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Leadership & Culture Survey 2024

Darefy – Leadership & Change Builders is thrilled to unveil its highly anticipated Leadership & Culture Survey 2024. Conducted between January and February of this year, this comprehensive study aimed to capture the insights of executive leaders and human capital managers, both domestic and international, operating within Portugal. It delves into their perspectives on organizational culture and leadership, as well as their key priorities in talent management.

Lessons from Social Innovation to the Corporate World

We´re talking of projects that seek new, effective and sustainable solutions to complex societal problems, often overlooked. Dimensions such as education, employability, lifelong training, social exclusion, health and active ageing, environmental sustainability or circular economy.

Is your Talent Strategy aligned with your Business Strategy?

First, what is a strategy? I would say that’s choosing where to go, what to do and… what not to do. A corporate strategy must answer four major questions: where do we compete? What unique value do we bring to the market? What resources and key-capabilities we’ll have to deploy? How do we sustain competitive advantage over time?

Managing Talent Ecosystems

What will be the “structures” for the future of work? The “corporation” that we inherited from the 20th century followed simple assuptions: all employees working on a full-time contractual basis; a strict professional role and respective job-grade, evolving over time; a specific workplace and a daily schedule; a hierarchical subordination to a supervisor.

Attracting and Recruiting Transformational Leaders

Corporate world is changing. The ongoing work-models disruption, social-cultural generational expectations, the focus on wellbeing and the increasing scrutiny on ESG practices are demanding new perspectives and mindsets from leadership and top management teams.

Leadership Effectiveness: focus and noise reduction

What is the most scarce and decisive resource for any leader? Many will say “time”. Based on recent researches, I would answer “focus” or “attention”. Daniel Goleman states that mastering our focus, in a world in which we are bombarded by stimuli and distractions , is the key to professional success and achievement.

Employer Branding in the future of Work

Yes, times are changing. The ongoing digital revolution, the new work models, the cultural pressure of the new generations and this new era of exposure and transparency came to disrupt the basis of what might be considered a great EVP.

Agile: it´s not just projects, it´s leadership culture!

All over world, organizations are looking for “agility” – whatever that means. In fact, to face volatility and uncertainty, agile is the new mantra. Some are performing “trial & error”, with some project teams, following the agile and scrum manifesto guidelines. That´s good.  But, in most cases, not good enough.

Luís Gonçalves

Marketing & Tech Manager

Luís has a professional certification in IT (Computer Systems Management and Programming). He´s now finishing his degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior. He has experience in marketing and communication projects, both in Portugal and in the UK. Entrepreneur and event manager, Luís is organizer and co-founder of the Famalicão Extreme Gaming, one of the biggest e-sports, video games and technology events in Portugal.

Nuno Gonçalves

Associate Consultant

Nuno has a degree in Psychology and a Business Management Executive Master; he’s an organizational consultant and senior trainer, with over 20 years of experience in the areas of Negotiation, Team Management, Leadership; Coaching, Stress Management; Emotional Intelligence, Feedback and Customer Management. He has a HeartMath Coach – Stress & Resilience Management certification and additional training in Theater, Psychodrama and NLP (Neuro – Linguistic Programming).
Nuno has been invited professor in modules like Innovation, Creativity and Leadership and Team Management.

Susana Almeida

Associate Consultant

Susana has a degree in Psychology (specialization in Social Psychology and Organizations) and Master in Human Resources Management (EADA). She has extensive experience of more than 15 years in executive search and middle-management recruitment, in leading multinational consulting firms, in Portugal and Spain. Susana presents also an insightful experience in several talent management, leadership assessment and culture transformation consulting projects. Versatile leader, she´s also an entrepreneur, language teacher and project manager in the education and life-long learning areas.

Cristiana Paiva

Client Partner

Cristiana has more than 15 years working in organizational, leadership and HR challenges, in different companies and geographies. She graduated in Sociology from the University of Porto and complemented her training with an MBA in Management, specializing in the areas of Marketing and Human Resources. She was a consultant for Dynargie Portugal and Responsible for the Recruitment, Selection and Talent Capture of the Ibersol Group. At JASON Associates Portugal she started as Business Development, then took on the challenge of internationalization in 2013 as Business Manager for the Angola operation and, later, she took on the role of HEAD Africa. She is the “mother” of the TOP Leaders Luanda brand, an event directed to TOP Management. In 2017, she completed the brand’s spin off for Angola, having led the process of making international operations autonomous. She is a Managing Partner at JASON Angola, a Partner at JASON Brasil and a Business Development Manager at JASON Tribe.

Carlos Sezões

Managing Partner

Carlos has more than 20 years helping companies to optimize their organizations, leadership and talent.  He began his career at Banco BPI (banking) in 1999, focused on small and mid-sized companies. In 2001, he went to work to the e-recruitment portal ExpressoEmprego.pt (Impresa Group), were he developed employer branding strategies. Later, in 2004, he changed to management consulting sector, where he worked for SIGH International and BI4All – essentially, in corporate governance and performance management projects. Carlos founded LearnView in 2007, a company focused on consultancy (change management) and competencies development (strategy, leadership, behavioural). Carlos was Partner at Stanton Chase Portugal for more than 10 years (2010 to 2021) – engaged in  Executive Search, Talent Management and Executive Coaching.

He holds a degree in Business Management and has upgraded his studies with a Marketing post-graduation course, an Executive MBA, and finished his Masters degree in Human Resources Management in 2018. He’s also concluded a Digital Transformation program (MIT). Since 2012, he has an international certification in Executive Coaching. Carlos was honored in 2013 as HR Consultant of the Year in Portugal (RH Magazine) and has also participated as a speaker in more than 50 conferences and seminars. Moreover, he has been serving as visiting professor in some universities and business schools (Universidade do Minho, UAL, ISG). Parallel to his professional life, he’s the founder and coordinator of Portugal Agora (www.portugalagora.com) – citizenship and think-tank platform.