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Insight into drives: improving academic performance

Why will one student settle for a pass while another wants only the best? How come one student enjoys solving maths problems while another can’t wait for the next practical lesson? Why does that one student play up in my class, but none of the other teachers mention the same behaviour in theirs?

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It’s all about can, want, and do

By looking at what a person wants, can do, and actually does, we gain a more complete picture of that person, enabling you, as an individual or organization, to make better decisions and take concrete steps. Since the start of the last century, countless models have been developed for better understanding people's behaviour. These are a few of the more famous ones: The Big Five is a theory based on five personality traits...

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The Tuckman model and the link with the MyDrives colour theory

Two questions are central to the Tuckman model: where are you now as a team, and where do you want to be in the near future? To answer these questions, the model uses four phases: forming, storming, norming, and performing. In the forming phase, there's a neat little team of employees, and a manager, and communication mostly takes place with the manager, who gives directions.

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About the Tuckman model, the new MyDrives game, and selecting the best candidates

At the annual MyDrives consultants’ meeting, Marc Stijfs – together with Jos Crijns, the founder of MyDrives MyHabits and MyMatch – cites the example of the British Men’s Rowing Eight, one of the subjects at the previous meeting for MyDrives consultants in Thorn.

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How to select the best applicants

How can somebody who is really good at what they do still be unhappy? How do you explain instances where somebody who graduates with distinction fails to achieve career success? And how can some people with little experience perform better than a colleague with lots of experience?

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Autonomy, mastery, and meaning: these benefit every employee

Years ago, I read ‘Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us’ by Daniel Pink. When I came across the book again, during our office refurbishment, I realized how timeless its content is.

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MyDrives consultants go on a virtual boat trip in Thorn

Where better to start a boat trip than on Waterstraat? Here, on Thursday, 15 March, at Kasteelhoeve De Grote Hegge in Thorn, a meeting is taking place for around thirty MyDrives consultants from all parts of the country.

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Don’t get caught out by the cobra effect

The cobra effect is created when a solution exacerbates the original problem. Why ‘the cobra effect’? The name has its origins in India, when the British government of the day was concerned about the large number of poisonous cobras in the city of Delhi.

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A mismatch is bad for employee and employer

The MyMatch method clearly indicates which type of personality, with its associated drives, is the best fit for a particular role. But what are the consequences for an employee and their employer if there is a mismatch?

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Team building session using colour analysis: 7 common mistakes

Imagine that, as an HR or departmental manager, you are instructed by your line manager to organize a team meeting, for everyone to get an insight into each other's personality, strengths, and weaknesses.

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The Blockchain Blog

A year ago, I read an article about Ethereum. I thought to myself: here we go again, another digital currency to add to bitcoin, dash, monero et al. Up to that point, I'd shown little interest in digital currency – also known as cryptocurrencies.

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Laid back MyDrives meeting about stress

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017. Location: the Hotel Management School in Maastricht. In this natural and relaxed environment, some thirty or so MyDrives consultants from around the country have gathered for a MyDrives meeting. The topic is stress.

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How stress got me down

Everyone has to deal with stress at one time or another. That isn’t always a bad thing. On the contrary: a bit of healthy stress is a good thing. You need a degree of tension to kick you into action. That's why lots of students leave it until the last minute to revise.

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Go ahead and do it

(but read this article about ownership and drives first) A year ago, I sent the final version of my first management book ‘De aard van jouw beestje’ (The nature of your beast) to the printer. A few weeks later, there I was with a stack of copies in my hands.

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MyDrives in action: MyDrives on the (ice hockey) pitch

On the last day of August 2016, the MyDrives team found itself in Tilburg, running an interactive MyDrives workshop for the Destil Trappers. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this ice hockey club: because they're too good for the Dutch competition.

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What an employee wants is more important than what they can do

How can somebody who is really good at what they do still be unhappy? Why isn't an enviable degree a guarantee of success? How can somebody with less experience perform better than somebody with years of experience under their belt?

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Organizational culture is not set in stone

Culture is a word that is often bandied about when I give workshops on individual drives and behaviour. Wherever people work together, a culture naturally emerges. We adapt to each other, mostly unconsciously, resulting in a fixed and recognizable pattern.

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