Confusion

My disclaimer: Make complexity engaging not simple

Complexity is not about simplicity When I say that complexity can be surfed with 21st century meetings, it’s easy to think the subliminal message here is that 21st century meetings are simple. Now simplicity and complexity seem to be opposed, and by formal definition they might be. But that’s too simplistic an approach. Simplistic, because… Read more »

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4 things I learned on great meetings

It’s a sweet thing to redesign my website. I get to go through all my older posts again: all these ideas on change, innovation and the crucial role of meetings. Time to share with you the 4 things I learned about meetings.   Lesson 1: Meetings are a means to an end This one sounds… Read more »

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Let’s rewire our managers!

How do typical managers 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 reconciling… 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 »

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 »

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The failure of hierarchical management structures

Hierarchical management structures and innovation don’t get along The Financial Director magazine interviewed me about modern management structures. Hierarchical management structures are not able to innovate successfully in our fast-changing world. The article evolves around the dual operating system by Kotter. I interviewed at the beginning of the year 2013.

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The mirror we are ourselves

‘Well! If you can’t handle it, I’ll do it!’ She almost screamed the sentence then stood up and left the meeting room. She went straight to her working space, fell in her chair and gazed through the window. She felt exasperated. Her team was not able to pull it off.   The past 2 years,… Read more »

Standing out

What leadership for groups in confusion?

Sometimes I’m just a participant of a meeting. I cherish these meetings. I’m just one of the pack, do not need to lead the meeting and can decide my own role according to my whims. This time I was in an observing and learning mood. A crowd of approximately 40 participants had gathered around the… Read more »

A low-meeting diet

A low-meeting diet: some do it!

Today I was flabbergasted. On two different unrelated occasions I asked: ‘how many hours a week do you spend in meetings?’ The first person I asked is project manager at a big public organisation, the second manager at a global consultancy.   Both respondents gave the same answer: 5 hours a week.   Example of… Read more »