“No Rules” Illusion: can we do without rules?

“No Rules” Illusion: can we do without rules?

No rules illusion is the second article on rules in a series of 3. You can find the first article here. Too Much Freedom Most of us intuitively prefer more freedom over less freedom. But could we have too much of it?

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

The Rules Illusion

The Rules Illusion

Organizations should beware of a “rules bias”: a tendency to give in to risk aversion by establishing ever more rules. Trade-off: Restrictions versus Freedom Any situation in which people coexist benefits from common agreements. We like to know what is acceptable

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

The Asshole Trade-Off

The Asshole Trade-Off

The Asshole in the Room It is dangerous to mix metaphors*, but I’m going to do it anyway. The asshole in the workplace has long been (and still are to a large degree) the elephant in the room. There is

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

The Long and the Short of Learning

The Long and the Short of Learning

Organisational learning can benefit from a long-term approach, just like children can.  Children and Learning Cast your mind back to your very first memories, and recall how you learned about the world around you. How do we learn, really learn,

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

Simplicity vs Evidence

Simplicity vs Evidence

This blog is about the danger of simplicity. Koen Smets pleads for an evidence-based approach in HR that avoids the simple recipes. The Quest for Simplicity Albert Einstein’s equation, e = mc2 is arguably the most widely known formula in the

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

The Performance Appraisals Problem is half-solved

The Performance Appraisals Problem is half-solved

Getting rid of Performance Appraisals? About a year ago, the consultancy company Deloitte was all over the headlines. How come? They had announced that they would be getting rid of their conventional, ratings-based performance appraisal process. And within a few months,

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

Ambition or Happiness – do we need to choose?

Ambition or Happiness – do we need to choose?

Ambition Ambition tends to get a bad press. We often link it with greed and selfishness with a ruthless drive towards achieving a goal at any cost. And when that goal is attained, a new one will always emerge. The ambitious

Koen Smets

Koen Smets

Koen Smets is an accidental behavioural economist, who works as an organization development specialist. He uses elements from both orthodox microeconomics and behavioural economics to bring about behavioural change. He is on Twitter as @koenfucius.

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