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How do you organize your organization?

How do you organize your organization?

How do you organize your organization in the 6 ft. economy? Irrespective of the long-term vision organizations have on working from home, we all have to face challenges, in the short-term, working as well as possible without physical contact. One thing, however, is...

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Confidence and being in control

Confidence and being in control

How do you stay confident and in control in the 6 ft. Organization? The 6 ft. economy requires different ways of organizing. For the foreseeable future, offices will be set up differently and remote working will remain necessary. In fact, it may even become the new...

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The new role of management

The new role of management

In the "old" hierarchical situation, all information and ultimate responsibility was with managers. Whether it was delegating work or chasing a project themselves, the manager was always "in charge". In order to move away from that, you need to place more trust and...

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The team in the lead role

The team in the lead role

Uncertain times require companies to make fast changes and continuous adjustments. A flexible organization, with agile teams, has the power to steer itself onto the right course. In this article, we deliver some great tips on creating strong and agile teams.Intrinsic...

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To Freeze or to Continue?

To Freeze or to Continue?

Anyone who expected organizations to stop at the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis is probably disappointed. Rarely has innovation and switching gears been done faster: From drive-in farmers, to restaurants preparing for services with social distancing, to hairdressers...

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Making bold business decisions

Making bold business decisions

Making bold business decisions: This is how you do it together We are in economically exceptional times. What seemed like a stable environment, last month, is now suddenly in doubt. Uncertain times and situations like these require far-reaching decisions. But, how do...

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Creating a resilient organization

Creating a resilient organization

How does an organization become more adaptive to change? For, change happens all the time and the pace at which it takes place is increasing every year too. So, in order to thrive, and not just survive, we must become more responsive to change. The disruptive mindset...

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What we could learn from this pandemic – by Ricardo Semler

What we could learn from this pandemic – by Ricardo Semler

What are we learning from this pandemic? Whether we like it or not - and, more importantly, whether we're ready for it or not - the world is now working in ways that strikingly resemble what Ricardo Semler proposed in his bestseller, “The 7-Day Weekend”. Sure, most of...

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Building strong teams

Building strong teams

Working from home is gaining more traction now than ever before and that means the internet is full of “helpful tips on the best ways to work from home”. Although it’s already become a part of business operations for multiple companies around the world, working from...

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Making bold business decisions: This is how you do it together

Making bold business decisions: This is how you do it together

We are in economically exceptional times. What seemed like a stable environment, last month, is now suddenly in doubt. Uncertain times and situations like these require far-reaching decisions. But, how do you deal with such a situation and ensure that the decisions...

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How To Move Operational Review Meetings Into Active Mode

How To Move Operational Review Meetings Into Active Mode

If you’re a middle manager, it’s not surprising if the phrase “Operational Review Meeting”(ORM) fills you with dread. While they are slowly being phased out in many companies, these meetings continue to exist in conventional enterprises as a way for the upper...

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How To Go From Walled-In To Involved

How To Go From Walled-In To Involved

Walls in the office are one of the most dogged hangovers of management that silently reinforce workplace inequalities. They are invisible silos that separate people into those who make decisions and those who execute those decisions. While it seems innocuous, think of...

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How To Offer Internal Talent Exposure Without The Red Tape

How To Offer Internal Talent Exposure Without The Red Tape

Organizations often struggle to fulfill the career aspirations of internal talent, even though considerable efforts, cost and time are spent on finding the right talent to fill a role when someone leaves or a new one opens up. It’s also not new to source talent from...

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Why Experts Take The Key When They Leave

Why Experts Take The Key When They Leave

Honestly, who doesn’t love the title, “Technical Specialist”? It oozes authority and makes you feel like you’re in safe hands. For, a specialist has the perfect solution to your extremely particular problem. And, they make any team seem a little more sophisticated...

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Who’s Got The Next Big Idea?

Who’s Got The Next Big Idea?

Great ideas are how companies keep innovating and staying relevant. We are now past the school of thought where employees were expected to only be seen and not heard. The C-suite is no longer the sole gatekeeper of ideas that can make the business better. Pioneered by...

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How To Get Everyone Into The Meeting You’re Having

How To Get Everyone Into The Meeting You’re Having

Meetings are the bane of any corporate structure. Necessary for the company to function, but haphazardly executed, it is a corporate tool that everyone loves to hate. Yet, it is also a tool that is badly misunderstood. As with any tool, meetings can be effective if...

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Why Nothing Happens Overnight – Especially, Self-Management

Why Nothing Happens Overnight – Especially, Self-Management

Agile as a concept might have once been the forte of the software industry. But now, industries across the board have realized the value of letting teams operate like micro-organizations that are autonomous and self-reliant. Today, there’s a huge repository of...

