What really is the value of feedback?


Happy new year everyone! I hope 2019 brings you health and well-being, happiness, peace, fun, inspiration and success! I also hope it brings you and us all lots of opportunities to get better at feedback. Both giving and receiving it. When I developed my motto ‘fun, focus and feedback‘, I didn’t expect that this third […]

Use a precise language for precise results


Language is a challenging issue. People have different relations to it and different abilities. From which it results that, we more often than not, not quite understand each other the way each person talking is hoping to get understood. Which is why, by the way, paraphrasing is a good idea for today and every day. […]

A knowledge management primer (2): DEFGHI


  This is a new series of posts, an alphabet primer of agile knowledge management (KM), to touch upon some of the key concepts, approaches, methods, tools, insights. And because there could have been different alternatives for each letter I’m also introducing the words I had to let go of here.   Today, after covering […]

Sharing and feedback done, now learning and change to go…


And so the results of the feedback survey on this blog are in (though you can still vote here). A big THANK YOU to you all for chipping in! View the results via the link from the survey box below. So: 19 votes pleading for more KM and more communication, and perhaps less on M&E. Two very […]

Fire your frank feedback and forecast what follows on Agile KM…


Sometimes I wonder if what I’m writing on this blog is of any value to anyone. It certainly is to me, as I’ve come to realise quite a few times in the past. But at this stage I am much more interested in engaging with the readers of this blog, and the people that engage with the […]

Thank you all for your great support – and a merry Christmas and happy holidays!


Dear readers, commenters, likers, raters, followers, friends and others, One more year of blogging. The first year – over the past five years of blogging – when I have managed to consistently blog throughout the year, month in, month out. 63 posts. Many comments, quite some likes and ratings. A good year. This is all […]

I WANT (YOU) TO CHANGE! Yes but how?


There’s a lot written about change, change processes, change management, behaviour change, social change etc. This week again Chris Collison was wondering about what’s stopping us from putting knowledge into action, or in other words, from knowing to changing. This is a bit of an attempt to synthesise the pathways to personal (behaviour) change. What […]

Believe in empowerment? Then just do it!


A little rant/shoot here. Development work is (IMHO) all about empowerment: finding ways to become fully aware of one’s choices in one’s own livelihood, to become capable to make these choices and to proactively develop this liberty of choice and action so as to continually adapt to ever changing challenges – through learning. Development cooperation […]

The feast of fools of feedback


Carnival season is approaching! A special season where licence and libations precede long fasting. Related to the carnival, but taking place in December, the feast of fools is another fascinating popular event that marked Western Europe’s history from the sixth to the sixteenth century. The idea of the feast of fools was indeed to bestow […]

A new year of fun, focus, feedback and some new ideas


Happy 2012! I wish you a year of great health, love, success but particularly of fun, focus and feedback! This has been my mantra for the past two years and I’ll stick to it for another year. And this year’s full of more than just fun focus and feedback. But before looking at some ideas for […]