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Things to Think About - Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength

Eric Hoffer was a 20 th century American philosopher and writer. After losing both parents at an early age, he drifted as a migrant worker following the harvests around California, and later became a labourer on the docks of San Francisco. more >>

Things to Think About - Some today pretend to be talking in the name of the people, but they are just ventriloquists

The President of France may be young and lack a depth of experience in certain areas, but he sure knows how to call out the duplicity of some political leaders today. more >>

Music & Leadership - Empowering Global Leadership For The New Millennia

Music & Leadership is proud to announce its release of the first book titled ‘Music & Leadership - Empowering Global Leadership For The New Millennia’ authored by Bibi Pelić. The book presents a groundbreaking perspective in redefining leadership of the 21st century. more >>

Things to Think About - In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable

This quote is a great reminder of the value of discipline.  Yes, the plan that you made might fall apart in the heat of battle, but the time and effort you devoted to creating it taught you so much about the elements of it, that your knowledge and experience can now trigger very valuable, ... more >>

Things to Think About - Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it

What an interesting perspective on success and how to evaluate it.  Like so much of what the Dalai Lama says, it’s subtle and simple, but profound.  Stop and think about it for a moment and what it says about someone. more >>

Things to Think About - Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin

I just love quotes that cause you to nod your head in agreement, or that send a chill up your back because they speak an uncomfortable truth that really resonates.  This quote does both for me and every time I feel like putting something off that I know I should be doing, it comes back to haunt... more >>

Fact: Over 40% of the companies that were at the top of the Fortune 500 in 2000 were no longer there in 2010

For some reason, this statistic never ceases to amaze me, because of what it says about the consequences of failing to adapt to changing circumstances. Today, more than ever, leaders need to embrace, not be intimidated by, creative destruction and market disruption. more >>

Velvet Divorce was 25 years ago

The split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia took place Jan. 1, 1993, in what has been called the Velvet Divorce. Next year also marks 100 years since the establishment of Czechoslovakia, and the breakup, as a result, isn’t getting much attention, although it has had a ... more >>

Things to Think About - You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great

As a young professional, I admired Zig Ziglar’s down-to-earth approach to life and his witty turn-of-phrase that got one’s attention.  Many people want to be great at something but become quickly overwhelmed when they face what it actually means. more >>

Things to Think About - As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a well-used life brings happy death

In more than fifty years of collecting quotes, this is the only one I have that deals with the end of life.   I had reservations about including it my column, but I will never forget the impact it had on me when I read it more than forty years ago, and that is why I included it. more >>

Things to Think About - You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic

I love quotes that derive their power from the clarity, directness, brevity, and resonance of their message.  This one sure ticks all the boxes.  We all have dreams, but the question is what are we willing to do in order to achieve those dreams? more >>

Things to Think About - The happiest people tackle the most difficult problems. Don't take it easy; find purpose and meaning

What a wonderful way to put happiness into perspective.  Think about it for a moment, what professor Kanter is talking about is deriving happiness from demonstrating competence—competence in dealing with significant challenges in life. more >>

Things to Think About - The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable ...

I had to think about this for a moment before its meaning came to me.  For me, Emerson’s words are, in fact, an eloquent recipe for happiness.  To seek happiness for itself is a fool’s errand and one that will end in tears. more >>

Things to Think About - Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor

For many years I have written about, spoken to groups about, personally dealt with, and coached people through various types of failure. When one is in the middle of dealing with a failure it is extremely difficult to realize its key role in success and to imagine any possible outcomes that are ... more >>

UNYP hosts third annual TEDxUNYP in November

The University of New York in Prague and the UNYP Student Council are bringing back the high-profile TEDx event to UNYP on Saturday, November 11th. Following last year’s success with speakers such as Yemi A.D., Victoria Velvet and Jan Mühlfeit, TEDx is returning back to the University of New ... more >>

Things to Think About - For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong

I can’t think of a quote that sums up the wave of populism that is impacting governments around the world today.  I would also add that this applies to businesses, too. While I realize that most of like simple answers, we do so, many times, without regard to context and motivation. more >>

Things to Think About - All that’s needed for evil to triumph, is for good men and women to do nothing

In this age of populism and divisiveness, could there be a more relevant time for this wonderful quote from the distinguished 18 th century Irish Statesman, Edmund Burke? more >>

Forum 2000 starts with tributes to Liu Xiaobo

The 21st edition of Forum 2000 conference, with the title Strengthening Democracy in Uncertain Times, launched with an opening ceremony at Prague Crossroads, the former St. Anne's Church in Prague's Old Town. The main theme was a tribute to Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 ... more >>

Things to Think About - We may build on emotions but we also need reason to cast light on our efforts

The more I read about the first Czechoslovak president, Tomas Garrigue, the more I appreciate his common sense and wisdom as a leader.  Here, for example, he recognizes human nature—emotions, but he hastens to add the element of critical thinking in decision making. more >>

Things to Think About - In the ashes of suffering a Phoenix can be born

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, who has written more than 100 books.  He is someone who has experienced tremendous hardship and has used it to drive himself forward to something of a greater good. more >>
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