Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

Simone Weil (1909-1943)
Philosopher

About


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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Blog

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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26 December 2023

Raging Standstill and Moral Ambition: The Year 2024

Together we will make hope flourish


It almost feels inappropriate to wish each other a healthy and happy 2024. At the turn of the year, humanity is torn apart by pain and sorrow, the war in Ukraine, the unfathomable suffering in Gaza and Israel, displacement due to extreme drought or flooding, and politically shifting concerns. It’s hard to imagine it can

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Coming up

24/05/24

Calmness and clarity

A weekend of meditation, reflection and renewal - with Klaus-Peter Uhlenberg and Wibo Koole

We take a weekend to pause, relax body and mind and reflect on what is really important in life. Simple instructions and meditation practices with mindfulness of body and breath, complemented by mindful movement, create the framework for calmness and clarity.

Start date > 24 May 2024 - 19:00h
End date > 26 May 2024 - 16:30h
Place > De Ruimte, Weesperzijde 79A, 1091 EJ Amsterdam
11/10/24

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
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Publications


Creating Mindful Teams for Excellent Performance


The Power of Mindful Leadership – Masterclass – London


Leadership in Agile Organisations

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