I am convinced there is something in an area of your life currently blocking you from moving forward in an intended direction. You may be aware of it or you may not, but I am almost certain it is there. This problem, this issue likely manifests itself as a sense of discomfort without being clear … Continue reading What haunts you into no longer moving forward?
I am the proud father of two teenagers. And I see them suffering through the challenges of studying in the year(s) of COVID-19. In Flanders, we have defaulted to 50% in class and 50% at home learning. And it is during the at home learning that both my son and my daughter suffer. I know … Continue reading Studying in the age of COVID-19 – a guide for high school kids
I'm an avid podcast listener. One of these podcasts is Focused, hosted by David Sparks and Mike Schmitz. In the most recent episode they invited Ernie Svenson, a former lawyer turned entrepreneur. The entire episode was full of wisdom and I enjoyed listening to it. In one of the exchanges talking about why he left … Continue reading Operating in the Genius Zone
There are posts on this blog I’ve written in 20 minutes or even less. They are based on a straightforward idea that has formed in my mind. I merely have to copy those thoughts into coherent sentences to be able to publish. Those posts are few, but they exist. There are elaborate posts that are … Continue reading Theme your year
Here's a pattern I've seen different people using, and I've used it myself: establishing multiple buckets for each of one's areas of responsibility and prioritising tasks within each of these buckets. At the face of it, it does make sense: we have responsibilities at home, at work, towards ourselves, our health for example ... lots … Continue reading You cannot carry more than one bucket at a time
I was surprised, and not positively, when I realised that the level of awareness of the world our children have, is lower than the level we had at a similar age. This in spite of the many more sources of information available to them. To learn about the world, we had to watch the news, … Continue reading True growth comes from conflict in your mind
A personal productivity tool that integrates seamlessly with your way of working but gets out of the way when you need to get into the zone remains the Philosopher's Stone of personal management. We aspire to that optimisation by adopting tools which aim to help us manage our multiple to do's across our responsibilities. The … Continue reading The ultimate to do app
You, like every one around you, have that one distinguishing characteristic. Something that defines you. Likely the first thing that people that know you will mention when they describe you to someone who has never met you. It is the anchor your friends have in their minds when thinking about you. It is what resonates … Continue reading What are you?
I dread those words. "Yes, but ..." indicates one of our suppliers, team members or colleagues both agreeing with a conclusion but denying responsibility for it. "Yes, but ..." is by its nature a defensive stance. It indicates entrenched interests, a hidden agenda. It does not bode well for the rest of that sentence, nor … Continue reading Yes, but …
The pandemic the world has been confronted with the past year has almost no upsides. Too many people have died and more will die before we get on top of this. But there are lessons to be learned from the experiences during the pandemic. These lessons provide valuable insights into how to do work better … Continue reading Due diligent behaviour in COVID times