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Doodle Ye Nay – Doodle Ye Yea!

October 1, 2011

You might not see it now, but as a teenager I was terribly gawky and terribly geeky. And as if that in itself wasn’t enough, I was also your regular Miss Goody-Two-Shoes. However, one of my rare Jimmy Dean streaks was to fervently doodle. I’d doodle while on the phone; I’d doodle while taking minutes at our Friday night Youth Club and I’d doodle in classes.

I’d even go so far as to quickly round up my tests, so I could doodle on the sides and bottom of my answer page(s). The look on my teachers’ faces as I handed in my test paper was worth it. Every single time.
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Socrates age 4?

September 23, 2011

What do I know? “I only know that I know nothing.” The classical Greek philosopher Socrates was definitely one who understood how little he knew. And also understood how to go about acquiring knowledge. For the rest of us, children of lesser Gods, it’s only when we’re forced by circumstances in life, we learn that we’re wrong about a lot of things.
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Bite the bullet

September 14, 2011

Magnate Warren Buffet is famous for saying: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” This pearl of wisdom, like most of Mister Buffet’s quotes, is based on his broad experience in doing business with all sorts, shapes and sizes. And as a consequence of its connotation, this insightful quote very much appeals to our imagination.
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Single Stories and Blind Spots

May 27, 2011

Have you ever written someone off based solely on their appearances or your first impressions? Giving them no second chance for the benefit of the doubt? No logic, no arguments, no facts. Your decision based on nothing else but preconceived notions.
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Why a Bonus in Education is a Lousy Idea

May 22, 2011

What completely dumbfounds me is how quickly we forget. Barely three years ago, we all stood knee-deep in the economic rubbles. Rubbles caused by an exuberant bonus culture and by what seemed an insatiable greed.
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Play, Learn, Evolve

May 17, 2011

Modern day society teaches us: men work and little boys play. In other words, you either shape up and act like the heavy contender you are or you risk losing out by playing the buffoon. For it is what it is and ‘never shall the twain  meet’.

Most of us relate to this. Face it. If you need someone to do business with, you’d go for the one with the track record and the austere look. Not the joker. Wouldn’t you?
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Learning is like a game of chess

May 11, 2011

I still remember the day our father walked in with a package under his arm that turned out to be a chess game. I also remember warm sunny afternoons, sitting around the coffee-table; the living room dimmed and cool. And our father patiently teaching us how to play chess.
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What do you want to do?

May 8, 2011

The notion of Redesigning Education is without a doubt all over the place. So much so, it’s at risk of becoming a rhetoric. Two of its renowned champions, Sir Ken Robinson and the late Russell Ackoff, are —according to me— in no way at fault. I’m afraid it’s us, the so-called followers. We are the ones who either forget what the concept is all about or we just don’t get it.
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One door closes – One door opens

May 4, 2011

Our mother couldn’t hold a decent tune. Still, this never kept her from singing nursery rhymes to us like Mary had a little lamb or Sunday school favourites like This little light of mine. Besides the children’s songs, she’d also lavish on proverbs: “There’s always room at the top” and “When one door closes, another one opens”.

Past Thursday was my last day at work. Like any healthy-silver-linings-minded person, who’d been brought up by my mother, I’ve rolled up my sleeves. Ready to go prowling for open doors.
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