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Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

If we asked you what your current work priorities were, could you answer quickly and confidently? What about the priorities of the company at large? If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. It’s difficult to rank to-dos, projects, initiatives, and KPI’s when everything seems vital and pressing.

Prior to the 1940s, the plural term priorities was rarely used. It wouldn’t have made sense; there can only be one priority. However, as having all of the things all of the time became more and more seductive, the notion of the singular priority faded. However, if everything is a priority, nothing is priority. …


How to make your team as fast as Red Bull Racing’s mechanics

When talking about motor racing, we often focus on the driver. But with 500–1,500 people per team, Formula 1 is the largest team sport in the world. That became very clear this weekend. Because even before the race, the mechanics of Red Bull Racing had to win a race against the clock.

Thirty minutes hour before the start, the cars leave the pit box across the track towards the starting grid. The track is soaking wet. Max Verstappen uses the lap to collect crucial information about where on the racing track there is and isn’t grip.

But then disaster strikes: he skids off the track and crashes into the barriers. There is a lot of damage. His front wing and suspension are broken. Max thinks his race is over before it even started. …


Newsletter #24

“The days of office-centricity are over”, said Shopify’s CEO. Often triggered by a surprising increase in productivity, many companies (including Twitter and Facebook) have announced that they will allow employees to permanently work from home.

We will likely never fully return to the old situation. But I’m not sad about it. Instead, I believe this is a really good moment to start adopting participatory leadership and a more adaptive, human way of working.

In this episode of my newsletter, I have collected 10 articles that will help you navigate and embrace the new reality. …


The global pandemic has forced many organizations to change the way they work overnight. But this opportunity is bigger than mastering remote work and new tools. We have the chance to adopt a way of working that will make us faster, more resilient and ready for anything.

Right now, we need to be able to continuously steer and act on what is unfolding in front of us. We want to leverage everyone’s brainpower in the organization to stay afloat and became better and faster. …


Learning from race marshals: a team of teams

I have been focusing on Formula 1 racing teams as inspiration, a metaphor for businesses that are trying to accelerate and be more agile. So far, I have been focusing mostly on the race teams and how they organize and innovate. But recently I was invited by Stéphane Tartière, a race marshal who has read our book (Formula X), to take a look at what happens trackside.

What does a race marshal do?

Race marshals are stationed at various points around the race track to ensure safety. Marshals use flags and signs to tell drivers what is going on. And in case of an accident or collision, they enter the track as first responders. They put out fires and prepare for medical assistance. They will also help remove vehicles or debris to make sure the race can continue safely. …


Newsletter issue #13

I find myself in an airplane, on the runway, waiting for take-off. I check my messages one more time and then put my phone in flight mode. Just a moment later, I feel the G-forces in my gut when the pilot pulls the throttle. I get treated on a magical view of the skyline of Amsterdam, since there are almost no clouds.

I have flown a lot this year, all across the planet. But this flight feels different. Today I am not on my way to deliver a speech at a conference or corporate boardroom, nor am I on my way to facilitate a workshop as part of a transformation project. …


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The Ready’s free magazine

The forces of complexity, humanity, and technology are putting pressure on our organizations that can’t be met by traditional ways of working. Our organizations need to be better for their people and better for the world. This requires a paradigm shift from ‘plan & predict’ to ‘sense & respond’.

Over the last few years, I discovered that implementing agile is not enough to solve this challenge, so I embarked on a journey to broaden my perspective. When I joined The Ready, I was given a list of the most influential books on the future of work and organizational design.

In this post I share with you my 10 favourite books on the future of work. They are in no particular order, and I’ve included links to videos related to the book, in case you prefer watching over reading. It was actually pretty easy to pick them, as I find myself recommending these over and over again to the executives I work with. …


Scaling Agile @ bol.com

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As an organization designer, I’m always looking for examples of progressive organizations. Bol.com, the largest online retailer in The Netherlands and Belgium, is definitely a great example that we can learn from.

Every day, over 1200 people work together to create the #1 online shopping experience for their customers. Their IT department consists of more than 350 engineers that are part of 60 cross-functional teams. Staying organized at this scale is definitely a challenge.

In this article I’ll share some of my findings. But wait, there is more: we created an explainer video! …


Seven organization design lessons that increase performance

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Photo by Red Bull Racing

It is a warm Sunday afternoon in Monaco and you are Daniel Ricciardo. You have just won the legendary Monaco Grand Prix and you are listening to the national anthem on the podium. Halfway through the race, your engine lost a significant amount of power so you had to fight all the way to the end to keep your position. Your knees are still trembling from the adrenaline and you feel relieved and exhilarated.

You celebrate by spraying champagne and drinking it from your shoe. You can even convince Prince Albert and his wife Charlene to drink with you on the podium. In the meantime, you can’t stop thinking about where to throw the party. Will your yacht be big enough? …


Most people spend several hours per day traveling to and from their work. Employees are expected to be at the office between set times, and their time sitting in the office is tracked to ensure they live up to the employment contract.

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Photo by Cara Fuller

Imagine never needing to commute to work again. You simply work from home, wherever you decide to live on this planet. Imagine having access to all your company’s information, including financials and the CEO’s personal improvement points. Imagine spending company money without upfront approval.

GitLab is remote only

Having worked for large corporations and government agencies, GitLab’s founder Sid Sijbrandij has experience with frustrating workplaces. …

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Jurriaan Kamer

Org design & transformation | Author of ‘Formula X’ | Speaker | Future of Work. Partner at The Ready

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