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Karen Wouters
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July 7, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Never waste a good crisis - Leadership development in times of coronavirus

Leadership COVID-19

"Never waste a good crisis." Churchill's famous statement has already been used to call on the hospitality industry to reinvent itself, to boost green innovations, to urge the European institutions to review their cooperation model. And here I am, boldly adding yet another one: never

June 4, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Houston, we have a problem...

Leadership COVID-19

The WHO (World Health Organization) Member States are calling for an independent investigation into the WHO’s manner of response to the coronavirus in China. I cannot wait to see what this research will tell us. Why was COVID-19 dismissed as a common flu for so long?

May 14, 2020

By Karen Wouters

Hard with a heart

Leadership COVID-19

Countries with female prime ministers turn out to be successful in their battle against the coronavirus. Business magazine Forbes recently listed them. Taiwan, Iceland, Germany, Finland, Denmark, and New Zealand. In these countries, the number of COVID-19 deaths has been remarkably low,

Expertise Report

January 7, 2019

By Karen Wouters

Leadership Lab: Strengthening teams for shared leadership: shifting from me to meaning

Leadership

Our last leadership lab of 2018 was hosted by Fluvius who has taken its recent merger (between Eandis en Infrax) as an opportunity to introduce a new way of working centered around shared leadership and teamwork. A huge undertaking for an organization with more than 5000 employees who

Expertise Report

October 15, 2018

By Karen Wouters

Are you leading with opinions or data?

Leadership

On the new premises of Antwerp Management School, seven leadership development experts gathered to dive into the world of measures, with an open mind and a degree of healthy skepticism. We were off to a strong start when one of them said: “As HR professionals we need numbers to

Expertise Report

February 12, 2018

By Karen Wouters

Do you know your "switching cost" as a leader?

Leadership

We’ve gotten rid of our tails, but not our emotions. With that statement Dr. Steven Poelmans, professor at Antwerp Management School and EADA Business School, started the Leadership Lab “inside a leader’s brain”. How come emotions have survived all these years? The limbic system takes

Expertise Report

December 12, 2017

By Karen Wouters

Why self-leadership without context doesn't work

Leadership

“As HR and organizational development professionals, what brings you to a lab about self-leadership?” Jesse Segers and Anne Lemaire asked the attendees at our leadership lab. “It’s been on my agenda for a while,” one of the participants said. “There are big changes coming our way, the

Expertise Report

June 1, 2017

By Karen Wouters

Shared leadership, a blooming future?

Leadership

It is both fascinating and challenging for HR and OD managers to discuss the issue of shared leadership with a CEO who has applied it with variable results, and a professor in leadership who sees right through the holy grail of shared leadership.

May 5, 2017

By Karen Wouters

The winning mentality: narcissism or necessity?

Leadership

Solid leadership is essential for any business striving to operate successfully. Today, organizations demand an entirely different kind of leadership compared to 20 years ago. Leadership revolves around having the right mind-set. Karen Wouters, Academic Director of our Start to Lead