Mind over Matter – The challenges of Leading the transition in LEAN, Agile, Design Thinking

A recent survey of 28 executives and leading managers shows that many organizations which have set out to benefit from the autonomous delivery and execution methods, like LEAN CI/PDCA, Agile and Design Thinking, are still struggling with creating the proper environment and culture, especially in the area of empowerment, but also in true implementation and [Read more]

Mind over Matter – the emotional competence of transition towards agile business models and autonomous implementation

A major challenge when transitioning from the classical controlled project execution models to autonomous project execution like Agile, LEAN PDCA or Design Thinking, is to develop and maintain the proper mindset towards boundaries. The strength of these autonomous methods is the ability to provide rapid go-to-market results combined with continuous improvements based on findings and [Read more]

Autonomous Project Execution – Develop the culture to deliver

Companies large and small have discovered the benefits of autonomous project execution in combination with short go-to-market cycles as seen in Design Thinking, Scrum & Agile and the LEAN continuous improvement concept of PDCA. Dynamic teams of experts and developers are assigned objectives and within the scope of the project, they will explore and deliver [Read more]

Understanding the importance of WHY and other motivational leadership quotes

During an Executive Leadership workshop, I was asked what my favorite motivational leadership quote is and I never have to think a single second to answer this question. “Don’t summon your men to build a ship, instead develop their yearning for the seas.” by Antoine de Saint Exupery and I always enjoy explaining why this [Read more]

Training program: Communicating Information – the power of emotionalizing the message!

Presenting information is one thing, but how do we get the message across and how can we make it stick? Which factors influence how our message is perceived and remembered? In this training program, we take a closer look at how the audience responds to information and communication and how we can influence this by [Read more]

Let’s do IQ/EQ/SQ the OEE-way

The mean reason that OEE has developed into an accepted and valuable Key Performance Indicator is the fact that performance is measured against the actual capacity of the segment we are measuring with OEE and not against others. Measuring against others might give us a subjective view of our performance compared to how the rest [Read more]

Operations Management: Leading your team

When leading Operations as Manager or Director, you will see yourself confronted with expectations for performance and results which are not achieved in the current setting. On the floor, where your team does their work, these expectations might seem far fetched but during the managerial reviews, you fully commit to fulfilling these expectations. You believe [Read more]

Change Management

A practical example I use in our Master Classes “Change Management”: When asked by the Steering Committee to lead a project which had already accumulated 1 year delay and was 42% over it’s original budget of 5 million EURO, my first action was to understand what caused this project to go so far off track. [Read more]

Safety and Discipline

The foundation of safety lays in discipline, zero tolerance for deviations, and clear understanding and acceptance of the necessity of each safety measure and precaution. This can only be achieved by ongoing (re-)education and development of the Safety Culture throughout the organization, empowerment, supervision and accountability. The biggest risk for the Safety Culture is a growing  “we do that [Read more]