MF Alliance Interview with Pedro Castilho, Verbalius

Pedro, could you briefly introduce yourself?
I am the founder of Verbalius Sàrl, a company dedicated to executive coaching in public speaking, debating and public relations skills. As a tireless connector, I’ve been involved at board level in the International Junior Chamber and Indian Business Chamber Luxembourg and I’m currently a board member of the International School of Luxembourg and a mentor with the Incubator of the University of Luxembourg. After a career spanning two decades in banking and with 25 years experience in public speaking, I’ve made it my mission to help people to become successful public speakers.

Team Building – Favorisez la cohésion d’équipe à distance !

Le travail à distance, et plus particulièrement le télétravail, tend aujourd’hui à se généraliser avec le développement des nouveaux outils digitaux. Ce choix présente de nombreux avantages à la fois pour l’entreprise et les collaborateurs, mais il y a également des conséquences à ne pas négliger.
En effet, le travail à distance ne favorise pas le développement des relations interpersonnelles, les interactions entre collègues ou avec la hiérarchie, il ralentit la communication directe et les collaborateurs peuvent ressentir un sentiment de cloisonnement et d’isolation par rapport à leur environnement de travail. Cela entraîne la perte des objectifs collectifs, le partage des connaissances, mais surtout la culture d’entreprise.

Culture – Collaborators – Clients – the 3 C’s that Spell Company

Everyone is currently talking about digital transformation, as this is indeed the next logical step forward, but one should not forget that every lasting construction needs good foundations without which it will not withstand storms or any other unexpected events. Taken in a corporate context, this means building on the existing structure, on the lessons learned, on the effectiveness of your teams and their past achievements in order to cocreate the next steps. In doing so, some elements will be retained, some transformed, others replaced following analysis of needs in comparison with the current situation and expected future challenges, then it will be possible to start to define where the journey is leading. At the outset it will be difficult to maintain an overview of all the different elements, but this is where an existing strong corporate culture can make a vital contribution, particularly if teams are used to being innovative and adaptable. As with any change project, by explaining the why, teams will be inspired to strive for solutions to ensure the long-term sustainable future of the company and therefore their jobs.

#Digital Pro: Take Your CSR Strategy Online!

In the past major advances in manufacturing processes and technology have regularly been hailed as precursors of undesired change and upheaval. When the printing press was invented, when steam engines revolutionised factories and travelling and more recently when the Internet took off. In actual fact each such event has hailed a new period of advancement and progress, but it is always easier to recognise this with hindsight.

Digitalisation: Will it be Your Organisation’s Accelerator?

Working from home – it has been all over the news and certainly the spread of COVID-19 has had its effect. However, the concept of working from home is far from being brand-new since it has been around for a couple of years now. It is rather the speed by which companies have had to adapt their internal organisation which has had such an impact. Being forced to digitise within a couple of days has encouraged companies all around the world to promote their digital agendas. So now, the question has been raised, how one can benefit from this swift change in habits to redefine corporate organisation in a meaningful way?

Profitez de la crise pour repenser votre positionnement stratégique !

Avec le Covid-19 une grande partie de notre économie a été ralentie. Certains secteurs se sont retrouvés presque complètement à l’arrêt du jour au lendemain. Certaines organisations ont été prises de cours, d’autres ont rebondi rapidement et certaines s’interrogent encore sur leur avenir.

Les exemples d’entreprise qui ont revu ou adapté leur positionnement stratégique ne manquent pas :

Comment embarquer et susciter l’implication de vos nouveaux collaborateurs à distance ?

De plus en plus d’entreprises réalisent qu’une autre organisation du travail est possible : le télétravail.
En effet, le télétravail qui était encore il y a peu, occasionnel tend à se généraliser. Entreprendre ce choix, comporte plusieurs avantages comme répondre à la demande de flexibilité de la part des employés pour un meilleur équilibre vie privée / vie professionnelle ou encore donner l’occasion aux entreprises de réduire les espaces de bureaux et ainsi optimiser les environnements de travail.
Mais, cette nouvelle forme d’organisation du travail comporte également des défis.
Un des défis est l’intégration des travailleurs à distance.

Communication interne et personnelle : passez au 100 % remote working !

Nous sommes passés de manière assez abrupte d’une idée du travail à distance à la pratique quotidienne. La communication digitale ne repose pas sur les codes traditionnels et ne requièrent pas les mêmes ressorts. L’enjeu est de taille : il s’agit de préserver la culture d’entreprise tout en la faisant évoluer. Nous verrons dans cet article en quoi la communication digitale est spécifique, comment l’adapter au contexte du travail à distance pour l’ensemble des équipes ainsi que les comportements à adopter pour exceller dans sa manière de communiquer virtuellement.

Keeping the Capability Gap in Check

Capability building may be a term you have not encountered yet, so perhaps a short definition will help to set the scene: to quote Norm Smallwood and Dave Ulrich in the Harvard Business Review[1] it is

“These capabilities—the collective skills, abilities, and expertise of an organization—are the outcome of investments in staffing, training, compensation, communication, and other human resources areas. They represent the ways that people and resources are brought together to accomplish work. They form the identity and personality of the organization by defining what it is good at doing and, in the end, what it is. “