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Interview met Stijn Nauwelaerts, Corporate Vice President Human Resources bij Microsoft

In onze podcast reeks Beantalks praten we met sleutelfiguren uit kleine en grote organisaties over hun adaptieve uitdagingen. Voor wie liever leest dan luistert voorzien we ook een uitgeschreven versie van het gesprek. Een gesprek met Stijn Nauwelaerts van Microsoft over growth mindset, unlearning, het gebruik van data binnen HR en nog zoveel meer.

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Best Bean in Class

Earlier, we organised a fun, little quiz called 'Best Bean in Class'. We invited everyone to discover where some of our brilliant Beans are active as (guest)lecturer and to share their grades in order to establish the Best Bean in Class. Now it's time to share the results. Missed the quiz? No worries, we'll give you a recap!

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Interview with Brigitte Nolet, General Manager Roche BeLux

In our podcast series Beantalks, we talk with key figures from small and big organisations about their adaptive challenges. For those who prefer to read instead of listening, we provide you with the transcript of the interview. An interview with Brigitte Nolet, General Manager at Roche BeLux. As a company active in health care, they have not been idle the past year. Discover how she took me with her on her agile journey.

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Rituals: why we need them now more than ever

Rituals have been around since the beginning of time. From the big religious ones such as weddings and funerals, to the smaller intimate ones like scheduling regular date nights with your partner, to those we’ve almost forgotten about - when was the last time you shook someone’s hand or gave someone a kiss on the cheek? I discuss why we need rituals now more than ever. Not only on an individual level but also within our teams and even our entire organisation.

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6 trends in the Hybrid Way of Working

Up until a few months ago, we mostly used ‘hybrid’ when discussing cars. Now, after a year of working remotely, we’re experiencing a shift to a hybrid way of working. Companies are treading in impatience to bring back their people to the office. While some employees feel the same need, others are more reluctant to give up their safe space at home. To help and inspire, we’re sharing six trends we’ve noticed in the hybrid way of working - based on what we’re experiencing in the field and reading in our feeds.

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How to ensure Business, Belonging, and Balance in a Hybrid Way of Working

The previous wave in new ways of working was rather a straightforward challenge, revolving around the well-known 3 B’s of Bricks, Bytes, and Behaviours. The adaptive challenge we’re facing today in the hybrid way of working will not take away those 3 B’s - it will still be about offices, technologies, … - but requires an additional set of B’s: Business, Belonging, Balance.

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How to thrive in the Hybrid Way of Working - Our offering

Post-Covid, the nature of work will be hybrid. With a multitude of workplaces, technologies, and time zones and a workforce consisting out of own staff, temporary staff, contractors, ... . Dealing with those elements is not merely a practical challenge. It is in essence an adaptive challenge. One you can’t tackle overnight. It will demand a thorough redesign of your workplace, your processes, and your workforce. Discover how we can help you with Learning, Tooling, and Transformation.

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Beantalks met Ignace Van Doorselaere, CEO Neuhaus

In de podcast reeks Beantalks praten we met sleutelfiguren uit kleine en grote organisaties over hun adaptieve uitdagingen. Voor wie liever leest dan luistert voorzien we ook een uitgeschreven versie van het gesprek. Een gesprek met Ignace Van Doorselaere, een man met een loopbaan in het genot: van brouwerij AB InBev naar luxe lingeriehuis Van de Velde en nu sinds 2017 CEO van Neuhaus, het bedrijf dat ons de Belgische chocoladepraline bracht.

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Business, Belonging & Balance as the new B's for Adaptive Organisations

Whether you call it the New, Hybrid or Future Way of Working, it's clear that there's no 'going back to normal' from before COVID-19 hit. But what will the workforce look like postpandemic? We believe that new trends & challenges such as accelerated digitisation and more remote work require a new set of B's - Business, Belonging, and Balance.

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Nieuwjaarsvragen: Didier Droyers - JEKA

De jaarwisseling is hét moment om 2020 achter ons te laten en onze blik naar de toekomst te richten. Wat zijn de professionele uitdagingen voor 2021? Wat willen we in het volgende jaar realiseren? Wat hebben we geleerd of herontdekt in 2020 dat we zeker willen meenemen naar 2021? Wij stelden vijf vragen aan Didier Droyers, Algemeen Directeur van JEKA, een organisator van groepsreizen en dus actief in één van de zwaarst getroffen sectoren.

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Nieuwjaarsvragen: Peter Samyn - FOD Sociale Zekerheid

De jaarwisseling is hét moment om 2020 achter ons te laten en onze blik naar de toekomst te richten. Wat zijn de professionele uitdagingen voor 2021? Wat willen we in het volgende jaar realiseren? Wat hebben we geleerd of herontdekt in 2020 dat we zeker willen meenemen naar 2021? Wij stelden vijf vragen aan Peter Samyn, voorzitter directiecomité bij FOD Sociale Zekerheid, een organisatie die zowel tijdens als in de nasleep van de crisis een belangrijke rol opneemt in de maatschappij.

