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Where are you right now?

Ambition can be a blessing, forever pushing one on to higher ground. But it can also be a curse, the constant striving to reach the next goal can sometimes mean that we do not fully appreciate where we are. Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean. A man in his mid-forties was going through a tough time at work and at home, so he decided to take a few weeks off to embark on a solo cycling trip from Brussels to Santiago di Compostela. He cycled the length of France, and headed into northern Spain, all was going fine. [...]

2018-07-31T06:17:31+00:00 0 Comments

Back in time

While this week Astronomers from Arizona State University have discovered a signal from the very first stars to appear in the universe, just a blink at 180M years after the big bang, I found myself coincidentally looking back to the beginning of my solo career as a freelance in Belgium.  What drove me to taking the leap? What were the circumstances surrounding the ‘big decision’?  And then I realised that I was not going back far enough, for it is not circumstances at the time of the decision that give me the information I needed to move forward but the [...]

2018-03-01T08:12:25+00:00 0 Comments

I don’t like Freelancers

To put it in perspective, I don’t like the term “Freelance”. Too many people incorrectly interpret this as “a not-loyal job-hopper that will leave as soon as a better offer pops up.” I much more prefer the term “Independent Contractor.” Contrary to what is thought, a Contractor needs to have a very high level of loyalty towards the customer. The Contractor is there to solve a specific problem and needs to deliver the highest quality possible. In case of any lapse in performance, the assignment can quickly be terminated. This is not usually the case with employee contracts in most [...]

2018-01-29T16:51:36+00:00 0 Comments

Driving home for Christmas

With many of us driving home for the holiday season, or at least preparing for our family days, I wonder what your piece of personal news is for this year? I ask because looking back on our  achievements is not always that easy and we often only think about them in a blind panic when someone asks us “tell me, what did you do this year?” The rush of our daily lives tends to smooth over our successes, gently eroding them to little more than ripples in the sand. But take time to turn around and you will see them, [...]

2017-12-19T08:45:48+00:00 0 Comments

Extraordinary

There can be no doubt that that there are extraordinarily talented people among us. People that have all the attributes that you might want in any single human being. And if this means that the most of us are ‘ordinary’ (otherwise the word would be meaningless) it goes without saying that we can still do extraordinary things, either individually or as a group. However, billions of man-hours are wasted each year in large companies by employees simply not communicating effectively with each other. Silo thinking and silo working are still the biggest curse for our businesses today and it needs [...]

2017-12-13T10:05:52+00:00 0 Comments