Is the era of management over?

“The key to management is to get rid of the managers,” advised Ricardo Semler, whose TED Talk went viral, introducing terms such as “industrial democracy” and “corporate re-engineering”. It’s important to point out that Mr. Semler isn’t an academic or an expert in management theory, but he’s the CEO of a successful industrial company. His views are…

An inconvenient truth

“A staggering 87% of all employees are not engaged or even disengaged. Many companies are experiencing a crisis of engagement and aren’t aware of it.” (Gallup) However, companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. Studies have shown that companies with engaged people run twice the revenu and four…

Stimulating engagement through respect

“When you ask workers what matters most to them, feeling respected by superiors often tops the list.” That’s Kristie Rogers’ opening statement in her latest article on Harvard Business Review. Though hardly shocking for any contemporary leader or executive, it seems the business world hasn’t yet fully grasped the impact of it. As Kristie goes…

The link between leadership and sleep

A lot of business leaders admit that they don’t get enough sleep at least four nights a week. A recent article in Harvard Business Review by Nick van Dam (McKinsey) and sleep expert Els van der Helm explores the link between sleep and leadership. It also offers a few solutions to improve both individual well-being and…

Launching well-being programme and new values for Voka

Employee retention is probably one of the biggest challenges HR managers face nowadays. But sometimes pragmatic solutions can pop up just by doing. The Chamber of Commerce in Flemish Brabant (Voka), Belgium, is one of those organisations that understands the value of people. Keeping talented employees by motivating them, cherishing their well-being and stimulate their…

Engagement top priority at Microsoft Inspire

A few weeks ago I visited Microsoft Inspire, the place to be for all Microsoft partners worldwide. What’s Herculean doing there? First and foremost, let me spill the beans on one of Herculean’s best kept secrets: we’re a Microsoft ISV, an independent software vendor. Since 1999 – when we started Hercules Trophy – we have developed a state-of-the-art…

Herculean launches new website

Last year, Herculean won the Award for “Best Crowdfunding of the Year” in Belgium. The main feedback we received from people who don’t know us or never participated in a Herculean format was: “We don’t understand what Herculean does, but we know you are professionals and we feel a lot of positive vibes”. Most people…

4 reasons why most wellbeing programs fail

The alarming increase of burn-out cases and the general rise of awareness of corporate wellbeing has led a lot of organisations to implement a wellbeing program. Yet, as these programs are relatively new, a lot of them still lack in maturity and in corporate knowledge. A lot of wellbeing programs are based on individual coaching programs, without…

All my girls do yoga

In our book about “The Corporate Wellbeing coach” Doctor Jutta Borms talks about the effects of yoga and meditation on top of her experiences as a doctor. Throughout her career, she has experienced the positive effects of mental wellbeing alongside physical wellbeing. She’s convinced that in order to maintain good health, a person needs a…

The best stress relieving apps

Can apps help countering stress and increase our wellbeing? If you ask Ann de Bisschop, then she will tell you absolutely! In her book “Aftellen naar maandag” –Count down to Monday– the Director Corporate Identity and Well-being of Medialaan (now News City) shares her thoughts with her readers. We tested some of them and we’re…

A balanced Corporate Wellbeing trajectory for the Province

On March 27, the Province of Vlaams Brabant (Belgium) will launch their brand new wellbeing trajectory. Herculean is proud to be chosen as trusted partner after a thorough selection procedure. Herculean will organise the entire program with different kinds of workshops and will activate employees towards the “Day of the employee”, which is a festival…

Work hard and be happy. Or isn’t it?

How do I become successful? How do I achieve more success? Everyone of us thought about these questions at least once. The answer usually lies in the general consensus ‘by working hard -or harder’. There is unfortunately, not much truth to that obvious and commonly accepted answer. In a humorous and inspiring TED Talk of 12…