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How to unlock a narrow-minded person

I like to think that I am open minded, but I know that there are certain areas where I am far from being so. Take music for example.  From the days of Focus and German electro pop, right through the nineties and up to yesterday morning, I was not at all open to any kind of music that was not played on conventional instruments. But last night I was listening to a podcast about a musician called Richard David James, or ‘Aphex Twin’ as he is better known by many.  I gave it a few minutes, decided I was too [...]

2018-07-13T08:45:59+00:00 0 Comments

Summer exodus

July 1, in Belgium heralds the beginning of the great summer exodus. Loaded cars with expectant passengers emerge from garages at unearthly hours; making their way to the network of motorways and their holiday destinations. Most in search of sun, but by no means all. And for those of us left behind, a welcome calm settles over the land. Even rush hour roads are pleasantly quiet, destinations reached in reasonable time. Shops seem too big for purpose, their windows cluttered with discount sales stickers crying out to almost empty streets.  How wonderful!  Only the ice cream vendors and street-side cafe's [...]

2018-07-06T09:56:45+00:00 0 Comments

Identifying with the team

With the World Cup well under way, it is fascinating to witness participating nations getting behind ‘their’ teams.  In seems that in victory and defeat there is a common understanding and appreciation that goes deep into our psyche. However, this allegiance and loyalty only works when there is a clearly defined competition, one team against another.  Wouldn’t it be great if, in our organizations, a similar allegiance could be achieved for a project team delivering internal projects? Just imagine how effective and powerful the team could be. It is the role of the Change Manager to try and ensure that [...]

2018-06-28T07:47:50+00:00 0 Comments

Sisyphus and a massage for the brain

When we sleep we cache in our brain files away the clutter and prepares itself ready for the following day. How we decide to fill that day is only for a very small part decided by us. Albert Camus in his 1942 novel, The Mythe of Sisyphus, considers our futile search for meaning, drawing on Sisyphus’s daily task of having to push a boulder up a hill only for it to roll back down while he sleeps.  For those of us working for an employer, I believe that meaning can only be found in the lowest content level of what [...]

2018-06-02T09:44:16+00:00 0 Comments

Hurry up and wait

There are so many times in our lives when we have to dash somewhere only to hang around seemingly for hours waiting afterwards. Be it in a doctor’s surgery, an important meeting, concert or worst of all in an airport, the contrast and the futility can make us feel relieved and yet annoyed at the same time.  And so it is that much of working lives is a combination of the two with the correct pace (that of our heart beat at rest) only seeming to come to us once in a rare while. Or am I the only one? [...]

2018-05-23T06:16:02+00:00 0 Comments