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In this blog there are some thoughts, which might appear to be complete. Some are in progress and might be finished. And some might remain incomplete forever.

How to cook a crew?

“Hey, Finn! How do you smoke a swordfish?” “Put the bill in your mouth and light the tail.” ~~~ From the shadow, thrown by the death of Tony Bourdain, I’m thinking. ~~~ How do you cook a crew? A dish, especially a dish, prepared to surprise and impress, is cooked following a recipe, containing special […]

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Are you watching closely?

Several days ago a group of Japanese kids entered the Guiness Book of Records. Skipping rope. Two interesting things about it. One of the silver linings in The Prestige was the question: “Are you watching closely?” Watch the video above, if you haven’t already done so. Mesmerising, isn’t it? After you finish wondering if it […]

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Hackathon Winners

During the years I have been asked to work w/ a number of hackathon winners as a development coach. A role I have always done w/ a great joy. The conversations I have had so far show some similarities among all the hackathon winners, which I would like to summarise here. 1. How to Start […]

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Handling Setbacks

Handling setbacks is sometimes as difficult as bringing a freight train to a halt. I, for myself, have adopted the German approach of abwarten und Tee trinken. Maurice Jarre’s story how he came to write the film score for Lawrence of Arabia is a great encouragement.   Have a question or need help? I answer questions gladly […]

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The Rubber is a Creative Tool

I am known for learning from art rather than learning from businesses and business people. In his beautiful, free and highly recommended Oxford University iTunes U course The Elements of Drawing, Stephen Farthing introduces the viewer into the basic concepts of observing and drawing, and makes a very important point. The rubber is a creative […]

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Delegation

I am known for preferring to learn from art than from business. A good story to learn from is Tom Sawyer’s Strafarbeit, where he had to paint the fence. The story is not only a good lesson in converting a punishment into a successful enterprise, which ends up w/ everyone being happier than before, but […]

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2018

When I was younger I used to learn from the rants of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Probably because I was a rebel. And as I am still a rebel and I am getting close to my 50s, I feel obliged to begin ranting, for the sake of the younger generation. Innovation […]

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Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

There is so much to be learned from the story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Starting from the fact that at that time there was not only no special effects industry and George Lucas had to created it all by himself and from scratch (what later became Industrial Light and Magic), but it wasn’t even […]

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Deadlines

Deadlines are a boring topic. Most people think they know everything about deadlines. And still keep missing them. And worse: fail building crews, which can keep deadlines. On 21 July 1966 Kenneth Williams wrote in his Diaries — “It proves that one can do anything if the need is urgent and there is a deadline…” I’ve always found […]

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Complexity

carrying a branch you vs bird (survival) bakery vs automotive (10 pages for the same)

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