We are Barbara Schütze and Michel Verhagen, owners of Toccaverde companies in The Netherlands, Austria and Brazil.

Our blog intends to find answers to questions you are invited to share with us and our international team.


I'm an avowed layman. Not even an "amateur" (derived from Latin for "lover") - as far as epidemology or virology is concerned. What about you? 

How do you deal with all this not knowing? 

Aggressive and fearful - Marshall B Rosenberg would emphatically attribute this to the desire for security, for being understood, for much of the unfulfilled. 

Selfish and egomaniacal - when no one else is paying attention to you or because you are not one of those at risk, because you have to work for others and because everyone else is generally so much better off than you? 

Or reflects compassionately and carefully (self-)caring? 

I found a text on posture in Nora Batson and I thank my teacher and friend Matthias Varga von Kibed for transfering to me:


It`s time to start with creativity, optimism and agile co-shaping future !

During the last week I had many nice coaching and strategy talks. 

I am enthusiastic about the spirit of those who knew how to rise above themselves for a common cause, to overcome their fears, to be there for others under difficult conditions. 

You are the heroes of the new VUCA world.

You keep their attitude, when it comes to Vulnerability,  Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity in our “new” world, social, business, family values and vision wise.

And right now? 

The blogs and articles are full of them. For once, let us stop talking about crisis management strategies. So, what instead? A "paradigm shift" is looming. Values are shifting - we are "for" each other instead of "against" everything. Will it stay that way? What can we do?

Appropriate for the moment: Step by step - because life is a dance!

Reflections for after the storm

It is what it is. Fact. The first days after the disruption, called a pandemic, are over. The first essential measures were taken, crisis communication was carried out, fears and resulting aggressions were intercepted, and now?

After seven years at Toccaverde and successful exploitation of our business it`s time to face new challenges.


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