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April 7 2020
nine gates

The Japanese art of Kintsugi describes the breaking of a pot, that is then put back together with liquid gold or silver. It looks like this:   We usually don’t break our vases willingly, but here, what was a mundane[…]

July 14 2016

In 1958, Mao Zedong devised The Great Sparrow Campaign, a radical plan to improve China’s food supply. Because sparrows like to pick grain seeds, they reduced the farmers’ yields, so Zedong called on his people to kill as many sparrows as[…]

March 14 2016

Approaching leadership with a power-with rather than a power-over mind-set can result in a profound transformation of organisational culture. It moves group dynamics away from fear, blame, silos, frustration and disengagement towards ownership, cooperation, creativity and meaning. This kind of[…]

November 23 2015

For an old misanthrope such as yours truly, books on positive psychology are equally a challenge and a good idea. With “The Happiness Advantage“ Harvard graduate and fellow consultant Shawn Acor did a wonderful job of making an elegant, simple, extensive[…]

October 27 2015

What a fantastic ride into the dark corners of the mind it was. Subtle, touching, hilarious, enlightening – I was deeply impressed by the nine-day SAT retreat that I recently attended together with 41 others at the ZIST institute. The SAT (Seekers[…]

October 6 2015

I started to meditate by coincidence. As part of my Karate training, we’d sit in contemplation for a few minutes before and after each training session. Even though I was only ten years old the calming, clarifying and refreshing effect[…]

February 24 2015

Author and public speaking expert Sarah Lloyd-Hughes on her own inspirational speaking journey and the power of authenticity. Sarah’s website: www.gingerpublicspeaking.com Sarah’s book: How to be brilliant at public speaking  

December 9 2014

Unwillingly, in recent years, numerous organisations have fallen victim to a self-inflicted form of totalitarianism – restructuring. In a fervent battle for survival, they launch batteries of restructuring initiatives, plunging themselves into a chronic state of flux, and leaving their[…]

October 14 2014

Resembling the repetitiveness of sectarian incantations, the business world’s obsession with authenticity points to a sad truth – it hasn’t got all that much of it. Just like someone reassuring us over and over again indicates, that what we’re being[…]

August 18 2014

Do you worry a lot? Chances are you do. In our business world there are a multitude of threats, pressures and uncertainties. Leaders and managers have to act within an economic VUCA environment, a web of stakeholders, strategies, performance targets[…]

December 19 2013

It’s almost Christmas and here in the UK the nation is busy getting yet another drink in at yet another do. Last Saturday I committed myself to this cultural and social chore wholeheartedly. A good friend has established a tradition[…]

April 15 2010

Recently, I was struck by a flash of insight when listening to Bill Moyers interview with the great mythologist Joseph Campebell. Campbell has been a source of inspiration for me since I had to struggle through his somewhat complex book[…]