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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Please Give your Opinion on our New Forum Design...

Hi, we've improved our management forums:
1. A new 'horizontal design' instead of columns. Looks better and improves the readability.
2. Small pictures of the authors are added so you can see who contributed that topic or comment. It also rewards the authors for their contribution to our knowledge network...
3. When you click a forum topic, it opens in a new window (page) with a big font, showing all the comments and the "Add a comment"-box. Again: improving the readability.
4. All topics are now easier to find when you enter a search.
5. Topics and comments can be sorted by rating. This will show the best ideas at the top.
- Do you like our new forum design? Please vote (green or red thumbs up/down).
- Do you have an improvement suggestion? Please add a comment below...


Timmy Baksh
Analyst, Trinidad and Tobago

New Forum Design

Looks good, I think the question is to the manager of the site... If this design is easier and more efficient to manage then I have no problems with the new layout.

Student (University), United States

New Layout

Looks good! Great job!

Srikumar Varma

More User Friendly

Looks as if this is going to be a lot more user friendly. Let's see how the others too react.

Andrew Julius Bende
Student (Other), Uganda

Allows Easy Reading

This looks good, I also agree that it makes reading and following the discussion easier.
Great job.

K T Hin
Consultant, Malaysia

Example of Good Discussion

Last week's reactions on emotional intelligence helps the readers to lead their people to success.

P.F. Brok
Management Consultant, Netherlands

Use of Pagewidth

Looks good. The 1 column does (on my screen) even allows more pagewidth. Would it be possible to make this ajustable?

Jose Duran, United States

Allows Dynamic Interaction

It's just OK. As long as it allows us to interact in a dynamical method-way. Undoubtedly it will elicit much more reactions. Thanks.

edward sevume

Makes Learning More Enjoyable

Readability improvements, followup on topics and adding pictures on contributing members makes 12manage more enjoyable. I give this a thumbs up and would like to see that when a member answers or contributes to a comment made before - the comment appears as a thread under the topic being discussed. 12manage is a dynamic place to be if one is interested in management issues. Many thanks for the work done to improve the site.

Paul Letendre
United States

New Forums

I like it.

Barry Hill
Turnaround Manager, United Kingdom

More User Friendly

I find the new layout easier to read and more 'user friendly'.

S.E. Querido
Consultant, Netherlands

Like New GUI

Much more clear; like this new GUI. Thanks!

isa Moh'd Khalifa
Human Resorses, Bahrain

Makes it Easier to Discuss

To manage well, do thing easy and well, and I can see you that your new one is a better forword one.
Wish you all the best in your future aim.

Sibusiso Mhlongo
Project Manager, South Africa

User Friendly and Quick

More user-friendly and quick to follow.

Jacob Andrews
Entrepreneur, United Arab Emirates

Good Format

Change is always good.

Phillip Nel
Director, South Africa

Encouraging Forum Design

Definitely a more encouraging, user friendly design.

Kamal Kalsi
Director, Denmark

Good Overview

I like the new design. Gives a good overview. Congrats!

Mauro Mendoza
Manager, Peru

Easy Reading and Search

It is a better as it allows easy reading and less complicated search. Congratulations. Mauro.

Business Consultant, Indonesia

Better then before...

It is the better rather then before, thank you for admin.

Tauheed Ahmed Khan
Analyst, India


Design is pretty impressive, almost as impressive as the one that went before. But I say a change is just a change ~ for the better or worse time will decide.

una healy
Manager, Ireland

Many Good Links

Busy page - but lots of excellent links to follow.

Raul Costa
Business Consultant, Portugal


Much better... Congratulation admin.

Erdohegyi Gabor
Management Consultant, Hungary

Missing Name and Country

I loved the former version. That one, to me, seemed to be more informative. Here I miss the name and country of the authors of the comments. However, "horizontal design" is also OK with me.

Ed: Erdohegyi, thank you for your suggestion. This issue is now resolved by showing the name and author of comments as a pop-up text of the picture.

Jorge Cornejo
Management Consultant, Peru

Easy to Read

It looks great, it facilitates easy reading. Congratulations!

RIBES Bernard
Coach, France

New Forum Design Looking Quite Good

I have been using this forum since recently, but this is looking quite good. Thanks.

WALTER Pascal, France

Looking Nice and Easy to Use

Nice design; easy to use; congratulation.

Cengiz Pak
Strategy Consultant, Turkey

Why Forum Redesign?

