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On LinkedIn, in the IPMA group, there was a question posted: “Project managers can not be effective in their role unless they have specific technical expertise in the given field that the project is within – what do you think?”. Read more…

(for Paul) Leary’s Rose is a model for characterising communication and behaviour – it is therefore intrinsically a social, interpersonal model. The model is constructed with two axes and four quadrants, with each quadrant being further subdivided into two parts. Read more…

In (project) portfolio management theory, there are ample publications that will teach you how to make rational decisions about what projects to pursue and which proposals to forego. Such publications are often heavily biased toward spreadsheet-supported models full of number Read more…

Some guidelines from Thomas Cromwell, as literatured by Hilary Mantel: On the collection and use of sensitive information (think: dealing with hidden agendas): “He knows how to watch. He knows how to listen. He knows how to send a message encrypted, Read more…

“How terrible it is to seek knowledge, when it brings nothing good to the one who is seeking it.” These words are spoken by Teiresias, the blind seeer in Sophocles’ play “King Oedipus”, when Oedipus has pressed him hard to Read more…

The myth of Sisyphus is an intriguing one. King Sisyphus was the most clever man on earth. When it is his time to go and Death comes to summon him, he plays out his ultimate trick and like a reverse Read more…

Action speaks louder than words, or so the saying goes. But there is a category of actions that you can only perform by speaking certain words. Such words or phrases are called ‘performative utterances’, or ‘performatives’ in short. Think of Read more…

In the newspaper of December 1, 2010, one headline states that “those who help a fellow man out of mercifulness/charity, deserve no punishment”. As this will look like a tautology to most of us (or so I hope) you will Read more…

Here is a list of some of the things that have been on my mind over the years and that I would like to write about sometime. It is not exhaustive and no doubt other things will be added to Read more…

Epicurus. Lucretius. Voltaire. Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Immanuel Kant. Ludwig Wittgenstein. John Searle. Sufism. William Shakespeare. Humberto Maturana & Francisco Varela. William of Occam. Terry Winograd. Kurt Vonnegut. John Searle. John Gray. Mikhail Bulgakov. Anonymous. Memory.