John Stuart Mill has said that models provide, at best, half truths and one must blend intuition and a broader sensibility … Continue reading Complexity science as the new Third Way
De ondertitel van ‘Nooit Af’ luidt permanent beta; de toestand waarin bedrijven, organisaties en de maatschappij zich continu vinden. Er is … Continue reading Heus, echt alles wordt anders…
Partnerschappen tussen bedrijven en maatschappelijke organisaties zijn hot. Zo werkt het Wereld Natuur Fonds al jaren samen met onder andere … Continue reading Een bedrijf is geen goed doel
Simplification is not necessarily a form of stupidity – it can be a form of intelligence. Even of brilliance.
Simple rules are, simply put, rules of thumb. And simple rules are applicable to almost every area. They do three things very well:
- Confer flexibility to pursue new opportunities while maintaining some consistency
- Can produce better decisions
- Allow members of a community to synchronize their activities with one another on the fly. Think bee colonies.
It is also my experience that one needs, in order to be effective, to bring back a strategy, or any message for that matter, to a coherent set of core rules or principles.
According to the authors these kinds of rules have four traits that make then attractive: They are limited to a handful and tailored to the person or organization using them. Furthermore they apply to a well-defined activity or decision (to prevent platitudes as ‘do your best’) and lastly, they provide clear guidance while conferring the latitude to exercise direction.
And that is what makes them powerful weapons Continue reading “Simple Rules – D. Sull and K. Eisenhardt (2015)”
Without bringing surprising new insights, this books makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. ‘Less but better’, clarity … Continue reading Essentialism, the disciplined pursuit of less – Greg McKeown (2014)
I had expected more insights and surprising lessons from the Dutch management book of the year 2007. The book stresses … Continue reading En nu laat ik mijn baard staan – Leen Zevenbergen (2007)
With millions of copies sold this management classic has taught managers all over the world how to run their business and how to go from a good to a great company. There are some really valuable concepts in it (as the hedgehog principle and type-5 leaders), but reading it a decade and a half after publication also shows the flaws this kind of books have: they are a great way to learn lessons from the past but do a rather poor job in giving guidance for the future.
A present form a friend who believes I’m in desperate need of focus. Though I think a permanent focus is … Continue reading The One Thing – Gary Keller (2013)