You Jane, me Tarzan

You Should Power Pose in Your Sleep

Amy Cuddy is the Harvard Business School social psychologist who popularized the notion of ‘power posing‘, the idea that standing in a confident manner — with upright posture and a puffed-out chest — can actually make you feel and act more confident. Likewise, if you stand slumped over like a meek, wishy-washy pushover, you’ll behave as if you are just that.

Recently, Cuddy has been curious how early in the day we start power posing, and preliminary findings suggest that it seems to start the moment we wake up. As she told the New York Times in a recent interview:

Lately, she has been examining the differences between subjects who sleep sprawled out versus those who curl up. Early results show that people who arise with arms and legs extended feel brighter and more optimistic than the 40 percent who start the day in the fetal position.


But what if you wake and find yourself curled up like a blanket-covered little ball? Are you doomed to have a bad day? Not to worry, Cuddy said. ‘If you wake in fetal pose, open yourself up like the guy on the subway taking up too much space, and soon you’ll feel like a happy warrior,’ Cuddy told the Times. As for negotiating tactics for seizing this space from the significant other and/or pet with whom you may share your bed, well, you’re on your own there.




Start me up

Starting up a business needn’t be as painful or socially isolating as described in the dramatic article below.

In my talks with future entrepreneurs I like to use the expression ‘building a bridge while walking on it’: how do you make use of what’s already there? what are all the key success factors and key success actors that are important to you now, and how can they be beneficial to your future business?

Simply put: what and who (= resources) playing a role in all your lives now can play a role in your future company?

Managing ànd updating expectations towards your friends, partner, family also works for me.

Better: make them a partner-in-crime of some sorts. A fan.

Bart De Waele, Chief Energising Officer of digital agency Wijs, has a clear definition of a start-up in his sleeve:

‘A start-up is temporary organisation searching for a product for which there’s a big demand (product-market fit) with a scalable and replicable business model.’

As a mentor Bart spends on average 1 to 2 hours per week assisting and advising start-up companies. He considers too many people stay in love with their start-up status without maturing their businesses: ‘A college student of 42 is slightly pathetic too…’

Wish you a critical read of ‘How quitting my corporate job for my start up dream f* my life up’.


The process:

1 – sending a short introduction e-mail on Friday to a politician whose opinions & actions I can relate to
2 – swift reply: ‘call me on my mobile on Monday please’
3 – Monday morning: arranging a lunch for the noon
4 – fruitful, very: wide range of topics discussed # national politics, Europe and its institutions and challenges, Krim-Russia, Mind The Solutions… # connecting


5 – who is 1 person you would like to talk to today? how would you notice afterwards this was a fruitful talk? how else would you notice?