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EFMD AC15: Steven Poelmans & Quiet Leadership

Qt1At the 2015 Annual EFMD Conference in Brussels, Steven Poelmans gave a session on the emerging field of Neuroscience of Leadership and explained what we can learn from neuroscience and about the most efficient way of leading people with the brain in mind. Steven Poelmans is Strategy, Leadership and People Department Faculty, Programme Manager and Director of the Coaching Competency Center at EADA in Spain. Mr Poelmans began by asking the audience about their own ability to adapt to different situations.

 

“When you are in a situation are you capable of focusing for a long time, to be able to adapt to different situations? Are you technologically savvy or do you have to ask your children to change the cartridge in the printer?” asked Mr Poelmans of the 500 plus audience. Continue reading

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“A Year in Provence” or “A Year in the Merde”? It is up to you

Study abroad and learning about a new culture

This year four million lucky students will have an international experience in a foreign higher education institution. The success of this experience will depend on many things, but mostly on their ability to adapt to the new culture.

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London 2012: The Olympic Closing Cermony and understanding stereotypes

Every single stereotype of British culture was there; Black taxis, double decker buses, Tower Bridge and men in kilts playing bagpipes. Then came the pop culture with Madness, George Michael, David Bowie, The Spice Girls, Queen and The Beatles. You can’t get John Lennon and Freddie Mercury in person? Don’t worry, you can put them up on a giant screen.  Danny Boyle truly did provide an unashamed stereotype British life. Indeed, had the entire show been commissioned by the British Tourist Industry, no one would have been the slightest bit surprised. But this was just the point. The organisers had understood that their audience was the world, and the world wanted the cliché. Continue reading

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An Englishman in New York

Psychological distance and international trade

In the 1970s researchers in Sweden starting looking into the concept of psychological distance and how this related to the international development of companies. The basic premise is that we prefer to interact and therefore trade with people who are similar to ourselves. Spanish companies find it easier to trade with South America because of the historical links they share. Similarly, British managers find that they are psychologically closer to their US counterparts than managers in Continental Europe.   Continue reading

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