Category Education

Taking the Long Cut

Lots of people are searching for short cuts. If you are going through something just to get the diploma, then by all means take short cuts. You don’t really care about the journey. If you are determined to grow a life that becomes more and more fulfilling and you have a sense of growth and […]

Commencement Speech: Emmanuel Faber – “Who is your Brother?”

I’ve just added another great Commencement speech to my youtube playlist: Commencement Speeches Emmanuel Faber gave the commencement address at HEC this year, 2016. The first half is in french, the last in english.  Emmanuel tells a powerful personal story, describes 3 diseases, and asks us a question… This is a powerful speech.  You’ve got to watch […]

What I teach…

I have the privilege of teaching at a number of top business schools around the world.  Last week I gave classes at Harvard and at MIT.  This is a video from IEEM Business School in Montevideo, Uruguay where I spend a week each October teaching on their MBA and Executive Leadership programs. The video is a […]

The #1 Obstacle in Teaching Leadership

The mission of the IESE Business School, where I teach about 1,000 EMBA, MBA and Senior Management participants each year, is to “develop leaders who aspire to have a deep, lasting and positive impact on people, firms and society” and I have spent a lot of the last 13 years attempting to find a way to […]

The Incredible Magic of Mariano Torrente

“There is magic in front of us… if we pay attention.” Mariano Torrente This is the first video released by the TED organisation from the recent TEDxIESEBarcelona event. Mariano Torrente is a magician who will graduate with the MBA class of 2016.  (Watch it here.) Where Amazing Happens Amazing things happen right in front of […]


10 Rules for Students (and Teachers)

This was posted at Maria Popova’s blog Brainpickings back in 2012.  I’m not a big fan of John Cage as a composer (he is most famous for over 4 minutes of silence…) but he was an inspiration for (and promoter of) these 10 rules: 10 Rules for Students and Teachers RULE ONE: Find a place you […]

Guilt and Mistakes

The basic freedom we have in life is the freedom to make mistakes.  If we can’t make (reasonable) mistakes and learn from them, what freedom do we really have? “The first time it is an accident, the second time it is a decision.” My girlfriend likes to say: “The first time it is an accident, […]


Teaching with Creative Indifference (or Impartiality)

Creative Indifference A good gardener creates the conditions for growth of a garden, but cannot force the flowers to grow in an exact way.  The good gardener creates the conditions and accepts what arises. The bad gardener fights what arises.  The bad gardener hacks and chops and fights against the natural growth of nature. The […]

Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War

I came across a wonderful series of explanation videos on youtube this morning (sometimes random internet clicking has its benefits!).  Kurz Gesagt, a Munich based design studio founded by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether in 2013 creates 5 minute animated explanations on some of the most complex topics there are.  Here are 4 of my […]

Am I someone people can believe in?

If life’s journey is like a bus ride: there are drivers, and there are passengers. (there are also conductors, there are navigators, there are engineers…) There are a lot more passengers on the bus than drivers. What does it take to be a driver? The drivers are people that passengers can believe in.  Who do […]

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