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Doing what you love

It is commonly known that I am motor racing fan, and take a special interest in McLaren. In a recent post showing their financial results for 2016, I noticed that they are celebrating their fourth consecutive year of profitability with a record 3,286 McLarens sold in 2016 and a 70 percent increase of profit before tax. This is just six years after selling their first car! So, what have McLaren got that has allowed them to achieve these results? Clearly, they have a loyal and fast growing customer base but how? Up until recently, I was always a Porsche 911 [...]

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Management – what is it really?

I have just come back from a three-week road trip to Montenegro. Nothing unusual in that you might think, except I did it in a 51-year-old open top car.  As you can imagine, it was quite a journey, especially as we stuck to the small roads, travelling from town to town for 95% of the journey. On the road, there was plenty of time for me to reflect on things and one of the questions I found myself coming back to is ‘What is management?’ Not so much the text book definition, but rather how do we do it in [...]

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Listen carefully, I will say this only once…

Next to my “daytime job”, I spend many of my weekends on a race circuit. Not as a driver but as the Race Director. My responsibility, amongst other things, is ensuring the safety on track and, like flight attendants before every flight, I also have to present the mandatory safety briefing. The 2017 race season has just started, so now everybody still pays attention. But I know that in a couple of races from now there will be drivers thinking “we’ve heard this all before, this is a waste of time.”  Often, these are the first people to make mistakes, [...]

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Solve for X

When I was younger (yes, so much younger than today) I always loved mathematics. Those little rules were great tools to solve all possible problems, or at least, all the problems you got in class. Moving on to the university, I got to know Mr. Heisenberg and his theoretical physicist colleagues. It turned out that while I had been doing well with my mathematical formulas, from that moment on I could only reach good approximations. The hard “1 + 1 = 2” truth from before became a bit less obvious than before. Now, since more than 20 years, I have [...]

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Who can be your Data Protection Superman/Superwoman ?

In the past weeks several communications via different media, blogs, … were addressing the need of thousands of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) across Europe for the coming year to ensure organizations' compliance to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a quest like none before ... At the same time the debate went on discussing the qualifications this person would need to show. The discussions between those that approach this question from a legal point of view (where the quest is originating) and those that see the resolution coming from within the technical departments of the organization (where part of the [...]

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