All black lives matter. How about Zwarte Pete’s?

All black lives matter. How about Zwarte Pete’s?

I was chatting with my muse over WhatsApp about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and this topic inevitably led to talk about positive discrimination. Now I have strong opinions on most subjects, but shockingly enough, positive discrimination is one of the few topics where I am uncertain of my stance  On one hand, being a [...]

Becoming an aesthete

Becoming an aesthete

Two weeks ago, in one of my numerous conference calls (dear lord they never end!), my cleverest colleague enthusiastically outburst: “I can't wait to gather all the best HR practices from our clients. There are going to be plenty of innovative practices arising from this lockdown experience.”  She marked a dramatic pause before carrying on:  [...]

The new rules of politeness in the Time of Coronavirus

The new rules of politeness in the Time of Coronavirus

These days, the Netherlands are a bit like the village of Asterix and Obelix: they have not entirely surrendered to the enemy, Julius Coronavirus, therefore we are only in a semi-lockdown.  This means that everyone needs to work from home, that restaurants and bars are closed - but never fear, you can still get marijuana [...]

Are you rich?

Are you rich?

While I sit back and watch the US elections starting off again – glass of wine in hand (again) – I can”t help but remember how, just four years ago, Trump kicked off his announcement for candidacy with this very classy statement: “I’m really rich.”  This humble declaration legitimized his application to one of the [...]

The Definition of mediocrity

The Definition of mediocrity

A few weeks ago, I attended the wedding of one of my best friends in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  The venue exuded old-time classiness with its beautiful white facade, monochrome interior, and vibrant green vineyard scattered all over the property. The estate was surrounded by powerful yet peaceful mountains, and a river that calmly ran through [...]