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…

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…

What if you could make your sleep more efficient?

Getting a good night’s sleep is key to your health, that much we all know. But just how important is it? And is all sleep the same? Sleep scientist Dan Gartenberg sheds light on the subject in an intriguing TED Talk. His opening statement says it all. We’ve been neglecting our natural sleep cycle for the…

Personality types: Insights Discovery

These personality types are based on Jungian psychology; it uses a four-colour model to highlight key personality preferences and associated behaviours. Insight Discovery is a highly popular tool within businesses, seeing as how it can be used for individual or group development as it raises self-awareness, improves communication, decision-making and performance. The personality test involves…

Personality types: MBTI

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps people to get to know themselves better. This tool is often used as a method to find personal preferences. The MBTI includes 16 personality types, all based on 4 characteristics of preference. This indicator was made by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It starts from…