The Story of the Falling Man – A Tale that Could Happen to All of Us.

The Story of the Falling Man – A Tale that Could Happen to All of Us.

The Fall His boss flew over to sack him. He was stunned. It felt like the walls were collapsing around him. A cold wind cut through his skin. He had not expected this. He thought they would discuss the new plans.

Why VUCA is Relevant for Sustainable Leadership.

Why VUCA is Relevant for Sustainable Leadership.

Is there really a VUCA World? Someone asked me why I use the acronym VUCA in my book on sustainable leadership. He referred to a statement by Rob Briner who says that VUCA is an empty word. Change and uncertainty has

A Story About The Unbearable Lightness of Culture Change

A Story About The Unbearable Lightness of Culture Change

This blog is about culture change. Culture Change “We need to change our culture“, said the CEO, “if we want to execute our strategy“. We often talk lightly about culture change. We know that culture is a determining factor in

How to Map Out the Employee Journey

How to Map Out the Employee Journey

The lifeblood of the organisation is the employee, making employee journey mapping a crucial part of the HR toolset. Journey mapping is a technique which Customer Experience Directors have come to rely on, but it’s still new to HR. Currently

Career Loss: Why People Stay in the Wrong Jobs for the Wrong Reasons.

Career Loss: Why People Stay in the Wrong Jobs for the Wrong Reasons.

Careers have ups and downs. We value the ups more than we appreciate the downs. But both might have value. So here are some insights in the psychology of career loss. Your boss tells you … Imagine you have gone

What May Explain May’s Mayhem: Loss of Trustworthiness

What May Explain May’s Mayhem: Loss of Trustworthiness

Trouble Theresa May seems to be in trouble. Although she is holding on to power, the least one can say is that she  has lost the support she had when she stepped into the footsteps of David Cameron. Why is

What Scandals Tell Us About Leadership

What Scandals Tell Us About Leadership

Corporate and political life seems to be burdened by behavior the broader public does not appreciate (any more). In Belgium we are faced with a scandal in the city of Brussels. The mayor of Brussels accepted fees as a board

Why is Management by Fear a Problem?

Why is Management by Fear a Problem?

This blog is about fear and trust. Popularity Revisited My earlier post on popularity seemed to have touched many people. There were many discussions on Linkedin and the number of views went ballistic. Why would that be? Popularity is controversial. At first

Why Leaders Do not Have to Be Popular

Why Leaders Do not Have to Be Popular

Or at least, they should not strive to be popular. Why? Because being popular is rather a liability than an advantage. Why? Because being popular is not very sustainable? Why? Because it puts leaders in a very weak spot when things

The Organizational Design Perspective

The Organizational Design Perspective

Strategic Organisational design In previous blogs I have talked about organizational design. The question I want to debate here is how you start an organisational design process. My argument is that you need to start from the strategy a company

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