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An uncomfortable question

November 23, 2010


I left Denmark in my early 20’s because it felt like a place that was too ‘constraining’. Our culture, to this day, is strongly influenced by ‘Janteloven’ / ‘The Jante Law‘ This set of rules, first codified by the Danish–Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his novel A fugitive crosses his tracks, “is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals […]

Become Whole to find Work-Life Balance

October 22, 2010


6 weeks ago I, and 50 other students, started a half-term course with the descriptive, yet deceptive, title ‘15.975 Leading profound innovation for a more sustainable future.’ The title ticked all the boxes: Leadership, innovation, sustainability. Yet there was so much more to it, as we soon discovered during a journey to become ‘whole’ and […]

My first empathy walk

September 16, 2010


I met a 3x cancer survivor, Alicia Staley, this afternoon, as part of an assignment in a leadership course at MIT Sloan. We chose Alicia based on an inspiring talk she had given the day earlier, which my partner for the assignment had attended. I must admit being slightly concerned about the value of meeting […]

People are not disposable assets

November 18, 2009


Overview Business schools reported record application numbers last year, whilst companies downsized to survive the economic downturn. As Jerry York, former CFO of IBM and Chrysler and current member of Apple’s board of directors, stated in his recent lunchtime lecture at MIT Sloan, we should expect to see booms and busts more frequently in the future. We […]