Book: How to survive the Turkey ( and other family gatherings)

We, Karen and Sylvie, love Christmas. We love the traditions, the luxury and the coziness. We don’t love the unrealistic expectations that surround the Christmas celebration, and this inspire…

You don’t have a relationship, you create one (4 tips)

‘You don’t have a relationship, you create one’  I use this saying often. Sometimes it causes some uproar, but more often it gets support. Because if you take the time to let this one r…

From a systemic perspective: The story of Laura

Laura works in a department with six other colleagues. She is busy. Too busy actually, but deep in her heart she loves it. She knows this. She has always been this way. One look from your side and …

Why behaviour is not the cause

We often attribute the cause of an event to behaviour. Which makes perfect sense because ‘the behaviour’ is what we see. And so we can identify it. And as a result to ‘what we see’ a response with …

The 3 golden rules everyone should know

Once upon an time there was a small tree growing between large trees. He behaved as if he were big. Just as big as his fellow trees. He wanted to join them, looked them in their eyes, laughed if th…

Why mixed teams perform better

Monique faces a great challenge; she has the opportunity to create her very own team for a long-term project. At first glance, she has some candidates on her ‘list of favourites’. Colleagues who sh…

4 Advantages of gender differences within the workplace

In a previous blog I wrote about Monique. How she came to the decision to compose a diverse team. Monique noticed that she had made a good decision. As she expected, the different traits and talent…

Why, what, when and how to delegate -tips

Do you remember Susan? The main character of a previous blog? She was extremely busy. Probably overburdened as well. But after she learned how to leave her team’s tasks and responsibilities up to t…

‘Will they still like me?’

In this blog I would like to introduce you to Susan. She is team leader of a team which consists out of seven people: four women and three men. Susan is extremely busy. She feels like she has a lot…

Eline’s top 5 tips for managers with a ‘wobbly’ team

In the Dutch language we have the following expression: ‘As the wind blows, so does her skirt.’ When I ask Eline whether she knows this expression, she looks at me and nods. She laughs because she …

Everyone counts. Everyone matters.

‘Going beneath the surface’   Above the Surface Erik breathes a sigh of relief. Luckily he has found his team a new member. The team members will probably be as relieved. After the…

If lobsters would have doctors

Changes. They always hurt. At least a little. The question is whether the ‘change’ itself hurts, or whether the pain actually makes you change. An interesting question that can be answered in sever…

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