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Another lesson

Another lesson

Yes, it is about life and all the endless learning episodes thrown at us, disrupting a form of a routine often taken for granted and yet definitely confirmed as fragile as a hatching baby bird. It is a mix of Charlie Hebdo, the loss of…

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Purpose of your application?

Purpose of your application?

Crossing the border had never been an issue ever since I had become a Canuck (I will pass on some past chapters of being “just” a Frog and being systematically questioned about the purpose of my trip down South), and I thought I was prepared…

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Ready. Set. Wait!

Ready. Set. Wait!

Planning events is a thing I do: without assuming anything (it has proved to lead to relative disasters), I plan, forecast, manage, amend, rewrite, negotiate, suggest, coordinate and implement project phases, define milestones and deliver as per my client’s desiderata. Pretty basic. What is less…

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight

Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight

38,000 feet in the air, watching the snow-capped mountains through the window: I am on my way home for a short time, coming back from a business meeting in another part of the continent, in the middle of other beautiful mountains. The captain invited us,…

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The barefoot theory

The barefoot theory

Hoping the signs of summer actually settle for longer than two days (I know, we are still in the middle of spring in the Northern hemisphere), I already have set my mind on wearing flip-flops or sandals as much as possible. The funny detail these…

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Just relax…

Just relax…

Yes, we can talk about meditation, deep breath, yoga and other East-inspired practices to calm down and get through any potentially perceived tense situation. Like anything else, it takes repetition, some kind of a process, to reach a certain level of mastery. My years of…

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Logistics safari

Logistics safari

As we just “celebrated” the 20th. anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the logistics function within the humanitarian field is resonating louder and louder these days. It draws some politician’s attention, definitely some journalists’ too, and it touches people: the ones being assisted in the potential…

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Loyal and…

Loyal and…

The responsibilities of managing the procurement, for goods or services, include one detail that is not taught in school: dealing with a salesperson. This very fact would deserve a book dedicated to the potential customers (i.e. buyers). Being a salesperson is a rather tricky position…

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The controversy of daring

The controversy of daring

The idea is simple, and reminds me of something I heard many times while learning how to drive in Paris: if you do not dare, you die. Of course, that sounds pretty extreme and dramatic. Yet daring to break boundaries, not (necessarily) to be noticed,…

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From doormat to matador

From doormat to matador

That expression comes from Beau Willimon, one of the geniuses behind House of cards (yes, I confess I am a big fan, and this one is in Season 2, episode 3), and it stroke a chord while negotiating with a service supplier recently. The service…

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