The Forrest Gump Effect: Or the Power of a Beginner’s Mind

Yesterday, I went to the Opera in Nice. I managed to get one of the last seated tickets for Philipp Glass’ Akhnaten, for the last day it was playing. I am so grateful I caught this opportunity. Funny things happened that evening. A digression First of all, I caught myself treating myself cheaply, trying toContinue reading “The Forrest Gump Effect: Or the Power of a Beginner’s Mind”

“No Coaching the Coach”: On overachievers, figures of authority, doing less and trusting yourself.

On trusting figures of authority Back in high school, I remember once, when I had spelled the word “spoon” in French (cuillère) in an unusual way: “cuiller”. I had discovered earlier that the word had two spellings. My Spanish teacher corrected my spelling as if it was a mistake. This left me with doubts. BackContinue reading ““No Coaching the Coach”: On overachievers, figures of authority, doing less and trusting yourself.”

On Holographic Thinking and Holographic Working

Image by rihaij from Pixabay Enter Holographical Thinking Holographical thinking means you can think and make instant connections at a high level of abstraction and think about multiple ideas/relationships/connections at once. (My view differs slightly from the traditional NLP definition). For example, you can think at a literal level, as well as an abstract levelContinue reading “On Holographic Thinking and Holographic Working”

On the Art of Passing Opportunities:From FOMO to JOMO

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay “Thank you, but No thank you. Thank you, but that’s a Graceful No for me. Thank you, but I’ll pass.” These sentences are pronounced by highly successful people. Indeed, successful people say Yes to almost every opportunity. (I love the movie Yes Man ! with Jim Carrey. If youContinue reading “On the Art of Passing Opportunities:From FOMO to JOMO”

“Soft Skills” should be called the “Hard Skills”

Image by Pexels from Pixabay During the Deep Dive I did with Rich Litvin, he coached me around some of my past experiences. I told him I had created a “Soft Skills” workshop for a top business school in France, and lead the team of facilitators. He told me I could write a book: “TheContinue reading ““Soft Skills” should be called the “Hard Skills””

Don’t wake up too early.

Image by Pexels from Pixabay During the Integral European Conference this year, Integral Coach and Facilitator Maria Bailey gave an enlightening talk called “Ordinary Habits. Extraordinary Life.” During that talk, she shared a Koan: Kuan Yin,  the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion in the East Asia Buddhist tradition (Avalokiteshvara in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition) reachesContinue reading “Don’t wake up too early.”