Third places

I remember a Sunday last year, the whole lot of Brussels’ 19 municipalities being car free. Friends and I visited the Meininger hotel. Business people, travellers in backpacked dorms and families alike stay over, which is part of its rapid success amongst those visiting Europe’s political capital. Meininger is like a ‘third place‘, a dwelling that […]

Become a lake – a Hindu tale of resources

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. ‘How does it taste?’, the master asked. ‘Bitter’, spit the […]

Visionary organisations

Jim Collins and Jerry Porras selected 18 organisations that they labeled ‘visionary’. The criteria to be qualified as such were: reputation (‘is the company widely admired by knowledgeable people’?), sustainable success (‘did the company endure various life cycles of products and services?’), influence (‘did the company put their mark on the world we live in?’) […]

De liefde, de poëzie, de (proces)revolutie

Bekentenisje: ik hou ervan om de gang van zaken te bekijken en verbanden te leggen. In de actie en interactie zelf al associatief waar te nemen. Tijdens de beleving met anderen al drie stappen vooruit, dan twee naar achteren en, huppakee, het genoegen om er weer een vooruit te maken in mijn hoofd. Dan kan […]

‘How would you like an empty inbox’*

One of the best ways I know to reduce stress and get more done is to empty the inbox every day. I’ve been doing that for about 7 years now and it’s made life so much easier. Why? What’s the problem with a bulging inbox? Well…. A bulging inbox wastes time. Every time you go […]

The psychology of taking action

Dear guest, Earlier I wrote this post: Small steps with big impact: the snowball effect. The article and picture below, copied from the website, is a beautiful reminder of how taking the smallest of steps can generate steady growth. Enjoy the read…and the action! Peter — One of the things that distinguishes Japanese psychology from […]

Organisational cultures

Thinking about organisational cultures started when the western sense of superiority got a serious blow at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties of the last century. A large quantity of then unknown Japanese manufacturers flooded the American and European markets with very cheap and high quality products. The logic of […]


Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle