Summer Blues

Blog, 10 July 2014

The summer holiday period is just around the corner, when over the course of three months "all" of the Netherlands takes its holidays. These extended, fragmented absences seriously impede an organisation’s decision-making process. Isn't it interesting that many important decisions are put off during the summer months, causing unnecessary, and costly, project delays?

Skype, Go-to-Meeting, Facetime and are wonderful tools for sharing information about ongoing business matters. There's always the potential problem of insufficient bandwidth though. The much-lauded digital reach can be less than promised.

People always have all sorts of plans to ensure their work continues to be done as smoothly as possible, but there is still a need to think about improving the decision-making process.

That’s why Maes & Lunau believes it is a good idea for an organisation to closely examine its governance structure in the period leading up to the summer holidays and test the ease with which responsibilities can be transferred and authority delegated, so that others can make good, timely decisions. Or should the argument be made for a return to two weeks of collective holidays in July?

Mattijs Kropholler
Managing Partner
Maes & Lunau Executive Search
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1079 LK  Amsterdam

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