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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 >>

Things to Think About - Change is the process by which the future invades our lives

What better person to comment on change than the person who foresaw technological advances such as cloning, personal computers and the Internet in his bestselling book, The Third Wave. more >>

Things to Think About - I have accepted fear as part of life, specifically the fear of change

I love this quote for the way that Jong humanizes fear of change and reminds us of two things: we all experience fear from time to time in our lives—it’s part of life and that we should not allow fear to limit us. more >>

Things to Think About - Talent hits a target that no one else can hit

This quote definitely goes on my “Gee, I wish I had said that!” list.  It brings together three powerful forces: simplicity, insight and imagery to make it unforgettable.  One can’t help but think of people like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos when contemplating Schopenhauer’s... more >>

Things to Think About - Champions aren’t made in gyms

I have always enjoyed the down-to-earth common sense of Muhammad Ali. This quote is telling us something that has been proven over and over again regarding human behavior—champions (leaders) are made, not born, and they are made by themselves more than any outside force or circumstance. more >>

Things to Think About - Life tends to snap you at your weakest link

I never tire of the common sense insights from Warren Buffet and this is sure a wonderful example on a number of levels.  Think about it for a moment.  How would you apply this, as a leader, to your team? more >>

Things to Think About - You May Delay, But Time Will Not

We all have those things that we don’t want to do or say.  To me, that’s only human.  The gravitational pull of procrastination and denial can be quite substantial at times, to be sure. more >>

Things to Think About - The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places

I must admit I have never been a fan of Hemmingway, but to me, the power of this quote is inescapable. First of all, it addresses the fact that as we go through the failures and setbacks that life inevitably serves up, we are not alone—all of us have our own stories to tell. more >>

Things to Think About - If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur

I came across this quote many years ago as a young professional.  And, while it did put a smile on my face, reading it then, also gave me a deep respect for all those people who are dedicated to their profession, whatever it may be. more >>

Prague College Master Speaker Series: Karel Krejci

Prague College, one of the Czech Republic's leading private universities, is delighted to announce the start of its regular series of ‘Master Speaker’ events, the first of which will be held on Wednesday, 28 th February, and will host Mr. Karel Krejci as its Master Speaker. more >>

Things to Think About - Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both

In this time of rising populism, this quote from Benjamin Franklin is a sobering reminder that freedom and liberty should never be taken for granted and they require daily vigilance on the part of us all, individually and collectively. more >>

Things to Think About - Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky

Thich Nhat Hanh is the Zen Master who Reverend Martin Luther King referred to as an “Apostle of Peace”.  One of the things I like about this quote is its relevance and clarity in both good times and bad.  Think about it for a moment. more >>

Things to Think About - Brave men are all vertebrates

I can’t read this quote without thinking about the brave people who quietly, and through their actions support others, especially if those “others” don’t look like them as opposed to the “crustaceans” in society who are afraid to accept what Vaclav Havel called “the otherness of others” and ... more >>

Things to Think About - The Paradox of Our Age

This poem from His Holiness the Dalai Lama is such wonderful food for thought about the times in which we live that I wanted to share it with you. more >>
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