About a week after arriving in Amsterdam, someone took off my blindfold and I realized: I am Canadian.

It’s a strange realization. I was born in a suburb of Toronto, my parents are native Canadians. I have lived in Canada my entire life until May. I’m 100% Canadian.

Canadians are odd ducks: we identify ourselves by our lack of identity. I was ambivalent about my Canadian identity till I moved an ocean away. The Canadians reading this might know better, but I didn’t.

Now that I’m in Amsterdam, my Canadianness is important to me. At this point my local…


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Part 2 of my personal blueprint

Before I go further in describing my blueprint, I want to make it clear that I’m outlining my approach to leadership. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I’m setting an ideal, but I’ll fail at times in living up to this ideal.

A [wo]man must live by his [or her] lights and do what little he [or she] can and do it as best he [or she] can.
― Walker Percy

The next section in my personal blueprint is titled I’m here to fail (aka learn):

Struggling at our limits and risking failure is the best way to learn and…


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Explaining my personal blueprint

I started writing while drinking a beer at my favourite bar. It was halfway through my second pint that I felt things come together. I was writing my personal blueprint, a gruelling exercise that I now recommend to everyone in a leadership or authority role.

A blueprint identifies the way you work and lead. A tool for everyone you work with to understand your approach, and how you interact with them.

Over the next few posts, I’m going to share my blueprint and the why behind each section in it. …

Chris Long

Product @ Booking.com | Lover of food & beer | Connector of dots

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