Designing Opportunities for Serendipity

Designing Opportunities for Serendipity

Designing opportunities for Serendipity becomes an essential attribute for Leadership. Yet another takeaway that I got from reading the book from Frank J. Barrett Yes to the Mess. My initial reaction to this sentence was of surprise. The word Serendipity is defined as the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. It was coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a Persian fairy tale translated in the XVI century in Italian, and in which the heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’. So the idea of designing for Serendipity seems an oxymoron. But after reading the book, I started reasoning a couple of other points. Francesca Gino mentions in her book Rebel Talent, the story of how Steve Jobs oversaw the construction of the main Pixar building that today carries his name. It was Jobs who came with the idea of having a very large atrium that every Pixar employee would have to pass through each day, enabling random encounters and conversations (…) The only bathrooms on the first floor of the building are …

Say Thanks. The Power of Gratitude

Giving Thanks: the Power of Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving in the USA, one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. The amount of people that travel to reach their families and friends is incredible, especially for a country we often assume to be cold and capitalist. The spiritual value at the core of this holiday is gratitude and often unconsidered quality in a working environment. Yet there are scientific proofs that Gratitude brings along emotional and physical well-being, both for the receiver and the giver, sometimes becoming a healing experience. Reflecting on the Power of Gratitude is critical in many ways, as it helps refocus on what matters for us. Below a list of many elements that can help in the development of gratitude. Gratitude is also vital in the development of self-esteem and self-confidence, and we can immediately see a crucial tie with business value. Authentic Leaders, for example, are always keen on giving thanks. Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer Maya Angelou A few of the people I’m thankful to. …

Movember - Change the Face of men's health

#Movember

I’m joining the Movember movement this year, growing a moustache in support for raising awareness on some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Started by the Movember Foundation in 2003, it quickly has grown to a large scale movement, with more than 5 million people supporting it every year. How can you also get engaged? Donate: Reach out to my Donation Page and do your best for a donation. Grow a Moustache and join the movement. Talk about the issues of Health. So, sorry, you’ll have to cope seeing me with a pair of moustaches for some time this year:-)

Doing some Cleaning

Weekends (at least the few ones I spend in Luxembourg) is cleaning time! A protracted effort to find a sense of order in my home (always challenged by my three cats, constantly running around while I try to put things in order). Anyway, after the “hard-core” cleaning, I decided to spend some time also on some more “virtual” cleanings online. I have readjusted the theme of my online notepad on tumblr EcletticaMente (mainly in Italian), which now has its own sub domain: io.sergiocaredda.eu. I have readjusted my “about.me” page, as well as my Twitter one, trying to synch my profiles (don’t know why, but I have the tendency to always reinvent the wheel when I have to describe myself…). Also tried to set up a new “claim” for myself: Trying to bring back People at the core of the human enterprise. Please throw stones at it… Eventually, after the implementation of my Hr Thinker list, I have created a magazine version, called Knowledge Nomad thanks to the free service of paper.li. Every day it will serve you a fresh …

My HR thinkers Twitter List

Yesterday I took the liberty to reorganize the way I follow and read some of the best HR blogs and thinkers around the topics of Human Resources on the web. Thing is that I relied a lot on Google Reader to assemble the RSS feeds of the various blogs that I found interesting. The recent decision to discontinue this service came as a really unwelcome surprise to me, so I tried to understand a way on how to make sure I wasn’t loosing touch with my favorite readings. As a matter of fact I started considering what the best way to get this done. As I use Flipboard to read most of my online content on my iPad, I browsed a bit, until I found that probably the best thing to do was to create a List on Twitter, then include that as a separate subscription in Flipboard. But, as I was doing this anyway, the question was why not sharing this small piece of work? That is why I have created and made public …