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Meeting tip: ‘often work in small groups’ (video)

Many meetings are about taking ideas further and making decisions. But having a fruitful conversation to achieve that is no easy task. Especially with all the diversity in your team. You have the talkative ones, the silent ones, the creative ones, and so on… And having people participating equally becomes a real challenge. Well research… Read more »

Big meeting (1 of 2)

Meetings can save the world (potentially) – part II

In my last blog I discussed how great meetings potentially save the world. As an example I used the Climate Talks in Paris of last December, during which the meeting was brought to a successful close by using the Indaba, an inclusive meeting technique. And so I advocated (and still do) the use of many… Read more »

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Meetings can save the world (potentially)

And there it was, a small ray of hope in all the dark and gloom of 2015. Let’s face it: 2015 was not a great year: terror (starting and ending in Paris), war in Syria, mass migration on shaky boats… To name just a few highlights.   But the Climate Talks (also in Paris) ended… Read more »

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Let’s rewire our managers!

How does a typical manager think? For I while, I couldn’t get a satisfying answer to this question. Managers are people just like you and me, with the same diversity as we find in the real world. They have struggles, as we all do. And like us, they are putting a lot of effort in… Read more »

Confusion

Are you ready for the new game?

‘If collaboration is cool, if cross-functional working is so amazing, why do we build these huge hierarchies?’   That’s Eddie Obeng talking, in his great TED-talk ‘Smart failure for a fast-changing world’. He claims that the rules of the game have drastically changed in our 21st century. Our main problem, as humanity, is that we… Read more »

Are we moving Hare or Tortoise

What is your strategy for a successful change?

In Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare both animals set of for a race. Tortoise, tired of hearing Hare boasting his speed, challenges him. All the animals of the forest gather to watch. Hare is fast to run down the road and after a while looks over his shoulder. Noticing that Tortoise is… Read more »

What is your view?

Boost your innovation by thinking as Disney

Innovation is neither simple nor easy. When I look at the organisations I work with I see them struggling with their innovation endeavour. By definition innovation is fuzzy in the ‘where’ (where are we going?) and in the ‘how’ (how are we going to make this happen?), and that at the same time.   So… Read more »

Mister Intervention showing the way

How soviet are you as a leader?

I am on my way back from Kyrgyzstan where I facilitated a 3-day conference. Kyrgyzstan (for those of you who don’t know) is a former Soviet Republic in Central Asia. Hence, it’s one of those countries where the state ruled and intervened in all aspects of individual lives of its citizens. And though the Soviet… Read more »

How many meetings do you have?

How to get your whole team to work

‘Our meeting rooms fit a maximum of 8 participants.’ I was being guided through the new headquarters of a major bank. Of course the design of the brand new offices showed the decency and the wealth you may expect from a conservative institution as a bank. But I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot… Read more »

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Improving your meetings is a waste of time!

Most meetings are an energy drain. Everyone working for or with a big organisation knows that. So I often get clients that would like to see their meetings improved.   – Why do you want to improve your meetings? – Well, says the client, I’d love to see people engaging in the topic instead of… Read more »

Where does your meeting impact?

Why a ‘boss free’ organisation is not boss free

Since Zappos decided to turn into a holacracy, we definitely have a hype around boss free companies. Not that ‘boss free’ companies are new, but that a well-known brand and big company is taking up the challenge is definitely worth noticing.   ‘Boss free’ is an answer to the problems of bureaucracy, which in the… Read more »

Now mirror your speech!

You are listening, aren’t you? (deep listening for beginners)

Meetings are all about communication. Without communication, the meeting would cease to exist.   The word ‘communication’ has a Latin origin of which the root is mun- (not uni-). The Latin munus has to do with gifts or duties offered publicly. In ancient Rome, the communicatio generally involved tangible goods. The word has then evolved… Read more »

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The failure of hierarchical management structures

The Financial Director magazine interviewed me about what modern management structures are required to be able to innovate successfully in our fast-changing world. The article evolves around the dual operating system by Kotter, whom I interviewed at the beginning of the year.

Navi Radjou

‘With Jugaad Innovation you save on time and resources’ – Interview with Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is co-author of the bestseller Jugaad Innovation, in which he explains how emerging economies are innovating frugally by clever improvisation. Filled with many examples, Navi Radjou and his colleagues show that frugal innovation is flourishing in emerging countries. Think low-cost, high quality and affordable solutions in health care, energy, communications etcetera. Jugaad Innovation… Read more »