Freek Vermeulen

Stopping doing certain things is a different route to innovation.

Freek Vermeulen

Benchmarking is by definition where companies look at the best-performing companies in their industry. What companies don’t look at is the bottom-performing ones. Companies therefore are inclined to imitate the practice and strategies of the top 10 performing companies — whichever they pick in the benchmarking exercise. But of course different strategies and practices are often associated with different risks. Some strategies may, on average, … [ Read more ]

Freek Vermeulen

Lots of companies talk about agility and flexibility and change. I have some doubt about the importance of those attributes. There are still many relatively stable and homogeneous industries around. But also, understanding the need for change on an abstract level is different from understanding a specific case: saying, “Hey, this process, why are we doing it this way?” There’s a gap between having an … [ Read more ]

Making Work Meaningful: A Leader’s Guide

People who find meaning at work are happier, more productive, and more engaged. Four practical interventions can help make the search more likely to succeed.

How to Banish Bad Habits from Your Company

Freek Vermeulen explains why unhelpful practices go unnoticed and suggests how rooting them out can help innovation.

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

If you are in charge of an organization, force yourself to have regular and long stretches of uninterrupted time just to think things through. When you do so – and you should – here are five guiding questions that could help you reflect on the big picture.

Freek Vermeulen

When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. And management techniques, practices, and strategies are no different. When you read a business book or attend a presentation on a particular management practice, it is a good habit to explicitly ask, “What might it not be good for?” When might it not work; what could be its drawbacks?

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