Welcome to my personal website! Here you can find information on all activities that I am involved in, or see what sort of initiatives I’ve enjoyed in the past. Be prepared: you will probably find very different sorts of topics and materials, more than you’d expect at first. Do not be scared to ask me about any of them.
In this website you’ll find information about:
- Daniel, the entrepreneur, as CEO of Nestholma and advisor (and founder) of Nurtup.
- Daniel, the communicator, about my books, public speaking gigs and trainings.
- Daniel, the academic, with information about my research publications, and past lectures and master theses.
- Daniel, the artist, which for the moment mainly includes information about the band Oktopus.
- …and of course, Daniel the thinker, a.k.a. my blog! I admit I don’t publish on it as much as I would like to, but you might get referred to the blogs at Nestholma and Nurtup.
I also appreciate if you leave comments, feedback, threats, opinions, links, recommendations, love letters, reflections, favorite quotes, or questions.
On this blog
During the last months I’ve been busy posting in NurtUp’s blog about the topic “hacking learning”. Since I have kept this site quite inactive, I’ve decided to share some of the ideas here as well. From now on, every time I share my musings at NurtUp I’ll also share some of the ideas here, with a link to the content. Since it’s been a while, I’ll make a summary of all the posts!
You have probably reflected a number of times about where your career is heading. You have probably also wondered whether your current position is taking you to the right places. But how often do you stop to think about what your team members get from your project? Do they find this project exciting? Are they motivated by the ultimate purpose of the company? Is this project contributing to the talents they want to develop? Are they here because of the new coffee machine? Or did someone just tell them “You. Here. Now!”? (more…)
How much planning is enough? How much planning is too much? Do we want to try to anticipate every detail before we start moving, or rather start the project and figure out as we go?
In the project management arena I find this reflection to be quite relevant. Obviously, both options have advantages and disadvantages. Many project managers (or more often, their clients or their companies) will tell you the benefits of having a good plan. You can optimise that plan. You can communicate the plan to other stakeholders. You can track your progress (and know if you’re going to finish on time). Your client knows exactly what they’re (supposed to be) paying for. (more…)
What? Secret? After all this time? Ok, it’s not really a secret. But sometimes, when one gets entangled in day-to-day activities, opportunities seem like well-hidden treasures. And that’s what the formula includes:
Yup, that’s it. You might have seen it somewhere. But no, I’m not going to talk about the speed of light. The E in the equation stands for Ecoinnovation, and the other three letters (m, c and c) are three key concepts that need to be in place for it to be succesful. (more…)
The world is changing massively, in almost every aspect (except for the basic human needs). Every business model is having to be revisited, but… are universities, as we understand them, something that can prevail by pivoting their business model? How sustainable is their business model on the
long mid term?
As with any business model, we would have to start by considering the value proposition of universities. Why do we have them? In every debate I’ve been in (and there have been many), people seem to think they have a clear picture: training students. And that is not only unarguably simplistic: in my view, it is even wrong. (more…)
To the project managers out there: do you know who your project sponsor in your organisation is? To those not calling yourselves project managers: in your activities, is there anybody who makes sure that what you makes the company go forward. To those of you leading organisations (be it companies, your own startup, volunteer organisations, etc.), how do you make sure all projects are taking you forward.
If your organisation has a decent size, there’s two scenarios. Either it’s a patchwork of projects that you hope people are driving in the right direction, or you actually have started your journey into having project sponsors for each of the projects. (more…)