Enric Arola

 

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Leadership books -2-

Leadership books -2-

A long time ago, I published a post about books on Leadership (Leadership books) that was a great success and is to this day still one of my most popular posts. Along the lines of my last article on the topic and to complement the content, in this post I have made a...

Thanks for believing in the magic of extraordinary teams

Thanks for believing in the magic of extraordinary teams

Last Tuesday, June 12, it took place the presentation of my second book called The Magic of extraordinary teams in Barcelona. The event was a fantastic excuse to make the assistants share experiences and thoughts about the current health of their teams. When writing...

8 keys to undertake within the organization 2/2

8 keys to undertake within the organization 2/2

In the previous article I started writing about the keys to undertake from within the organization, indicating the first 4 aspects that determine the success of the entrepreneurial professionals. In this article I will write about the other 4 keys that are required to...

8 Keys to undertake within the organization 1/2

8 Keys to undertake within the organization 1/2

We usually associate the word "entrepreneur" to professionals who initiate projects as self-employed. But it is also very lawful to use this word to refer to the same professionals who work for someone else's account in any organization. Today we will see what it...

How to decide quickly

How to decide quickly

Recently I was looking a Ted Talk of Barry Schwartz, where he talks about the paradox of choose. Deciding quickly and deciding well is a must in a world as changing as today, especially in the field of business. Today I want to think about how to decide quickly. The...

How to choose the best Coaching Training

How to choose the best Coaching Training

Many are professionals who are dedicated to personal and professional development of people, either because they are responsible for teams, or because they have the role of facilitator, trainer or coach. In this article, I will talk about coaching training. Coaching...

100 Meters

100 Meters

“100 meters” is the name of a movie. This is a Spanish production that premiered in the autumn of 2016, and recently I had the opportunity to watched it. Beyond being able to see again in action two great actors that I like, Karra Elejalde and Dani Rovira, the film is...

The future of Team Coaching

The future of Team Coaching

Today, executive coaching has been spread to many sectors and areas of the company's world. And if individual coaching is already very present, what about team coaching? In this article I will address the future of team coaching in Spain. After a few years where...

How to choose the coach

How to choose the coach

When a company decides to offer a Coaching program to one of its professionals, an internal process is initiated to assign it to the coach that is most suitable for him or her. In this sense there are several approaches based on how deeply rooted the culture of...

How to comply with the team’s action plan (2/2)

How to comply with the team’s action plan (2/2)

In the last article, I talked about the importance of teams stopping from time to time, and reflecting on their value contribution in the organization. And, in doing so, deciding what it will be done differently to increase its productivity, as well as the positivity,...

How to comply with the team’s action plan (1/2)

How to comply with the team’s action plan (1/2)

When a team decides to take a break from their day-to-day operations and opts to participate in a workshop, or development program, to improve their cohesion and productivity, it is making a clear statement of intent. It declares its will to banish reactive and toxic...

Team coach skills

Team coach skills

A few days ago I was lucky to accompany a team that wants to increase its efficiency, as well as to increase the cohesion among its members. It is a vocational team with its work, very proactive and passionate about how to relate, and ready to climb one step further...

Expansive Leadership

Expansive Leadership

Toni is a friend of my youth who recently I met again on the occasion of an intervention I made with his team. It was a great joy for me to hug him again after more than twenty years without seeing each other and realizing that his energy, generosity and ability to...

How to reduce reactivity on the teams

How to reduce reactivity on the teams

Any team, as a group of people that they are, live moments of high productivity and cohesion among its members, as well as inefficient and toxic situations. That there is more of the first, and less than the second, will depend a lot on the ability of its members to...

How to disconnect in our life

How to disconnect in our life

In my last article "Disconnect to reconnect" I spoke on how is the process to be able to break the frantic dynamic that prevents us from giving our best version and enjoy doing things. Now I would like to suggest some ways to know how to disconnect. We said that the...

Disconnect to reconnect

Disconnect to reconnect

Although it is not very usual, from time to time we find out by some media that an artist, some person from the world of sport, or even some free professional or manager of a great multinational decide to pause their professional trajectory and take a Sabbatical...

How to work as a team

How to work as a team

Few days ago, it was a pleasure for me to participate as a speaker during the European Pharmacy Congress (INFARMA) organized by the Association of Pharmacists of Barcelona. During my speech I spoke about how to work as a team. As I was able to observe during my...

How am I doing it?

How am I doing it?

How am I doing it? This is a key question that we often ask ourselves when we want to develop ourselves personally or professionally. It is a difficult question to ask as we are often afraid of honest response from others. It requires courage and a firm purpose to...

How to be a middle manager and not die in the attempt

How to be a middle manager and not die in the attempt

One of the keys for an organization to be productive, and at the same time enjoy a healthy and positive work climate, goes through the level of integration and maturity of its group of middle managers. The great challenge of this position is enormous and often...

