Franck Bianchéri, a European leader, just passed away

In European Challenges, Leading with Questions, Transforming Democracy

I learnt with sadness that Franck Bianchéri passed away on October 30th 2012 after 4 years of a long sickness. A systemic thinker and leader, Franck has been a European stirring force since the mid 80es.  

As he was a student leader at Sciences Po Paris, he created with his friends a first powerful student movement across Europe: AEGEE-Europe. With this young citizen movement he lobbied political leaders, especially François Mitterrand, to rescue the Erasmus project that was about to be trashed. As a former Erasmus student myself, I know how much this European program of studies abroad has changed me and keeps changing generations of Europeans and the face of Europe.

For the last 25 years, Franck has promoted one central idea: for the EU to be a functioning democracy, it requires not only European institutions, but truly European parties. This means citizen parties created for the EU, and not, as it is today, national parties that create coalitions in order to aggregate their national interests when they arrive in the European Parliament.
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Become the one you are!

In Leading with Questions, Transforming Corporations

As an executive coach, I help my clients unleash their energies through a culture of shared leadership in their organizations. The more I observe corporate development, the more I see that corporate success might all boil down to the wisdom of Friedrich Nietzsche expressed in the Gay Science in 1882: What does your conscience say? — “You shall become the one you are.”
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Obama and the Middle East: a BBC debate

In Israel-Palestine: What’s Next?, Leading with Questions, The Arab Spring

In 2010, the BBC Doha Debates invited me to debate the question: is Obama too weak to make peace in the Middle East?

You can enjoy here the video of this pre-Arab Spring debate: so many fundamentals are still here today, so many things radically transformed… 

I then contended that Obama was NOT too weak to make peace. With hindsight, I acknowledge that he was too weak to make it in his first mandate. I believe, that in the case of reelection, with an economy that is finally getting Americans back to job, he might put his weight back in the region. The years 2013-2016 are years of incredible transformation to come in the Middle East. The hypothetical Obama II administration would have new cards to play to bring more actors to the table and put increased pressure on its Israeli ally.

What do you think?

Développement: vous avez dit autonomie?

In International Development, Leading with Questions

In this succinct article (in French) published by the Belgian magazine n’GO, I explore the challenges of successful teams in the context of international development. When power differences are present and strong, one needs to be aware of them, dance with them, and engage everyone to dance with these challenges. Finding personal autonomy is a consequence and a prerequisite for any development!

Enjoy the article! I am looking forward to reading your views on it.

If anyone is interested to translate it into English, and has the time for it (unlike me), go for it and let me know!