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  1. Vlerick Book Podcast - Making Your Way

    Dreaming big propels you forward. But we have to admit that it is often a bumpy road. In three podcast episodes, based on the book ‘Making your way’, Dean Marion Debruyne and Professor of Leadership Katleen De Stobbeleir unravel 15 persistent myths about the path to success and finding happiness in life and work.

  2. Responsible Leadership: how to reimage leadership in a world full of grand challenges

    Virtually every organisation is in the sustainability business today – which has become a new minimum in attracting and retaining customers. To make transformation happen, businesses will need to reinvent themselves. This white paper focusses on the transformation that is needed within organisations to make change happen and how organisations can increase their maturity level when it comes to sustainability themes. Based on our interviews with sustainability officers from a wide variety of companies, we zoom in on the importance of leadership – and, more specifically, of responsible leadership.

  3. Four different strategies of workforce flexibility

    The trend towards flexible work is not new, but the Covid-19 pandemic has definitely accelerated these efforts. Investing in workforce flexibility is no longer a luxury, but a key strategic priority that can yield important benefits. In addition to improving employee engagement, flexibility can improve productivity and profitability. Moreover, organisations that offer greater flexibility can tap into a broader talent pool of workers that were previously harder to reach, which fosters diversity and inclusion. The white paper ‘Flexing your workforce’ takes a closer look at four ways in which organisations can flex their workforce.

  4. What is... your reflected best self?

    We often get the advice to just be ourselves. However, it requires a large amount of self-knowledge to know who you are authentically. Your reflected best self is your individual mental picture of the qualities and characteristics that are on display when you are at your best. But how do you construct this mental picture? And what are the trigger events that contain new pieces of information to add to the picture? Professor and Dean Marion Debruyne explains.

  5. What is... the competency trap?

    Is it better to invest in further developing and refining your strengths, or should you go for the tough track and overcome your weaknesses? Most of us prefer the former. Because it feels so much better to further develop what you are already good at. But by overinvesting in our strengths, we also take less time to learn other important new skills. Professor Katleen De Stobbeleir explains how to overcome this so-called competency trap.

  6. What is... the importance of trust between machines and people?

    When employees resist a new technology, one of the reasons is often the lack of trust towards machines and systems. That kind of trust is different from the trust we experience between people, as kindness and warmth are characteristics that machines lack. Research by Professor Karlien Vanderheyden on planners and planning systems shows which factors can help building more trust towards machines.

  7. The blinded society: do we really need a catastrophe to make progress?

    How does a society learn? And most importantly, why do we so often learn the wrong things? What blinds us? These are questions that are asked surprisingly little. In this book, organisational expert and emeritus professor Marc Buelens presents a razor-sharp analysis of how societies shoot themselves in the foot all too often. He explains how the three draught horses of our society – science, economics and politics – always seem to keep trotting on no matter what… and how they threaten to trample our ‘sheltered’ systems, such as culture, purpose and solidarity, completely as a result.

  8. You determine your own path to success

    The only way is up; you create your own career; and leaders are born, not made. These are just three of the fifteen persistent myths that Professor Marion Debruyne and Professor Katleen De Stobbeleir expertly unravel in ‘Making your way, the (wobbly) road to success and happiness in life and work’, a book that everyone can and should read.

  9. 10 self-reflecting questions in getting your organisation from chaos to control in post-COVID-19 reboot times

    We all know change cannot be mandated or forced. It has many aspects and these aspects count. As a change manager, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions before you set out to ‘shake things up’. And you must listen to the answers. In this ‘Business Watcher’ video, Professor of Change Management Peter De Prins raises 10 questions to consider, before you set out to make things better.

  10. How can organisations optimise their interactions with gig workers?

    The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many organisations to re-evaluate their business models and re-examine their staffing practises to stay operational within an atmosphere of financial uncertainty. Many organisations are turning to gig workers to supplement the work of their employees. As such, many managers have found themselves dealing with a different form of work arrangement. In this ‘Business Watcher’ video, PhD researcher Neveen Saied shares 3 tips to optimise your interactions with gig workers during this ongoing crisis.

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