If you want to be a leader, move on!

If you want to be a leader, move on!

When we use the term leadership it is relatively easy to associate it with the individual dimension, either because we associate it with behaviors performed by people we do know, or because we connect it with famous  (gurus, mass leaders, etc.) that have made great...

How to take advantage of team coaching

How to take advantage of team coaching

If you are dedicating to team development, you must to know that. One of the great obstacles that we will find in companies when we offer our services is going to be the return on investment of the coaching programs that we are going to carry out. That is why, we as...

Toxic Leadership: How to act

Toxic Leadership: How to act

In such a demanding work world, it is easy to fall into the temptation to think that lack of productivity or cohesion in teams is determined by the presence of a toxic leader; and if not, of a toxic partner, a toxic team, a toxic organization, a toxic market ......

12 techniques to train your leader mind

12 techniques to train your leader mind

That the mind is our great ally for personal and professional success is no secret. But let us all be aware of this does not mean that we take intensive care in cultivating and working it well to be really our great partner instead of our great enemy. Today I'm going...

The wish list for a new year

The wish list for a new year

As always at these dates, it is good to make stock of the year we left behind, while reflecting on what we would like to find during the year that will soon born. Today I will give you ideas on the wish list for a new year. Good intentions for oneself represent the...

Satisfaction is forever

Satisfaction is forever

“Satisfaction is forever”. This is the title of the documentary that Freixenet has done about the Spanish team of rhythmic gymnastics, taking advantage of the Christmas greeting announcement. This is a report of great plastic beauty, and in the same time contains...

The controlling boss

The controlling boss

Leading is not easy. There are no unique formulas. Furthermore, we not only start from the same place, because our past experiences and our dreams for the future will shape our leadership style. Some attitudes for leading are more resonant, while others are more...

Changing the organizational culture

Changing the organizational culture

When we talk about managing change in companies we are referring to changing the organizational culture, as to take place the first is required to foster a new way to understanding of production processes, connections among employees, as well as the relationship with...

Create creative tension in the team

Create creative tension in the team

When we have children at home, we have to learn, not without many mistakes and emotional roller coasters, that one of the keys of parenthood is to keep the balance between being "mother / father" and being "Mom / dad". So necessary is "push" to demand the best from...

How to develop leadership in an organization

How to develop leadership in an organization

How to foster a culture of leadership in an organization?This is usually a very valid question in some professional, and that in one way or another is in the air in many situations where it arises as how to manage change in companies. Everyone, absolutely every one of...

Discrepancies on a team

Discrepancies on a team

The conflict, or the presence of discrepancies, is part of the life of any team. In fact a team would not exist without it nor life would not exist without chaos. So knowing that not only inevitable but also necessary, we will see how you can manage discrepancies in a...

Giving up or fighting until the end?

Giving up or fighting until the end?

Her name is Yohana. She lives in Argentina and she is a teacher of a humble school in a disadvantaged neighborhood of Paraná. These days she is in the news because she wrote a letter on her Facebook wall that, far from her intention, it has become viral. In this...

We are all foreigners

We are all foreigners

"The day we understand that we are ALL foreigners, we will begin to understand that no one is a stranger". This great phrase was uttered by my dear Professor Itamar Rogovsky, few days ago at a conference in Barcelona about the feeling of foreignness in the...

Make Others Shine

Make Others Shine

A few days ago, I had a coaching session with a manager of a company that I am lucky to have as a client for some years now. It is a process already advanced and where the coachee is a person with a huge commitment to his own professional development and to the people...

Leadership books

Leadership books

During my interventions in organizations, often participants ask me literature on leadership and team management. There is much written and more to come, but to begin with I would like to focus on ten books about Business Leadership that I consider required reading...

Characteristics of a High Performance Team

Characteristics of a High Performance Team

The other day I was doing a coaching session to a management team who has the desire to increase its cohesion and productivity, and thus contributing in a better way for the organization to which it belongs. This is a team that is learning to enhance dynamic and...

Personal change process

Personal change process

The return from holidays is for sure one of the most talked aspects. We used to write more, and we suffer during these first days of September. During this time, as well as in January when the calendar year begins, is the quintessential period of self-check on how I...

Systemic Approach

Systemic Approach

A few days ago, I was reading the digital version of a newspaper and came across a story that touched me and made me think. It was about an American judge that during a trial realized that the accused was an old high school classmate. Life takes many turns, but in any...

Teamwork and Vulnerability

Teamwork and Vulnerability

Once, I received a call from a company to participate in a project with its management teamwork. It was a team-coaching program, which have designed in order to improve their performance as a group, because in recent times there had been a series of episodes among its...

Internal roles in the team

Internal roles in the team

Every time I am in front of a team, I look at their personality as if I were before an individual: Their expressions, their desires, their fears, their strengths, their difficulties, and even their tics. A team is like a big orchestra with many instruments playing a...