Tunnel Vision
‘Omdenken’, the Dutch art of flip-thinking, starts with observation: seeing things the way they are. Facing the facts. Unfortunately this can be quite difficult. There are all kinds of reasons we can’t see or (as in the following ...
Stand-up Meetings
A person spends no less than a quarter of his or her working day on meetings. And often enough this isn’t time well spent. We've all experienced them - the boring gatherings that can drag on forever when everyone wants to have their ...
Unexpected Bodyguards
An old lady was walking home late at night through a rather dodgy neighbourhood. She saw a group of tough looking young lads hanging around the street corner, blocking her way. Instead of acting afraid or aloof, she ...
Oops! My mistake.
In the 1990s IBM was a leading computer company with many offices all over the world. One day an employee, who was known as a serious and hard worker, made a mistake. And not just a simple one: a huge mistake which cost the ...
Pain is my Ally
For over two years I have fought unbearable pain in my back. I’ve seen everyone, from a GP to a physiotherapist to a rheumatologist. Not even intensive rehabilitation therapy helped. A clear cause of the pain (or a solution to it) was ...
Helpful Russians
A trend in Russia and on YouTube: dash-cams. Small cameras mounted to the dashboard of your car that film traffic in Russia. They often capture bizarre situations and spectacular accidents, and these clips are big hits on YouTube. But ...
Cruel Classmate
From the moment Sarah enters the classroom at her new elementary school, everything goes wrong. The girl is overweight, looks vulnerable and is bullied from the start. Especially by Margie, the leader of the group. Margie is ...
Carpet Beater
We used to have dinner at 5 o’clock sharp. If I was just five minutes late, I got a good whacking with a carpet beater. This happened regularly. But my parents’ approach only made things worse. Whenever I noticed I might ...
Backwards
At a school the daily schedule was changed. Which resulted in less outside playtime for the children. This was a problem, because Mark – a child with multiple disabilities – always needed lots of time to get dressed to go outside. ...
Speed Camera Lottery
How can we stimulate motorists to obey the speed limits? You could employ the usual method of fines and punishments, but Kevin Richardson (USA) came up with a radical new approach. Instead of punishing people, you reward them! ...