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Insight #102

insight, coaching, image, georges mathieu, vision
Georges MATHIEU – Vivent les Cornificiens!, 1951 – Huile sur toile, 130 x 195 cm


« La vie, c’est peindre une image, et non faire une somme. »

“Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.”

―Oliver Wendell Holmes


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Insight #101

morita shiryu, perception, circle, insight, coaching
MORITA Shiryu – En-Circle, 1969 – Pigments d’aluminium et colle sur papier noir, 52.5 x 77 cm


« Nous ne voyons jamais les choses telles qu’elles sont. Nous les voyons telles que nous sommes. »

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Anaïs Nin


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Tips to get the job title you deserve

ronald ventura, insight, career coaching, job title
Ronald VENTURA – Dogwars, 2013-2017 – Huile sur toile, 123 x 244 cm


Job titles are just labels. True. And sometimes labels help, facilitate, support achieve goals. Of course, they also please ego which shouldn’t be the main reason to negociate a change with your manager.

In an article published in Harvard Business Review, journalist Rebecca Knight highlights a few principles to keep in mind when you want to get the job title you think you deserve. 


  • Think about your individual circumstances and consider your reasons for wanting a new title. How will a new title help you do your job better?
  • Leverage your social network and other online resources to identify possible job titles that reflect your skills, expertise, and status.
  • Reflect on your boss’s motivations and challenges. Before you make the request, ask yourself: Why would my current or prospective boss say yes?


  • Go overboard with a personalized title. If you’d like one and your employer agrees to it, make sure you have a traditional equivalent.
  • Be myopic about negotiating for a better title. Everything — including your salary, job description, and benefits — should be on the table.
  • Get discouraged if you don’t get what you want right away. Asking for a new title is an ongoing negotiation.




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Insight #100

leonor fini, talent, insight, coaching, career, carrière
Leonor FINI – La Tenebrosa, 1978 – Huile sur toile, 116 x 81 cm


« D’où sort le talent? Moi, je crois que c’est quelque chose qui sort d’une sorte de révolte. Une sorte de besoin de s’affirmer très fort. »

“Where does talent come from? I believe it is something that comes from a kind of revolt. A kind of need to assert oneself strongly.”

Leonor Fini, in an interview by Chris Vermorcken


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Insight #99

Zhang Daqian, insight, coaching, mountains
ZHANG Daqian – Falaise bleue et vieil arbre, c. 1965 – Encre sur papier, 59.8 x 83.5 cm

« Tout sommet de montagne est à votre portée. Il vous suffit de continuer à grimper. »

« Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing. »

― Barry Finlay


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5 tips for job seekers

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Thomas STRUTH – Paradise 13, Yakushima/Japan, 1999 – Impression couleur, 159.3 x 201.5 cm


Here are five easy tips to follow when applying to a job.

They come from a survey carried out by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder amongst 3,244 full-time workers in the US private sector which highlighted common mistakes done by job seekers.

  • Customise your CV, talking the language of recruiters
    54% of job seekers don’t customise their resume for each employer – Employers can spot all-purpose resumes from a mile away. Tailor your resume to match the job description by inserting key words used in the job posting that match your experience. Not only will this catch the eye of the hiring manager, but it can move your resume to the top of the pile if an automated tracking system is scanning resumes for potential candidates.
  • Find out who is the behind the offer
    84% of job seekers don’t find out the hiring manager’s name and personalize the application – Applying directly to the hiring managers increases your chances of getting noticed and shows you’ve gone that extra step and invested time in getting to know the company.
  • See the cover letter as a real way to sell yourself
    45% of job seekers don’t include a cover letter with their resume – Cover letters allow a candidate the opportunity to sell themselves beyond the typical listing of work experience and skills in a resume. Use a cover letter to introduce yourself and showcase your credentials in a relatable way.
  • Follow-up to show your interest
    37% of job seekers don’t follow up with an employer after they applied – Recruiters can sometimes be overwhelmed by candidate applications for certain open jobs. Circling back with a recruiter or hiring manager after submitting a cover letter and resume can help job seekers standout among the competition.
  • Send a thank you note after the interview
    57% of job seekers don’t send thank-you notes after an interview – This can be one of the most important steps in a candidate’s pre-hire journey as it enables you to reiterate why you’re the best fit for the job. Most recruiters and hiring managers expect a thank-you note in some form or another (email or handwritten), so neglecting this action will make you stick out like a sore thumb. Thank-you notes should be sent after phone screening calls, as well.




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Insight #98

doug aitken, dream, insight, coaching
Doug AITKEN – Glass Barrier, 2003 – Tirage couleur monté sur plexiglass, 121.5 x 157.3 cm


« Ceux qui rêvent éveillés ont conscience de mille choses qui échappent à ceux qui ne rêvent qu’endormis. »

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

― Edgar Allan Poe


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Insight #97

max ernst, insight, coaching, life, epicureanism
Max ERNST – Enfants jouant à l’astronaute, 1969 – Huile sur toile, 89 x 116cm


« La vie est courte, transgressez les règles, pardonnez rapidement, embrassez lentement, aimez sincèrement. Riez sans modération et ne regrettez jamais tout ce qui vous fait sourire. »

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.

― Mark Twain


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What makes a good life?

Andy WARHOL – The Star (F. & S. II.258), 1981 – Sérigraphie en couleurs avec poussière de diamant, 96.5 x 96.5 cm


The Harvard Study of Adult Development is a study that has tracked the lives of 724 men for 78 years. It is probably the longest study of adult life ever done.

People were interviewed every two years about their physical and mental health, their professional lives, their relationships and also had to go through medical tests and exams.

Psychiatrist Robert J. Waldinger, shared some of the major lessons in this TED Talk. In this insightful speech, he presents us the key lessons that come from the tens of thousands of pages of information that have been generated on these lives. And the main one is: « Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period. »



Social connections are really good for us, and loneliness kills. And as Waldinger adds: « We know that you can be lonely in a crowd and you can be lonely in a marriage, so the second big lesson that we learned is that it’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters. »

Furthermore, good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they also protect our brains.


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