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All men are unique... and some are very special

clipboard-with-pencil_16x16This week they buried Jan Hoet, one of the world’s leading personalities in contemporary art. Since I was young I was intrigued by him. The way he talked, the way he presented art, the way he argued when debating, his strong and sharp opinions… it inspired me. However I must admit that I did not always fully understood what he meant, but what he said was beautiful in it self. Art and communication, it belongs together. I remember how he…

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A Beautiful Man

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clipboard-with-pencil_16x16The world of the 21st century with all its great inventions and its highly interconnected people is an exciting place to live in. I wouldn’t want to live in any other time. Like every episode of history, this century creates new opportunities for humankind and unfortunately it also destroys old…

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The Ego Evolution of Leaders

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clipboard-with-pencil_16x16It is almost a fixed pattern. As soon as leaders get a little bit of power or success, there is a fair chance that their ego gets corrupted… Read More…

He's Back…Germany's Healing Process

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clipboard-with-pencil_16x16I read the book “Er ist wieder da” (He’s Back). It is an in Germany best selling satiric novel by Timur Vermes about Hitler returning to Germany in 2011. It is a book full of humor but it is not the cliché humor you normally hear about Hitler and Nazi Germany. Timur studied the subject...
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The Teachers Who Influenced Me… (2/3)

clipboard-with-pencil_16x16 We met the first time when I was still a student. The faculty of Psychology invited five experienced psychologists from different fields to share their thoughts on what it meant to be a psychologist. I must admit with some shame, that I only have a vague memory of what four of these psychologists said and who they were. However I have a very vivid memory about the fifth psychologist...

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The CEO's who weaken our economy

clipboard-with-pencil_16x16A few months after I started my first job as a young psychologist, I attended a presentation that was given by a “captain of industry”, a man in a top position of one of the largest…

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An extraordinary man...

Some time ago I had the chance to have a talk with Eddy Merckx. The American magazine, Velonews, called him once “the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time.” He was, and still is a hero and an inspiration to many people all over the world. On the table were coffee and cookies and…
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Is It Better to Be Feared or to Be Respected As a Leader?

As a psychologist I come across both, the feared and the respected leaders. Both can be very effective in realizing the goals of their organizations. Therefore I have learned not to judge either of them. Although both types of leaders can create success, they create very distinctive journeys for themselves...

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The teachers who influenced me... 1/3

So far there are three teachers that have influenced my life significantly. Although I’m forty now, they are still on my mind every now and then. The first one is the mathematics teacher I had when I was about seventeen years old. He had a picture of a monkey…
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Stand up for your leader and take responsibility for your future

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I’m in Washington DC and I reread his speech. Many people all over the world can remember that moment when the forty-fourth president of the United States of America gave his inauguration speech, that powerful message of hope. I am one of them. I left my job early that day to...

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Voice is power...

I spend the last two days in Amsterdam following a seminar on vocal awareness. The name of the seminar was “Your voice is power. Maximize your leadership potential”. Normally I’m very skeptical about seminars with such a title. I’m probably biased but it triggers a kind of fuzzy New Age image in me... Read More…