The trouble with passion and purpose at work

Passion and purpose. Everything you need to get started with motivation. Right? Many HR professionals and leaders seem convinced today that the key to motivating workers is to unlock and release their passion. But will it work? At the ASTD2013 ICE this year, I heard from 4 people about this topic and my first impression […]

The impact of Dan Steer on your everyday life, by Tim Van Acker

Tim Van Acker followed my Leadership Foundation training at the University of Gent in June last year and apparently I’ve been haunting him ever since 🙂 What follows is a short article Tim wrote to share with other members of my LinkedIn group “Leadership Foundation”, where previous participants and people interested in the topic can […]

Experimenting with Gamification at the Dinner Table

If you believe the experts, Gamification is a good way to motivate participants towards new knowledge, skills and attitude, increasing engagement and effectiveness. I wrote about this during ASTD2012. Read here… In preparation for my Kluwer talk on the topic of Gamification (Meet + Greet, October 4th) I decided to test some simple game mechanics […]

You’ve got to WANT it (or not, I suppose)

Today is day 7 without Coca-Cola in my life. Its tough! After years and years of more than 1litre a day of the brown stuff, I’ve stopped. Since I don’t drink coffee, this makes me caffeine free for 7 days. And significantly lower in sugar too. I tried this before and failed. You can read […]

Getting more FLOW (24 more ideas from trainees)

In a previous post, I listed the initiatives that training participants came up with for creating and maintaining more FLOW in the organisation. This post follows-up with 24 more ideas in 5 concrete FLOW  areas …   To get more FLOW, be sure everyone has a clear mission Take the time to translate core company […]

How much room can be left for improvisation in training?

This post outlines my reply during a recent Epsilon Group LinkedIn discussion on “improvisation of training content. The question asked by Pascal Denhaerinck * of ONE Management was: “AS A TRAINER, DO YOU HAVE TO PLAN EVERYTHING IN ADVANCE? HOW MUCH ROOM CAN BE LEFT FOR IMPROVISATION?” * You can can find Pascal on Twitter […]

Leadership resources from a recent Kluwer training

Having just completed delivery of a 4-day Leadership Training with @KluwerOpleiding (thanks @MiekWouters for the chance to have a small group :-)) I thought I’d share the email stream that built up from me to participants over the 4-days. Loads of references here…   References DAY 1 Here you can find a list of leadership […]

How people pay attention …or why nobody else saw the Herbalife posters!

(Part 2 of the blog-entry “Why I see Citroen Xsara Picasso’s everywhere and why you should care”)   Last week I was travelling to Barcelona. As I boarded the plane, I passed a man 2 rows ahead of me who had just pulled a book out of his bag. The book was called “Presentatie Tecniken” […]