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The Lunchpail Manifesto (Steven Pressfield)

“What ails you and me has nothing to do with being sick or being wrong.  What ails us is that we are living our lives as amateurs” Steven Pressfield I have often reread the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  When you create real art, you will face “The Resistance“.  Any creation of […]

The 4 Kinds of Work

There are 2 ways to categorize work: cognitive or manual repetitive or non-repetitive. 4 Kinds of Work There are basically 4 kinds of work: Manual repetitive – Assembly line factory worker, farm labourer Cognitive repetitive – Call center operative, Bank teller Manual non-repetitive – Jewellery maker, Custom car builder Cognitive non-repetitive – Project manager, Sales of large complex […]

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Zero Executive Presence: “When I speak, people don’t listen. Why is that?”

Student: “When I speak, people don’t listen.  Why is that?” Teacher: “It depends…” It always depends… There are many possible reasons that people don’t engage with you, don’t care about what you are going to say, don’t pay attention. Rarely does anyone come to me and say “I need help.  I am boring.” However, this condition is […]

Making Improvements: The Path to Mastery

The Path to Mastery The path to mastery is steady, small, incremental improvements repeated over and over again. There is no shortcut to mastery. There is a mode of operating that allows mastery. This mode is the 1% improvement mode. Do you focus on the 1% improvements? What small change will you make today? Please […]

There are no Answers, Just Stories

On success, there is no one right answer: You cannot learn absolute rules from another person. You cannot take the life recipe of another person. You can learn from their stories, but only you will take what you take from a story. Seek out Stories Tribes, civilisations and families have found that life lessons are […]

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 […]

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Practicing Resilience

What is Resilience? Resilience: the ability to stay creative and motivated in an environment of chaos and change.   Personally, I faced a huge time of chaos and change in late 2008.  My company was going bankrupt and my family was falling apart.  It is from this time of great difficulty that I learnt most […]

How to Concentrate

I met Dandapani at EO Instanbul University and have since met him in Barcelona when he came to run a 1 day retreat for our chapter of the EO organisation. He spent 10 years as a Hindu monk, and now shares what he learnt about using our mind and our awareness in an intentional manner. […]

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Making Changes that Stick, Building Good Habits [Video]

Here’s a video I shared recently on my YouTube channel. What is the underlying structure of your life?  What habits are made easy because of the layout of your home, your office, the friends you hang out with?  How might you change the structure of your life in order to make certain positive habits more […]

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Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself Companies today aren’t managing your career. You must be your own HR guru. That means it’s up to you to identify your place in the world and know when to change course. It’s up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive. This is the premise of Peter Drucker’s 2005 HBR article “Managing Oneself”. Peter […]

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