Find the right Alchemist in your B2B industry

The holiday season is the perfect time to organise your paper and the house. My growing son Emilien needed a new bed and I drove last week with him into this giant and well-known Swedish retailer. We selected the bed and proceeded to get the different parts in the corresponding alley. I realised a bedspring was missing and asked an employee who gave me the … Continue reading Find the right Alchemist in your B2B industry

10 Best practices for better business communication

It is Friday evening, everyone is already enjoying the week-end. In the middle of an empty parking lot, B. sits in his car, sending a last email with his blackberry like he did not reach his weekly quota. But, the multiplicity of emails is not a sufficient condition to good communication inside a project. Most projects fail by lack of communication and I have therefore … Continue reading 10 Best practices for better business communication

Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing – Breathe in before shooting

Oh no ! These words echo in your head as you let go the arrow and did not aim enough at the target. Now, nothing except the wind can influence its path and you see eventually go into the woods behind your target. What happened ? once again, you released the string too soon and you did know but it was already too late. It”s … Continue reading Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing – Breathe in before shooting

Searching with Google – quick reference guide

Google is still the most popular search engine on the web today. The interface is so simplistic most of us use it easily but not … efficiently. I have therefore created this quick reference guide in order to show you the true power of Google when you know how to really search. Print this quick reference guide recto-verso and fold it in 3 part (Trifold). … Continue reading Searching with Google – quick reference guide

DropMind: A drop of magic in your elixir of creativity

If I had to define a formula for my creative thinking, I would say that it is equal to my capacity of dropping ideas out of my mind multiplied by the capacity of visualizing those ideas afterwards. So, every time I have an idea, I stop everything I do and write it down before I lose this idea. My brain and yours is a wonderful … Continue reading DropMind: A drop of magic in your elixir of creativity

How was your meeting today ?

This week, I had once again a lot of meetings. Some  were efficient and others (a lot) were just black holes for my productivity. So I decided to remind you of some grounds rules for an effective meeting hereunder: 1. to meet or not to meet .. Face to face meeting is the best way to handle problems but some of them can be solved … Continue reading How was your meeting today ?

Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing – Nothing is needed (nanni mo iranu)

Kyudo is an old Japanese martial art which is still actively practiced around the world. It is called by its practitioners "the way of the bow” Awa, a Kyudo master, said the following: “As for the stance, the positioning of the body, the positioning of the bow, the grip on the bow, the grip on the string, the raising of the bow, the drawing of … Continue reading Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing – Nothing is needed (nanni mo iranu)

Xin Fu : The Martial Art of emailing: The spider that twists your mind

A young disciple went to his master – Master, I have difficulties meditating lately. – What kind of difficulties do you mean young man ? – Every time I start my meditation, a spider comes from the roof and hangs in front of my face. Then it goes away and comes back again, it disturbs me during my meditation – Young man, you cannot get … Continue reading Xin Fu : The Martial Art of emailing: The spider that twists your mind

Xin Fu : The Martial Art of emailing: The Junkshitiro

Let’s observe for a moment a Tai chi master practicing his art. He focuses his mind solely on the movements of the form which help him reaching a state of mental calm and clarity. His moves are slow or fast but none of them are superfluous in the execution of the series of forms. All of them have a meaning and a defined goal. The … Continue reading Xin Fu : The Martial Art of emailing: The Junkshitiro

Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing: “out of office” message

With the beginning of the holidays, many of you are going to leave the office for a deserved holiday. It’s time to review some principles concerning the “out of office” message. Note that those remarks may also be applied when you leave the office for a long business trip. Here is a check list of what you should mention in an “out of the office” … Continue reading Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing: “out of office” message