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  • Through Chaos, Toward Community

    Here is an article I wrote. It finally got published. I think that it can be a good complementation to CliftonStrength, as this shines another light on team culture. Maybe CS could be used among other tools to navigate the stages?

  • Positive disintegration

    Today I want to talk about a theory called Positive Disintegration, which comes from Kasimierz Dabrowski, a psychologist and psychiatrist from Poland and Canada who lived through both world wars. His observation of how people dealt with trauma, his friendship with Maslow, and his knowledge of Piaget, among other things, led to a theory that…

  • First Exercises

    So now the CliftonStrengths 34 report is in your hands. (If your reaction now is: OK, Boomer, then may I tell you that all this is of course also possible electronically. And no, I’m not a boomer, albeit only narrowly.) But, what are you doing with it now? Of course, read it first. Highlighting Top…

  • Modes of Progression

    René Girard developed a theory called mimetic desire. I would like to address part of this theory here and set it in a bigger arena. People are masters of imitation. As much as we often have the desire to be self-governed and independent, we learn most by imitating others. That is part of mimetic desire.…

  • Soft Skills, Spiral Dynamics, CliftonStrengths and more

    First, we probably have to define what soft skills are: Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work. They include how you interact with colleagues, how you solve problems, and how you manage your work. As a start, let me give you some examples for soft skills. This is a rather long…

  • Have another have a look

    You have experienced a series of events in which emotion and logic have failed you. In my experience of this it is… uncomfortable. Spock, Star TrekDiscovery At times, our emotional and behavioral as well as our thought patterns fail us. And Spock’s analysis is, well, a truly Vulcan understatement. But let’s be clear: to an…

  • Vertical and horizontal Assessments

    There are many psychometric assessments on the market today. Let’s name a few of the more famous ones: Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI, based on Carl Gustav Jung’s typology, with 16 types along the dichotomies of introversion vs. extraversion intuition vs. sensory thinking vs. feeling perceiving vs. judging The Enneagram, based of the work of…

  • Spiral Dynamics vmemes

    First, a definition. What do I mean by vMeme? A meme, plural memes, is some content of consciousness, e.g. a thought. More broadly, it is “an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.” After “Memes in digital culture” by Limor Shifman, and…

  • Three Ways to Invite People

    You bought some codes. Now … How do you invite people that want to take an assessment? I will look at the process and define three roles in this: You – the coach The organiser The participant Sometimes, you will take on the role of the organiser and play both roles – coach and organiser.…

  • Gallup Access Tips and Tricks

    We have just undergone the transition from Gallup Strengths Center to Gallup Access, and there are changes. Some are more pleasant than others, and some need some love and creative workarounds. I have compiled some of the most important findings on my side to help you. This is mostly for coaches. One of the greatest…