Ditching dichotomous thinking: blending old & new

Dichotomous thinking gets us into trouble. old / new love / hate either / or yes / no black / white right / wrong Forcing our brain to think along these dichotomous lines causes us to loose opportunities, get boxed into a corner and what’s more makes creativity and innovation tank. How about viewing the […]

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Where’s your rudder? Inspiration for training & development specialists

Regardless of whether you’re a landlocked lubber or a water born baby chances are you know where a boat rudder is.  On the bottom of the boat.  Right? Not necessarily. For a land crisscrossed with water (in fact 1/4 of it is below sea level), Holland knows a thing or two when it comes to […]

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Musty learning made new, Amsterdam style

I remember whiling away long, hot summer days as a child curled up in a corner of my local library.  Feet tucked under me, I’d fold myself into a corner, head buried in a story.  The musty smell of  books and the dull, gray walls would be replaced by whatever adventure my mind had taken […]

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What the canals of Amsterdam have to teach us trainers about self-care

Recently I spent some time in Amsterdam with my friend and colleague Gert Junne of the University of Amsterdam and Network University.  As we dialogued for hours about our mutual work, sharing resources and ideas for collaboration we drove through the country side exploring. The picture above shows the North Sea on the left.  The […]

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Amsterdam driving lessons include what to do if you find yourself underwater

Ever found yourself underwater in your car?  No?  Me neither. However as all good training and development specialists know, learning is deeply dependent upon context.  And so it is with learning to drive in Amsterdam. Recently I found myself around and about in Amsterdam, meeting with a wonderful colleague Professor Gerd Junne. Check out his […]

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The global launch of Life Lenses™ is today!

I’m over the moon to officially announce (drum roll please) that the Life Lenses™ online assessment launches today.   I’m in Paris for the launch and will be leading a Life Lenses™ workshop today at the W.I.N. conference. Discover what the buzz is about at www.life-lenses.com. Here’s what people are saying about the assessment: clear, affirming, […]

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You just never know, surprises Brazilian style

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been at the UN World Urban Forum (WUF) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil where I gave a workshop on cultural intelligence.  Here’s the behind the scenes story to the workshop, what I didn’t tell you in that post. When the time came to start there were only […]

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