Dragons.

I did not publish here for a while. I was going deeply inward and there wasn’t much worthwhile to publish.…

Level 4 – Hero

…or heroic mode. From early childhood on, we form our own personal stories that help us define our perspective on…

Fishy rice.

The most important thing isn’t in the image. This entire experiment got started with the rice. I cooked salmon fillets…

Level 1 – Action domain

A different way to look at relationships, between lovers, a family or a team, is to view them as living…

Teams

We go to school, where we learn arithmetic, reading and writing and lots of other good stuff. We rarely learn…

Stop. Breathe. Think.

As they teach you when you learn to dive, in case of an incident. Pretty sound advice for other situations…

Structure supports strategy

Ideally, strategy is the result of a thoughtful process. Richard Rumelt defines that “strategy is a set of rules and…

Details

I spotted this in my parents car. It does not take up space in the trunk. It’s a fully collapsable…

Outside.

We got back from Denmark and it was a glorious day. I celebrated the arrival of spring properly by lighting…

Placeholder.

We had a great day. We ended up in Nowhereville, Denmark. There’s no WiFi. Good. How does no wifi feel…

Beach.

Put us on a beach, come rain or shine and we’re good. In some places they even let you drive…

All good.

All’s good. When all’s good, I don’t have much to say. I just sense my breath is in a better…

Setting the bar.

I don’t who to attribute the quote to. I thought it was Burt Rutan, the aerospace engineer. What I like…

Good vibes.

We went to the store. We checked out the beach. We napped. That’s it. That was so nice. No plans.…

Exhaling, revisited.

The moment we hit the ramp of the motorway, everything is fine. If this posse is on the move, all…

Getting ready.

Getting ready is sometimes frustrating, cumbersome and annoying. Without preparation though, you might as well not get started. This applies…

Behavioural change.

Mathias observed “When people talk about “behavior change” I often feel a very subtle but deep lack of respect for…

Exhilarating.

“Making one feel very happy, animated, or elated; thrilling.” I had three moments I felt exhilarated today. One was thanks…

Conversations.

Just got out of a conversation. One of the things I noticed and remarked was that for some of us,…

Change.

Change is hard, is what we say – and hence, what we come to expect – when we try to…

Erbarme Dich.

Erbarme dich, Mein Gott, Um meiner Zähren willen Schaue hier, Herz und Auge weint vor dir Bitterlich. Just close your…

Contrast.

I booked an AirBnB. I hadn’t done that in a while. They changed their T&C’s. I got this screen. I…

Staring into the fire.

Sometimes you need to stare into the fire and think. I solved a lot of complex problems doing just that.…

Stories.

How you tell a story – time and time again – determines how you relate to it. Some stories must…

Abstract.

Tactile. Positive space. Negative space. Craftsmanship. Kinaesthetic. Kinetic. Design has a fascinating, abstract language. One of the best series I…

Little guys…

Grow up. The one in the picture turns nine tomorrow. Has opinions, will travel. As we did on a little…

Resolve.

We met up in a civilised place. They’re gone. They have been for almost three years. We raised a glass.…

Limoncello.

There are two restaurants in the village that serve limoncello. In one, I ordered a glass after dinner. Subsequently, the…

Talk.

I listened a lot this week. The more I listened, the more I realised that talking is problematic in organisations.…

Compassion.

I listened to a conversation between Jerry Colonna and Joan Halifax about compassion. Here are a few thoughts about it.…

Exhale.

Exhale. Sigh deeply. Sometimes that’s what’s necessary to be able to move forward. Irritation builds and then you work your…

Catalyst.

I walked some 11 miles today, with a friend who kinda walked into my life from nowhere not so long…

Move.

Sometimes you need to give yourself a kick in the butt and realise that the only way to accomplish something…

Gentle.

It was a gentle day. I spent it with the children in the company of friends. We walked there. As…

Time.

We had time. Time to eat. To talk. To go to a concert. Time to be together. Like we started…

Welcome.

I have been coming to @citizenm hotels pretty much since day one. It was funny not to check in and…

Elegance.

What you see is a detail of fabric designed by Emilio Pucci. It has a great elegance for me, as…

Clever.

Paul Smith once wrote a book titled “You can find inspiration in everything *.” Or I should maybe say “made”. You…

Sweeping.

I sweep a lot. Sometimes, I am reminded of the Buddhist tale. “Master, what do I need to do to…

Cookie-cutter.

I spent most of the day talking about organisations, in different settings. What struck me the most is how different…

Rich.

What a rich life we lead. We spent most of the day outside. We had an early glass of wine…

Slow day.

Yesterday was a bit of a wild day. I got up and running by 05:30 a.m. and clocked back out…

Superpowers and what not.

We all have to be superheroes. With unique superpowers. The end of the world as we know it is near. It…

Clue.

Every once in a while you need to pick up a book and reappraise it. Does it still make sense…

More math.

I used to not like math. In the last two years, however, I have come to see the beauty of…

Pile.

My dear wife is away on a business trip to Berlin. We seem to alternate in business trip intensity. A…

Space.

We had a weekend that was rather packed with social events. It was enjoyable. But both my wife and I…