De vlammen laaiden hoog op, die nacht van 14 op 15 januari 2003. Heel het voorgebouw van het machtige Koninklijk Atheneumgebouw werd verwoest. De school zat zowiezo al in woelig vaarwater met een grote meerderheid van jongeren van allochtone afkomst en achterstand op veel vlakken in het centrum van Antwerpen. Ook vandaag nog komt 74 % van hun leerlingen uit gezinnen waar thuis geen…
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…
Back in the day, when I was a PhD student, I often received the question: what is your PhD about?  I always answered: I will only know this when it is finished.  I then tried to explain what Karl Weick (1995, p182-183) learned me: talk your walk, instead of walk your talk. The latter has failed many times, because one hardly makes sense of the future, but one does of the past. This…
People follow what you do, not what you say. The question for leaders is: "which example do you want to set? Which action or behavior do you want to be copied?" Leadership is not talking about necessary changes. The road is unpredictable. Leadership is starting to walk and trusting that you will be followed. Learn to increase your coherence and integrity as drivers of trust and…
“Walk the talk” is one of the most used clichés on leadership. And the importance of role modeling is undoubted. Transformational leadership theorists [i] call it ‘idealized influence’ and it is a core element in all positive leadership theories [ii]: giving the example is an effective way to influence people in the right direction. As Cialdini [iii] quotes Cavett Robert…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_qO7NFp4-s This video circulates already some time on leadership seminars and the internet. It beautifully illustrates the force of social proof: to determine what is correct, we find out what other people think is correct. (Cialdini*, 2007). A longer version of the video** shows that before this scene, the dancing guy had already quite a few 'first…
Voor mij zit de man die met zijn team op 9 jaar tijd de FOD Zekerheid getransformeerd heeft: van 2000 naar 1300 medewerkers. De ‘dynamic offices’ leveren jaarlijks een besparing van 30 % kantoorruimte op. 40 % van zijn management team is vrouwelijk. 69 % van de medewerkers werkt tot 3 dagen per week thuis. 84 % prikt de tijd niet meer. De productiviteit is tot 20 % gestegen.…