Why are you changing the design?

Ed: To make 12manage easier to use.

Raul Francisco Vinas
Director, Argentina

More Clear and Practical

I find the new forums more clear and practical. I like it. Congratulations!

Business Consultant, India

Enjoying New Forum Design

The change is just brilliant, we, I and my wife who is also a web follower are enjoying it...

Prof. Alkis S. Magdalinos
Business Consultant, Greece

World Wide Reach

Hi Jaap, the new forum design is excellent! What is even better is your world-wide reach, giving us participants a taste of global opinions on the various areas of management. Thanks for a great job.
Warmest regards,
(Prof. Alkis S. Magdalinos).

Simon Raistrick
Business Consultant, New Zealand

Is Entering Title Needed?

Seems OK. I use forums a lot and have used better. When entering a post, the title seems superfluous.

Ed: Simon, thank you for your suggestion. We believe the title is not superfluous, because it can be used by the reader to summarize what someone is saying. This allows to judge quickly if you should read the rest of a reaction.

Entrepreneur, United States

Format is Best When Least Cluttered

Dear Editor, I don't know how to design a web page, although it is on my to do list lol. You will have a challenge as you have more participants on your website. Using cloud computing - a virtual server perhaps may assist?
Keeping information presented in as simple and organized a format as possible is best. I don't see how you could do any better than you are...
If some suggestion comes to mind... Will let you know. Katie.

Ed: thanks Katie, indeed this is precisely what we are trying to do at 12manage: present the management concepts as simple and organized as possible to allow for quick learning.

Bob Mason
Management Consultant, United States

Include the Date

Looks good. Could you also include the date for postings. I'd like to know how recent comments are.

Ed: not a bad suggestion at all, Bob. But we decided not to, because we believe the added complexity of showing this additional information is bigger than the benefit. Especially since most of our discussions are not time-sensitive at all. They have eternal value :-)

Ajay Devaraj
Business Consultant, India

Time Saving

Congratulations to the team that has re-designed the site!
I find it user-friendly, less cluttered and time saving.
Thanks and congratulations once again on a job well done.

Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan

Thumbs up for the New Forum Design

Thumbs up! A great job!

Johnny Michael Tan
Management Consultant, Malaysia


Let me quote Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young...
- I can see clearly now! -

Professor, India

Participation Good. Improve Presentation

Change is the call of the day, the new look is indeed good and has brought interest in all as it shows participation of all interested in a nutshell.
A more classic and decorative presentation would be appreciateed :).

Steven Otto
Teacher, United States

Looking Fresh

Very nice, keep up the good work with improvements to keep it looking fresh.

Taleb Ghanem
Saudi Arabia

Easy. But Keep Improving

It's so easy now... Keep up with these improvments.

sara mohamadi

12manage is Interesting

12manage forums are interesting thanks admin.

Business Consultant, Lithuania

Forum Improvement Suggestions

It's good to move forward, but seems you are trying to reinvent the wheel:
1. Lack of track tread
2. Why is the subject line empty when I'm in the thread? If it's so - it must be 'reply to reaction' to group answers
3. If I'm registered member - why do I have to enter 4 digits?.

Mohamad Nasir Mahmood
Director, Malaysia

New and Improved

Simply good!

Joseph Hodgson
Strategy Consultant, United States

Easier Reading and Searching

Looks good. More readable and searchable.

Coach, Mexico

Horizontal Design and Pictures of the Authors

Horizontal design and pictures of the authors are good.
I hope they will be successful and provide the basis for further improvements.

Alonso Estrada
Director, Colombia

Integrality of Knowledge

If there are relationships between areas of knowledge, it's necessary to emphasize on that. Because that makes knowledge acquisition easier.

ICT Consultant, Russian Federation

Good, but Could be more Functional

Design is good. I think, we can make it more functional. It is more outlook conception of the systematic.

Dmitriy Sidorov Vladimirovich
Student (University), Ukraine

All you Need

In my opinion, it is all you need and nothing more.

saleh alhayashi
Management Consultant, Malaysia

Need More Dynamics

Your forum is nice and need some dynamics.

Director, United Arab Emirates

Good Discussions

This discussion is great as they always are.

D P Deshpande
CxO / Board, India

Cross Linking is Important

Looks better, the cross linking is the distinctively handy feature.

Xuemin Chao

Better Looks, More Logical

Looks much better, logical and reasonable than previous one.

