I’ve just returned from a few days in Athens, visiting with my daughter. She became a big fan of greek myths and legends from her reading of the Percy Jackson series of books. As we walked around the Acropolis area, the Parthenon and the ancient Agora of Athens, I reflected upon the elements of civilisation… Continue reading Athens, Home of Rhetoric. Where the Power of the Spoken Word first began
I am in Athens this week with my daughter. On Friday we drove to Delphi to visit the ancient ruins. For over one thousand years, during the time of the Greek city states, Delphi was the center of the Greek world. Delphi became famous far and wide between 700BC and 400AD for the Oracle. The… Continue reading What Question would you ask the Oracle of Delphi?
Overcoming challenges and obstacles is what makes life meaningful. I hope your dreams and visions are big enough to be difficult. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better” Jim Rohn This video is about superman. When superman was first developed as a comic book character, he was so strong and powerful that he… Continue reading A Great Story needs Conflict
David Brooks has career success, but in this TED talk he shares how he found himself empty. 5 years ago, his wife left, his kids had moved out… and he discovered he had nothing to do outside of work. He had mid-week friends, but he had no weekend friends. Success in career is not success… Continue reading Do you have Weekend Friends or Mid-week Friends?
This video responds to the question: “I want to change career, but I am worried about the risks”. Rather than worry about the possible mistakes you could make in changing, reflect on the story you want to be able to tell about your life when you are 80 years old. Will you regret not having… Continue reading Career: “I want to make a change but I am worried about the Risks…”
This is a summary of the article on the HBR blog: “If You Want to Use Your Phone Less, First Figure Out Why” by Marcello Russo, Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, Gabriele Morandin 4 Common Reasons People want to Use their Phone less Many of us would like to spend less time attached to our phones. But to… Continue reading If You Want to Use Your Phone Less, First Figure Out Why
Barcelona-based philosopher Eduardo Punset developed a formula for happiness. I forget much of the details, but I always remember his description of “Search” as a fundamental part of the state of being happy. The video below shares a story that Eduard used to demonstrate the importance of the search (it is about his little dog).… Continue reading Happiness is about Searching more than Finding
I was in Boston to teach on the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation EMP (Entrepreneurial Masters Program) this week. MIT Endicott House is one of the most beautiful locations for leadership retreats and programs. I brought my drone to capture the scenery around the main buildings. You’ll see the drone shots right at the beginning of the video… Continue reading Living a Purpose Driven Life – inspired by Dandapani
A short story from the mountains about how removing drag can be more effective than increasing power. Many times we could improve our life by cleaning up the things we do that actively damage ourselves: eating poorly, drinking too much, complaining, remaining angry, holding grudges, positioning myself as a victim. What do you think? What’s… Continue reading How to Make Progress: First take the brakes off…
A big part of Vistage group meetings is working through a CEO’s challenges and helping them get clarity about how they can move forward with their business and their life. We often find that the biggest obstacle to forward progress is not outside of us, but inside of us. There are 4 fatal fears. We… Continue reading The 4 Fatal Fears (in Western Society)