May 19, 2020

The windmills of your mind

As the images unwind, like the circles that you find In the windmills of your mind This is how the lyrics of M. Legrand’s song “The Windmills of Your Mind” end. It’s from the 1968 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” directed by N. Jewison, about a heist. A remake was released in 1999. At the […]

March 26, 2020

Beyond home confinement

From Internet: • theverge.com, March 19: Instagram won’t approve new augmented reality effects because of COVID-19 limitations • cnbc.com, March 19: Apple limits bulk online purchases of iPhones amid coronavirus supply constraints • dailymail.co.uk, March 24: Officials in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of southern China, have adjusted the number of divorce appointments to 10 couples a […]

December 11, 2019

Mastering expectations

Individuals may enter marriages with a set of expectations that can blind them to realistic outcomes. According to various resources that is also one of the reasons of divorce. One party’s set of expectations can be different than the other person’s set, and when it comes to marriage, expectations can create conflicts even before the […]

October 9, 2019

Can you negotiate above your “boiling point”?

“The Leidenfrost effect” is a physical phenomenon in which a liquid, close to a surface that is significantly hotter than the liquid’s boiling point, produces an insulating vapor layer that keeps the liquid from boiling rapidly. As we prepare our clients for negotiation meetings with their future partners we tell them that sometimes they have […]

August 21, 2019

Have you done almost everything you wanted to do in life?

The question in the headline was directed at the two cousins sitting across from me, who wanted to learn exactly when it’s the best time to sell their business. Their answers were both “No!”. It is one of my several questions to the shareholders of the companies who come to visit us to learn the […]

July 17, 2019

A Swiss watch with renewable energy source

As I was clearing some of my old stuff I hit on a box full of old watches, mainly inherited from my family. One of them got my attention and I took it to a repair shop. “It is functioning,” the shop owner said. “We just have to change its glass and band. It is […]

May 22, 2019

Kintsugi – A Japanese approach to a troubled past

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. If you are a business owner on the road to find a partner, there will be […]

April 24, 2019

Nicolas Cage’s 4 days long marriage

On March 30, 2019, the news channels reported that the American actor, director and producer Nicolas Cage has filed for an annulment just 4 days after getting married for the 4th time. It seems, they could tolerate each other only for 4 days. I don’t know what should be done to prevent such “to be […]

March 27, 2019

Would you accept such an offer?

Assume you own a 15 years old business with 10 million Euros annual turnover. There are a couple of companies in your size that you would call competitors. Your market goes through a consolidation period. One of your competitors was bought recently by an international company at 1.4 times its turnover. A week ago you’ve […]