Dear Ones,

How do you feel today?

It is a gift to regularly practice checking in and doing our best to locate the source of any emotions. Our feelings help us to know what we want and don’t want and what gives us our greatest satisfaction. By reclaiming our ability to know, to choose, and to create from the ground of where our feelings originate, we connect with our personal power.

This simple question opens the door to our self-awareness and the ones around us. This is the foundation. Without it, nothing else works. Self-awareness is the first step toward.

Dear Ones,

How do you feel today?

Have you been able to take a summer break? Or, if not, at least been able to dedicate a couple of hours to yourself?

Being Open to Stillness and Exploration

I know, in a culture that values the doing mode until exhaustion, it might feel awkward to just stay still and breathe inward. Believe it or not, we can become addicted to the doing / forcing/ struggling / controlling / rushing. We may even not know how to do this “being mode.”

But have you noticed that big events in our lives are preceded by many days and nights…

It is Time For Reconciliation

Dear Ones,

How do you feel today?

Do you feel a sense of sustenance, support and optimism that summer often brings? Changing your wardrobe with joy dressing bold prints and ruffles in all colors of the rainbow, all symbolizing shared relief at emerging from a traumatic year.

Or do you feel the side effects of what just happened, this pandemic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder syndrome, still the frustration, the irritation, the spiral of negative thoughts, the uncertainty that lies in this liminal space in between the old and the new.

I know. It is a lot to process. …

Dear Ones,

How do you feel today?

After way too much time on video calls, are you enjoying the bliss of warmer days and open-air connecting with flora, fauna, the earth, animal life and our species?

For those still stuck inside and starving for natural beauty, here is a beautiful Komorebi video magnifying the movement of light and shadows formed by the interplay of trees, wind and sunlight on the landscape.

Last year at this same time, the world was experiencing the full effect of the pandemic’s first wave. From there, we were forced in a matter of days…

Poisson d’Avril! 🐟

On the first of April, French kids are busy creating colorful paper fishes used for the typical French April fool’s prank. Then, they will discreetly attach these little fishes to the back of their unknowing victims. And, when the prank is revealed, they shout “Poisson d’avril.”

The “Poisson d’Avril” gives a one-day pass to all kinds of pranks, especially fake news.

If the perpetrator finds joy in a cute, silly, harmless joke, the victim will definitely have mixed feelings about his naiveté. No one likes to be fooled (except to hear the lovely giggles of our children).

What. A. Year.

It has been one year since COVID-19 has cost us our way of living, working and thinking. While we had hoped for a short-term impact on our organizations, we have been forced to swim underwater and drive into a fog (at best) without respite. What began as a global health and economic crisis a year ago has evolved into a universal test for societies and economies around the world. This year has been intense, to say the least. No matter where we find ourselves, we likely felt the impact of the pandemic. …

Welcome to the Data Era

We live in a workplace where we have so many numbers that are deemed to be important. The number of hours we need to work, the number of dollars we need to make, the number of followers and clients we need to have, the number of profits we need to increase, the number of contacts we need to make every day, the number of employees we need to have and so on. …

The COVID-19 health crisis has created many organizational and economic concerns for companies. Those who have opted for remote work due to the pandemic are now facing additional pressure on their networks’ security. Remote employees, who are more exposed than corporate networks, have become prime targets for hackers looking for more accessible entry points to corporate networks.

Remote Work and Amplified Cyber Risk

An estimated 16 million U.S. knowledge workers started working remotely due to Covid-19 as of March 27; that number is likely much higher now. …

The COVID-19 crisis has outpaced the resiliency mechanisms of most global businesses. It is in a context of stress and ambiguity, with limited information and a little history, that business leaders must rethink their strategy, make decisions, and put in place massive plans.

In situations of extreme stress, research has shown that managers tend to make bad decisions for their businesses, using binary choices, limiting options, and focusing on short-term solutions. Situations of great fear often lead to a decrease in confidence in others, an increased dependence on habits, and an increase in negative interpretations of events.

From an ethical…

How to protect and defend your organization’s sensitive information

Espionage has always been around. During the 6th century BC, the philosopher Sun Tzu found it very useful for gaining an advantage over his adversaries. Traditionally, spying (as well as other intelligence assessments) were of service to countries, their secret services, and their armies. Its first objective was to protect and improve the security of the country by discovering information that its strategic competitors and allies want to keep hidden. Many countries like the United States, Russia, and China also have secret espionage programs for the benefit of their businesses.


Laurence Duarte

Head of Strategy with innovation on the brain and a focus on creating safe and thriving business environments.

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