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When the king is a liar, truth becomes treason

When I first read this, I felt a chill.  It resonated so deeply with me and it also spoke of such a clear and present danger.  There are so many obvious applications for this today that I won’t comment on them.  However, think about this in the context of business. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Plan your work and work your plan

It’s such a simple quote, but it’s packed with common-sense wisdom.  I first heard these words more than 50 years ago as a young salesman who was overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to do to be successful. more >>
 

Things to Think About - You change people, or you change people

This little gem of a quote is packed with so much wisdom for leaders. Two key things good leaders must do: Bring out the best in others and, make tough decisions at times.  There is no question that there is a learning curve for us all when we encounter a new position or face a new challenge we... more >>
 

Things to Think About 03.12.2018

There is a story about how Queen Victoria, who, upon noticing her foreign guests drinking from their finger bowls, drank from hers as well, which demonstrated the apotheosis of empathy. more >>
 

The world is becoming very cosmopolitan, but we are separated more by ignorance than diversity

I love a good paradox, especially one that could awaken something in us that deserves our attention. This quote is a wonderful example because it speaks to the most perplexing part of something we live with every day, but do not yet understand: globalization. more >>
 

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary

The first time I heard this wonderful maxim, I was a young salesman and my boss was trying to impress upon me the importance of discipline and structure in how you approached things.  Another thing he used to say was, “Plan your work and work your plan.” more >>
 

Things to Think About - Many people listen with the intent to respond, not to understand

A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head. more >>
 

Things to Think About - When you speak, you only repeat what you know. But, if you listen ...

Okay, okay, I can hear you saying to yourself, “Yeah, but what I know is important and I need to say it!”  No problem, I get that, but let’s apply some contextual understanding to this wonderful quote from His Holiness the Dali Lama. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision

After more than five decades of collecting quotes, this one, undoubtedly, is among my all-time favorites. Why? Because for me, for a quote to be at its best, it must be an absolute truth; it must come from someone who is credible to speak its words; it must deliver meaningful insights in a most... more >>
 

Things to Think About - The higher we are placed, the more humble we should walk

2,000 years ago, a Roman politician and lawyer, who arguably, had more influence than any other on the prose of Latin and European languages, sent to the future insights that are as relevant today as they were when he spoke them. Why? more >>
 

If you want to hire and retain chess players, you can’t treat them like chess pieces

What a wonderful reminder of what it takes to be a leader in the 21 st century.  Leaders today are facing so many challenges from every direction, that they must surround themselves with “chess players”—people who can think three of four moves ahead and who can pick up on the market nuances ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - You miss 100% of the shots you never take

I love this quote because it’s short, to the point, true, and unforgettable.  It speaks directly to the procrastinator in all of us.  Especially when we know there is something we should attempt.  It could be a presentation, a phone call, a project, or an apology. more >>
 

Things to think about - Love is a better teacher than duty

I always find Albert Einstein’s down-to-earth insights into everyday life so refreshing. This quote reminds us of the importance of finding something we love to which we commit our time and energy. Einstein’s love of physics was the joy of his life, and it is what drove him to learn and achieve... more >>
 

Manifesto seeks to change MBA programs

A new educational manifesto challenges the status quo of management education. The document, with a full title of Manifesto — Changing the Course of Management Development: Combining Excellence with Relevance, was presented at the recent the 26th CEEMAN conference . more >>
 

Things to Think About - The positive thinker sees the invisible

Many thought that Sir Winston’s oratory strength was in his genius of coming up with extemporaneous quips, but his biographers have taught us that he spent hours honing phrases, because he knew the power of well-honed syntax. more >>
 

Things to Think About - The best teachers are those who show you where to look

I am often asked what traits a good coach should have.  This quote describes one that is definitely on that list.  A good coach, like a good teacher, realizes that learning is best when it is fueled by self-discovery and personal engagement. more >>
 

Forum 2000 Conference back in October

The Forum 2000 Conference titled “Democracy: In Need of a Critical Update?” will take place on October 7 – 9, 2018 in Prague. more >>
 

Things to Think About - I calculated once how many times I fell during my skating career

Some accomplished athletes are wonderful at sharing meaningful, common-sense insights from their sporting experience that easily apply to our daily lives.  They resonate because we can actually see them in our mind’s eye. more >>
 

Things to Think About - A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity

It’s a pretty safe bet that the 20 th century produced no more than a handful of people who were as qualified to discuss the qualities of optimism as Sir Winston Churchill. The thing that makes this quote so powerful is the credibility of the man who said it. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Courage is fear walking

The reason I love this quote so much is that it so simply and elegantly explains one of life’s most important lessons: courage is not the absence of fear.  It is being able to manage it in a way that it doesn’t keep you from taking just one more step. more >>
 
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