Jef Staes

Jef Staes is a leading authority on Learning & Innovative Organizations and the founder of EOI Academy.
He awakens companies with a unique concept to guide them through the necessary changes. He captured his ideas in two books: “My Organisation is a Jungle” and “My Manager is a Hero”. Through the use of rich metaphors he engages you in the story of Red Monkeys.
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Don’t Fence Me In (Book Review)

A review of Jef Staes’ newest book in which he claims that we are grinding to a halt because of three fences that we have built around education, organizations and society.

Social Validation

It’s time to pimp your employee database, because with the term Social Validation we are getting very close to a way to develop and sustain a Social Architecture.

Music and Leadership (part 5)

A conversation on the parallels between music and leadership reveals quite some blind spots. And I’ll let you guess on which of both sides. What worries me most is that these blind spots are too obvious to be true.

Welcome to my Bell-Shaped World

Take a seat on the other side of my eyeballs. You will discover that I look at the world through a pair of bell-curve-shaped lenses. I keep tinkering until they make sense. So there you go: Ten Tinkered Bells!

Newspapers are Solving the Wrong Problem

We are all quite good at creating and sustaining comfort-zones, because this is what makes life predictable. But when we do that at as a group or an organization, disasters can happen. Newspapers are next on this list.

Unleash the Red Monkey (A Twitter Tale)

As I am writing this the second Twitter Brainstorm of OCPractitioners has just closed. I never thought it would be a confrontational idea for the 150+ followers. But somehow I have the feeling we have not quite crossed the chasm.

Organisations in Search of a New Balance – Part 2: The Sheep Drama

Organizations don’t fall by threats they noticed in time but by threats they didn’t see coming. The low innovative power of organizations is caused by 2D-managers and 2D-HRM who didn’t or wouldn’t see the harmful impact of job descriptions and competence management on creative entrepreneurship. Unconsciously they were successful in changing a whole generation of talented people into sheep.

Houston we have a SMART problem

I always associated SMART goals with positive things, such as sound corporate governance. Never in my life I would have thought that SMART would be threat to the people I work with. But things have changed and they continue to change.

Belgian Media Grinding to a Halt? Big Time.

A few weeks ago I purchased a Kindle, an e-reader for books, newspapers and blogs. I was quite amazed by the usability of my new gadget: I can read tons of books and subscribe to lots of newspapers… except Belgian newspapers. What once was an asset turns out to be a liability.

Organisations in Search of a New Balance – Part 1

Suppose I challenge you with following question: “How do you make your organisation capable of innovating in a very fast and much cheaper way?” What would be your answer as a CEO, business unit manager or HR director?