Happy Dopamine-Day

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Thanksgiving is a powerful thing. Not the holiday. Well, that too. I like the holiday. It’s nice. Probably our favourite ‘adopted’ holiday of the year. But thanksgiving, gratefulness, gratitude… It’s powerful! When we practice thanksgiving or gratefulness we activate a part of the brain that is associated with cognitive and emotional processes and it releases […]

Brain Games

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Card tricks to kickstart ‘renewal of the mind.’ Who would have thought? Almost every day of this week we started our training sessions with what I like to call ‘brain games.’ Optical illusions, a bit of ‘mind reading,’ card tricks, even – lots of ways to make ourselves question if what we think we know […]

Rare Leadership – Part 3 of 3

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“Let’s just be friends!” No, it’s not our anniversary, and no, those aren’t words I was told by anyone personally – at least not recently. Why the wedding cake? Keep reading… Hallmark Christmas movie season is upon us, and soon enough someone will have to utter those words in a painfully anticlimactic scene by a […]

Rare Leadership – Part 2 of 3

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Picture a runner in the desert, all by herself. Classic desert, just sand, for as far as the eye can see. Slowly the scene moves from wide horizons to up close with the runner. Wait, is that a prosthetic leg? In the meantime it’s the deep voice of Idris Elba telling you that the runner […]

Rare Leadership – Part 1 of 3

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Rare Leadership.  Last week I made a promise that I would be sharing a few more key insights from this remarkable book. My team knows that it’s been a refreshing leadership book that I can’t stop talking about. It’s helped find more language to a few key values that are very important in our organisation. […]

Get Muddy

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Food, games, dirty feet and clean slates.  This weekend we took our whole team on a retreat in the mountains.  It was cold. We got muddy. We laughed. We cried. Things got real.  We shared stories about the past 5 years and how it has led us to the place we have arrived today. And […]

City Hall Homework

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We just walked out of the local city hall where we tried to get registered as residents at our new address. For the second time in two weeks. With more homework to be done – for the second time in two weeks.  When you’re starting up a new project in a new cultural environment you […]

Review: Blinkist, Lucid, Mentorist, Headway, Shortform, StoryShots

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The information age. The good, the bad and the ugly. While we can access every bit of data at the tip of our fingers, do we really experience anything more deeply than that, or just it all just stay at surface level?  Here’s a thing that is a bit of a mystery to me. Podcasts […]

Who gets the credit?

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Our living room is filled with moving boxes and there’s no book left on our bookshelf. Everything is in boxes, waiting to be moved to the new home. I finally packed my first box yesterday, and then spent more time telling everyone about my moment of pride than the time I spent packing it.  Until […]

Mandela called her ‘Lizzie’

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The news must have come your way in many shapes and forms and there is lots to read about the passing and the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A tragic moment for a nation and mostly her close relatives. A great article about her life as a Queen was done by The Economist […]