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HPO – New revamped HPOcenter website launched with miltilingual support – High Performance Organization

As some of you might know, I’m very interested in High Performance Organizations (HPO) and the characteristics of these companies. In my opinion it’s something every company should strife for.

As such, I’m happy to inform you that the HPO center has launched their new revamped website with multilinual support. The supported languages are:

  • Dutch (Nederlands)
  • English
  • French (Français)
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Spanish (Español)

So if you’re interested in the new design, or if you’re just curious about what HPO is about, please visit the website: http://www.hpocenter.com.

Notes:

  • It seems that even though multilingual support has been added to the website, not all content has been translated (yet).
  • If you have any feedback (both positive and negative) about the website, please let the HPO center know.
  • Also if you want to keep track of new developments regarding HPO, you can use the following resources:
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Recordings of the High Performance Organization – HPO webinar

The recorded HPO webinar ’Hoe bouw je een High Performance Organisatie’ is in Dutch and takes about 30 minutes. It will explain the definition of a High Performance Organization (HPO) that is being used and which factors are relevant for being/becoming an HPO. You can find the recording of the webinar here.

If you want to know more about High Performance Organizations, take a look at my previous blog posts regarding HPO. These are written in English and also contain links to other useful resources.

While browsing the site I also came across a nice Dutch article about profiles of Dutch High Performing Employees (HPE). This article describes two profiles that have been defined for High Performing Employees (HPE). One of the profiles is defined from a manager’s point of view and is appropriate for evaluating current employees and recruiting new employees. The other profile is defined from a colleagues point of view and can be used for development and coaching programs. For more information, read the article.

There’s also an English HPO Leadership toolbox app available at the Apple Store and at the Google Play Store. This includes a quick test to determine your current HPO scores.

 

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Starting my new job at Open Line today

After having worked at my previous employer for five years, it was time for a change of scenery. For me it had been clear for some time that Open Line was THE company I wanted to work for. I decided to follow my dream and did not even bother to look at other companies anymore.

Main motivators for me for wanting to work for Open Line are:

  • The people that work there are friendly, very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.
  • There’s a “can do” mentality.
  • They work with modern technologies.
  • Potential for personal growth and learning many new things on many different levels.
  • Both colleagues and customers are considered to be partners.
  • They have good and close relations with many other well-known (ICT) companies and have won various awards along the way because of it.
  • Their values closely match my own values.
  • I want to be able to work for a company I truly care about, believe in and where I’m able to give it my all without any reservations or doubt.
  • They’re growing.
  • In my opinion they possess many of the characters of a High Performance Organization (HPO).

As such I made my intentions clear to a friend of mine who works there and I applied for the job opening of Microsoft Specialist. What followed was (in my opinion) a thorough procedure to see if we were both a good fit for each other. And according to the both of us, this was the case.

I look forward to starting today, and I will especially enjoy meeting new interesting people and catching up with the people I already know (those who attended the same school and those I met at my previous employer).

If you want to know more about Open Line, you can check:

There are also a couple of employee blogs that might be of interest to you:

To be continued ….

 

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Recordings of the book event: “What Makes A High Performance Organization”

For those who don’t know what a High Performance Organization is, please read my previous blog post because this post will only cover the event organized around the latest book from André A. de Waal called “What Makes A High Performance Organization

The event was held at the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and was very well organized. Food and drinks were available and all aspects regarding logistics (including parking) had been properly taken care of as well.

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Book Event: “What Makes A High Performance Organization” (October 30th, 2012 in Maastricht)

For those unfamiliar with High Performance Organizations (HPO), this is the definition of an HPO:
“A High Performance Organization is an organization that achieves financial and non-financial results that are exceedingly better than those of its peer group over a period of time of five years or more, by focusing in a disciplined way on that what really matters to the organization.”

For more information about the HPO Framework, you can read more on the HPO Center website.

For those who want to know even more about HPO, they can either:

  1. Order the book “What Makes A High Performance Organization“.
  2. Attend the book event “What Makes A High Performance Organization” that includes a signed copy of the book from the author André A. de Waal. For more information about the book event, check out this link.

I’ve already read “What Makes A High Performance Organization“. And even though I was already very familiar with the HPO framework (because of previous books from André A. de Waal), I really liked the fact that it was very practical and included many real life examples and experiences from companies all over the world including Microsoft, SABMiller, Svenska Handelsbanken, HP, Unilever, Umpqua Bank, Tata Steel and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

I look forward to the book event and hearing more about how other companies went about transforming their organizations to HPO. If you’re attending this book event as well, please leave a comment.

Also if you want to keep track of new developments regarding HPO, you can use the following resources:

 

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