What can we learn in Africa?

In a previous blog I wrote about brain wave cycles and ways to calm our busy minds to give space to creativity, intuition, empathy and potentially breakthrough ideas. The Mountain Wisdom Expedition to Senegal clearly offered such a space. 16 business leaders had followed the rather cryptic invitation to explore our origins in Africa.  The […]

How busy is your mind?

As you read these lines are you fully focused on its content or are you somehow distracted with a lot of other things in your mind? Do you know the state of the ‘monkey mind’? Is there a lot going on, often in parallel, and it feels a bit like monkeys running around? Not only […]

Do you do small talks or are you having deep conversations?

Dear Friends, Please ask yourself: How many of your social interactions remain on a relatively shallow small talk level? How many of your business conversations are focused on the It-level only? Or you talk about other people (i.e. not present in the conversation), but hardly go deeper on the I-dimension? What would be a personal […]

What I learned from a week in Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Esalen is a place on the edge. About 10 miles south of Big Sur, on the Highway 1, it lies right above the ocean with beautiful nature and scenery. It was founded in the 1960s by two bright Harvard and Stanford drop outs who felt there must be another way of learning and teaching. Aldous […]

And where are you on purpose?

The year end letter of BlackRock’s CEO and Chairman is remarkable. First, because it comes from the world’s biggest investment firm, second, he asks the CEOs of the companies where BlackRock is invested to put their emphasis on purpose and long term value creation for all stakeholders rather than focussing on short term results. This […]