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Things to Think About - Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear

In my work with the Aspen Institute Prague and Vodafone’s Odyssey Program, I spend a lot of time with young leaders.  Our discussions are generally about various issues relating to values-based leadership, but we often also talk about their careers and the role of intelligent risk-taking in ... more >>

How to use this book to change a life

I have spent my life, since age seven, contemplating a very special kind of physics—a kind that literally changes lives. I call it the physics of life. You won’t find this field of physics in academia because, as far as I know, I made it up. A little background on this might be in order. more >>

Things to Think About - When I’m afraid of losing, I never win

What a wonderful reminder of such a basic truth in life.  Many years ago, a friend asked me, “Pepper, are you playing to win, or playing not-to-lose? There’s a big difference you know.” more >>

Things to Think About - I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world

I think it’s ironic, in a way, that a quote from more than 2,300 years ago could help us understand civil society in the 21 st century so succinctly.  Socrates so eloquently sums up what I feel to be a foundational element of  meaningful dialogue in a global society. more >>

Ambassadors without diplomatic passport - Tomáš Jelínek

For a long time I‘ve wanted to write about current Czech-German relations from an informed point of view by the experts involved, rather than their political perspective. It becomes clear that even excellent relations can be improved in many aspects when examined further, despite Czechs regular ... more >>

Things to Think About - Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get

This quote always reminds me of a wonderful story about two bestselling authors, J.D. Salinger and Norman Mailer.  I have no idea if it’s true or not, but the message is powerful that I know it will resonate with many of you. It may even remind you of someone you know. more >>

An Interview with the Minister of Industry and Trade, Jan Mládek

Jan Mládek the experienced Czech politician studied at the University of Economics in Prague, then received a Candidate of Sciences title (similar to PhD.) at the Prognostic Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.  more >>

Things to Think About - When you are the anvil, hold you still. But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill

George Herbert was a 17 th century Welsh poet and he would definitely be on the invitation list for my fantasy dinner with historical figures.  In more than 50 years of collecting quotes, this is undoubtedly one of my favorites.  I like it because of its simplicity, but more,  because it ... more >>

Interview with Jaroslav Ďuriš, CEO, Prague Public Transport Company

Jaroslav Ďuriš is the CEO of the Prague Public Transport Company (DPP), the most important public transport provider in the Czech Republic. He knows the DPP very well as he worked here between 1981 and 2008. In 2008 he left and managed the public transport company in České Budějovice for four ... more >>

Things to Think About - The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures.

Reading this quote always reminds me that the path to success, however we define it, is not linear, or a constant upward trajectory, as I have learned from my own experience—sometimes quite painfully. more >>

We are before a second Cold War?

In writing today about the main current political crises is risky at first glance and it is not just because there is a haze of propaganda and tremendous amount of published comment. Especially this is valid, when I am going to write for the magazine, which comes out in two weeks. more >>

Things to Think About - Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying

I spend a great deal of time talking to leaders about things like employee engagement and corporate culture and, while there are many things that can be done to impact culture and engagement, nothing—I repeat, nothing—is as powerful as a leader’s personal example. more >>

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)

Go beyond the dominant voices to ask, ‘Who are the missing voices. more >>

What we talk about when we talk about running

Where is your flow? In what activity do you get absorbed and what makes you happy deep inside? Naturally, for everyone, it's different - for someone, its playing piano, for someone else, it's painting... for me... it's running. more >>

Ambassadors without diplomatic passport - Nikos Balamotis

Another personality from the series Ambassadors Without A Diplomatic Passport is Nikos Balamotis, a managing partner in QED GROUP Company, facilitator, lecturer and coach with more than 20 years of experience in retail and business.  I chose Nikos from two reasons.  First, I wanted to pay ... more >>

Time for Reflection: A Weekly Inspirational Series

Today’s quote: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson, 3 rd President of the United States of America. more >>

An Interview With Adam Leščišin, CEE Regional Director of EMONEY GROUP

Adam Leščišin worked for more than 15 years at various management levels of GE Capital. He built and directed strategic group projects in areas of outsourcing, credit risk, fraud prevention and anti-money laundering. more >>

TEDxPrague 2014 special disclosure: What hides ‘under the surface’?

On Saturday 21 June , you can experience the incredible atmosphere of TEDxPrague in the luxurious surroundings of Theatre Hybernia Prague . more >>

An Interview with Věra Jourová, Minister for Local Development

She already had begun a political career, but because of the supposed ‘Budišov case,’ had to begin again from scratch. After seven years, she returned to the department, this time as a minister. Věra Jourová says she never again wants to experience such a fall and tries to be as ‘normal’ as ... more >>

Interview with Ivana Zemanová

The wife of the President of the Czech Republic, Ivana Zemanová, was the recent founder of a Foundation Fund, organized mostly to care for children in need. What would she consider a success for the foundation and how is the program created? In this interview, Mrs. Zemanová also says she doesn’t... more >>
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