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As a leader and entrepreneur, you go through different stages when growing ‘your enterprise’, while learning some valuable lessons along the way. Here are some of my lessons learned that may guide you through your own journey.

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Why some VIVES students were on the news last week

Did you know that one out of 3 people claim they have a food allergy or modify the family diet because one of the family members is suspected of having a food allergy? Striking numbers! With the help of Delaware Consulting, a number of students developed an app that can make life easier.

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‘Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business’, at least, that is how Wikipedia explains the term. ‘The entrepreneur develops a business plan, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure.’ But what if you have a dreamcoach on your side?

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We recently announced the hiring of our 1000th employee. This is a good time to look back on the past as well as to look into the future. Growth of the overall economy is stalled these days. Is aiming for growth of your own business still a good thing?

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When we think about innovation, we always tend to look to the future. It’s about …

  • new technologies,
  • things that were not possible before,
  • smartphones, tablets, self-driving cars, the Internet-of-Things, …

True, innovation is all that. But it is more than that. Looking back at how things were done before, gives interesting new insights and this fuels innovation too. That’s what artistic entrepreneur Sigiswald Kuijken has done throughout his 40+ year-long career.

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It has become a yearly tradition quite some people are looking forward to: our cycling event at the end of August. For the first time, we were not heading for the Alps, but for the French Pyrenees. Our sponsor – Group Ghistelinck – provided us some vans to get all our equipment and riders on site.

The joy already began at the parking of our Kortrijk office, despite the early hour on a Saturday morning. Some 1200 km further south, our hotel near the top of the Col du Soulor was waiting for us.

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… while increasing sustainable company value

Your own bottleneck

An interesting opportunity pops up. It is something you’d really like to do. But, when you ask permission to take it on, you receive the answer: “I’d certainly like to assign you this challenge, but I’m afraid we can’t afford to disengage you from your current assignments.”

Does this sound familiar?  It happens all the time. Many people have become their own, personal bottleneck. The only way for these people to increase their added value is to work more hours.

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Our economy is relentlessly globalizing and more and more companies are delocalizing and consolidating in larger, international groups. There is a tendency to think merely in global economic terms. This approach holds a big danger though. It risks leading to a boring uniformity with big companies, directed in a top-down way, with local employees executing the big truth as stated by the international top.

That’s why I am a firm believer of a truly gLocal approach. It combines the best qualities of global and local firms and avoids their weaknesses at the same time. The “L” is written with a capital because the local aspects slightly outweigh the global ones.

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