Existential Leadership

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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Change will never be this slow again! What are You going to do about that?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

Andy Kelly


Life starts with an inhale and ends with an exhale. Let’s make the time in between as joyful as possible. We all need to fight our existential anxiety regarding the future. Let’s get future-fit!


Evolution has gone from a linear to an exponential pace. Even our prejudices don’t hold up anymore! Trump has made unpredictability an art form. And all this creates a diffuse worrying – a fear of the future.

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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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10 Ways to Success and Happiness

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer

In March 1996, I reinvented myself.
I wrote my own Personal Business Plan, and I went from being a Chief Marketing Officer at L’Oréal and Coca-Cola to becoming an executive search partner at Korn Ferry. This all happened because I was fired back in 1996 – there’s always a catch!

Since then, I’ve spent 20 years building my brand as a Headhunter, an Author, an Executive Coach and a Speaker – always with Leadership at the pivotal center and The Personal Business Plan as the ultimate goal.
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The journey of Emmanuel Macron towards Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer


How are things really going in France?

Having just returned from my beloved France, my second home country, I still wonder how the recent leadership changes will affect everyday life. Specifically, I wonder how Emmanuel Macron will execute his reform plans. How will he enact his manifesto with the power granted by an absolute majority in the National Assembly?

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The Personal Business Plan is now online – What’s the story behind?

By Mette Bruyant-Langer


I’m really proud to present our online Personal Business Plan system.

Sign up for a free trial at The Personal Business Plan and see for yourself – you’re going to love it?.


This is a blog post, not an advertisement, so I’ll tell you the whole story from my end.


To begin with, here is a picture of Stephen and me in front of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

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Who is your hero?

By Stephen Bruyant-Langer


Sometimes, I’m asked who my hero is. I used to answer by naming a celebrity.

Earlier on I would have mentioned Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Barack Obama or other well-known personalities. Then my answer gradually changed. I started answering that my hero is myself in 10 years. I am chasing myself as I will be in 10 years. And now, 10 years later, when being asked who my hero is, I still answer: “Myself in 10 years”. I’m not even close to becoming my own hero. But maybe I’m getting closer. So, who knows, maybe in 10 years?
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Do You Have the Courage to Commit?

Courage to Commit is what you show when you make a choice – and stick to it!

Often a certain level of risk is involved and therefore it is even more important to maintain your course. Young people don’t always have to wait till the right apartment, the right partner or the right education turns up. Sometimes you need to choose and then make your choice the right choice. See life as a decision tree and remember: History never shows the alternative, the fork you didn’t take.
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Is There Still A Line Between Your Personal Identity And Your Professional Identity?

I am convinced we are approaching a more integrated lifestyle where the dividing lines between work and personal time will gradually disappear.

Do you remember when we talked about an on-line universe versus an off-line universe? That dividing line blurred a long time ago. Then we started talking about no-line. And now everything is on-line.
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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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