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In the Netherlands a number of large governmental institutes are literally shaking on their grounds. The 'toeslagenaffaire', dealing with the after-effects of producing gas in Groningen and recently the court ruling on wealth tax, just to name a few. For who is not familiar with those examples, the 'toeslagenaffaire' concerns a scandal (later ruled...

You might be interested in this blog if you, as a manager, (start to) work with an offshore delivery-model in full or as part of. Literally hundreds of books have been written on this topic. Although I will not provide you with titles, I advise you to read some of them that relate to do's and don'ts in making...

While you as a leader are making hundreds of decisions on a daily basis, you are bound to make some mistakes. Most will not hurt, understandable or not, and are just making no difference to the overall outcome in the end. But some do....

In the following set of blogs I will look at some of my own ideas about aspects of work within your domain. Today, I will present some of my views on managing the consulting piece. In no way I try to be complete, but just provide you some of pragmatic tips on this topic instead.

Life is easy, if one can always work according to the 'book'. Whatever the outcome, one can always hide behind the implemented rules. This reasoning is getting more and more resistance at one hand, while we still continue to ask for proof and measure that one follows 'the right way'...

Lately, someone asked me how I managed organisations in my working life, how I build and managed teams locally and internationally, that were always successful, enthusiastic and motivated.

Too often I am finding that the discussion concerning shortcomings and issues (in performance, data integrity and other process failures) leads to blaming the ICT system and even claiming that all is resolved when a new ICT system is put in place. Nothing is less true! Be warned!

This period of the year is a time for looking back, but also to look forward, fully re-energized, with new ideas and plans, changing strategies, etc. But, be aware that bright ideas and new initiatives all have a price. Are you prepared to pay that price and turn these into practice as long as needed?

In the past week I have seen parts of the parliamentary debate known as the "kindertoeslagen affaire". This debate tries to untangle the timeline of events in the governmental organisations up to and including the ministerial level.

We construct things as long as history goes. We build bridges, roads, undergrounds, malls, etc. etc. And at every construction site, you always see a construction cabin ("directiekeet"). Out of luxury? Of course not!