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“Yes” if we stick to Machiavelli’s sixteenth century contemporaries acceptation of the word as “elaborately cunning”; “Not only” if we use the word Machiavellian in its more contemporary acceptation. As Jackieh remarked on a comment to a former entry to this blog (Is Obama a “wise leader”?): “There are several indications that Obama is rather… » read more

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It is too soon to say of course. It is clear however that his worldwide appeal and victory are, at least partly, due to the image of integrity, of moderation and care he successfully projected during the campaign. This more than compensated for the apparent weaknesses and lack of substance in his campaign program. During… » read more

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“Burn after reading” is a hilarious movie but also one that makes you think and warns us: We take ourselves way too seriously. We need to be OK with not being perfect, or we’ll end up making a big mess of our lives, just to keep from looking at ourselves in the mirror. Coincidently, “Burn”‘s… » read more

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A tribute to François Vassart and Rudyard Kipligng out of a few reflections on “the world’s most dangerous idea”, Transhumanism In his 2002 book “Our Posthuman Future” and in a 2004 Foreign Policy magazine article, political economist and philosopher Francis Fukuyama designates Transhumanism the “world’s most dangerous idea” because he believes that it may undermine… » read more

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For whom do I write this blog?

Essentially for my sons: Julian, Miguel & Alban. And, frankly, for me: as an attempt to put order into my ideas… In fact, I started this blog at the request of my friend and former “brother in arms” at the European Commission, Christophe Leclercq, now CEO of EurActiv.com, the company behind blogactiv.eu. It took me… » read more

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A short introduction and modest tribute to some of my favorite “thinkers”, other than Montaigne (Quotes I would have liked to add to my banner) Hereunder I voluntarily mix philosophers and management “gurus” from Europe and other parts of the world. It might seem odd but it reflects well what I’m interested in: in management,… » read more

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