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Mind the (Digital) Gap!

The recent crisis saw many workers obliged to change to digital working methods from one day to the next with very little time for preparation – in fact in many cases there was a scramble to even acquire the necessary hardware before shops were closed down for several weeks. Employees were literally thrown into a major change. In many cases, companies had probably previously rejected/postponed such changes on several occasions with the reasoning that the company’s processes and staff were not yet ready for such drastic change! All change specialists know that successful change needs to be well-prepared, so how could it be possible to achieve so much at such short notice? One answer is that under a crisis situation most people function in a sort of overdrive modus and rise to the moment, coping with challenges in the face of which they would normally have paled. Here the word to note is “coped”; they adapted, they fitted in, they showed great flexibility, but that does not necessarily mean that the outcome remains suitable as a long-term organisational structure.

Where Will We Be Working Next Year?

This is not a geographical or recruitment question! It is far more a question of trying to predict the future of the office as we know it and how further changes are going to affect the world of office workers. Many of you will be surprised to know that the first idea of remote working was launched in the 1970’s by NASA engineers as a means of combatting the oil crisis, so what has happened since? To gain an understanding of this you need to assess a vast range of criteria ranging from the history of technical progress to the influence of social criteria such as prestige and office politics, the complexity of which means that it is difficult to ascertain where the future lies.

Réinventez votre entreprise pour être plus compétitif !

MindForest partenaire du programme Fit 4 Resilience : pour aider les entreprises à se réinventer après la crise COVID-19 Le contexte La pandémie due au COVID-19 n'est pas seulement associée à des conséquences sanitaires, mais aussi à des conséquences économiques dramatiques. A l’instar de ces voisins européens, le Grand-Duché du Luxembourg apporte un soutien fort aux petites et moyennes entreprises pour faire face à ces difficultés. C'est ainsi que le programme Fit 4 Resilience a été lancé au Luxembourg. Il s'agit d’un programme de sortie de crise et de repositionnement stratégique, élaboré par Luxinnovation et subventionné par le Ministère de l’Économie. Ce programme, pour lequel MindForest est un consultant approuvé, cible les PME ayant un siège social au Luxembourg et prévoit une analyse interne et externe des impacts que la crise a provoqué, ainsi qu’une étude de la stratégie actuelle pour en déduire un plan d’actions, or un repositionnement stratégique qui tient compte de la maturité digitale de l’entreprise.

Senior Consultant in Change Management (m/f)

Founded in 2000, MindForest is a consulting company specialised in change management, which operates both in Luxembourg and in an international context. MindForest puts the human factor at the centre of its consulting activities by highlighting relevant high priority factors such as commitment, values, experience, social links, communication, emotions, competencies not to mention creativity. MindForest guides companies throughout their projects linked with organisational restructuration, improved performance, increased competitiveness and durable development. MindForest has evolved into “MindForest Group” and extended its field of expertise to encompass new fields whilst still maintaining change management as the key component. Senior Consultant in Change Management (m/f) ref: MF-CM-01

How is Your Team Coping with the Challenge of the Crisis?

“Be prepared” is the well-known motto of the scout movement, in actual fact most of us like to prepare ourselves for what is in store, it is an automatic mechanism to cope with a specific situation. However, when a crisis like Covid-19 strikes it is virtually impossible to prepare oneself, there is no comparable “data” to process, which of course causes a feeling of great uncertainty in addition to the wide range of health issues and economic worries already being experienced. The need to get one’s bearings becomes even greater and so the spiral turns and anxiety increases. There are several potential sources of reassurance ranging from the family, to the work environment, some people even turn to social media or expert advice. No matter the choice of source, it must be able to “deliver”, as otherwise the situation may become even more serious.

[29/07/20] Webinar BrainBreakfast : Votre organisation vous donne-t-elle le droit à l’erreur ? Découvrez la « no blame culture »

MindForest est heureux de vous inviter à son BrainBreakfast virtuel « Votre organisation vous donne-t-elle le droit à l’erreur ? Découvrez la « no blame culture » », qui aura lieu le mardi 29 juillet 2020 de 9h00 à 10h00 en ligne !

[22/07/20] Webinar BrainBreakfast : Fit4Resilience : Comment reprendre après la crise ?

MindForest est heureux de vous inviter à son BrainBreakfast virtuel « Fit4Resilience : Comment reprendre après la crise ? », qui aura lieu le mardi 22 juillet 2020 de 9h00 à 10h00 en ligne !

No Diversity Without Inclusion!

“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.” – Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky Although everyone is familiar with the term gratitude, as with every expression there are a multitude of ways of interpreting its meaning, particularly in a professional context. As Dr Lyubomirsky says it can play a major role to counteract and prevent negative emotions, which are generally toxic und rarely beneficial. Gratitude is far more complex than a quick “thank you”, in fact if expressed in a superficial or inappropriate way a thank you can actually have a far more negative impact than most would believe. In order to express gratitude, one must have a clear understanding of what the challenge comprised what its completion really entailed and the employee’s starting position. Did the employee go that famous extra mile to complete the task, go beyond what they would normally have delivered – exceed expectations?

[07/07/20] Webinar BrainBreakfast : L’expérience managériale n’existe pas !

MindForest est heureux de vous inviter à son BrainBreakfast virtuel « L’expérience managériale n’existe pas ! », qui aura lieu le mardi 07 juillet 2020 de 9h00 à 10h00 en ligne !

[08/06/20] Amcham Webinar with MindForest: Digital Workplace Culture – The Future is Now!

Amcham and MindForest are delighted to invite you to the first Luncheon webinar “Digital Workplace Culture – The Future is Now!” which will take place on 8th June 2020 from 12:00 to 13:30 via Zoom. Speakers Lene Pedersen (Senior Consultant) and Lisa Obringer (Consultant) at Mindforest and Amcham Chairman & CEO, Mr Paul Schonenberg.