About Us

Background

Most of the designers and builders of 4F have a background in Business Administration (BA) and Information Management (IM). The objective of BA is to achieve a predefined goal in the most optimal (efficient and effective) way, whereas IM aims to provide the right information to manage the processes. BA and IM traditionally focus on organizations, however the key principles are also valid on an individual level. This did lead to some design challenges, for example how to make measuring reliable and quick (the data and the tooling) and which reports gave the most information. These challenges were nicely solved in 4F.

Journey

The first step towards 4F was to outline the philosophy. This is done in various books (in Dutch) like “De Slechtste Baas” (The Worst Boss) and “Professionaliseren als Professional”.

The first book was based on a highly insightful blog by Seth Godin – The World’s Worst Boss – in which Godin outlines that this boss probably is you. He noticed that, although there is probably nothing more essential to learn, there are only a few good book on managing yourself. “Professionalize as Professional” outlined an information model for self management directed on three pillars: Focus (doing the right things), Flow (being able to do the things right) and Fun (doing things that are in line with your value set and preferences). Scoring high on all three elements would give a high Fit score between the work at hand and yourself. 4F is the practical and slightly simplified application of this model. 

How we work

The objective of 4F is improve your skill to use your core assets – energy and time – as wisely as possible. Not being “The World’s Worst Boss” for yourself. Three important principles define the way we work.

The first is the learning pyramid of Bales. The main message is that active learning is the most powerful way of learning. This is he reason why we will not provide courses, and neither are trainers or coaches. These are passive forms of learning.

Our approach is to provide an innovative ecosystem for active learning.

The second is based on the philosophy of Lord Kelvin who states that you cannot improve without knowledge, and you will not gain knowledge without measuring (fact based).

The third is recurrent (continuous) improvement. Plan – Do – Check – Act. After every cycle you can validate whether the previous “act” delivered the right results, or whether adjustments are needed.

Recap

ForeF transfers successful concepts from a meta (organizational) to the micro (individual) level. The learning is a collaboration between you and ForeF based on an active and fact based learning method. We acknowledge that this might be too demanding for some learners, however if you want to develop your most important skill this is the way forward. Concluding with the words of Seth Godin: “It’s hard to think of a more essential thing to learn”.

About US

Background

Most of the designers and builders of 4F have a background in Business Administration (BA) and Information Management (IM). The objective of BA is to achieve a predefined goal in the most optimal (efficient and effective) way, whereas IM aims to provide the right information to manage the processes. BA and IM traditionally focus on organizations, however the key principles are also valid on an individual level. This did lead to some design challenges, for example how to make measuring reliable and quick (the data and the tooling) and which reports gave the most information. These challenges were nicely solved in 4F.

Journey

The first step towards 4F was to outline the philosophy. This is done in various books (in Dutch) like “De Slechtste Baas” (The Worst Boss) and “Professionaliseren als Professional”.

The first book was based on a highly insightful blog by Seth Godin – The World’s Worst Boss – in which Godin outlines that this boss probably is you. He noticed that, although there is probably nothing more essential to learn, there are only a few good book on managing yourself. “Professionalize as Professional” outlined an information model for self management directed on three pillars: Focus (doing the right things), Flow (being able to do the things right) and Fun (doing things that are in line with your value set and preferences). Scoring high on all three elements would give a high Fit score between the work at hand and yourself. 4F is the practical and slightly simplified application of this model. 

How we work

The objective of 4F is improve your skill to use your core assets – energy and time – as wisely as possible. Not being “The World’s Worst Boss” for yourself. Three important principles define the way we work.

The first is the learning pyramid of Bales. The main message is that active learning is the most powerful way of learning. This is he reason why we will not provide courses, and neither are trainers or coaches. These are passive forms of learning.

Our approach is to provide an innovative ecosystem for active learning.

The second is based on the philosophy of Lord Kelvin who states that you cannot improve without knowledge, and you will not gain knowledge without measuring (fact based).

The third is recurrent (continuous) improvement. Plan – Do – Check – Act. After every cycle you can validate whether the previous “act” delivered the right results, or whether adjustments are needed.

Recap

ForeF transfers successful concepts from a meta (organizational) to the micro (individual) level. The learning is a collaboration between you and ForeF based on an active and fact based learning method. We acknowledge that this might be too demanding for some learners, however if you want to develop your most important skill this is the way forward. Concluding with the words of Seth Godin: “It’s hard to think of a more essential thing to learn”.