Tony Chocolonely: a Taste of Meaningfulness

I love chocolate! Caramel, sea salt chocolate is my favorite. However if you ever ate chocolate in your life, most likely you committed an offense by eating chocolate harvested by forced underage workers (i.e child slavery) as it is common practice all over the globe. So let me introduce you to a very special Dutch company called Tony Chocolonely. A company that has over the past 10 years captured 16.7% of the total revenue of all chocolate bars in Dutch supermarkets in a very special way. Intrigued by what Tony Chocolonely has to offer. Let’s taste meaningfulness!

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Board of Innovation: the power of 137!

Sometimes you are lucky enough to discover an organization that gives you a full sense of possibilities. Meet Board of Innovation, an international office specialized in intrapreneurship & business model innovation. A fast 8-year-old growing company of 24 individuals that is paving the way towards building meaningful organizations. I had the privilege to meet  Philippe De Ridder, one of the co-founders of Board of Innovation in the beautiful city of Antwerpen a few weeks back. A true inspiration for me.

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Holacracy: A Big Bang Approach to Self-Organization

Holacracy! A turnkey system for self-organization. Looking at multinational corporations like ENGIE to SMEs like Springest,  I have had the privilege to be an observer of the implementation of Holacracy.  I have been also a first-hand user at the BoP innovation Center. Despite a fair bit of criticism (mine included) received over the years, I do think that Holacracy has a role to play in the ecosystem of actors dreaming to improve engagement of employees. Let explore this together!

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One feedback a day keeps the manager away!

If you have ever been in the following situation, please read further:

  • You invited one member of your executive committee for a speech in your internal event. He stayed 10min and left without listening to the rest of the programme.
  • You are always invited to meetings by your colleagues where your input is minimal but your presence is required.
  • Your colleague has done a great action towards a client

If the answer is yes, then I have question for you. Did you ever tell your EXCOM member, your colleague or your manager that it bothered you or that you have learnt a lot from this positive action?

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The Transformative Impact of Stories

Once upon a time, there was a great knight… We all like stories. Yes, we do!  Ever since human beings sat around fire in caves, we have told stories. We all liked our parents to read us stories before going to bed. In our adult lives, we read books, go to movies and attend plays. But stories are also a fantastic medium to carry the messages of values or transformation towards a future proof organisation. So what does it take to bring back story telling in the workplace? If you wonder about the purple bull, keep reading…

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