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Through my blogs I hope to share elements of immediately useful actions or surprisingly revealing self-discoveries. 

I would love to know which one it sparked in you.

Please send me your comments, insights and stories.

 

September 10, 2020

I have new neighbours. They argue. A lot.  Even more now that our general lifestyles have been somewhat curtailed. I could still try and accept the  incessant arguing if I got the impression that they were trying to resolve an issue and get to a better understanding of the situation and each other's point of view. Or tried to actually listen to each other. Or just agree to disagree and keep quiet. Or even leave. (Without slamming the door and shouting "f......

July 30, 2020

I have come to believe that we greatly underestimate the value of kindness in our interactions with everyone, but especially the people close to us, to reduce friction in our daily lives.

Lately the world feels all upside down and it might be difficult to maintain your sense of humour. The uncertainty of what is going to happen, how this will impact you and what the future will look like are increasing anxiety and decreasing our tolerance with people and the...

July 22, 2020

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Remember the last time you got really, really angry at someone or something ... and you lost all semblance of dignity, self-control, clear headed thinking, socially acceptable demeanour and started shouting like a banshee or stormed off in a huff and a puff, slamming doors and rattling shelves? I’m talking about the time you were so angry you wanted to break stuff and strangle people. Or, horror of horrors, you burst into tears in the m...

June 10, 2020

At a recent event for entrepreneurs a stalwart in the startup ecosystem told me the story of how he was approached by two very successful founders to help them resolve their conflict. 

I know they were committed to trying to find a solution for their problems and save their business because: a) they sought outside help from someone they trusted and respected and b) they paid big money for this. However, he couldn’t help them see eye-to-eye and decided to ret...

June 7, 2020

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The  economic and social impact of Covid-19, isolation and lockdown necessitate that many people may need to make special arrangements with their landlords to adjust personal or commercial lease agreements for the next few months.

Most people are feeling very nervous about having that conversation and the uncertainty about the future doesn't make it any easier.

Here are 7 points to keep in mind to help you prepare...

April 20, 2020

Image: Suzy Hazelwood

Very few people talk openly about death. Not about the loss and the “Will you miss me?” neither about the practicalities of where you should look for what, once they can’t tell you where it is, or what they were thinking when they made some incomprehensible choices.

We prefer to not even engage with the possibility of a time that we won’t be, except in the abstract, and therefore talking about it is unthinkable and discussing the detail...

April 10, 2020

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Part 3: How am I and how does that impact you?

This is the third in a series of blogs prompted by the increase in divorces in China after people have been in quarantine due to the Corona virus. The phenomenon of relationships falling apart in the aftermath of a crises isn't new, but the scale of this crises and the impact on relationships globally might be unprecedented. 

Most of us have now been in lockdown for longer than...

March 23, 2020

Image: Suzy Hazelwood

Chapter 1:  Love you, love you not

Personal dynamics will shift, flow, ebb, explode or dissolve. 

This is the second in a series of blogs prompted by the increase in divorces in China after people have been in quarantine due to the Corona virus. The phenomenon of relationships falling apart in the aftermath of a crises isn't new, but the scale of this crises and the impact on relationships globally might be unprecedented. 

O...

March 17, 2020

               

Image: Suzy Hazelwood

Prologue:

I'm choosing to be informed and responsible  about Covid-19 but not enmeshed, panicked or despondent. Currently I am more concerned about the immediate and long term impact on our personal relationships than I am with washing my hands.

It could be because relationships at work and at home are my primary interest  and field of focus, and I have always been just...

March 10, 2020

Image: Naëtt Atkinson

A very, very long time ago I read an article about marriage and the arguments couples have. Essentially it said that the recurring fight you have in your first year will set the tone and content for the rest of your relationship and that issue, if not resolved, will most often be the reason you eventually break up. 

The same is true for co-founder relationships.  Actually, co-founder relationships can be even more str...

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