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An Exercise in Emotion

First, let’s recognize that some of us are illiterates when it comes to describing our emotions. We tend to use just the “primary colors” of emotions such as love, anger, fear, and the spectrum of sadness-happiness. They are instinctive. But guess what: they are not enough to describe the rich and varied lives most of us live in the Twenty-First Century.

The first step of emotional literacy is to recognize emotions as an important form of mental activity, on par with thinking (cognition) that takes place in the frontal cortex; emotions just inhabit a different area of the brain called the amygdala, but are far from being minor in our overall functioning. Culture has sought to prioritize the various parts and functions of the brain, with horrendous consequences when we see what a mess our fight-or-flight world has become today.

The essential fact we need to retain is that all parts of our brain provide equally important services for a normal existence. As important as frontal-cortex intellect is, it cannot happen in a vacuum devoid of the rest of our brain functions without serious repercussions on our health, happiness, and ability to achieve full potential, or success, in our lives. [Read more…]

Realign your Career to 2020 Expectations

No sooner had the World Economic Forum established the specific skills set needed to survive in the 2020 workplace than it stated that “the problem is that none of these skills are easy to learn alone, online, or without effort”.

goldfish after career coachingEmotional intelligence and relationship management appear on the list as sine qua non for attaining top-ranking skills: complex problem-solving (#1), critical thinking (#2), and creativity (#3).

Career coaching would also appear to be the sine cure for professionals of all generations attempting to make the transition to the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution Workplace. Coaching is not a metaphorical crutch but a learning tool and a success accelerant that can no longer be considered as “optional”. [Read more…]

The Melting Pot(ential) Forum

On International Diversity Policy: A Summary of the first OECD-COPE Diversity Forum

Preface

On January 22, 2018, the OECD pioneered the first international forum on Diversity and Inclusion of disadvantaged groups (women, immigrants, LGBTQ, seniors and the disabled) under the auspices of its Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE).  The purpose was to provide “a platform for promoting and conducting policy-oriented research on the trends, causes and consequences of inequalities in society and the economy…” and to inform and influence the international policy debate that inclusive growth policies encourage shared prosperity.

The purpose of this summary is to share its valuable content with DHRs, CSR managers, recruiters, and policy makers and to help people of diversity get on The Right Career Path in the Right Company in the Right Country. [Read more…]

François Delahaye, Chief Operating Officer, Dorchester Collection – PDG du Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

Ma curiosité sur la carrière de François Delahaye révèle qu’on peut bien réussir une carrière brillante et toujours trouver qu’on aurait pu mieux faire.

François Delahaye

Je voulais surtout l’interroger sur sa motivation, que je trouve parfois élusive pour mes étudiants et mes clients en coaching.

Une carrière satisfaisante, est-elle le résultat d’une révélation intuitive? d’un planning cartésien? d’un enchaînement d’opportunités – identifiées et relevées – sur le chemin du hasard?

Tous les modèles sont valables. En voilà un qui brille de par son originalité et la passion qui l’anime.

Que sont les “moteurs” dans votre carrière – les personnes ou événements qui vous ont inspiré de devenir ce que vous êtes devenu aujourd’hui ? [Read more…]

François Delahaye, Chief Operating Officer, Dorchester Collection – President, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

François Delahaye can enchant you with the extraordinary trajectory of his exceptional career and still make it seem somehow less than satisfactory. To him.

François Delahaye

The purpose of my interview was to inquire about the role of motivation, which I often find eludes my students and coaching clients, in a career that deserves the limelight it’s enjoyed for many years, at least among hoteliers.

Is a “successful” and thus supposedly satisfying career like Delahaye’s born whole from a moment’s inspiration? Does it require Cartesian planning? Does it emerge from a series of opportunities – identified and seized as such – on the yellow brick road of life?

While all those models may be valid, it’s still energizing to explore a model that is as brilliant and passionate as that of François Delahaye’s with the intent of passing some advice on to those waiting in the wings.

What are the “motors” in your career – the people and events that inspired you to become who you are today? [Read more…]

Les Recruteurs membres du Club des Chasseurs de Tête en font les cobayes pour Vous les Candidats

To read the article in English, click here.

Où est la limite au-delà de laquelle une simple évaluation de vos capacités et la transmission de vos résultats peuvent être ressenties comme une invasion de la vie privée et un grand méchant jugement moral ?

