Sunday, December 18, 2022

How it started (2006), how it is going (now)...

 I started blogging, when it was not really a function in the "digital age," which was not really digital as it is now.

These small articles are still live on


How it is going. I'm thinking how to proceed, blogging in three languages is really too much and with normal translation functions, a dutch-blog can easily transformed in an English one...

So I will delete this blog soon...

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Eight years later...

Life is all about making choices, so with the number of blogs I started, i couldn't keep up with all of them.

When starting this blog and writing in general, my style with very broadly focused. That has changed quite a bit.
But productivity and style remain common topics in my writing. That's why I'm refering to this blog for some continuation of these topics: productivestyle.blogspot

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Passing Strange

Seen on the Spanish television (TVE) on the 6th of july 2012. Great performance, nice story about change, and interesting one-liners: "Life is a mistake that only art can correct," and "Culture is only facade."

-- 8 nov 2020. The link does no long exists. I'll try to find a new one soon...

Friday, May 4, 2012

The British way of driving on the left side

Culture works quite different from psychology as the latter is focused on a single human being whereas the first is all about groups of people.
In linkedin discussions, but also on other platform I often hear people talk about cultural change and as an example I find the situation of a single professional. For instance the question "why can't you start being more positive when the corporate or team climate is negative?" why can't you be the first? When you lead a change, the rest will follow soon.

I often feel that my perception in these discussions is more negative and I wonder, am I too much of a skeptic or are others too naive, in trusting change will come, because we just start behaving differently?

As an example I would like to introduce the British habit of driving left. You just start a change - individually - by driving on the right side in such an environment and see what will happen.

In difference with psychology, cultural processes need a different dynamic in order to change. Just a different mind-set won't do it in group dynamics. The first question for an organization to change is why should we. What do we gain by driving on the "right" side? There must be some kind of a challenge in order to change. Personal and organization-wise.

For a group to change, behavior is indeed one of the element that will change or have to change. But behavior is not leading in cultural change. In cultural change that change comes from economic or social circumstances. In order to survive or to adapt, a psychological shift in attitude and behavior is often required. but - (psychological) behavior - is hardly ever the driving factor in cultural change.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Moved by the reverend

I watched the Whitney Houston's funeral on saterday and I was moved most of all by the performance of Reverend Donnie Mcclurkin Singing "Stand."