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Things to Think About - What is Our Purpose in Life?

Thinking about our purpose in life can be truly overwhelming.  Where does one begin--with family? Close friends? What about society?  How about your profession? Then the question can become one of validation, of results—when will you see any?  When should you see any? more >>

Interview with JUDr. Rostislav Dvořák, President of the Union of Czech Production Co-operatives

Did you know that the tradition of production co-operatives in the Czech lands dates back to the middle of 19 th century? That the longest functioning Moravian Central Office Brno has had an uninterrupted production since 1909? That 2012 was proclaimed the International Year of Cooperatives to ... more >>

Things to Think About - A New Perspective on Growth

Let’s face it, growth—meaningful, personal growth—can be uncomfortable.  It’s not easy to change a well-worn behavior, or approach, or attitude.  Emotional growth, too, can be very painful—the loss of a job, a promotion, a failure.  Most of the time, many of us just bear the pain, feeling like ... more >>

Things to Think About - The Price of Not Listening

In my work with leaders, I often spend time with their subordinates, talking to them about the leader. I do this in order to see the leader through the eyes of those who know them best—those who work with them on a daily basis. more >>

Things to Think About - The Difference Between Stress and Passion

I was raised in the farm country, so I guess that’s why complicated explanations don’t sit well with me.  I like things to be simple and direct. In my work with people, the topic of passion comes up frequently—passion in the context of careers and leadership style. more >>

Things to Think About: The Difference Between Smart, Average, and Stupid People

I can’t help but ponder the difference between these three types of people, especially as we enter into such an important election cycle.  And, who better to turn to for guidance in clarifying this very important distinction than Socrates? more >>

Things to Think About: The Three Most Important Things to Know About Success

People, for decades have said that the three most important things to know when buying real estate are: location, location, location. When it comes to the three most important things to know about success, they are:  grit, grit, grit. For those of you who are new to the word grit, I offer the ... more >>

Things to Think About: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

Former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, was well known for her down-to-earth and inspirational common sense. I have used this quote many times over the years in training young consultants who were learning how to deal with clients and senior executives. more >>

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it

This is a wonderful application of reframing a situation with a positive attitude. What I get from this quote is the importance of focusing not on your circumstances, but how you can use them to your benefit. more >>

Things to Think About: “What is the difference between a politician and a statesman?

The 21 st century is creating some interesting parallels between the worlds of government and business and this point could not be better made than by this quote from the former twice-serving, 19 th century, British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. more >>

Things to Think About: Live your life as an exclamation, not as an explanation

Think about this one for a minute. To me, this is a plea to for us to live our lives with passion and engagement, not with excuses.  We all are fighting tough battles at times.  We all have insecurities that we have to deal with at times. more >>

Things to Think About: To those of you who got straight A’s, congratulations.

Robert De Niro has always been known for his directness and being plain spoken.  I can think of no better example of that than this quote from a commencement address.  It’s almost like a tough-love wake-up call, but it’s not just for recent graduates. more >>

Jan Koukal and His Three (Extra) Ordinary Lives

Former Mayor of Prague, ambassador, and university lecturer used to attend prestigious conferences in Davos during previous regime.  As a former physicist, he still tends to relax while working out equations and reading expert studies in Europhysics News.  Even though he is not a diplomat ... more >>

New edition of TEDxUNYP to be held at the University of New York in Prague

On November 5th, the University of New York in Prague together with the UNYP Student Council will be hosting the next installment of TEDxUNYP. Following last year’s success, TEDx is returning back to the University of New York in Prague, this year focusing on creativity, inspiration, vision, ... more >>

Leave your front door and back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don't serve them tea

This is absolutely one of my favorite quotes.  Shunryu Suzuki is playfully explaining that it’s quite normal for us to have negative thoughts and to feel anxious at times.  We, in fact, should expect them.  The key, however, is not to serve them tea and spend time with them.  Let them pass ... more >>

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do

At the time he said this, he probably would have been surprised to hear that one day science would prove this statement to be true.  Study after study, involving people who were in their later years have found that what they most regret in life are the things they didn’t do more >>

Dalai Lama discusses secular ethics

The Dalai Lama gave a public talk on the topic of secular ethics at Prague's Lucerna ballroom Oct. 19. It followed his appearance a day earlier at panel at Forum 2000, an annual meeting of politicians and thinkers. more >>

Interview with Ing. Zdeněk Reibl, MBA, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of RESPECT, a.s

The largest Czech-Slovak insurance broker for companies and entrepreneurs. 23 years on the market. 54,000 insured events resolved annually. Nearly CZK 7 billion in mediated insurance per year – this is RESPECT, a.s., established 23 years ago based on the model insurance brokers who were usually ... more >>

Garry Kasparov addresses Forum 2000

The 20th edition of Forum 2000 continued Oct. 17 with a full day of discussions and events. One of the panels was called the New Era of Authoritarianism and featured Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov as one of the speakers. Former chess champion Kasparov is chairman of the New York–based ... more >>

Things to Think About: The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be

I have studied human behavior in the context of personal development for more than 60 years and I can tell you, with confidence, that this quote sums it all up quite nicely.  We become the choices we make in life.  Full stop.  Everything else is just background noise. more >>
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