The other day I was reading the hobbies of several C-level executives. And once again I found the usual suspects: cooking, history, art, classical music, old-timers, wine, golf, walking in the mountains … I’ve always wondered, do they do this because it is just part of the social class they belong to (cf. Bourdieu)? Or do they really enjoy it?  And why have these hobbies…
The other day I was reading the hobbies of several C-level executives. And once again I found the usual suspects: cooking, history, art, classical music, old-timers, wine, golf, walking in the mountains … I’ve always wondered, do they do this because it is just part of the social class they belong to (cf. Bourdieu)? Or do they really enjoy it?  And why have these hobbies never…
Een maand na de zware aardbeving in Nepal is het antwoord van de internationale gemeenschap ronduit teleurstellend. Dat heeft een hoge VN-medewerker gezegd (Bron: Het Laatste Nieuws). We zijn blijkbaar met zijn allen donormoe. Ik herken er wel iets in. Ook ik heb de berichten over Nepal gehoord. Ik knik elke week vriendelijk neen tegen de vrijwilligers aan het centraal station…
Radja Nainggolan plays a great season as midfielder for AS Roma. He's also been drafted regularly for the succesful Belgian soccer team and scored recently in a qualifying match against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Great was my surprise when I read that he never has had a personal meeting with the trainer of the "Red Devils": "Some coaches talk with their players, he doesn't. I know that…
Paul was a brilliant young engineer when he started in the IT network department of an international utility company. He soon became key in the team of network designers and when the department grew, he was elected team leader. By the age of 33, Paul was network manager with an undisputed reputation of network expertise.  He worked very hard, but his team became frustrated. Paul…
I’m a fraud, or at least that is how I feel sometimes when I’m driving home after a day of work. It is only a matter of time before they will discover that I’m not up to the job.  I've heard these sentences 5 times over the last 2 weeks. And they all came from people in high places: a CEO from a SME, a managing partner from a consulting agency, a school headmaster, and 2…
Being silent has an impact for the good or for the worse. Dave Ulrich made clear in his HR masterclass in Brussels that the loudest feedback is silence. Saying nothing when you ought to speak is approving the other’s bad behavior. But if being silent means that you are listening, nothing but good will happen. Professor Avraham Natan Kluger (2013) from The Hebrew University showed…
“Which leadership book or training can you recommend me? How can I become a middle leader?” These simple questions require very complex answers if you consider all dimensions of leadership. Day, Harrison and Halpin (2009) advocate an integrative model of leadership development with three levels. The first, visible level targets skills. Leadership is a question of expertise.…
Deze morgen lichtte Jan Nolf, vrederechter op rust, zijn visie op de gang van zaken in justitie toe in Peeters & Partners*. Zijn beschouwingen: "Een ego op zich is een kwaliteit. Het probleem is dat de lange tenen soms meegroeien met de trappen die men bestijgt. En dan krijg je van die superego's die zichzelf onleefbaar maken in hun werkomgeving... Er is nogal wat onderzoek…
When I tell people that I am conducting research on mindfulness, I often get frowns. "You are supposed to be a serious academic. How can you be involved into this wishy-washy, spiritual stuff?" After very mindfully accepting my frustration I accept this feedback and explain. True ... mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist spirituality and true ... for some mindfulness is considered…
Awareness of yourself and the context enables more precise and effective actions and interventions. More awareness leads to humility, more listening, accepting and less talking. To being more part of the system and leaving more room for others to lead and less one-way talking and directing. How much do you fill the room with your talk, presentations, strategy, solutions?
Leadership is personal and contextual. Leadership is a personal choice in a certain situation to take up an uneasy challenge. This explains why ‘awareness’ is at the heart of leadership. Awareness of the reality, also the reality of own’s own self. Self awareness is the basis of self-regulation. And self-regulation is essential to stay flexible in different circumstances. Goffee…