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Anatomy of a winner

The most important part of any IT project? Not IT

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The most important part of any IT project? Not IT

It’s many times more difficult to change an organization and the people than it is to get approval to spend millions on ‘IT or digital transformation projects’ with a promising return on investment. It’s just a shame that so many really ignore that the return on investment only comes when people are regarded as the key critical success factor

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When your most valuable asset becomes your weakest link

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When your most valuable asset becomes your weakest link

Hiring top talent is a two-way commitment; the organization must be able to cope with the high-flyer and the new talent should be able to navigate the culture. This does not always happen and the results are devastating. Both parties must work for a way out to succeed

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Why organizations will not change

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Why organizations will not change

The business history books are filled with stories of companies failing big time - and for no apparent reason. I believe the main reason is the power of informal, internal networks

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Moods are swinging – swing with them

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Moods are swinging – swing with them

Regardless of who you are, you’re bound to have mood changes – some of us are experiencing heavier, and more frequent, mood changes than others – but we all experience these changes every once in a while. Here's what to do

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Do you fill out your suit?

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Do you fill out your suit?

Do you fill out your suit or are you just loud?

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Dealing with unconscious incompetent people

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Dealing with unconscious incompetent people

You will find (un-)conscious incompetent people amongst your colleagues and this is where you should apply the thoughts presented here

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Your weekly checklist – how to stay sane in a crazy world

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Your weekly checklist – how to stay sane in a crazy world

World’s gone crazy, it seems. But we’re living here and we have to find a way of making peace with the speed of the World around us

I use checklists, and I use them proactively!

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Lessons from my mom

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Lessons from my mom

She's too cool. Period

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If you don’t understand me, how can you lead me?

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If you don’t understand me, how can you lead me?

Years ago, I took part in a crisis management program aiming to enable us understand the un-understandable (i.e. why anyone in this world would ever kill deliberately)

The learnings - I find - are very useful to understand how to lead people, too

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Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe sweat off your face!

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Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe sweat off your face!

You don't get people to change by commanding them or bossing them to do so - you get people to change by consistently and patiently understanding them and their situation and then slowly talk to them about benefits by doing things in a new way

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If not everybody's winning, everybody's losing

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If not everybody's winning, everybody's losing

If you want to win in business, be it customer acquisition, management of employees or procurement negotiations, all parties has to register a 'win' - at least for relationships with repeat interactions (as opposed to one-off deals)

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If it's such a great idea, why didn't someone else do it?

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If it's such a great idea, why didn't someone else do it?

That's the line that made me quit my job more than a decade ago; we'd come up with a - at that time - radical idea on how to automate e-mail marketing and create a true dialogue based on software and rules (this was in the 90's; today the world is over-populated with these solutions)

I came to remember this as I read through McKinsey's "Six secrets to true originality" which I highly recommend you to read through too:

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Six things to do in your new job

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Six things to do in your new job

Follow these six steps to get a good start in your new job or position - good luck

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How do you make a difference?

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How do you make a difference?

I'm contacted daily by people who's searching for jobs - the oil price has taken it's toll and there's more people job hunting than I've experienced in the Middle East before

Most of them have one thing in common - they want to work everywhere with anything - but is that cool?

NO

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Does your competitive edge need sharpening?

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Does your competitive edge need sharpening?

Companies are fighting daily to keep competitive, to keep cost-effective and to keep customer and employee satisfaction as high as possible – and when a certain satisfactory position has been achieved, they relax a little

Unfortunately, this is no longer possible – there is no ‘when this is over…’ anymore

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7 habits explained in a video - a MUST-SEE

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7 habits explained in a video - a MUST-SEE

This is what I try to adhere to every day and it's harder than you think - and more worth it than you can ever imagine!

Just watch it :)

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Surviving information overload

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Surviving information overload

Get your priorities in order

It's only possible to reduce stress and the feeling of 'too much' if you accept that there are some areas that you are okay not paying attention to - but you need to select what you want to see & read and what you don't want to see & read

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It's so easy, but so difficult

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It's so easy, but so difficult

Every time I go to a conference, read a blog, a publication or a white paper, I experience the same; lot's of great ideas, points, takeaways and 'trueisms' (things that you just know are true)

And every time I get a little annoyed

I hear and read from so many 'experts' how to do the right way in social media, in customer loyalty, to avoid business disruption, to prepare for the next 'big' etc. etc. and I just feel it's to easy for them to say

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This was valid in 2009 - and still is

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This was valid in 2009 - and still is

I did a quite elaborate study in the Fall of 2009, aiming to define the characteristics of the winning companies in the crisis, labeled "The Anatomy of Tomorrow's Winners"

Looking back at the results of this study makes me realize how little the world - or the basic criteria for good management - actually do change, despite of an ever-so-fast changing business landscape and environment

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