“At a point in history when we most need clarity, it appears to be in shorter and shorter supply…” And so we try to compensate, as individuals and as organizations. We experiment with new techniques and methods. They seem to work and we think we’re back in control. But then we somehow lose the momentum […]

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Lost for words

lost for words

When you speak multiple languages, you know that certain words simply cannot be translated. Sometimes, you are lost for words. For example, I live in Amsterdam and the word “gezellig” has no equivalent in any other language. Its meaning includes everything from cosy to friendly, from comfortable to relaxing, and from enjoyable to gregarious. Every […]

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Sensemaking Masterclass

Does it make sense?

Sensemaking is the ability to make sense of an ambiguous situation. It is the process of creating situational awareness and understanding in situations of high complexity or uncertainty in order to make decisions. Join this free Sensemaking Masterclass.

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Greed is good, after all

greed is good

Greed is good. Those were the literal words of my finance professor. My heart protested. My heart strongly disagreed. But my mind overruled: “This is how business is done, so greed is good“. Not surprisingly. I had spent all my savings on this expensive business school education with a single purpose: to learn how business […]

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When the mental chatter stops

With some hesitation I walked up the hill. I was very curious this see where this would lead me. Would I get the clarity that I so desperately was looking for? Would this resort help me to finally put an end to my suffering? The intense joy of freedom that I experienced when I quit […]

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Are you a Psychopath?

are you a psychopath

How do we think? Why do we make certain decisions? Can feelings prevail the utilitarian choice? In my investigation I found this great video, “Are you a Psychopath?“. I have actually used this test in trainings, where my point was to demonstrate that we are not rational thinkers. The audience did not like the test, […]

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How to deal with non-conformist behaviour

non conformist behaviour

Very interesting view on how to deal with non-conformist behaviour. The lack of enforcement of traffic laws on bicyclists in Amsterdam creates a city transport system that actually works. A parallel is drawn with a similar policy towards soft drugs in Amsterdam. By providing the rules of what one should and should not AND by […]

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Follow your worst nightmare!

follow your dreams

Don’t follow your dream. Follow your biggest nightmare! Follow your dreams. Listen to your heart. These short phrases contain a lot of wisdom. Yet, people struggle with them as well. How do you find your passion? What are your dreams?

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Why your life doesn´t matter

meaning of life

When confronted with images of war, we feel bad. It is hard to wrap your mind around how the world can be so cruel and mean. When we see young kittens frolicking around, we feel good. With these two opposing images, it is difficult to accept that there is no such thing as good or […]

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