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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité — Where Did They All Go? — And What Are the Implications for You?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Dorian Hurst

What Happened in France?
Luckily, I was in France, when the French team won the World Cup in soccer in July 2018. And what a party! All of a sudden everyone hugged each other. It was a perfect example of inclusion – just as the diversity of the French team. A common state of ecstasy across ethnicity, race, age, gender, and social class. And the victory was very soon translated into “We are the champions of the world!” A huge self-confidence and pride, which, however, very soon degenerated into leftist yellow vests fighting rightist yellow vests. This degeneration will not increase productivity and will certainly not ease the implementation of Macron’s reform plans.

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📸 Photos from Summit Meeting: Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts II – TRANSITIONS!

By Mette Bruyant-Langer

Photos Jens Juul

On April 2, 2019, The Personal Business Plan hosted our second summit meeting:

Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts II – TRANSITIONS!

The venue was Dansk Arkitektur Center in the magnificent BLOX building.
The theme of this year’s Summit Meeting was TRANSITIONS.
And our speakers were, in that order:

  • Kent Martinussen, CEO, Dansk Arkitektur Center about Cultural Transitions
  • Bjarne Corydon, CEO and Editor in chief, Borsen, about Political Transitions
  • Mai-Britt Poulsen, Global Chief of Staff, Boston Consulting Group, about Leadership Transitions
  • Stephen Bruyant-Langer, President & Founder, The Personal Business Plan, about Existential Transitions

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🍀PBP News #5 | Get Future-Fit!

Dear friend,

We’re on the brink of 2019. It’s time for annual reflection:

  • What to continue, what to do differently
  • What matters, what doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter
  • Basically, How to live life best…

This issue #5 of ?PBP News is about GETTING FUTURE-FIT. It contains little tweaks you can give your mindset, so you can enter the new year of 2019 and continue into the future beyond, with robustness and peace of mind.

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🍀PBP News #4 | GDPR & The Strength of Combining Brain and Heart!

Dear friend,

We’ll start with HOUSEKEEPING:

This is our first newsletter since the European data protection rules GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018.

We’ve updated our terms to ensure compliance. And we urge you to manage your subscription to ?PBP News – opt out or stay in as you prefer, by clicking the link in your emailed copy of ?PBP News.

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Are You Kind to Yourself?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

One of my friends, a business psychologist, recently told me about the critical-friendly dimension.


At first, I thought this was not new – I knew perfectly well that there are two attitudes in life: One friendly and one critical. Some people are predominantly optimistic and positive, and some people are predominantly pessimistic and negative.


However, that was not what he was talking about. I should have guessed!


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🎥 Video from Summit Meeting: Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts!

By Mette Bruyant-Langer


Video by Kristian Skov

We’re happy to share the highlights of our inspiring Summit Meeting WHERE BIG BRAINS MEET BIG HEARTS about Polarization and ‘The Movement from the Middle’, hosted by The Personal Business Plan on April 12, 2018, in Copenhagen, Denmark!

The summit was highly successful. This video highlights the best parts. Enjoy!


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Summit Meeting: Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts!

By Mette Bruyant-Langer


Today, 50 years after the Youth Revolution in Paris and 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, we need again to fight protectionism, populism, and polarization. We must work from a both-and, not an either-or perspective. We must include, not exclude. We have the freedom to choose and the responsibility to act.

On April 12, 2018, The Personal Business Plan hosted a very special summit meeting:


“Where Big Brains Meet Big Hearts!”

We are proud and happy to say it was a huge success.

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🍀PBP News #2 | Busting 5 Headhunter Myths!

Dear friend,

Welcome to the second issue of ?PBP News.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ? – Reflections on career and life


The HEADHUNTING SCENE is regarded by many as covert, secretive, clannish, and inaccessible. As a place driven entirely by networking among the top tier. As an environment where you are either in or out, and if you’re not in, your chances of a successful career seriously diminish. As a setting guided by the dogma:

“You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.”

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The Headhunter Behind the Scenes – The Simple Truth!

 By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Very often people ask me about the headhunting process, viewed from the inside.
Also, of course, about the tips and the tricks of the trade. This is exactly what this article is about.

For 20 years I was a partner in global executive search firms such as Korn Ferry. Over those many years, I built a systematic approach to evaluating candidates. I will share this approach with you at the end of the article. But first I will share with you some of the myths, I’ve encountered in my professional life.

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🍀PBP News #1 | Welcome to our newsletter!

Dear friend,

You are reading the first issue of ?PBP News. Welcome, we’re happy to share tips and tricks, anecdotes and opinions, examples and cases on achieving The Good Life.

What binds it all together is our Personal Business Plan philosophy, our PBP System, and Stephen’s profound executive coaching experience.

It’s all about personal growth!

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52 Ways to Make 2018 Truly Awesome!

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

We all need inspiration to live a successful life.

A life, where all aspects converge into a sense of fulfilment and flow. As an inspiration for you I have selected one quote for each of the 52 weeks of 2018.

Please pick your favorite quotes among the 52 listed below. My ambition is that you identify 2-3 useful rules of engagement and focus on these in 2018. And then, go on to live an epic life!

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How does The Four-Leaf Clover work for you?

In my family we have a lot of sayings. One of them is “Do something”.

This means that you need to take charge and move in a certain direction – not just wait and see what happens. Another is “both-and”. This means that very often it is not a question of doing either-or, but rather choosing to do both. It’s an attitude where you don’t need to limit yourself – rather, you prioritize what you want to do. Sir Winston Churchill used to say: “History will be kind to me. I intend to write it”.
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Pain is temporary – quitting lasts forever!

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Recently, my family and I had the pleasure of climbing Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, reaching Uhuru Peak at 5.895m.

The magic combination of the full moon, the glorious sunrise, the view from the top of Africa, and the curve of the horizon was absolutely breathtaking. The adventure gave rise to the following key learning:
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When You’ve Done Well, Then What?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Photo by Juan Jose on Unsplash

I am often surprised by how privileged people are unable to see the bigger picture, focusing on nitty-gritty hygiene factors in their lives.

Most people I deal with in my consultative work have done well. By many standards they are successful. However most still have existential doubts and unsolved dilemmas. Most of them still yearn for Freedom, Autonomy and Independence (don’t we all?). And the greatest comfort comes with the words: “Know That You Are Not Alone”.
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