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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

“Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There” is a policy version of “Black box thinking”. Rutger Bregman would like Freek Vermeulen, a fellow Dutchman and is likely to be a fan of Naseem Taleb. A lot of things we believe to be true are false. Particularly in science, economy and medicine. Look up the Lindy effect, confirmation bias and reignite your common sense. Don’t believe anything you read, hear or see. Go one step further, start with detoxing your brain. Read “Breaking the habit of being yourself

Utopia for realist

About the reality that although the press and social media try to tell you otherwise (fear sells better), we never had it as good …

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talk triggers

Storytelling and talk triggers as your marketing strategy

As associates of the Content Providers, we are running a number of inspiration sessions on (video) storytelling together with Quadia. Location is Hilversum, Holland, on 18 and 23 January. If you are interested, have a look here. You need to book. Not sure if there are any place left.

Talk triggers

In preparation, I read “Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth”.If you accept that social media is word of mouth on steroids, if you also agree that positive word of mouth is the Ultimate Moment of Truth, if you take it that word of mouth is one of the few (if not only) authentic way of spreading your message, and if you …

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Free your mind of being yourself

“The Greatest Habit You Can Ever Break Is the Habit of Being Yourself” is a great  book about your mind, brain imaging, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, quantum entanglement, neurochemicals, and meditation

The power of the mind

You need to embrace the concept that your (subjective) mind has an effect on your (objective) world. The latest research supports the notion that we have a natural ability to change the brain and body by thought alone. In fact, your thoughts have consequences so great that they create your reality.

Quantum physics

The most fundamental components of our so-called physical world are both waves (energy) and particles (physical matter), depending on the mind of the observer. What quantum physicists discovered was that the person …

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Design a business model based on abundance

I can think of no better, optimistic, uplifting book than “Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance”. It has everything. Science, future, entrepreneurship, innovation, mindset, sustainability, leadership. It is my book for 2018. It will cheer you up no end.


I have never dreamed about a book. Until “Moonshots”. The question that kept coming through was; what if we had an abundance of energy, food, water, land, computing power, minerals, clean air, etc.?


The book is a wake-up call. I am a member of Abundance360 (highly recommended) and the Singularity University, but I have found myself increasingly pessimistic (and I am an optimist by nature) in my lectures and talks. I am reading too much pessimistic news about climate …

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the four

What you should know about Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

I picked up “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google”. 

Power corrupts

A while ago I read “The internet is not the answer”. About the beginnings of winners take all. Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon are now near monopolies. You need to think about that. Power corrupts.

The good, the bad and the ugly

These four technology giants have inspired more joy, connections, prosperity, and discovery than any entity in history. But they also have refused to pay sales tax, invade privacy, have treated their employees poorly, created lethal addictive behaviour and have destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs. In a nutshell, the big Four borrow (steal?) your information, only to sell it back to you.…

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KPMG meeting in Dogpatch Labs, CHQ, Dublin. November 2018

Going global part II

KPMG Private enterprise organised their second “How to” about going global, this time in Dublin. I am the lucky person that is asked to moderate. Like the event in Cork, we had a great mix of companies in data, ICT, food, pharma, engineering, marketing, media, consultancy and anything in between. Dovetailed by experts from KPMG, Ulster Bank, Business-Achievers and Enterprise Ireland. What did I pick up as themes?

Distribution, distribution, distribution The choice of the right distributor is critical. If you want impact and cloud go for number one or two. Picking the best distributor in one country will also give you the credibility for your next distributor in the next country.

To get to the right distributors, you need …

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rebel talent

33 ways to embrace your inner rebel

It is time to embrace your inner rebel. That is the message of “Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life”.

Commodity hell

You are likely operating in commodity hell and are part of the middle. You are probably also part of the 80% whose romantic or close relationship is more often than not, a cause for worry and frustration rather than energy and joy. You might be part of the 68% of workers that do not feel involved in, is not enthusiastic about, and not committed to their jobs. You cost your employer 22 per cent less profit and 21 per cent less productivity.

Want to perform 200% better?

For organisations, the lack …

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Mentoring and tough love

I just finished reading “Burn the business plan”, Everything we believe that works for startups, does not work. Business planning, enterprise support, ecosystems, mentoring, etc.


He is particularly critical about mentoring. Decided to look up what mentoring means. According to Wikipedia; Mentorship refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. Apparently, it stemmed from ancient Greek and was inspired by the character of Mentor in Homer’s Odyssey.


I have some issues with mentoring as well. It might have to do with my own experiences with mentors, mentor schemes and business using mentors. Most mentors I know of are unemployed consultants or retired managers …

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tibor pool

Combining body, mind, business, movement and decision making

What happens when you put a group of people at the top at their game in a villa in Spain with a number of successful entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs and take a holistic approach? Combining body, mind and business. Combining movement and decision making.


Combining some of the best in the business, who all share the same philosophy and mindset. Who all have a genuine desire to facilitate happiness, change and success.

Power and intensity

Imagine that you have access to the best fitness coach, who has been involved with special forces worldwide and made custom physical and tactical programs for these groups across the world. You can check him out here. His message is that only power and …

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Sensemaking, morality, humanity, leadership and the slow flow

Sensemaking, morality, humanity, leadership and slow flow

In books, there is a move away from technology, innovation and disruption. Instead, business authors are asking some very pertinent questions of where this is all going. Call it “sense-making”. Not about making sense about the exponential development in technology, as that is now a given, but about the impact and implications of technology on business and humanity.

Free book

I wrote a book about the books that are trying to do just that. Making sense. You can download a free copy here.…

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