Cengiz Pak
Strategy Consultant, Turkey

Reaction Alerts

I like that the system sends me a note when there is a reply to my comment... But sometimes I can't find the reply when it's removed...

Ed: Cengiz, thank you for your suggestion. 12manage forums are moderated. This means we're actively working each day to ensure the forums of 12manage remain clear and concise. That means we're deleting spam reactions as well as those that have no informational value for our members. Unfortunately this happens AFTER you have been notified that someone reacted to your comment. So if this happens, from now on you can be assured that the reaction was not valuable.

Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines

Fresh and Easy

A new look is always welcome especially when it is meant to break the monotony of viewing the same thing for a long time and at the same time providing ease in communicating information.

ahmad shabanifard
Coach, Australia

User Friendly Fonts and Titles

It seems user friendly, larger fonts and the titles more available.

Jesus Alvarez
Strategy Consultant, Spain

Better Looking and More Functional

I think the design is improved a lot and the discussions are more functional too. Good work, thanks.

Prof. Dr. Jekabs U. Leititis
Professor, Germany

Content is Most Important!

This design has a better readability, looks nicer.
But still - the content is most important!

Mark Overdijk
ICT Consultant, Netherlands

Less = More

Readability has improved, only the font's a bit too big for my taste when opening a topic.
Design is clean and functional. An excellent less = more example.
It's certainly a step forward!

Ed: Mr. Overdijk, indeed the size of the font of the original comment was a bit too large, and we have now decreased it's size (from 14 to 12 pitch). Thanks for your help to make 12manage a better learning place!

Management Consultant, Netherlands

Content and Quality Remained the Same

I am very happy. The content and quality are the same.

Marc Van de Velde
Management Consultant, Belgium

Good Looking Design

Looks good!

Manager, India

Helping Business Students

Keep on improving the management forums. It is a good idea to help the business students of all over the world.
Thank you for helping us in improving the management tools techniques which will make us effective and efficient in every aspect.

Yvette Elcock, United Kingdom

Clear Forum Layout

Very clear even with lots of entries.
Like the title being a different colour as this differentiates entries alongside the author photographs.
I'm new to this site so can't compare it to the old one, but I find this a very clear form of communication.

Fawzi Fatima
Student (University)

Help Discovering Management Tools

HI its a good view thanks for helping us to more discover the management tools and techniques.

Student (University), Ghana

More Professional Looking

Much easier on the eyes, more professional looking. Good job. Looking forward to the next improvement.

Millecam, Netherlands

More Overview

I like the new lay out much better than the former one. It gives more overview and looks more friendly. Congratulations and keep up doing the good job. Best regards, Peter.

Reinaldo Schumann
Entrepreneur, Brazil

Forums Now Easier

I think it's easier now. Well done work, I am glad to be part of this forum, articles and comments are very appropriate and qualified

Business Consultant, India

Choosing the Password

The contents are extremely informative. But to access your home page is very difficult. Give the option of choosing the password to the user.

Ed: Subramanyam, thank you for your suggestion. We automatically assign a strong (yes, complex) password for new members. You can change your password into a more convenient one by clicking Top menu > Preferences > Password.

Dennis Feliciano
Student (University), United States

Adding a Picture

The design is easy to use and read. It would be nice to be able to input a photo in a comment or reaction.

Ed: Dennis, thank you for your suggestion. We decided not to implement this function in reactions at this time to keep 12manage clear and concise. The risk is people share many nice, but not relevant pictures. This will distract the reader from the information.

hector rogelio olivares galvan
Teacher, Mexico

Easy to Use and Read

The design is easy to use and read. My acknowledgments for support.

Isaac Maziya
Manager, Malawi

Improve Access

Good layout, but improve on the access to the website.

Isaac, thank you for your suggestion. 1. You can change your password into a more convenient one by clicking Top menu > Preferences > Password. 2. Also we now improved the log in process when you're arriving from the newsletter to take you straight to the forum page with the reactions.

Rakshnya Stanislav
Teacher, Russian Federation

Easy Search

Just enter a search; time saving. Thanks.

Rick Rokosz
Professor, United States

Survey Feedback

Like the new layout - clean and comprehensive.

Jessica Rayford, USA

New Layout Very Good

New layout very good indeed (always room for improvement).
Information priceless.

Alice Quevedo O.
Consultant, Mexico


¡excelente!. Me gusta. Felicidades!

