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The United Kingdom’s Greek Tragedy: The downfall of Boris

Yesterday, Boris Johnson was on a triumphal march to the leadership of the UK.  Today, his career lies in ruins.  What happened? Tragedy is “a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences” (from wikipedia).  The essence of Tragedy is that the hero’s greatest strength will end up […]

The #1 Most Important Tool in Negotiation

There is a power tool in negotiation.  I would say this is the single most useful tactic that I use in my years of selling (I sell private jets among other high value products). It is not competitive, it is not aggressive, it is not avoiding anything. It does not require massive intellectual development, years […]

70% of Organisational Change Efforts Fail. 8 Steps for Leading Change.

70% of organisation change efforts fail. John Kotter has an 8 step process that can reduce the likelihood that your project of organisational change (and all leadership projects mean some form of change the the existing status quo). A big source of failure is starting action before you have put together a solid base of […]

Sun-Tzu’s 5 Factors for Victory and 5 Attributes of a Leader

I just watched Thomas Hyunh speak about his lifetime obsession with Sun-Tzu, the 2,500 year old Chinese General, at Authors@Google (video at the bottom of this post).   Sun-Tzu was only 30 years old when he led the smallest region of China to victory over the largest region.  This victory made him famous, and made […]

The Real Reason Why Audiences Love Reality TV

I was watching the UK version of the TV show “The Apprentice” a few months ago.  This particular week’s challenge was to sell caravan and camping equipment at a trade show. Early on, there was a key decision to make: Which model of caravan would the team try to sell? Now, this was a trade […]

TEDx University of Navarra: The Discipline of Finishing

I had an opportunity to give a talk at TEDx University of Navarra in April this year.  The talk has just made its way up to YouTube. If you had 1000€ and you could invest that money in someone’s future, who would you bet on? Is it yourself? Social Media Thanks to Sara Navarro Cuesta for […]

4 Great Posts on Communication and Leadership

How to Give a Killer Presentation Chris Anderson, Owner of TED Presentations rise or fall on the quality of the idea, the narrative, and the passion of the speaker. It’s about substance, not speaking style or multimedia pyrotechnics. It’s fairly easy to “coach out” the problems in a talk, but there’s no way to “coach […]

IESE Advanced Visionary (Ethos) Communication Module

The Visionary Leader In times of crisis, we prefer Visionary Leaders. Hope is a strong motivator to current action when the situation is difficult. In the years leading up to 2008, the USA was stuck in two protracted wars, and an economic crisis sparked by the subprime lending collapse. In this context of uncertainty, the […]

How to get Attention: The 7 Triggers of Fascination

When I step on stage to speak, I get 8 seconds before the listener decides how to categorize me: worth attention, or time to check my mobile email What are your first words? When I meet someone at a conference, a party, an event…  again – we have 8 seconds.  Catch attention, or the other […]

7 Typical Challenges of Weak Communicators

7 Challenges of Weak Communciators These are 7 challenges that can be overcome if you take the time to improve your communication skills.  Some have very quick fixes, others require considerable practice to turn into strengths. I lose people’s attention easily People agree, but then do nothing People avoid my phone calls (… at least […]

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By Milica Ilic

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"All the great speakers were bad speakers at first." — Ralph W. Emerson

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Anna S. E. Lundberg

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