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Flies vs. Planes

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:23
German Retana

"In our company we hunt flies, but the planes escape us." Surely, you've heard this statement many times. It reminds me of the flight I was on when I wrote this column; the passenger next to me never ceased to be on the lookout for a fly (F) buzzing around the cabin. He tells me it is his first flight, but he has been distracted the whole time by this insect instead of enjoying his first aircraft experience (P). Are any of the following four scenarios relevant to your organization?

First, in some companies there is enormous pressure to cut costs in many small ways (F). This

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Morals from a broken shoe!

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:44
German Retana

While I was giving a conference for business leaders and I felt some discomfort in one shoe. I figured a piece of trash had stuck to the sole. I continued moving, but the feeling grew. Looking back, I know now it was a big hole. I laughed to imagine what would happen if the shoe broke in half in front of so many people and worse, without the possibility buying a replacement pair. So I told the participants what happened, and seeing their laughter I asked them, “What lessons can we draw from this experience?” Let’s see their answers:

“The elegance of companies and individuals can

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Overwhelmed with excessive work?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 11:36

You have 168 hours a week. Where did you invest them?

You have over 100 unread emails at the end of the day, the next day’s calendar is full, someone wants an urgent appointment with you, your child needs a ride to the dentist (also urgent), no one can take him except you, you have not put gasoline in the tank and it’s nearly empty, you have to come have dinner with the kids, but forgot to go to the supermarket at noon so you need to go right before dinner, and it’s too late to make the lunch boxes for the kids tomorrow and you feel...How do you feel?


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"Sincericide and Sincericides"

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:27
German Retana

Those expressing criteria at the expense of acceptance, prestige or popularity commit sincericide; and sincericides are those that say what they want, feel or think in a way that makes their peers feel bad. Both behaviors cause the gradual extinction of the good feeling of sincerity, or truth well stated. Is that the case in your workplace?

If one externalizes an honest, reasoned and good faith opinion they commit a political act of "suicide," because it is now in the hands of inflexible individuals with rigid minds,

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Professionals Receive Human Resources Training

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 09:28
Por: (Mauren Esquivel)

From September 29th till October 3rd on the Walter Kissling Gam, Costa Rican Campus there will be a program entitled “Specialization in Human Resource Management” directed toward human resource professionals and recommended for those in psychology, consulting, general business and recruitment. 

The objective of this program is to motivate these professionals to integrate a human resource strategy into their overall corporate strategy in order to make their department a strategic partner for senior management.

Upon completing the program, participants...

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