The approach to organizing my new one-day workshops is a bit weird, I admit. That’s because I don’t care about doing things the “normal” way. What I care about is exploring new ways to organize events. What I also care about is practicing what I preach in terms of modern management practices.Read more
I call myself a Creative Networker. It is the most accurate and succinct description I could think of that wraps all the projects I am involved in. My business cards and personal website explain that I’m a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, and freethinker. (I seem to have forgotten bragger in that list.) If I had to summarize my personal brand with three words I would choose creative, smart, and funny. But I would easily agree that brands are better defined by their observers, not by their owners. My readers might prefer to describe me as weird, blunt, and smug. It is all in the eye of the beholder.Read more
This week I was asked if I offer a discount for charity organizations for my new one-day workshops.
I said, “No”.
I don’t believe in discounts for charity for various reasons. But I’m also sure some people will hate me for saying “No” when I don’t offer a good explanation. “Jurgen is such a bad selfish person! Boo!” Well, yes that’s true. But let me offer you my thoughts.Read more
I once had a small disagreement with the HR manager of an organization where I worked. She showed me the suggested career paths that software developers could have in our organization. To my horror I saw, if I remember well, that Software Testers could become Software Developers (the other way around was not expected), Software Developers might become Project Managers (not the other way around), and Project Managers could become Business Unit Managers (again, not the other way around). And, as could be expected from a hierarchically oriented organization, all the roads ultimately led to the Pope in Rome. Or, in our case, one top management position, which was theoretically possible, but practically unavailable.Read more
I have selected the USA and Poland as the next countries from the backlog for my global book tour. This means I am now waiting for your input on the best cities to travel to, for my brand new and exclusive one-day workshop.
Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, and Bulgaria are already scheduled, and I’m happy to say that registrations are steadily trickling into my mailbox. But I can only schedule USA and Poland when you tell me which cities and venues to try!Read more
My third book is almost Done.
The working title for my new book was always Management Workout. I like it, because the metaphor of workout exercises for management in healthy organizations fits very well with the content. However, with the book nearly finished it was time for a definitive book title.Read more
The European Commission has, at the time I’m writing this, a “team” of 28 Commissioners. One of them has the title of President, and no less than eight of the others have been bestowed the title of Vice-President. (Eight Vice‑Presidents?) And then there is the European Parliament, with its own President, and a European Council, also with its own President. It’s no wonder the European Union has trouble making decisions, having as many heads as the Lernaean Hydra.Read more
I have the habit of going for a walk every day, for about an hour, developing new ideas while listening to tacky music. To accompany me on those walks I have a Google Nexus phone with a Spotify app, several downloaded playlists, and nice Bowers & Wilkins headphones.
This is my report of what happened yesterday:Read more