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  1. Digital transformation in Flanders: We should aspire to be number one, not just one of the top three

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    Digital transformation is a means of survival in the turbulent times that we are currently experiencing and that still lie ahead of us, according to Professor Stijn Viaene. “We have to make this cumbersome tanker change course. We may need to transform it into a fleet of sailing boats - provided that we give everyone the chance to stay on board. Because not only is this our damned duty; it is also the only way that we will be able to pull through.”

  2. What skills will you need in the 21st century?

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    How do you, as a leader, deal with such a vague concept as 'the skills for the 21st century'? And what competencies do you need to develop among your employees to make them future proof? Professor Katleen De Stobbeleir advises us to start mapping the challenges today's employees face first.

  3. “The broker is an indispensable link in a hybrid story”

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    Do you offer insurance for cyber risks as part of your portfolio? And do you give your customers the opportunity to take out luggage insurance on their smartphone as they enter the airport? Willem Standaert, a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at Vlerick Business School, is an eminent source on the change that digitisation has brought about for brokers. He discusses the most important trends in the insurance world and the digital future of brokers.

  4. How to Mitigate the Shock of Brexit to Financial Services in the EU

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    Most ways to resolve the current stalemate in the UK parliament with respect to Brexit imply that the UK will no longer be part of the internal market for financial services. There is a risk that capital market services in the EU-27 will decline in scope and quality without the UK in the internal market but this risk can be mitigated. In this statement, Professor David Veredas propose that the EU and the UK form a joint high-level committee to develop proposals for simplified and better regulation that strengthens market discipline. He also suggests that the EU and the UK jointly work to enhance and improve equivalence requirements for suppliers of financial services to markets in both the UK and the EU.

  5. Curiosity, a core ingredient of leadership

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    Curiosity means having an interest in situations from which you can potentially learn, or a desire for new experiences. And a curious mindset has many advantages for organisations, managers and staff. Professor of Leadership Karlien Vanderheyden talks about the different dimensions of curiosity and shows you how to exhibit curiosity as a leader as well as spark curiosity in your staff.

  6. Unlearning is as important as learning

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    Most of the management principles which we apply today were actually invented 100 years ago. To a great extent, we are still stuck in the basic ideas of that time. According to Dean Marion Debruyne we cannot run and manage organisations which need to be ready for the 21st century using principles from the last century. Along with technological change, we need management change and a different kind of leadership. That’s why unlearning old mental models is just as important as learning new things.

  7. Scandinavia – a workers’ paradise or an illusion?

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    We seem to fall in love with everything from Scandinavia, but what about the cultural differences in the workplace between our northern neighbours and the Netherlands? Dirk Buyens, Professor of Human Resource Management, reveals whether the Scandinavian countries really are the best workplace on earth.

  8. The iPhone is out, so what’s next?

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    Beginning of 2019, Apple issued a profit warning due to a decrease in iPhone sales. The Chinese market seems to be a hurdle, as well as the fact that almost 12 years after the launch of the first iPhone, our enthusiasm for replacing our current model with the latest one is dwindling. Actually, it is not just Apple’s problem, says Dean Marion Debruyne. Because the underlying question is whether the wave of innovation driven by the smartphone platform in the past ten years is over. And whether a new platform can result in a new, similar wave of innovation. All eyes are on smart speakers.

  9. Are your decisions influenced by fake news?

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    The rise of fake news is also putting leaders in the danger zone. The number of wrong decisions threatens to reach unforeseen proportions. With these six strategies you can make sure that you make well-founded decisions that are not only based on emotion or on what is 'new'.

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