Author - devalk

There is a need for more conscious leadership

The world is getting more and more complex. The most common management culture is one of managing, controlling, being the boss. Systems and models supposedly control the issues that arise, sometimes by being busy creating new cultures. This present management culture does not work in the increasingly complex world,...

Successful hybrid working

The pandemic has not gone away yet; the pandemic is slowly becoming part of our new normal. This new normal also includes a new way of working together: 'hybrid working.' There are some dangers to hybrid working, and the main danger is that informal communication channels exist much less. In...

Being distracted, the new standard?

On a Dutch website about leadership, I read an article with the title: "This is the most important skill of the manager of the 21st century!!!". This title claimed my interest. What turned out to be? The new skill of the manager of the 21st century is about dealing...

Brain-based leadership makes the difference

All companies should have sufficient knowledge of how the brain works and place this knowledge in their strategy. Applying this knowledge makes the difference in results, in dealing with stress, in getting the best out of your people, in ethical leadership, in behavioral change, and so on. This leadership,...

Don’t take your thoughts so serious

Scientists calculated that an average brain makes 25,000-50,000 thoughts a day. (How many of these thoughts are you aware of?) This amount of thoughts means people have between 1,000 and 2,000 thoughts per hour if we include the night. That's a lot. The brain automatically and reflectively produces these...

Empowerment: is your brain fit and focused?

Last year during the summer holidays I wasn’t doing anything in particular when it suddenly occurred to me that the titles of all my 3 books have the word “power” in them. The subtitle of my second book reads, roughly translated, “transforming force into power” and the subtitle of...

Empowerment: being less directive and less nurturing

During a recent one-on-one evaluation with one of the participants of my brain based coaching training, I was more than pleasantly surprised by a remark one of them made. He said “I have learned that, in a dialogue with a co-worker, “my idea” is not what it is about....

Managers, it’s time to sit on your hands

Participants of my leadership trainings are asked to define what they aim to achieve when they put brain-based leadership into practice. One of the things I often hear is that participants expect to be able to “sit on their hands“. Sitting on your hands Sitting on your hands means letting go...