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Quotes to live by

The 2iQ website has been updated! It has become a multi-site with a joint homepage and two separate parts for 2iQ Management & Consultancy and 2iQ Sustainability Advice. When designing 'my part' of the 2iQ website, I looked for quotes that…
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AI, a brilliant nerdy sibling?

When updating my website, I also wanted to refresh the images with the various blogs. The existing illustrations were of varying quality, format and style. More importantly, the photos were found online, and copyright issues may have been involved.…
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CSR annual plan

At the beginning of 2023, I became self-employed and also a member of the Happy Planet Professionals (HPP). This is an association of socially conscious independent professionals. Comparable to MVO Nederland, but for self-employed people and…
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Everybody is into Sourcing

Sourcing seems a relatively new field. Many associate sourcing primarily with the big IT outsourcing deals from the 1990s and the early 21st century. Comprehensive initiatives where assets and people were transferred to international service…

Happy New Year!

As always, this time of year invites to reflection. The past year was a cycling year for me. Strava counted 165 activities in 2023. I know, Tour de France participants cover more distance in three weeks than I in a year, but for me it is a step…
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Well, yes, but why not do it better?

On October 12, Sourcing Nederland organised a seminar "an alternative view on sourcing". We heard an interesting story about mediation from Lieneke Viergever and Patrick Wit. I was provided the opportunity to share some thoughts about alternative…
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Minimum Viable Contract

Contracting the terms in a business relationship involves a bizarre dynamic: the more you regulate, the more you have to regulate. It often starts with working out a limited number of situations, but soon the conversation becomes more detailed.…
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Minimum Viable Relationship

Outsourcing engagements should be based on trust and collaboration. Isn't that obvious? Apparently, it is not. Outsources typically don't set up their selection process based on that premise. Clients often act like they don't trust potential…
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Expanding capabilities: 2iQ Sustainability Advice

Just over six years after the inception of 2iQ Management & Consultancy, we are expanding our capabilities. A new company has joined the family: 2iQ Sustainability Advice. It is based on shared values but with a complementary set of new…
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Cultural fit (or not)

When companies decide to outsource part of their activities, this will require serious preparation. They invest time and effort in a sourcing strategy, considering what should or should not be outsourced. There is attention to the scope (involving…
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All the best for 2023!

What kind of year was 2022? This time of year is a time of reflection. Last year Covid was top of mind. In this part of the world, that is entirely different now, but in China, the worst is likely to come. Things are returning to normal while…

Happy New Year! 2022

Reflections on 2021… Last year this time, I thought Covid could be a one-year thing. I was proven wrong. Two vaccinations later, we’re scheduled for a booster in early January, and the end is not yet in sight. Even so, the upsides of a…