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
Life 101: Develop competence. Build the discipline to finish small projects. Solve interesting problems. Help good clients succeed. Do lots of small good things for other people. Share the credit. Take the blame. Share your journey. Associate with good people. Help others realise they are capable of more than they think. Give them confidence. Lift… Continue reading How to Lead Up
I’ve been reading about habits recently, and James Clear’s book Atomic Habits and his regular newsletter have been a great source of practical ideas. If you want a review of what I have learnt, yesterday’s livestream centred on the theme of Changing Habits. In a recent edition of James Clear’s newsletter, he shared 3 levels… Continue reading The 3 Levels of Employee
A friend shared with me a wonderful resource on business innovation over on the Visual Capitalist website. I’ve share links to the original source at the bottom of this post, and a number of other valuable resources that can help with business innovation. I remember a lesson from my MBA. “…to remain profitable in the… Continue reading The 10 types of Business Innovation