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Sitting at a Berlin pavement café on a sunny Sunday morning, the 4 people at the next table are discussing religions, referring to "Catholics", "Protestants", "Muslims", "Jews" and a "wonderful meeting of all religions" that is coming up somewhere soon.

And I'm thinking, "What nonsense!"


"People" is the appropriate common descriptive term.

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All boundaries are imaginary.

We create them in our minds.

We often then proceed to construct physical and social boundaries based on those we've created in our minds.

Once we create a boundary, it becomes real.

Notwithstanding this, they remain imaginary.


When we realise how these boundaries hinder us, we frequently talk of building bridges to overcome them.

Perhaps bridges are not the answer.


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An Invitation to Change – IF you REALLY want to …

The intention is always significant – at the beginning.

On its own, it remains a dream.

There is plenty wrong in the world, just as there is in many individual lives.


There is much talk about doing good in business. And much of it is sincere.

There is even more talk about doing good in the non-profit sector.

So much is well-intentioned, yet just talk.

Many individuals on a change path will relate to this too.


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What Life has Taught me that Really Matters

Recently, a friend responded to a facebook post of mine with the following question: "What has life taught you that really matters?"

A few reflections triggered by the question ...



Everything is as you think it is … because you think it is ... now.

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Feeling Free Within Yourself

I was thrown off balance this morning by the news that a friend and colleague had died.
He was a good man: genuine, warm-hearted, generous and wise. He was also an excellent well-respected professional – but this is always secondary to the personal side of human beings. There's nothing unusual here – plenty of good people die.

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Healthy Business

About a month ago, I received a call from Norbert, a successful senior sales manager in his 40s who I first worked with about 5 years ago. His former boss, a genuinely polite yet highly focused businessman, is sitting out the final months of his pre-retirement year because he has lost the energy to fight with his successor: a fresh aggressive 35 year old man whose only leadership option is his way. Norbert is looking for another job. He doesn't need the stress.

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