“Can an organization be too divergent?” asked a middle manager of a large bank me in a development journey? He was taking up the role of Facilitating Adaptability a lot lately.  And the answer seems yes. I’ve seen it in several organizations that promote shared leadership. The top keeps repeating their mantra ‘everybody is leader’, ‘come with new ideas’, ‘it is…
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…
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…
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy started hesitantly, with general musings about the necessary balance between social, ecological, political, ethical and economical concerns. Van Rompuy is not the most emotional or pompous speaker. He clearly appeals more the brains, than the guts or heart of his listeners. The few bone-dry jokes made the nuanced lecture still…
Dr. Paul Stoffels, Director R & D Johnson & Johnson talking about Dr. Peter Piot: "He has changed dramatically the course of AIDS in the world. He first has put AIDS on the agenda of the world leaders. Before him nobody cared. He then really worked hard on prevention and awareness. Finally, he has made therapy available together with the pharmaceutical industry for the…
 Jan Vanhevel is since June 2009 CEO of the KBC, one of Belgians largest financial institutions with more than 50.000 employees. I meet him in his large office on the 8th floor at the KBC headquarters. What is changing in leadership? “Leadership is very much evolving. I see now that the CEO is put more and more in the spotlight. I hate that. It’s not correct. Because…
Mr. President Jacques Rogge of the International Olympic Committee honored yesterday Antwerp Management School with his lecture on global leadership for the André Leysen Leadership Chair. Expectations were high. Dr. Rogge is the only Belgian leader ranked in the top 68 world leaders of Forbes magazine on #67. What has a global leader of his kind to say on leadership? How does…