Category: Ritual

Strategic fortune cookies: A small ritual for 2015

It’s that time again. Are you ready?

It’s time to open The Strategy Blog fortune cookies. If you have done this before, you know how it works. If you are partaking for the first time, welcome; it’s a great moment to pull up a chair and join in.

As every year, there is one fortune cookie waiting just for you. And, as every year, the contents of the cookies are unique and freshly baked for this particular moment.

Inside you will find a message in the form of a brief ritual centered on your business or project —whatever its stage of development. It could be a business of many years or a project that you are in the process of creating.

The small ritual inside each cookie has been especially designed to help you move forward with your project during the course of this year. It will be particularly useful if you are in a moment of feeling stuck, not knowing what your next step should be, or if you simply need a jolt of inspiration to get things flowing in the right direction.

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Delight in a moment of mystery: Fortune cookies for a strategic 2012

The beginning of a new year is a symbolic time for many people.

In the West, this is a rare occasion when our highly commanding society actually dictates very little. When publicity and advertising and cultural mythology are not telling us what to feel, to want, or to do.

Depending on where we live in the world, as the clock strikes twelve midnight, there are different customs that many of us follow, but the deeper meaning of this moment is up to every individual to define or embrace for themselves.

In my adopted region of Catalonia, populated by large clock towers throughout every town and village, we eat a grape with each dong of the midnight hour. Hastily shoving one grape per second into our smiling open mouths under our laughing eyes, and secretly wondering, every year, if we will choke upon reaching the twelfth grape, the ritual thereby becoming our farewell to the world instead of our entry into a new year. At the end, we don’t choke, we never do, though the risk is exciting and palpable.

So we enter the new year, alone or in the company of others, chewing, swallowing, and full of desire. A year marked by the cyclical 12-month calendar that structures the parcels of time for most of the people on the planet. 

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