In the last four years, I have written 94 articles trying to answer a question that has followed me since childhood. The question that led me to travel, work and study abroad because I thought it makes identifying cultural differences easier. I am very grateful that my parents encouraged me to pursue my studies in the US, where the fields of organizational development (a mix of psychology and business) exists. I was raised with an ideal, a vision rooted in French history, which specifies that all human beings deserve freedom, equity of treatment, and can live together as brothers and sisters. When I face reality, I can see how far we still are from this ideal.
The reason why I write a blog is to share my vision of a world where we can truly be ourselves. By this I mean, that we do not need to wear a poker mask at work. Gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and place of birth do not determine what we can and cannot do. A world where all forms of intelligence is recognized and nurtured. We do not need to prostitute ourselves to achieve happiness, freedom and growth. When we view being happy as being in love, then my articles are all about being in love in the workplace. You become your best when you know who you are, you can speak up, you can openly discuss and realign any misunderstanding, and you can work together with others on the common goal free of artifice. I want a world where we are happy and follow our dreams. A world where the only limit is the sky.
After a long and fruitful exchange with my editor, Shelami Laubach, I decided to summarize all my ideas into a book that I will write next year. I want to help you answer the question “How can we learn to cooperate even with our differences?”. The journey will be divided into 3 sections made up of 7 subsections. I will publish my work progress as blog entries so that you can start the journey with me. Each section will approach different topics that will support you in creating human-empowered organizations. I get my inspiration from personal and work experiences, readings and discussions.
My studies in the US convinced me that dealing humanistically with employees was the solution for a sustainable future. Reading Reinventing Organization by Frederic Laloux gave me proof that what I had been imagining since my childhood is a palpable reality. I even transitioned to new&able, a consulting company whose vision is very close to mine and works with the same principle found in the book by Laloux.
I want to share with you my journey, so that you can see how it is also possible for you and your organization to achieve the same outlook.
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I wish you a nice Holiday Seasons!
See you in 2018.
with love, Anne-Cécile