Reflection: On being vulnerable

When you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I am rather open about my life and my feelings, and emotions. I was not always like that. When I was young, I was the opposite. I was very closed up trying to fight out everything with myself. That didn’t really work out…

Be alert when your employees get angry

This article is based on some of my own experiences, what I read in articles and from what friends told me. What unites most (if not all) of new employees, be it their first job or they just changed to a new employer, is their motivation and engagement. They want to help the company to…

Wim Hof Method: An update II

In the beginning of this year, February to be exact, I started to try out the Wim Hof Method. If you don’t know what it is, I recommend reading my initial article, titled Trying out the Wim Hof Method. I actually managed to take only cold showers until mid of April. Already in the first…

36 Questions to fall in love – XXXVI

I think it is only fair that you get to know me a little bit better to understand how I think and how my brain works in order to put my writings into perspective and to draw your own conclusions. This is why I, once about every ten days, answer one of the questions from…

I don’t need you to be perfect

At the moment, I am reading Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. A book I bought quite some time ago, but until now didn’t manage to complete. She is a shame researcher and has at least two TED talks. SO, if you are curious who she is, take a look for yourself. Today I read a passage…

Why it can make sense to have a look at future trends no matter your job

The future is uncertain. That fact remains. However, many people try their best to make the future more predictable. When I studied Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, one of my favorite courses was Technology Management & Foresight. Especially the foresight part was very interesting, because we had to apply it to developments in educational technologies and…

Musings on Love – XI

A couple of days ago, I saw the Netflix specials from Daniel Sloss who is a Scottish comedian. If I remember correctly those shows are called “Dark” and “Jigsaw”. But what does this have to do with love? In his second show, he speaks about the meaning of life and that he asked his dad…

Let the music hypnotize you

I think one of my earlier entries was about the music from Ludovico Einaudi and the effect his music has on me. In general, I really enjoy certain types of classical music. Especially some classical versions of modern songs are a joy to listen to. I always wanted and still want to learn to play…

To hope or not to hope

You probably know this feeling. There is something you wish for, but you know you should not hope too much, otherwise not getting it can be difficult to bear. It is a roller coaster. Our minds alternating between painting bright and hopeful pictures of what will happen, if our wish comes true, and painting dark…

Poem: The wind

When I close my eyes the ocean seems near But instead of waves it is the wind that I hear Mighty old trees bend under its power They turn and move like a majestic flower   Wind can be like a whisper Gently it caresses our face Wind can take the form of a twister…

Be aware of cognitive rigidity

What is cognitive rigidity? The short answer is that cognitive rigidity is when our way of thinking about something or how we see (parts of) the world is fixed and does not change. The long answer is that when we see something for the first time, or we engage with someone for the first time…