Humans love words.

We use them to express ourselves, communicate and make sense of the world. Words have the capacity to lift us up and bring us down. They can express love and nurture relationships. But they can also distance us from one another by widening misunderstandings and tear apart what unites us. The pen is mightier than then sword, we say. We all sense the power words have to defend or destroy what is right, beautiful and precious in life.

So, we need to choose our words carefully.

Words are the world’s largest resource. We experience that in unfamiliar…

© Illustrations made by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig for Kenneth Mikkelsen

As a student I elected to study journalism. I was taught how to discover, craft and tell stories. I was motivated to understand what was behind the choices people made, to gain different perspectives, to hold the powerful to account and to spark critical discussions. Investigative journalists like Woodward and Bernstein were my inspiration. My first job after graduation, however, was with a PR agency. I never felt at peace there but it taught me some valuable lessons about life.

If you wish to work in the service of the highest bidder, to become a master of deception, quick fixes…

Peter Drucker Society Europe

In April 2012, Hans Joergen Wiberg presented an unusual idea at a startup event in Denmark. Wilberg, being visually impaired, had identified an opportunity to help blind people cope with everyday tasks. This relied on mobile phone cameras and connecting the blind with sighted volunteers. His simple idea caught on. Today, the Be My Eyes app pairs more than 30,000 blind people with nearly 400,000 sighted helpers globally. What if it were possible to equip modern leaders with a similar set of fresh eyes? What would they see? Could unexpected discoveries make them abandon current constructs of the world?


As Juan Manuel Fangio exited the chicane before the blind Tabac corner in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, he stamped on the brake. It was a counterintuitive reaction for a racing driver exiting a corner. One that likely saved his life. By slowing down he avoided ploughing into a multi-car pile-up, which was out of sight. In racing folklore, Fangio’s evasive action is considered a miracle. But why did he slow down?

The day before the race, Fangio had seen a photograph of a similar accident in 1936. As he approached Tabac, he noticed something different about the crowd —…

On courage and rusty armours.

I recently met a director of one of the largest banks in Denmark. He is a nice guy. Unquestionable a clever man. He is also a caring father concerned about the world his children will inhabit.

He talked about the challenges of the financial sector without a pit stop. Words like transformation, mergers, acquisitions and consolidation raced by. Cutting and shaping, it seemed, is an obsession in the industry.

We then arrived at some of the questions I ask people with perfect creases in their pants.

What is the purpose of your business? Do you think you’ll exist in 50–100…

The challenges that leaders and organizations face today are interconnected. They are not a set of problems. It is a system of economic, technological, societal and cultural challenges — all conjoined and hence complex. As a result, it is time to view surprises as the new normal, and steady state as the exception. The difference over the past decade is the increasing speed with which leaders need to address multiple challenges — often simultaneously.

The major transformational shifts that we face in terms of a growing world population, changing demographics in developed/developing countries, globalization, growing inequality, digitalization, The Internet of…

Kenneth Mikkelsen

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