Here a management annoyance I have seen so often; hiring an ex-colleague by the boss.

Six times in my career I changed company, with the last five in senior management roles. I _never_ hired someone from a previous company into my new team.

While it may appear to be a…


In many organisations Shadow IT is a synonym for Evil. It is bad, it is a major cost that can be avoided, it undermines IT credibility, results in data, security & compliance issues and it should be eradicated ASAP. Unfortunately, IT organisations have had these discussions for so many years…


I observed that in the current corporate world suddenly everything has become absolutely excellent! Everyone is great! Simple updates are suddenly cheered as an ‘outstanding job’! Sprint demos end with cheering! As a result, the valuation of the compliment is getting under pressure and is being devaluated. …


Over-promised & under-delivered on your transformation?

So often digital transformations are started full of enthusiasm. Grandioso plans are sold to the board, with huge promises and an exciting future is ahead. Hooray! It will be hard to get your ambitious plan accepted and funded without promising major achievements within the first 3 years. …


There is not a day that passes by when I read someone to hail his/her award for CIO of the year. We see a happy smile on their LinkedIn picture and have them say the memorable words that the award would not have been possible without their team (….)

Sorry…


In this series of posts, Arnaud looks back to the active working life of the past 35 years or so and shares his perspective on corporate life. All are based on real experiences although any resemblance with real people is purely coincidental.

As a sequel to my previous article ‘Why…


In past articles, I shared with you the ‘joy’ of working for incompetent managers, and see the Dunning Kruger effect in action. It was describing annoying situations, we all witness unfortunately so often in our daily professional life. …


I participated to a discussion around culture change. I Feel like sharing it with you my friends as I fully believe this the only way to change a company culture.

I am 100% convinced that the only thing that will result in a solid change of Culture is a change…


In this series of posts Arnaud looks back to an active working life of the past 35 years or so and share his perspective on the corporate life. All is based on real experiences although any resemblence with real people is purely coincidental.

One of the most surprising paradoxes I…

Arnaud van Rietschoten

Arnaud is based in Oviedo, Asturias and is currently writing his first novel.

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