Category: People Strategy

Psychological Safety: Being Comfortable with Being Wrong.

This blog is the first in a series of blogs about psychological safety and trust.

A True Story about Psychological Safety

Imagine you’re in the operating room of a hospital. You have to undergo a complex life-threatening surgery. There’s a team of two surgeons, assistants and a medical student standing around you. They are working on your case. Suddenly one surgeon, known for his explosive temper, notices that there’s blood on the handle of the overhead light. When no one of the team accepts responsibility, the surgeon starts swearing loudly at each member. Then the surgeon finishes the operation in silence. Read More

My 4 Take-aways from the 2019 Vlerick HR Day

During my first month at Otolith, I was given the opportunity to attend the 16th Vlerick HR Day. Plenty of leading international HR-speakers were present. They shared their academic or practical insights with the audience. Here are my 4 Take-aways:Read More

Anybody Can Do HR.

I once heard a VP say that he had done almost everything in the company, apart from HR. And he added “But anyone can do HR”Read More

Health Care Heroes

My Father

My father passed away last month. He spent the last 24 days of his life in health care facilities as it was impossible to organize the care he needed at home.

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The Self-Determination Theory: What Drives Employees?

Why do employees often start their job with a positive mindset, only to become passive and demotivated after a certain amount of time?Read More

Well-being Programs: Carrying Water to the Ocean?


Well-Being Programs on the Rise

There are more and more programs on well-being. What strikes me is that they always start from a good intention but often do not have the desired effect.Read More

The Three Levels of Strategy Execution


About Strategy

Organisations need to reconsider the way they shape the strategic process. The time that this process is linear has gone. In the past strategy was a logic sequence of definition, execution and evaluation. It was enough to define targets and cascade them downwards.Read More

Never Forget Your Values.

As many organisations are heading for heavy waters, we should not forget the question of moral leadership. Never forget your values, David Ducheyne argues in a plea for a human approach of difficult decisions.Read More

Experience versus Efficiency: How to Handle Change.

This blog is about the need to balance efficiency and experience.

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Navigating Continuous Change – Report of an LBS Workshop

During the reunion of the executive education alumni of the London Business School I had the pleasure to co-moderate one of the workshops. The topic was how to navigate continuous change. About 20 international executives exchanged their experiences. Here are the key learnings.

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