Depeche Mode.

Hey world.


It’s 2.23am. Just watched some concerts on BelgacomTV: the White Stripes live at Blackpool, and Pixies on 2004 tour. White Stripes are incredible. Pixies were as good as at Werchter: pretty great but not fantastic – something was missing.


While checking some mails before I take some days off, I decided to run through my music DVD’s. As I write, I have a left window open with the live DVD of Depeche Mode 101 concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl from 1998, and the right one with some text editors (on below an IM as I’m talking with some friends abroad).


Damn, I become melancholically sad each time I hear Depeche Mode. It reminds me of a trip with my parents to Hungary. I had 1 tape: this concert. We played it at least 20 times during those 2 weeks in Hungary. On top of that, they came to Belgium. At that moment, I was 15 or 16 and developed & designed in an international computer group. The entire group (a mix of Italian and Belgian people at that moment – we even slogan'd ourselves: “Some fries, some spaghettis – a lot of talent” ;-)) went to see Depeche Mode. And for some reasons I couldn’t go. On top of that, I was in my new wave period (don’t think I ever left it), and I adored them. Internal tears have vaporized for days.


But also – and that is more serious - when I was 17, my best friend died of cancer… I could believe it. I sported with him, played football with him, run after women with him, we did so much together… And then he died of cancer after fighting 2 years where they took his legs, his smile, his strength. For weeks I listened to this song from Depeche mode: never let me down again. Over and over and over and over… Got me over it, never forgot him. My dear friend Kurt.


This said: DM are coming to Antwerp (Belgium) end January. I’ll be there. Focused. Concentrated. Maybe wanting too much… Probably melancholically sad. And that makes me weirdly happy.


Weird image actually: 15 years later, I’m again in a kind of computer group (Skynet), probably returning to Budapest tomorrow and going to Depeche Mode in some weeks.


Seems to me I’m still 17.

But older.



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Bizz & corporate jealousy!

Oeps. Blog of the month in Bizz. What did I do to deserve that? If you want to read something interesting about marketing, new media or technology, I suggest you the following: John Bayens blog, Peter Forret Blog, frankwatching blog.


Anyway, he found it unfortunate that there were some spelling errors & that there’s nothing about how it is to be a ceo or general manager. Good point, will try to write a bit about that.


Actually had quite some conversations over mail with persons struggling to be a manager. Will try to bundle some conversation in some posts. But already one tip: read Michel Georgis’ (ceo proximus) column next to my blog mention in Bizz: “beware when you are with people who talk about Me/Je/ikke all the time. They don’t care about anything or anyone except themselves”.


Talked about it with friend of mine over the week-end (also a relatively young general manager, by the way). He’s tired of the ‘bar-gossip’, meaning: people that, after 3 or 4 beers on a Friday, start gossiping & blackening everything above them in a corporate hierarchy. “This person is worth nothing. She’s a fool. He’s a genius with 1 idea per decade. I don’t get why person x got that job. What has she done to deserve that” And that kind of crap. His opinion was: “as part of corporate life, some people have given up the believe in something. It’s not their fault only, it means we weren’t able to create a perspective. And for the unlucky, the only thing left is: kill all above. It’s sometimes the only joy left. Or, pretty childish, if I can’t have it, no-one should have it.”


My opinion? Guess he’s right on some points. Only, I’ve stopped joining them at the bar. Or when there, don’t allow them to become cynical. Not at 32. It’s fun for once to laugh with all above. But only if you relativise yourself, dare to be critical for yourself. Never forget that, also if something positive happens to you one day, there’ll be a couple to support, but also some to be(come) corporately jealous. John Goossens, once ceo of Belgacom and passed away 3 years ago, once told me once that corporate jealousy is a horrible to those idealistically ambitious, or passionate realizing. He told me to never give in, continue to believe. At the end you yourself are the only judge over the success of your career. Listen to those around you, create what you belief is best for your company, your audience/customers, your employees, the future.


Oh yes: if you recognize the above, leave them in their bar, and join the ones that dare to dream, that believe, that are happy when something good happens to you – to others. They will also be there when you have your bad periods, privately or professionally. You won’t see the others. They’ll be in a bar. Laughing with you. Never forget that.




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