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 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 […]

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 […]

Three Lessons from The Desert Fathers

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Not to be confused with Dessert Fathers. (English is my second language and it gets confusing at times.) The Desert Fathers are generally considered… wait, how do we translate this to 21st century language? Let’s just call them the influencers of Christian culture of the 3rd century. Except, instead of them trying to find the public […]

Measure of Success

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It’s not every day you get to talk to the parents of people you’re hiring or interviewing for job openings. We believe so strongly in the phrase ‘people over projects,’ that we always make it a priority to get on the phone with friends, previous leaders, colleagues or family members of our new team members. […]

Transitions

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Happy New Year! The unavoidable question would be, ‘what are your dreams, goals, targets for the new year?’ You can read those questions on all the other leadership and personal development websites and magazines. My question for you right now is, ‘how do you deal with transitions?’ I remember the first time I heard someone […]

Made For This

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Ever heard of the Dutch kickboxer Rico Verhoeven? You should look up his name. What an absolute legend. I’m not necessarily a big fan of kickboxing, but as a Dutch person myself I couldn’t avoid hearing about this true fighter in every sense of the word. Rico defended his world title in heavyweight kickboxing last […]

Tip of the Iceberg

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You’ve probably heard of “The Ten Thousand Hour Rule.” The idea stems from Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers,’ stating that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” There’s all kinds of views of whether this is accurate or not, but I think we all get the point that it takes time to master a skill. […]