Bibliothèque de l’Hôtel de l’Industrie

Tel était le contexte de l’atelier proposé par deux cabinets d’assess-ment connus, invités du Club des Chercheurs de Têtes le 17 janvier 2018 à l’Hôtel de l’Industrie à Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

A tour de rôles, nos coachs du jour – Madame Claire PERES, Fondatrice et dirigeante de CAP Conseil à Paris et Madame Céline LABAUNE, chef de projet de CCLD Recrutement de Lyon – s’appliquaient à nous expliquer leur métier et nous rassurer dans nos forts intérieurs qu’il s’agit de techniques pointues et efficaces plutôt que d’instruments de torture pour nous infliger des critiques démoralisantes et désobligeantes. [Read more…]

The Headhunters Club of Paris fields its Recruiter Members as Assessment Guinea Pigs

Pour lire l’article en français, cliquez ici.

At what point does the evaluation of our capacities and the transmission of those results suddenly become threatening to us as an invasion of privacy or a nasty moral judgment of our character?

Library of l’Hôtel de l’Industrie

This was the underlying theme of the evening’s presentation by two assessment agency experts at the monthly meeting of the Paris Headhunters Club on January 17, 2018, in the historic library of the l’Hôtel de l’Industrie à Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

One by one, our two experts from different assessment agencies – Mrs. Claire Peres, founder and manager of CAP Consultants in Paris  and Mrs. Céline Labaune, project leader at CCLD Recruitment in Lyon – attempted to reassure our collective recruiter souls of the scientific viability and peaceful intentions of their preferred instruments of human capacity measurement: “assessments”.

Assessment is, of course, an English word that most Anglophones are familiar with as pertaining to evaluations and appraisals. Tests, if you will. It turns out that the English word has now merged seamlessly with the French language, albeit with perhaps some nuances that we recruiters, human resource directors (HRDs) and coaches need to have clarified for us. [Read more…]

Enfin du Progrès en France concernant le diagnostic et le traitement du TDAH!

par Constance Konoldle 5 octobre 2017

Lorsque je me suis inscrite à la journée d’information et de conférence sur le “TDAH et Accès aux Soins” organisé par l’Université de Paris-Nanterre le 29 septembre dernier, je ne m’attendais pas à ce que le sujet soit controversé.

Or, à l’heure du déjeuner, les 920 participants ( à 95 percent des femmes ) ont eu droit à une manifestation d’une petite poignée de “nouveaux psychanalystes ” très mécontents que l’Université Paris-Nanterre crédibilise le TDAH en hébergeant cette conférence.  Perplexe, je trouve sur le blog de Christian Colbeaux du 13 septembre dernier, un début d’explication : les psychanalystes sont très fâchés que la Haute Autorité de la Santé (HAS), donc l’Etat, soit passé par-dessus la tête des ” experts français ” pour soit disant promouvoir le diagnostic TDAH selon une classification américaine : le “DSM 5” (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), ce que les psychanalystes français perçoivent comme une arnaque manigancée par l’industrie pharmaceutique juste pour vendre de l’ “amphétamine ” aux gosses.  Si on lit entre les lignes on comprend que les psychanalystes français ont peur pour leur métier même car beaucoup de pédopsychiatres sont formés en psychanalyse or ils ignorent tout sur le TDAH (Colbeaux 2017).  

Les temps sont durs pour les psychanalystes qui ont également perdu leur terrain d’exclusivité sur le diagnostic et le traitement de l’autisme en France en 2012 (Psychologies 2016). [Read more…]

Working with diverse populations: the tourism perspective at the International Tourism Safety Conference

cross-cultural knowledgeConstance was invited to be a speaker at the annual conference of the International Tourist Safety Association in Las Vegas.

She spoke to tourism security leaders and professionals from all over the world on using cross-cultural knowledge to favorably impact tourism management, from marketing to security. [Read more…]

Career Spotlight: “Governance” rocks for Women (in France)!

61080768-92da-4928-a635-0317f8cff309One of my favorite roles as career coach is to identify new types of jobs and careers. Today, there are people trail-blazing in careers they can’t even give a label to; there are need-built jobs emerging daily from new technologies –  jobs that remain “confidential” because no one with more than two degrees of separation knows about them.  In this context, I am always scouting for opportunities for my potential clients.  Okay. Especially for women.  The  sooner the historical professional gender gap bites the dust, the happier I will be.

My latest “find” is corporate governance, or “gouvernance d’entreprise” in French.  For the past twenty years, my shtik has been encouraging women to pursue getting on corporate boards; now I realize I should be recommending one better: corporate governance advisor, where you may have the role of being on several boards.  Although corporate governance usually starts as a salaried in-house position, it is also possible to pursue it independently as a consultant for multiple companies.   The latter requires a mature career in all aspects of governance as well as polish in both networking and communications. [Read more…]