic we saw the following needs that leaders and co-workers were struggling with:

  • Stress, anxiety, and...
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What is the cost of preventing creativity?

When I browsed through my archive I came across a book - The Creative Process and a text written by the famous Swedish industrialist Dr. Curt Nicolin.

We can read from Wikipedia:

"Nicolin was in the 1960s a board member of ASEA, SAS, Swedish Intercontinental Airlines (SILA), Incentive AB, AB C E Johansson, Swedish Employers Association and the Swedish Mechanical Association (Sveriges Mekanförbund).

In 1976,
Marcus Wallenberg Jr. retired from the position of chairman of ASEA and the post was transferred to Nicolin. Nicolin was also chairman of the board of the Swedish Employers Association from 1976 to 1984.

At ASEA together with the new CEO since 1980,
Percy Barnevik, Nicolin participated in the preparations for the big merger with the Swiss Brown, Boveri & Cie. Nicolin was its chairman until the merger in 1991, the same year he became honorary chairman. After ASEA's merger with Brown, Boveri & Cie, Nicolin was chairman of the board of ABB Asea Brown Boveri from...

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Nobody's perfect but a Team can be...

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Nobody is perfect but a Team can be… 

Business is always about teams in different situations and forms. We often also are comparing with teams in sports. If we look at a Hockey team and organise it as we do in a company.

And ask yourselves how many goals do you think they will score? …

OK, how come that you still think that your company will score with a similar organisations structure?

The main questions will therefore be how far do we want to go?

It is quite clear that people like to perform in teams and they often do much better in a team compared to what they do on them self. Lets compare the differences between work team and sports team.

Based on the matrix above there are clear constrains for a work team to try to be like a sport team. It is crucial for the set-up of a team in an organisation that this is understood and balanced with the High Performance Team in the sports world.

The FIRO-model

 It is clear that nobody is perfect but a team...

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