Perfect Coffee, Perfect Leadership?


Before I realised Real Coffee (as opposed to instant coffee) was the Only Acceptable Coffee to Drink, my life was simpler.  I had lower standards, yes, but when you drink instant coffee preparing it is a simple process.  Pour hot water on instant coffee.

I'm in Charge Round Here. The Leadership Philosophy of Harry Bateman. Aged 2 3/4

In this blog I take insipration from small things said or done by my toddler son, and apply them to the world of leadership, engagement and work. Just to see what happens.  I like crashing things together just to see what happens. Hope you like it.


The Future Leadership Initiative


Evidence based and theory grounded opinions and reflections in Dutch & English for improving the capacity of persons, teams and organizations to lead.

Woman in Business - Managing Perceptions

Our assumptions and perceptions colour how we view the world and people in it. We project on to others our idea of who they should be and treat them as though that is actually who they are, based on our beliefs and preconceived ideas and what is most familiar to us. This contributes to our cultural stereotypes. When we see a women, we don’t always see who she really is, but project the stereotype for what a woman “should” be like based on our personal bias and conditioning.

The Role of Emotions in Organizations

In the absence of being able to express their emotions and connect with the organizational identity, employees are expected to adapt to role driven behaviour. This can result in a decrease in an employee’s ability to contribute anything more that what is defined by the role, leaving both leaders and employees frustrated. In addition the burnout suffered by employees who have been forced into excessive adaptation increases.

Absence of a Sense of Belonging in Organizations

Employees tend to stay in organizations where they are able to be involved and empowered; where the organization is attuned to, and shares in their values, and allows them to participate in a larger system that provides meaning to their lives. As employees can no longer depend on the organization for a sense of belonging, their sense of security must come from other places, in order for them to remain in the work setting and thrive.

LEADERSHIP 2012: Winners, Wannabees and Losers



Another year has come and gone quickly. During the past 12 months much has happened in the business, political and community spheres. We’ve witnessed horrendous instances of bad leadership, cases of fledgling leadership and, thankfully, situations where people have shown extraordinary commitment to leading others and making the world a better place.

The Importance of Creating a Sense of Belonging in Organizations

People need to feel a sense of belonging in order to find meaning in their work and to engage the power of their emotions. The more employees discover links between personal ideals, a meaningful organizational mission or intention, and larger social values, the greater their commitment to their goals. They need to be able to connect their own identify to the organizations intrinsic identity in order to feel a part of the collective. This provides them with a mechanism for the expression of caring about the organization they belong to. 

Using the Striving Styles System in the Workplace


The Striving Styles Personality System goes deeper than other systems of typology by looking at the predominant needs of each of the Styles and how they behave when they are self-actualizing and self-protecting. 


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