This week I had the privilege of listening to Toni Nadal, coach of #1 tennis legend Rafa Nadal, share his story with the Vistage community. He spoke about his approach to helping Rafa prepare for difficult times. The central focus of Toni was removing all excuses from Rafa’s mindset. How to Prepare for Difficult Times… Continue reading Preparing for Difficult Times: lessons from Toni Nadal
In the most recent edition of James Clear’s weekly newsletter, he shared this gem on improving your quality of life. Be “Selectively Ignorant” Ignore topics that drain your attention. Unfollow people that drain your energy. Abandon projects that drain your time. Do not keep up with it all. The more selectively ignorant you become, the… Continue reading The Power of Selective Ignorance
I’ve had some tough days this year. I am not alone. Covid is a physical disease, but the wider impact will be on the mental health of the billions who have been hit by the economic shutdown. Who do you feel is struggling to keep things together? Every single one of us has incredible power… Continue reading How to Make People Feel Good about themselves
On a walk yesterday in the Perimola region of Catalunya, about 2 hours drive from Barcelona. We went on a hike up to the hermitage of Castell Llebre. My friend Mathieu Carenzo teaches Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School and is an early stage investor in many successful spanish startups, including some Unicorns. He shared 4… Continue reading Entrepreneurship: 4 Keys to Identify a Great Business Opportunity (with Mathieu Carenzo)
Neuroscience based Habits for Happiness… There is a saying that I heard recently from Elsa Punset… “Our brain is teflon for the positive and velcro for the negative” It is a powerful metaphor. It is solidly grounded in psychological research. In good relationships the ratio of positive to negative comments is 7:1. 1 negative comment… Continue reading Our Brain is Teflon for the Positive, Velcro for the Negative
There are two modes of dealing with our life: Living in Fear – the mode of seeking “Freedom from” and seeking validation for our past decisions Living in Confidence – the mode of clarifying “Freedom to” and making choices as a responsible being. Over the last 7 months, I have noticed that I have slipped… Continue reading Living in Fear or Living in Confidence
In an episode of internet procrastination, I came across this tweet… and it led me down a rabbit hole. Tom Peters, the Original Management Guru Tom Peters wrote the book “In Search of Excellence” back in 1983 and began a major shift in Business studies. In place of scientific management, business began to look at… Continue reading Tom Peters 11 Lessons for Life (Right Now)
Yesterday, I had a coffee with my IESE Business School colleague Miquel Llado. We were celebrating his new book “Fall in Love with the Future” (available now in Spanish: Enamorarse del Futuro). Miquel’s book shares valuable lessons on life and leadership from his career as CEO of Sara Lee, CEO of Bimbo, VP of Pepsico… Continue reading Do you want my Feedback?
In his 30 years of asking this question, Wharton Business School Professor Stew Friedman has heard one word become increasingly common: Flexible Elements of Flexible Leadership What does it mean to be flexible as a leader? flexible adjective capable of bending easily without breaking; able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances. What context… Continue reading What kind of Leadership do we need now?
This summer I played a lot of tennis (for me): I played 5 hours each week. Initially, I played with my family, but then was encouraged to hire a tennis coach. I haven’t had a tennis lesson since I was a kid. Rackets have evolved in the last 30 years and so have techniques. I… Continue reading Four Powerful Coaching Lessons from my Summer Tennis Teacher