A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the […]

Thank you

Part of an e-mail from a vice-president: ‘Peter, Thank you for your outstanding efforts in the sessions. I will do my best as your ambassador.’ …

Words create worlds

You can recognise a culture of a system by the behaviours adopted. Behaviour = what do people say or not say, and what do they do or not do? ‘Behaviour is the message’ when dealing with cultural changes: – What type of behaviour do we want to see more of in our organisation? Wat else? […]

Letting your epic juices flow – interview with Salman Kahn

You’re backed by the likes of Bill Gates and Carlos Slim. What have you learned from them? ‘All of them, even though they sit on top of empires, go deep and try to understand things themselves. They’re very hands-on. And they’re incredibly curious. The first time I met Carlos Slim, we sat on a beach […]

The differences that make a difference

What makes a fire burn Is the space between the logs, A breathing space. Too much of a good thing, Too many logs Packed in too tight Can douse the flames Almost as surely As a pail of water can. So building fires Requires attention To the spaces in between, As much as to the […]

Give it away, Nile!

Nile Rodgers is the Nokia of modern pop music. Nile who? You may know the funky classics that he wrote and produced, mostly with ‘CHIC’: ‘Good Times’, ‘Le Freak’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘The Reflex’, ‘I Want Your Love’, ‘We’re Lost In Music’, or more recently, the Daftpunk shower tune ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’. Like the former Finnish telecom company […]

The best solutions are customer made

As a spiritual agnostic, believing in my ‘god’ of positive realism, I had the opportunity to join some 20 catholics to attend a lecture by a former Belgian minister. The main topic was the link between faith and politics. What charmed me was his constant reference to doubt, to keep on wondering. I ‘dig’ that, […]

‘You are the centre of everything’, the report added

CHAPEL HILL, NC—A comprehensive report released this week by researchers at the University of North Carolina confirmed widely held assumptions that you are the most significant and interesting person currently inhabiting the earth. Drawing from the results of a six-year study that carefully analyzed thousands of hours of your actions and conversations, the 220-page report […]