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How To Solve Problems In An Agile Environment

How To Solve Problems In An Agile Environment

When an organization moves from being a traditional hierarchy into self-management, it’s a moment of great flux for managers: There isn’t enough clarity on what exactly their role is within this new agile environment. As people who are used to being in-charge of all...

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How To Empower Employees Without The Overwhelm

How To Empower Employees Without The Overwhelm

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are to organizations, what performance reviews are to employees: They acknowledge the status quo and help track progress. Important as indicators, KPIs provide insight into aspects of the company, like profit and loss or product...

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Make Work Awesome With Heiko Fischer

Make Work Awesome With Heiko Fischer

‘Make Work Awesome’ is a monthly series of free webinars that aims to offer inspiration, tips and the latest innovations to help you make work more awesome. On this page you find a recording of the webinar with Heiko Fischer. Arko van Brakel and Heiko deep-dived into...

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What The Chinese Discovered About Semco

What The Chinese Discovered About Semco

What does it mean when a company needs to be true to itself? Similar to individuals, companies also have personalities. This “personality” is known as the company culture. Company culture has been one of the most scrutinized aspects of corporate affairs in the recent...

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When Sharing Is Empowering

When Sharing Is Empowering

Basic economics suggest that employees respond to financial incentives. However, not all financial incentives are created the same. Usually doled out on the basis of merit or hierarchy, incentives like bonuses or commissions can be deceptive in the ways they reward....

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Why You’re Wrong About Self-Management

Why You’re Wrong About Self-Management

Agile or self-steering teams are no longer restricted just to the realm of software or IT: Instead, it’s a new management mindset that’s finding more takers and believers every day. However, there’s a huge void between aspiring to become agile and actually being agile...

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Hiring Adults? How About Treating Them As Adults Too?

Hiring Adults? How About Treating Them As Adults Too?

If you’re a manager or a C-level executive, take a minute to consider this: Who do you think works for you? An adult who is capable of sound decisions and strong actions? Or, a (wo)man-child who needs hand-holding every step of a process? If you chose the first...

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What Happens When Employees Choose Their Own Salaries

What Happens When Employees Choose Their Own Salaries

The secrecy that surrounds what employees of an organization get paid is legendary in its power to create disengagement. In fact, a PayScale survey of over 71,000 employees proved to be quite eye-opening about the effect pay secrecy has on employee engagement. A...

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Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend

Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend

The Seven-Day Weekend gives us an inside perspective into Semler’s psyche. I see similarities with CEOs that I have interviewed. Just like Semler, they focus on happiness in their organization. “People that are happy at work have IQ plus EQ plus SQ minus ego,” Semler...

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Love, Intimacy And Vulnerability At The Workplace

Love, Intimacy And Vulnerability At The Workplace

Last year this time, I was going through a personal crisis and my decision to take up the Semco Style Institute training gave me a language with which to express what I already knew to be true. When I began my training in September, 2016, my wife, Christine, was...

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Ricardo Semler and the Semco Style Institute

Ricardo Semler and the Semco Style Institute

On the occasion of the launch of the new Semco Style website, Ricardo Semler explains why it was time to found the Semco Style Institute. "There are a lot of new insights, and there are a lot of new ways of doing things, running away from the clichés and really...

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Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of...

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Certification of the first Semco Style Consultants

Certification of the first Semco Style Consultants

Friday jun 10, Semco Style Institute proudly celebrated the certification of the first group of Semco Style Consultants in Driebergen. An important and historic moment for the Semco Style Institute. We congratulate all consultants with this beautiful result and wish...

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How to run a company with (almost) no rules

How to run a company with (almost) no rules

TED talk by Ricardo Semler What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision...

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Ricardo Semler: A Revolutionary Model of Leadership

Ricardo Semler: A Revolutionary Model of Leadership

This case won the Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour category at The Case Centre Awards and Competitions 2016. The case Who – the protagonistsRicardo Semler, the reluctant successor to his father’s multinational company, Semco. WhatSemco comprises a...

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Ricardo Semler’s Top 10 Rules For Success

Ricardo Semler’s Top 10 Rules For Success

He's the CEO and majority owner of Semco Partners, a Brazilian company best known for its radical form of industrial democracy. Under his ownership, revenue has grown from 4 million US dollars in 1982 to 212 million US dollars in 2003. His innovative business...

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Interview with Ricardo Semler

Interview with Ricardo Semler

A full interview with Ricardo Semler by the Dutch TV-show "Tegenlicht". In the episode 'The capital power of hapiness' a portret of this Brasilian business man was made. Here you can watch the full interview of one hour and a half. Mostly unedited, but divided in...

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