Post-truth management, a wolf pack and three metrics for success

December 2, 2016

                      White Snow. A pack of 25 wolves. The first 3 are the older or sick & they set the pace of the group. If it were on the contrary, they would be left behind and lost contact with the pack. In ambush case they […]

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How to master three problematic areas of decision-making in organizations

February 24, 2016

Quickly, if you were given a choice, which of the following scenarios would you prefer? a) You get €1,000,000 for sure. Or b) You need to play a game where you have a: 10 % chance of getting €2,500,000 89 % chance of getting €1,000,000 1 % chance of getting €0 There is no right […]

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This is Water

February 4, 2016

Here a recommendation for a very powerful commencement speech by David Foster Wallace. Not the usual hooray you-can-do-it! Go-change-the-world stuff!; but instead a very profound, at times even sombre, but in the end very inspiring message about life besides its glorious moments and the value of education and the capacity to choose and think. Wallace […]

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What’s your QWERTY? Lessons for leadership from computer keyboards

February 1, 2016

You might have read that the French government is examining the AZERTY keyboard and is thinking of adapting it to something different and easier to use. This decision is being applauded by many, as apparently for some it appears to be even easier to write in French language on a British QWERTY or German QWERTZ keyboard then on the AZERTY […]

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6 Strategies to Improve your Decision Intelligence Quotient

December 18, 2015

  Decisions: Leaders have to make a lot of them. And leaders should make a lot of them. But how do we assess if the overall decision-making process is a good one? I believe we can learn from IQ tests: Some parts of common IQ tests use time limits. For instance, in some tests you have to identify a […]

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The Shark and the Coconut: Lessons for leaders

October 7, 2015

Quickly: What kills more people in the world: sharks or coconuts? According to University of Florida’s George Burgess there are roughly 10-15 people killed by sharks worldwide per annum, and roughly 100-150 deaths by coconuts falling on people standing below them, although of course estimates vary as this is not exactly a globally tracked metric. What […]

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TED Talk Recommendation: Dan Ariely asks: “Are we in control of our decisions?”

January 31, 2015

This is a brilliant and entertaining talk by behavioural economist Dan Ariely. The whole talk is really worth-while to watch, and the end is truly mind-blowing because it makes you really think and wonder how easy it is to change our own decisions. If you want to read more, have a look at my top […]

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The Psychology of Decision Making: Pitfalls and Strategies

January 26, 2015

Imagine the following situation, and try to answer the question for yourself: “You have bought a ticket for a concert for 100€. After arriving in the concert hall you realize that you have lost the ticket. However, there are still tickets left at the counter and you can by a new one for 100€ – […]

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The toothpaste principle of communication

July 31, 2014

    A 2010 study by the American Management Association has shown that communication is one of the 4 foundational management skills of the 21st century (the others being critical thinking, collaboration and creativity). We need communication more than ever to coordinate a multitude of projects and navigate our complex world. However communication was actually the […]

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Are you a good liar? Take this 5 second test

January 30, 2014

Here a nice short video by Richard Wiseman, psychologist and author of 59 seconds. And, are you a good liar :-)?

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The art of misdirection

January 21, 2014
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Very interesting talk by magician and “master thief” Appollo Robbins about the art of misdirection. There are many lessons to be learned in this video about our attention and what great con artists do to manipulate it.  

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Want better decisions? Open your notebook and your smartphone

July 14, 2013

Corporate managers focus on a lot of skills: sales, presentations, leadership,… However, I see that there is one area that is often just taken for granted and that doesn’t receive special attention: decision making. But decision making is not only important – it is also both a process that can be optimized as well as […]

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