Category: Cooperation

Articles relates to cooperating with individuals or groups of people

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6 tips for an effective meeting based on the CIA manual

If you want more effective meetings, it might pay off to first look into the reason why so many meetings are ineffective. In other words: how can you paralyze an organization and make sure as little as possible gets done?

Some time ago I came across the Simple Tamper Field Manual of the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. This manual contains a variety of methods for sabotage. Initially, it was intended to be a source of inspiration to counter the Nazis in Europe.

This manual was released around 1940, but a lot of its content is still very relevant today. The final pages of the document contain several tips on how to oppose organizations while remaining unnoticed. By reversing these tips I came to 6 tips for effective meetings (and working more effectively in general).

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.

Stephen R. Covey
Work anywhere

Remote work: this is what the future holds.

Covid currently has a huge impact on the way we design our work. At the moment remote work is the norm and the big question is what work will look like post-Covid. Will we return to the old normal? Or is remote work here to stay as the default? The future will tell, but a hybrid way of working, in which we combine the best of online and physical collaboration seems to be the most likely scenario.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

My personal interest lies in the way companies will shape hybrid work, where some participants are in the office while others are working from home. This search led me to an interesting model that I want to share with you.

Work from home

This is how you make the most of your digital workday

I’m sure you want to have an effective digital workday, right? If you have a desk job, you have gotten used to working from home by now. Are you tired of sitting behind your desk for hours in a row while juggling the household chores in between? It doesn’t have to be that way!

Often something has to happen before something happens.

Johan Cruijf

This article discusses the challenges related to working remotely. Also, it elaborates on the many possibilities to enhance your digital workday.


Struggling to cooperate? Try another level.

Does this sound familiar: you are in a meeting that keeps moving in circles. Every week the same items are on the agenda, but there is no progress towards your goals. Or it is obvious that something is going on, but you can’t pinpoint what it is, let alone resolve it. We can all think of such a situation we have been in. An intervention on another level can offer a solution.

A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other

Simon Sinek

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