Slowing Down – How To

This is part 3 of a series of 3 blog posts on how slowing down can actually improve effectiveness and productivity. This focuses on practical aspects. The first one's called "Are you living your life too fast?" and the second is "Benefits of SLOW living". How to slow down? I'm a fairly fast person. Multitasking is my ...

Being a Professional Muse

Yesterday I was talking to a dear client, and she shared with me an experience that made me think about the people we surround ourselves with. But let me share the experience first. Episode 1. Enter "The Expert". We all meet experts in our lives - most of them are quite arrogant people, who consider their ...

Careers – and passions – are dangerous

"If you work diligently eight hours per day, you might get yourself promoted and become a manager, to work twelve hours per day." (Robert Frost, quoted in "The Four Hour Work Week") This post is inspired by the idea of looking for the perfect career, and also by most everything that Ash writes at the middlefingerproject.org ...

Why I love boredom

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Especially on weekend afternoons, boredom kicks in. And I welcome it with open arms. Boredom is actually a lack of activity. And why do most people shun it away? Because society teaches us that NOT having an activity is bad. Remember when you were a kid, staring at walls and drifting away in your imagination, and ...

10 Commandments for the Creative person

1. Read books. Such as the ones here. Read Seth Godin and Malcom Gladwell. Read Philip Pullman and Frank Herbert. Read poetry and children's books. Travel to parallel universes and dive into other people's minds. 2. Watch other creative people explain their development process. Such as Elizabeth Gilbert and her genius/muse idea on Ted.com. 3. Surf Twitter. Get ...

Shift a perspective, change a life

Coaching is a lot about shifting your perspective. As a matter of fact, the best added value, the best "a-ha" effects I've seen in my coaching relationships come from asking the right questions that make the client look at the problem from a different angle. Here are some of the most powerful perspective shifts I've experienced, or ...

Fast living

Remember this viral short film that came through your inbox last year? This wouldn't happen in most offices I know... Along with many of you, probably, I started work back in the office on Monday. Two days later, I have a cold, am dizzy and started to feel hectic again. Fast Living comes from the Outside I notice ...

Life Management 101

I'm not a master of life. But at least I'm a hard learning apprentice. Here are some things I found along the way. I'm sure you've thought about them too. The hard part is getting to do them. This is a crash course on managing your life and bringing it closer to where you want. Call it effectiveness ...