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 »

When a yes means different things

Are your meetings clear about decisions?

Coming to a closure, also known as making decisions is always one of the most difficult challenges a group faces. Recently, I was leading a workshop on meetings and many participants faced the difficult issue of decision-making. One of the participants put it clearly: ‘I hate it when I’m being asked to join a meeting… Read more »

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The 2 Rules and 7 Habits at the Creativity World Festival

Finally there it is: my 7 minute presentation of ‘Creative and Engaging Meetings’ at the Creativity World Forum. Especially for all those who have voted for me but where not able to attend the Forum. And of course, also for all the other interested!

Why leaders should get themselves loved

‘Yes, but the whole meeting should be designed in such a way that we get them where we want’. That were tough words and it framed the meeting unequivocally. My client knew what she wanted. And she was not willing to let others interfere with her plans.   I was preparing a 2-day retreat and… Read more »

The 2 rules for an engaged meeting

There are two rules for an engaged meeting: How well you plan, the meeting will always go wrong, If the meeting does not go wrong, you had a sub-optimal meeting.   When I started working as an office clerk some 12 years ago nobody had told me these rules. Being at the bottom of the… Read more »

Yes, and… let’s revolutionize the world

Not long ago I discovered and joined the Applied Improvisation Network, a worldwide network of more than 1800 dedicated professionals using improvisation within their work. Their work is typically in the field of education, training, leadership, creativity, innovation and organisational development.     The basic rule for all improvisation work is: ‘yes, and…’   During… Read more »