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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 >>

Things to Think About - One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions

What a wonderful reminder from one of the 20 th century’s most accomplished wordsmiths. What’s the difference here, between these two people? more >>

Things to Think About - A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth

Albert Einstein was a complex person emotionally and socially, as we learned in the excellent biography by Walter Isaacson.  Among his many positive traits, however, was his ability to distill common-sense wisdom in an unforgettable way, as this quote demonstrates. more >>

Things to Think About - Humble yourself, or life will do it for you

Over the years I have collected several variations of this theme, but I have to say, this one gets straight to the heart of the issue quickly.  Oh, how I wish that I had read this as a young professional when I was searching for my identity and driving for success. more >>

Things to Think About - Cheese is only free in a mousetrap - and only for the second mouse

In my more than 50 years of collecting quotes, I must admit a special love for the power and simplicity of folksy ones from different cultures around the world.  Many, as this one, bring a smile to one’s face, but at the same time, a head-nodding acknowledgment of truth—many times from personal ... more >>

150 universities from around the world to meet in Prague

The 26th CEEMAN Annual Conference “Redefining Management Education: Excellence and Relevance” will be taking place from 19-21 September 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference will be co-organized with the University of New York in Prague (UNYP), the largest and leading English language ... more >>

Things to Think About - Never promote people into leadership positions who believe they can do no wrong

To me, the wisdom of Peter Drucker is in his direct and simple approach to topics that many would take volumes to clarify and debate.  When one reflects on this quote and searches for insights which go beyond the obvious, one might consider a deeper, more nuanced, contextual view of ... more >>

Things to Think About - Victory belongs to the most persevering

Of all the wonderful quotes from Napoleon Bonaparte, this ranks as one of my favorites.  The world of business is replete with metaphorical references to things military: The War on Talent; The Battlefield of Competition; The Nuclear Option; Getting Into the Trenches; etc., etc. more >>

Things to Think About - A boss has the title, a leader has the people

It is so gratifying to find short, simple phrases that remind us of such important things.  The 20 th century was all about Boss Development and extolling the virtues of intelligence and expertise. more >>

Things to Think About - There are basically three types of people

As a young salesman attending a motivational conference, I first heard this quote about 50 years ago, and, to this day, it never fails to bring a smile when I think of it. more >>

Former Czech Prime Minister, Jan Fischer to address UNYP Graduates

On Friday, June 22nd the University of New York in Prague will hold its 17th annual Graduation Ceremony at Palác Žofín. The Keynote speaker for the 2018 UNYP Graduation will be the Former Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Jan Fischer. He will address the nearly 150 graduates from more 40 ... more >>

Things to Think About - There are two kinds of virtues: resume virtues and eulogy virtues

I love quotes that help us put things into perspective, as this one does for me.  In my work with leaders, I often ask them to discuss what they want their legacy to be.  The reason we spend some time on this topic is that I want them to acknowledge what their “True North” is. more >>

Things to Think About - Mrs. Clinton has lost control of events as a result of an obsessive need to manipulate them

Normally I shy away from political references in this column, but this one is different in that it speaks so eloquently to a major issue in the transition from management to leadership.  So, setting political references aside, how does this apply to leadership transition in the business world? more >>

Things to Think About - I would argue that more leaders have been made by accident

Warren Bennis devoted his life to studying leadership and was clearly a driving force in the common-sense understanding of what makes a leader. more >>

Things to Think About - If you ban the dragons in life, you also ban the heroes

I think it is only natural for us, at times, to wish for a simpler existence, one in which we didn’t have to deal with some of the problems that exist in a world that is becoming more complex by the day. more >>

Things to Think About - The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything

Over the years, I have written and spoken to groups about failure and setbacks and the indispensable role they play in life’s success. I find that young professionals have an especially difficult time accepting this. more >>
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