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Back to School - A 3-day course on Organisational Design for the Franklin University

At Beanmachine we love to share our knowledge with clients, with each other, and also with the new generation of business leaders. Recently, Geert and I had the privilege to give a masterclass on Organisational Design to students Master of Science in International Management at the Franklin University Switzerland for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, this year we couldn’t combine it with a quick short ski.

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Nieuwjaarsvragen: Tom De Prater - Collect&Go

De jaarwisseling is hét moment om 2020 achter ons te laten en onze blik naar de toekomst te richten. Wat zijn de professionele uitdagingen voor 2021? Wat willen we in het volgende jaar realiseren? Wat hebben we geleerd of herontdekt in 2020 dat we zeker willen meenemen naar 2021? Wij stelden vijf vragen aan Tom De Prater, Division Manager bij Collect&Go, de online boodschappendienst van Colruyt Group, waarbij de COVID-19 crisis tot een ongekende groei heeft geleid.

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How to measure, analyse and develop your Adaptability

Parents teaching their own kids, students taking their classes via Zoom, restaurants switching to take-away almost overnight, retail stores selling their products via Instagram, … It’s undeniable that Covid-19 caused an accelerated transformation in the way we work, going much further than making remote work the new standard.

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Virtual Facilitation - Ajinomoto Leadership Event

The semi-annually Ajinomoto Leadership Event was planned to take place in the Zoo of Antwerp. Unfortunately, our friend Corona put a stop to that. They had two options: reschedule (again) or go virtual. They chose the latter and asked us to facilitate an innovative and engaging virtual Leadership Event with 'Sustainable Entrepreneurship' as the common theme. Check out how we guided them through the process and what we've learned from it.

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There’s no such thing as small talk when it comes to meetings

Recently we asked our LinkedIn followers how they preferred to start a meeting – by having some small talk first or by getting straight to the point. 79% of the respondents (n = 57) said they prefer to start a meeting with some small talk. In this article, we replace the informal & unstructured small talk with the ritual of 'checking-in'.

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Psychological Safety is one thing, Bravery Talks another

That morning at the coffee machine I ran into fellow Beans Serge, Chris, and François. Apart from our role as business consultants we also share quite some seniority when it comes to coaching. These coaches actually turned out to be a bit puzzled. And what was supposed to be just a coffee break ended up in a kind of small revolution when it comes to coaching people.

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Fewer reporting lines, more story lines

For those over the age of 14, there’s a good chance you’ve worked (or are still working) at an organization that places far too much emphasis on reporting lines. Where they encourage employees to focus on an overly narrow set of tasks until everyone is competing with each other over minor details of how tasks should be done, whose job is more important, and the typical corporate drama. These companies will often even try to implement results-based performance evaluations, wherein each person is judged based on how quickly and effectively they perform their own narrow range of tasks.

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“Every social and global issue is a business opportunity in disguise”

Not my quote. It was Peter Drucker’s statement, a long time ago. So business sustainability is not new. However, for decades now most companies only worked on sustainability as a marketing gimmick. For others it was about managing (reputation) risk. Result: focus on only environmental issues or on CSR charity actions. Rather disappointing, wouldn’t you agree?

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The power of the pack

Organizations operating as standalone entities? It is my sincere conviction they will cease to exist within a decade. We can no longer ignore the increasingly assertive ecosystem in (and from) which we profit. Connecting will need to become both extended and enhanced. And that's where teams come in. Often being the interface with the ecosystem, they play a crucial role. That's why for several years now we have been working intensely with teams regarding connectedness. That's how I got to experience what I would call... the power of the pack.

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System doesn’t allow experiments? Game-over for innovation!

Think you can innovate by appointing an innovation manager? Or by rolling out an innovation process? Forget it. The organizations that tried, have all since backtracked. And those still intending to approach innovation in the same way, should think twice. What you really need is room for experimentation. Businesses that truly excel in terms of innovation have the courage to fundamentally question things, to try new ideas, to fail, and to learn from it.

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Can you estimate your organisation’s innovative capabilities?

So what’s been cooking in our Bean’s kitchen? Innovation surely has! Our recent and most favorite dish on the menu is a self-assessment tool that investigates an individual’s or an organisation’s innovative capabilities. Quite an indispensable view when involving an entire organisation in the process.

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Changing your company culture is not about trading suits for hoodies

Organisations do recognize that habits (culture) and habitat (structure or design) are both critical components of change, innovation, and growth. Want to promote collaboration and drive innovation? Change the culture. Want to recruit top young talent? Change the culture. Want to rebrand? Change the culture. On the flipside, there’s also a growing preoccupation with design. But there’s a problem. Too few organisations realize that habitat and habits go hand in hand. That’s right. Habitat influences habits and vice versa.

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Agile and the Deja Vu of a Punkrocker

I witnessed it myself some twenty years ago. Megalomaniac-scaled ICT projects endeavoured to find answers to as many issues as possible. In most cases, this approach resulted in an overextended development time.

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