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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.

“No Employee is an Island!”, Belongingness in the Digital Age

As the poet John Donne already stated in the 16th century: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” This quote can easily be transferred to a business environment, as it reflects a basic need that most human beings experience. The need to create inter-personal links and to feel part of something bigger. Five centuries later, in 2019 Cognizant conducted a survey in partnership with Microsoft. The aim was to gain a better understanding of employee perceptions about belonging at work. They surveyed more than 10,000 employees from 17 countries allaround the world, 92% of whom expressed the overall importance of feeling a sense of belonging at work.