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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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A few general reflections on this particular brain disease affecting some decision-makers in Europe and elsewhere and a practical application on the social mixity decree for the French-speaking schools in Belgium Having worked for the European Commission and national governments as a consultant, a manager of a ministerial chief of staff, I have sympathy for… » read more

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I believe so, yes… and prejudices are numerous in management circles, among managers, just as among all of us, today as in the past, in Belgium, Europe or anywhere in the world. Ideologies are never as strong as when we think we got rid of them. Prejudices can have devastating consequences. That’s is why Philosophie… » read more

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Yes, I believe so. Imagination is not only necessary to “put yourself in the shoes of others” and try to understand their ethical viewpoint, which might be (radically) different than yours. It is also necessary to consider different ways to push forward what you see as “ethical” in a particular situation. In the attached documents… » 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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You will find in attachment a presentation I gave recently for HR managers of the public sector at EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration). The presentation draws on my experiences in the public and private sector and on my readings of authors such as Kenneth Thomas and Wouter van den Abeele in particular. This presentation… » read more

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