We all want autonomy. Really?

We all want autonomy. Really?

Running Away from Restrictions Someone left the public sector to work in the private sector. He wanted to break free from all the restrictions, regulations and fixed ways of working that are so typical for government service. So he went.

Fairness in Performance Management

Fairness in Performance Management

I was intrigued by the title of the McKinsey Article. Fairness in performance management. Fairness and Leadership Fairness is one of the main elements on which sustainable leadership is based, as I have described in my book. Performance management is

Don’t Copy Spotify. It won’t Work.

Don’t Copy Spotify. It won’t Work.

The promise of Agile When I first saw the films about how Spotify had organised itself, I was immediately inspired. This is it, I thought. This is how organisations should function. Organically aligned, flexible, purpose-driven. I remember showing it to

Purpose, the Newest Toy for CEOs

Purpose, the Newest Toy for CEOs

Purpose  ‘The engagement hype threatens to make the manager a chief horse whisperer’, I wrote in a previous article. A manager/dog trainer who hopes to entice his people with the right tricks to still get the targeted engagement score and

Agile is (also) a Matter of Trust.

Agile is (also) a Matter of Trust.

How Might We Become Agile? Many organisations have ‘discovered’ agile working practices. But they face big challenges. The advantages of agile are clear: faster processes, a more rewarding work culture and enhanced flexibility. But the question they face is how

What’s the Purpose?

What’s the Purpose?

Purpose. How organizations and people can complement each other What makes us go to work — quick answer? Money. The logic is as impeccable as it is inescapable. We have needs — for food, heat and shelter, for internet and Netflix box sets. These things

The Mysterious Vanishing of Good Soldiers

The Mysterious Vanishing of Good Soldiers

Why we should not use the phrase “good soldiers” any longer. It dates back from an industrial era when organisations focused on operational excellence. We need an army of the finest.   Good Soldiers “We need good soldiers”. It’s a

What a Gas Law Can Teach Us About Well-being.

What a Gas Law Can Teach Us About Well-being.

The Gas Law It always amazes me how we seem to neglect a simple law of nature. (a) What happens when you increase temperature? Pressure goes up. (b) What happens when you increase pressure? Temperature goes up. This is a

How Can We Be Unstoppable? – Strategy

How Can We Be Unstoppable? – Strategy

  Strategy Let’s talk about strategy. The classical strategic questions are: whom do want to serve (why?) what do we want to offer? and how will we offer it (consistently)? So if you can answer these questions consistently, you might

5 Things Not to Do When Employee Survey Results Are Bad

5 Things Not to Do When Employee Survey Results Are Bad

  So you want to know how your people feel about working in your organization. Why not do a survey? But the results can be an unpleasant surprise. What to do when you get feedback you did not expect, when