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Negotiating as emotion management
Prof. dr. W.F.G. Mastenbroek
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Readers Top 10

The readers top 10 is a list with the 10 best assessed contributions, assessed by our readers on a 10  point scale according to an advancing average over the past 7 weeks.


Strategic sourcing; a bridge too far?
Teije Bakker, Matthieu Goede en Gert Teusink
The concept of sourcing is gaining popularity in both organisation and management studies. This article offers a conceptual framework that regards sourcing as a strategic function of a company. Using a handful of real world examples, the authors illustrate how different levels of improvement in the sourcing function can be attained.


Moving FORWARD with solution-focused change
A results-oriented and appreciative way of making progress
Coert Visser en Gwenda Schlundt Bodien
The solution-focused approach has helped coaches, trainers, consultants and managers to be more effective in realizing their goals. Moreover, it has often made their work more enjoyable. This article presents a simple, new, and - hopefully - sticky model to describe the solution-focused approach: the FORWARD-model.


Getting HR Projects out of HR
Secrets of Human-Capital Management
David Creelman
Secrets of Human-Capital Management, Getting HR Projects out of HR


Learning to compliment effectively
Coert Visser
Complimenting is attractive for many people. Most people prefer to and view it as more constructive to say something positive than to say something negative. After all, who does not want to be appreciated for what he does?


Organizational behavior in historical perspective
Part 2 Emotion management, status competition and power play
Willem Mastenbroek
"His manners are no good, he is a nervous extrovert, so he may be doomed!" In our times we often judge our fellow workers according to their ways of emotion management. In former days early factory owners experienced great difficulty to control violence, abuse of alcohol, obscene language and sexual intercourse. These behaviors seem to be more in control nowadays but what happens with the underlying drives and emotions?


Combating Short -Termism - and Managing for the Long Run
Danny Miller and Isabelle Le Breton
Family businesses tend to outlast other companies by factors of two or three, and outperform in market valuations and returns on assets. Why the out-performance? A summary of a recent book by the authors themselves: “Managing for the Long Run” (Harvard Business School Press, 2005).


Do MBA's make lousy managers?
David Creelman
Got your MBA at Insead, Harvard or Erasmus University? That’s too bad. There are a lot of critics of MBA’s, but perhaps the most insightful is Dr. Henry Mintzberg. His latest book, "Managers Not MBA's: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development", makes a compelling case that businesses would be better off not hiring MBA's into management positions. Mintzberg's book has attracted a fury of criticism. This review by our Canadian correspondent, David Creelman, clarifies why MBA programs can be so damaging.


Resolve as strategy
It is not the strategy but the implementation
David Creelman
The critical element of strategy is resolve. So don’t focus on improving your strategy. Focus on how to improve resolve. We can learn from fat smokers.


Online coaching is human work
Cultural and social aspects of online coaching
Sylvia van de Bunt-Kokhuis
Modern multimedia facilitates the management development (MD) process, allowing for more trainees and managers to undergo online coaching. This article concentrates on the issue of online coaching and explores the competencies (knowledge, skills, behaviour) essential to it.


Interview with Peter Szabó
A remedy against “feasibilitis” : the feverish belief that you can control everything.
Kirsten Dierolf
This is how you might first meet Peter Szabó – the founder, owner, and heart and soul of the biggest coaching school in Switzerland which to this day has trained more than 300 coaches.

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Readers' Response
Indeed, the interview thrown insight into the crux of the problem i.e. downsizing. Very few studies...
K. Srinivasa Rao
Don't treat the symptoms, treat the illness
Reading your response, Luc, I'd like to clarify some of my writing. I think you paraphrased it quite...
Richard Peters
Treat the illness, not the symptoms
Reading your response, Luc, I'd like to clarify some of my writing. I think you paraphrased it quite...
Richard Peters
Solution-focused change blog
Here is my English blog dedicated to solution-focused change: http://solutionfocusedchange.blogspot....
Coert Visser
Re: People want to be heard
Richard Peters makes a relevant point in arguing that it's not blogs that are the culprit, but the p...
Luc de Ruijter
Mensen willen gehoord worden
Een blog is op zich het probleem niet, de mensen ook niet. Het is de afstemming binnen de hele organ...
Richard Peters
Thanks for promoting my brand! Best regards, Frans Duurland...
Frans Duurland
Video interview with Maister
Here is a new interview with David on the Consulting magazine website: ...
Coert Visser
Different period
Dear Robert, US Airways and America West merged a while ago (within the last two years). The study...
Coert Visser
USAirways is America West
USAirways is America West. This article with both entities separately listed is deceiving. ...
Robert Byrd