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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Family-owned companies

Authority without responsibility

One of the key areas in any function, job or role is the match between responsibility, the number of tasks that you need to perform for covering that responsibility, and the authority and means that you need to being able to fulfil your job. Quite often there is a mismatch, like inadequate authority, inadequate means, too many tasks. In...

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Family-owned companies

In 1602, a global watershed moment took place when the Dutch East India Company was founded. From that moment, ownership, management and capital (ie, funding) were no longer in one (family) hand. However, little has changed over the past 400 years. Family-owned companies are still the majority of all businesses worldwide. Why? The most logical explanation is that...

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A dead retail canary in a corona coal mine (3)

Since about 2010, people have been talking about a retail apocalypse. Since about 2018, these words have changed into retail armageddon (eg, BI, Bloomberg). The coronavirus pandemic is likely to accelerate this existing and ongoing development at the expense of many brick and mortar retail outlets around the world (eg, Forbes, March 1). Shopping is a need for most...

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My identity

As a boy, I was known as the son of the local hairdresser. That sufficed for me. I was proud of carrying the family name. In my working life, my employer(s) and my job title(s) provided large parts of my identity. During my 2013 burnout, I was afraid that people might see the L (of Loser) branded on my forehead. Today, I'm less sure who I am. Any identity has...

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The paradox of choice

Since several days, I'm puzzled about the proverb "quality over quantity". If that proverb is true - which I believe it to be - then why use certain apps (eg, dating) the reverse approach: quantity over quality? A cynical answer would be: to get you addicted to their app. There is plenty of support for that view: Curiosity, Men'sHealth, MarketWatch, NewStatesman,...

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Empowerment (2)

My friend didn't expect part 1 of this blog as my answer to her question on empowerment. She kept asking me how I thought about equal opportunities and equal pay for women in top positions. It's important to realise that I don't believe in equality in this specific context, simply because no one is equal – or should be. See my 2015 blogs on Equality (part...

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