April 21, 2020
lessons learned from a 50-year-old (near) disaster

Apollo 13 – Lessons Learned from a 50-year-old (near) Disaster

By Liddy Bakker My daughter studies in Europe and once universities stopped their lectures, she managed to get a flight to NZ and now shares our bubble during lockdown. Since she studies Aerospace Engineering and with the 50 year anniversary […]
April 16, 2020
future leadership capability

Are we willing to erode our future leadership capability?

Will ‘nemawashi’ practicing leaders become more top-down and more impatient post COVID-19? By Geerten Lengkeek The Japanese future leadership capability is build on the principle of Nemawashi, which translates as ‘consensus building’ and contains elements of negotiation, influence, dialogue, persuasion and […]
March 15, 2020

Why the battle for talent won’t win you the war anymore

Move over ‘The war for talent’, the ‘war for staff’ is coming! In 1997 a “Ground-breaking McKinsey study exposed the ‘War for Talent’ as a strategic business challenge and a critical driver of corporate performance”, the business world paid attention. […]
March 10, 2020

Celebrating International Women’s Day

For international woman’s day, I attended a session called ‘A Woman’s Worth’ organised by the Institute of Directors. Working as a management consultant and having started my career as a soil scientist, I am very used to operating in a […]
February 26, 2020

Why Autonomy, Mastery and Relatedness – The Three Pillars of Self Determination – are so Hard to Achieve

I have not spoken to many people who have seen Dan Pink’s TED talk ‘The Puzzle of Motivation’ and are not convinced by his arguments. Yet, more than 10 years after he published his book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About […]
February 13, 2020

Workforce Engagement and Initiative: The Secret Sauce for Lean

I’ve just had a “FastCap” moment. For fellow Lean geeks I do not have to explain. If you have not heard about FastCap, the company founded by Paul Akers who introduced the concept of “2 second lean” and later wrote […]
January 24, 2020

“The world cannot be explained without numbers; and the world cannot be explained with numbers alone”

I have had a number of conversations of late where despite factual evidence, there are plenty of opinions abound what happened, and usually there is no data to back these up. Now, before you wonder whether I have been following […]
August 19, 2019

Why we should ban the F word at work

The other day I read an article that claimed it had been ‘proven’ that open plan offices were productivity killers and that workers have greater output working from home. It went on to say that like many other management fads, […]