Student (MBA), Trinidad and Tobago

Easier to Read

I think it will be easier on the eye as well, as we all know the quantity of reading we do.

Francisco Pou

Nice Improvement

The new layout seems to be more clear and easy.

Felipe Beltran, Mexico

Easier to Read and Find Topics

Good looking, easier to read and find topics.

Responsabile amministrazione personale, Switzerland

New Forum Design

It looks good and easy to use.

v srinivas, India

User Friendly

Really nice and (more) user friendly.

Consultant, China

Good on Wide Screen Monitors

Like the 'spread' on my wide screen monitors, as now can quickly access my special interest groups.

Tony Burke
Manager, United Kingdom

Unamiguous Layout

The new layout works well for me, I find it easy to use.

Manager, India

Forum Design

Looks better and more user friendly. Hope members find it too and also give feedback for any improvement.

Paresh Kumar Chattopadhyay, India

Suggestion Forum Design

It is really better. I wholeheartedly accept it.
My suggestion is whether it will be possible to highlight by different colour.

Patrick Cochran
Director, United States

Readability and Organization

The font is easier for those of us with aging eyes. All-in-all a positive improvement.

Lopez Reyes

Friendly & Easy

User friendly, easy to use, and adequate look&feel.

Terri Vetter
HR Consultant, United States

Like Sorting on Rating

I agree that the improvements make the forum much easier to read. I also like the ability to sort the comments by rating

Ed: just click on the word 'Rating' at the top to do that. Try it now on this page....

Roy Duffy, United Kingdom

Threads Easier to Follow

Clearer and easier to follow threads, better navigation - good job all round, thank you!

Francisco Tupinamba Pereira da Silva
Manager, Brazil

How to Reply?

I liked it, but I can't identify on the page's layout where I should reply to a specific member's topic / opinion posted before.

Ed: Francisco, thank you for your suggestion. To react to a topic 1. You first click on the title of the topic to take you to the topic page. Here at the bottom you can enter a reaction. 2. If you're coming from the forum alert email: we now improved the process and take you straight to the forum page with the reactions after you log in. Some browser versions were not allowing an automatic pop-up which was confusing.

Francisco TPDS: Thanks Editor for your precious help!

Tiberio Magno
Student (University), Brazil


Interessante, mudanças sempre é bom para a melhor compreensão.

Sean Flanderhijn

Text a Bit Larger

I believe this is an improvement, although the text could be somewhat larger, but that is personal.

Ed: Sean, thank you for your suggestion. Did you know that you can increase the text size all over 12manage by entering [Ctrl] with [+] ? You can restore the normal size by entering [Ctrl] with [0]. try it now with this page...

Tauheed Ahmed Khan
Analyst, India

I Like the Horizontal Design Too

I guess my last comment was too casual. I'm sorry I made the comment without studying properly the new horizontal design. Most of my fellow members liked it and I choose to go with the majority. As an afterthought I must add linear thinking, psychologically speaking, does suggest some sort of elitism, creating inequalities, whereas lateral thinking is essentially inclusive. Good work! Congrats.

David Muir
Professor, Czech Republic

Like to be Able to Sort on Rating

I like the sorting features - they help to isolate trends in thought.

Akin Akinreti
Management Consultant, Canada

Consider Using Volunteers

The improvement is obvious and better than the previous.
I acknowledge that it takes alot of effort to make this happen, and I dare to suggest that the team might want to consider using volunteers to asssist in getting this site from where it currently is to where it ought to be. This is not a complain, on the contrary, I have found this site relatively effective in managing the wealth of information in the depository. There is alot of room for improvement and this requires continuous hands on edits.

Ed: Akin, thanks for your suggestion. Actually we're already doing that and since recently we started appointing experts as volunteers to be SIG Leader for a combination of a method and language. Their role will be to promote and help guarding the quality of the forum discussions. You can recognize them because their picture has a light blue border.

Paresh Kumar Chattopadhyay, India

Unique Presentation

Yes, definitely I like it. I vote for green. It is really a form of unique presentation.

Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan

12manage Redesign

Akins’ observations are most valid. Updating – energizing – the updated 12manage layout has definitely made it more reader friendly, but as they say “… the largest room on earth is the room for improvement.”.
In the coming months and years 12manage, I am hopeful, will constantly remain the benchmark, with ongoing improvements as and when the occasions merit.

