"Het begint allemaal met nieuwsgierigheid," begon Duco Sickinghe zijn verhaal op het eerste open evenement van Ignited. "Als leerlingen nieuwsgierig zijn, dan komen ze vanzelf in actie." Een eenvoudig uitgangspunt met grote gevolgen als je het echt meent. Sickinghe is een geboren verhaaltjesverteller. Hij sloeg gensters met kleine verhaaltjes over zijn bewind bij Telenet, zijn ervaringen…
“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…
This summer I’ve interviewed 44 leaders in 4 organizations that are empowering their teams in their primary processes*. The organizations come from different sectors: public administration, health care, production and engineering. Which preliminary  lessons do I draw? 1) Self-managing teams are an illusion We have to stop talking about self-managing or autonomous teams.…
is een van de verzuchtingen van leidinggevenden als we met hen in gesprek gaan over empowerment, gedeeld leiderschap, meer zelfsturende teams. Soms is het meer dan een verzuchting. Eerder een diep gewortelde frustratie tot zelfs cynisme. Ze hebben hun medewerkers opgeroepen om meer initiatief te nemen, het in ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen vastgelegd en hen zelfs naar cursussen assertiviteit…
Jesse & me participated last Thursday in a leadership debate i.a. with Hans Bourlon. He's co-founder with Gert Verhulst & Danny Verbist of the very succesful production firm Studio 100. Dressed casually, listening attentively and speaking carefully and with soft voice he passed very clear messages about his succesful leadership. 1) "I wasn't born as an entrepreneur.…
It's a law of nature. Free space tends to be filled up. It takes more energy to keep space free, then to let it fill up. It's true in the world of atoms with closets, desks, rooms. Children are great at this. It's amazing how a small number of children, e.g. during a birthday party, use and conquer every inch of a house. It's also true in the digital world. Mailboxes, disk drives,…
Newnormal leaders are at the same time very clear on a few expectations and open on all the rest. This combination of high expectations and a lot of freedom motivates and empowers people. An example: Laurent Ledoux, a teacher at business schools, banker & amateur philosopher told me recently that he expects two things of his employees: "That they serve their customers well…