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2. What Fortnite teaches us about “Employee Engagement”

“Daddy, I just made seven kills and one no-scoped headshot!” Choking on my coffee, I’m absorbed by my 9-year old daughter’s enthusiasm and pride. And I must admit, without any context this is certainly a statement to worry about. Fortnite… about “scoring loot”, “stealing kills” and why the “Thermal Scoped Rifle” is really a “gun …

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4. What BREXIT needs is an HR Executive

Suppose the European Union would be a multinational… …let’s call it “EU Corporation”. The United Kingdom (“VK Ltd.”) is an acquired organization. However, it is not a standard company, but one with a very strong local culture. This is due to the somewhat remote headquarters, the rich history and the strong brand. People still walk …

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5. The market of the counter sound

Newton’s third law: ”Volkert, where are you?”… This law is of course better known as: ”For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” No matter if it’s Thierry Baudet who stands up against the “establishment”, or Freek the Jonge (or a lecturer at the University of Utrecht) who stands up against Thierry Baudet. …

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6. Can you please nip at my heels?

Stop nipping at my heels! Recognizable? You are young, ambitious, creative and very energetic. Your manager has worked for years in his/her current role and has built up a load of privileges: arriving an hour late, chit chatting around the department, rushing team meetings (if not cancelling), etc. You have focused on familiarizing yourself with …

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8. What?! …there are no biscuits and gravy in my Christmas Box!

First of all… a Christmas Box (Kerstpakket) is a typical Dutch tradition. Most companies in the Netherland grant this gift to their employees close to Christmas. The Christmas box is a decorated cardboard box with “presents” inside, such as: biscuits and gravy, a roulade, a cheap bottle of wine, cookies, candy, etc. Extrinsic rewarding Suppose …

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9. Condolences on your promotion!

The first floor “Congratulations on your promotion! Now you finally belong to the lucky few!” is the text on a note that is waiting impatiently on a keyboard until the addressee reads it somewhat indignantly. Eyes pierce her back, but as soon as she turns around, the entire department is supposedly working hard. She was …

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10. Leadership starts with your dog

Just pay attention to it…. A poodle, a harness and a flexi line, the basic ingredients for leadership… of the dog! The poodle First of all, the poodle could very well be a boxer, Chihuahua, Cane Corso or Dalmatian (depending on when the film gains popularity again). What matters is that in some cases the …

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