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

Board meetings or bored meetings?

Board meetings or bored meetings?

Board meetings have a dubious reputation. Boring. Rigged. Useless. Endless. Two years ago I have met Sir John Parker, chairman of Anglo American.  He showed me otherwise. Board meetings are moments in which one can decide about the future of the company.

IDEO’s 4 Engaging Work Culture Guidelines.

IDEO’s 4 Engaging Work Culture Guidelines.

Work Culture and Design Thinking You may have heard about design thinking? The concept has exploded in recent years.  It’s a popular term and people use it to show that they  “keep up” with innovation and new ways of working. The term

HR disruption: 4 Lenses to Look at How the HR Profession Changes.

HR disruption: 4 Lenses to Look at How the HR Profession Changes.

In the week of March 20th 2017 I have tweeted about HR disruption under the hashtag #hrdisruption. This is the second article about that. You can read the first one here. 4 lenses to look at HR disruption From that

I am a Leader. I am a Person. The story of Themba.

I am a Leader. I am a Person. The story of Themba.

This is the story of Themba, a managing director and self-made man. This blog is the first part in a series of 2. Themba’s Family Dynamics Themba is a managing director at a construction company. He started working there when he

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