Ed: Thanks Arif, we certainly will try. With the help from our members to correct and add new ideas where they're missing we will undoubtly succeed.

Rafael Ibarra Lorence
Consultant, Mexico

Nice Enhancement

Good work! So far it is easier to browse in here! Thank you very much and greeting for all!

Uzma Dar
HR Consultant, Pakistan

Easy to Get into Details

I am OK with the new layout.. It's a nice change and easy to get into the details...

Edward Onipede
Manager, United Kingdom


The change is an improvement - clarity and less clutter. Well done guys and keep up the good work.

Joaquin Delgado
Profesor - Investigador, Venezuela

Improvement Suggestion

Your great job could be appreciate for those people that cannot read English.
Ustedes estan listos para dar el paso a otras lenguas como español.
Excelentes amigos!

Ahiro Guzman

!2manage social network?

Looks more like a social network.

Ed: We see 12manage primarily as a KNOWLEDGE network.

Foo K T
Director, Malaysia

New 12manage Forum Format

Hi, I have tried the page and its much better. The format is much easier to navigate, especially where there are comments to follow-up on earlier postings, which would otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Hans Eerdmans
Business Consultant, Netherlands

A bit Small Characters

I appreciate this design for its better navigation. The way I use my screen resolution results in somewhat smal characters, but the radability is still acceptable.

Ed: If you'd like the fonts to be a bit bigger, you can increase the font size by entering [CTRL] and [+] simultaneously on your keyboard. You can reset the normal size by [CTRL] and [0].

Zhuravlyov Valery, Russia

Don't Like the Small Pictures

Items 1, 3, 4, 5 are good.
Not so the item 2. Don't add small pictures of the authors. There are links to their pages for those who need it.

Belinda Coetzee
Analyst, South Africa

Opening the Forum is Now Easier

Hi, I did not use the forum that much, because I had a problem to open the forum. It is easier to use now. Thank you all for your innovative ideas on it... Thanks Linda.

Ed: Thanks for your suggestion, Linda. Indeed we recently changed the way the forums open. It will now open only one page and take you immediately into the topic with the reactions.

Tshabalala Phofa, South Africa

Visibility and Navigation

The design is wonderful and visibility is improved while navigation is much easier. I vote green!

Entrepreneur, United States

12manage is Both Educational and Thought Provoking

Hi Jaap, overall I've found 12manage useful and thought provoking. There are many postings I would like to refer to in the future. How easy is it to access archives, and store postings? There is certainly a lot of valuable information exchanged, and resources that we may wish to contact. Do I have to upgrade? Thank you, Katie.

Ed: Katie, there's no need to upgrade for this reason. All the most valuable comments and reactions are kept indefinitely and can be retrieved forever.

Glen Mokwena
Entrepreneur, South Africa

Forum Re-design

Yoops! Very impressive! Gone is the tedious haystack syndrome in search for info. I look ahead to a new & great experience in using the new format.! Big up to the team.

Simon Raistrick
Business Consultant, New Zealand

How do I Unsubscribe to Email Alerts When Comments are Made?

How do I unsubscribe to email alerts when comments are made?

Ed: Simon, regarding your question about how to unsubscribe to forum alerts when comments are made: you can modify your newsletter options by using the link at the bottom of each newsletter. For forum alerts, we currently not have such function. The idea is that if 1. a comment is added in your own SIG or if 2. someone reacts to a specific discussion in which you have participated yourself you are always interested. 12manage is about sharing knowledge...

Maria Montero
Coach, Venezuela


You are definitely showing a lot of commitment ongoing an extra mile. I have learned interesting and useful ideas, and also to express mine clearly.

Prof. Alkis S. Magdalinos
Business Consultant, Greece


This is a global website which gives us the opportunity to communicate with people all over the world. It allows to exchange ideas and learn from persons of different creeds, races and cultures which is really wonderful!

Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan

12manage - the New Set-up

@Arif your rehman:
What makes the new 12manage set-up simply beautiful and beautifully simple is simply a click on the forum button, and voila you are there; secondly, all input is available indefinitely – as such 12manage will remain ageless!

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Long Lasting Knowledge

@Arif Ur Rehman: Indeed, I hope 12manage will be a beacon of long-lasting information in these times of often really superficial information of most news and social media... Cheers!
@All contributors: thank you very much for your help in making 12manage a better place. This discussion is now closed.


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