Monthly Archives: April 2015


Sorry for my bad language but…

I have a tendency to use bad language from time to time, especially when I am in Belgium, not because it’s a bad place, or anything like that but because the ‘F...’ word seems to be less rude there than in many other countries; it can even be heard on the national radio and TV from time to time. When I am excited, stressed, or simply trying to make a powerful point (especially during a lecture) out it comes. And it sounds, OK to me, not out of place; just shocking enough to make a point but not too shocking [...]

2016-11-17T08:23:52+00:000 Comments

Can you step into the same river twice?

There are times in my life when I find myself reflecting on the past, perhaps more nowadays than ever before. I am not dreaming or regretting but comparing where I am to where I once expected to be. I guess it’s a bit like walking in the mountains, one can’t resist looking back to appreciate the view and to marvel at just how far one has travelled. In my job, many of the people I meet are at a crossroads of some kind. They tend to see their life as a series of opportunities and decisions to be taken. But [...]

2015-08-08T10:20:08+00:000 Comments

The problem is…

I like to think of myself as an optimist, ‘there’s no problem that can’t be fixed’ is the reassuring motto I grew up with. The problem is that sometimes there are just too many of them; reining towards me like a meteor shower in the spring. I don’t know about you, but I find it extremely hard to process one problem while half a dozen others fight for attention on the side-lines of my brain. I guess that’s what they call ‘overload’? I remember an ex-boss once saying to me, at a particularly inopportune moment, “Harley there is no such [...]

2016-11-17T08:23:53+00:000 Comments

I have a little something that I hope will make you smile?

With many of my readers enjoying a short break away from their places of work, I thought I would also switch into a holiday mood by trying to put a smile on a few faces. So I hope you don’t mind, but I want to tell you a little joke instead of sharing a serious theory on the finer aspects of business. ‘My friend Johnny was nominated by his company to attend ‘the salesman of the year’ gala at the Hilton hotel in London. The invitation was for two but unfortunately his wife was unable to join him as she [...]

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