The Stockdale paradox

Admiral Jim Stockdale, the highest ranking United States military officer in the 'Hanoi Hilton' prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam/American War: 'This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which...

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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...

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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?',...

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Micro-progress detective

'Celebrate success!', we hear the management guru preach. Intuitively, we feel obliged to pour some of that in the organisations and teams we work with. Preferably by gathering together outside the workplace with an informal team drink to a successful implementation,...

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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...

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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...

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