Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

Simone Weil (1909-1943)


The big challenge for leaders is to make their organizations truly of value to society. In times – such as now – of complex and profound transformations that create great uncertainties, this is not easy. In order to be able to give direction to this, leaders must show more than substantive knowledge and extensive management competencies. They must also fully contribute their personal, human qualities. As an executive teamcoach, I help leaders and their teams discover how they can be effective in this.

My blogs and podcasts, essays, articles, and books have as a connecting theme what it takes to be of value to the world. This can be about our personal, inner life, but also about our political and social activities as active citizens. How we can contribute to a better society and how we can shape our responsibility for other people and the fragile planet on which we live.

At first glance, meditating seems to be about our inner life. Yet that is only partly true. At its core, meditating means practicing how to deal with our experiences. They consist of our perception of the world from within and from outside – with our reaction to it – and that determines what attitude we adopt and behave towards the world, others, and ourselves. Meditation is therefore always about the connection between our inner self and the outside world.

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6 May 2024

How wavering made the National Commemoration a paltry spectacle

And so it became a paltry spectacle, the National Commemoration on Dam Square. Paltry because much of the citizenry that carries and underpins the commemoration was absent. The run-up to the commemoration was dominated by fears of its disruption. Wouldn’t there be shouting or demonstrations? Would we be able to handle the tension of remembering

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26 March 2024

The Egocentricity of Meditation

A critical reflection on motives and practices - An Essay

Mindfulness is good for you, is the dominant message about this form of meditation. It helps against stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and more. And it makes you a better person, or at least a little bit. That message is usually supported by two claims. One that its positive effects are scientifically proven. The other

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Coming up


Being among people

Weekend retreat on meditation, living together and politics - with Wibo Koole

At the beginning of autumn, we take a weekend to relax and reflect. Just as the unfocused summer energy has transitioned into the focused activities of work and living together. In this weekend, we explore what meditation means for living together. Is meditation also political?

Start date > 11 October 2024 - 19:00h
End date > 13 October 2024 - 16:30h
Place > De Ruimte, Weesperzijde 79A, 1091EJ Amsterdam

The Breath as Guide

Weekend retreat - with Wibo Koole

This weekend we put the breath at the centre of our interest. How to use the breath as a guide. Why did the Buddha himself place so much value on breath meditation?

Start date > 24 January 2025 - 19:00h
End date > 26 January 2025 - 16:30h
Place > De Ruimte, Centrum voor Bewustzijnsontwikkeling, Weesperzijde 79A, 1091EJ Amsterdam
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Creating Mindful Teams for Excellent Performance

The Power of Mindful Leadership – Masterclass – London

Leadership in Agile Organisations

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