Category Inspirational

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 […]

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 […]

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Poem: The Bridge Builder

This poem was shared by Warren Rustand during the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Leadership Academy 2016 course held in Washington last year.  It was part of his description of why he spends so much time teaching.  I loved the sentiment expressed by Warren, and captured in this poem: The Bridge Builder Will Allen Dromgoole An old man […]

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Mission: It should fit on a t-shirt

An effective statement of mission should be short, sharp and direct. It should fit on a t-shirt. Not a font 8 squeeze, but a legible font. Every person who is involved should be able to articulate how their contribution adds to that mission. If not, then you don’t have a mission. You have a hopeful […]

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Explaining the Paris Tragedy to a Child

I want share a conversation between a 3 year old boy and his father in Paris the day after the Bataclan attack.  I love the way the father speaks with his son. His words do not undo the damage and the pain; nothing does.  Families have lost sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.  They are in […]

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7 Letters To Write Before you Turn 70

Email has almost completely replaced the written letter.  This creates an opportunity.  Written letters are so rare that they really stand out.  You can really benefit from this special attention, but maybe nobody ever taught you the art of good letter writing.  Here is a short guide… The blog “The Art of Manliness” has some comic […]

Life is not Hard, it is easy

Life is not hard, it is easy.  That is the problem. Why do we stop chasing our dreams? Because it is so easy to wake up, do the minimum, eat, sleep and repeat. Meet someone, bring up kids, drift and die… It is easy to live. That is the curse. It is easy to look […]

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Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.

Reading an interview with Will Smith (he is deep and a keen observer of the human condition), I came across this statement from him: “Put somebody on a treadmill and I’ll tell you how good they are at any other thing they do in life.” Will Smith Harsh. Brutal. but… is it True? I think […]

All life demands struggle.

I often use an exercise called The Lifeline in my teaching.  I found a good summary of the exercise here.  In the exercise people reflect on the important positive and negative experiences of their life. Something that has struck me after all these years of watching groups work on the exercise – it is the […]

Getting the Love you Want…

This is a humorous but impactful video that will help remind you forever that people want to feel understood, not to have their problems solved. I was at Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Global Leadership Conference last week in Athens.  One of the closing speakers was Hedy Schliefer.  She spoke on the art of deeply connecting with another person. […]

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