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"The difference"

“The difference” (Part 2) Last week I wrote about how “the number” https://www.michaelschmeja.com/blog/the-number/ determines the thinking. How, in my example, the whole year had been dominated by the announcement on one particular day. While “the number” has been a good example for the financial industry, it could be easily exchanged for any goal in one’s life.  So, […]

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"The number"

Last week I gave a speech to Citi’s Private Bank leadership team on effective communication in general and year-end in particular. What I love to see about Citi is that they continuously strive to adjust to other values other than this industry has been once famous for. Greed, money etc. As a former employee I […]

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Tying loose ends

Summer is over and now I await my favourite time of the year when the sun is just warm enough not to wear a coat and the colours, smells and efforts you are seeing in mother nature symbolise a preparing for the winter to come and the new year. Tying loose ends. I used most […]

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Nutbrown Hare

Guess how much I love you? Guess how much I love you, says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just […]

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All for a piece of stone

Last Saturday I realised one of my goals for 2018. I finished the Eiger Ultra Trail, a 101km mountain race with 6700meters vertical climbs and descents, and while the race organizers for safety reasons had to stop, pause and restart the whole race on a shortened course due to a heavy thunderstorm I got about […]

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Holidays & Beach Balls

Last week I reconnected with a former client. We follow each other on social media and he had just recently posted pictures from a beautiful holiday abroad so I was checking in how it had been.Turns out the pictures have been the complete opposite of his current well-being. Frankly, that happens to me often. I […]

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The Frog Contest

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants. The race began, but no-one in the crowd really believed that the tiny […]

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Fish Love

Here is a great story by Rabbi Twerski. A young man enjoying eating a dish of fish. Another man is asking him: “Why are you eating this fish?” when the young man replies: “Because I love fish!” “Oh, says the man, that’s why you took it out of the water, killed it and boiled it! […]

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Because you are the next best thing!

What is the key to success? For a lot of people buying something new -- new technology, new devices, new systems, new "stuff" – seems to do the trick. They're convinced that what they have is not enough. What holds them back are the things they don't have. When I was a “cheeky teenager” we did cycle […]

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Made to be broken

Last week I watched the RedBull TV documentary on Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer an ultra trail runner breaking the Appalachian Trail speed record, finishing 2200 miles/3500km in 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes. Most people, while seeing the achievement, consider this stupid, pointless, mad. Why go through the physical and mental pain, why waste your […]

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