“I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.”
Michael Phelps, winner of a total of 23 Olympic gold medals in swimming in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016
If you want to see pictures of inspiration, joy, heartbreak, determination, strength of character, beauty, disappointment and pride, there is no better source than the Olympic Games and what is often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth” where Read more…
“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”
I often receive e-mails from readers of this blog who ask me about the writers and books that have inspired and helped me during my career or request the source of a quotation or idea that I may have used in one of these posts or in one of my seminars and lectures. As you can probably imagine, over the years, I have built up quite a collection of books which, for one reason or another, have ‘spoken’ to me in a Read more…
I was woken up this morning by my young son Rolando, who rushed into the bedroom and landed on me, one arm outstretched in the classic Superman pose!
“Dad, am I a super-hero?”
“Yes you are.” I answered.
“Which one?”, Rolando asked me. Read more…
When I was at school and, later, at university, the one thing my friends and I looked forward to was the summer vacation. The idea of having 2-3 months with nothing to do seemed like heaven and, at first, it often was! But eventually, that total freedom and the lack of even an extremely flexible framework began to lose its attraction and very soon boredom would set in. Read more…
As I was walking out of my son’s kindergarten the other day, I saw a young mother saying goodbye to her daughter and I was impressed by two things: She made a point of kneeling in front of the little girl, so that they were equal in height, and then she looked straight into her eyes and said, Read more…
At some point in our lives, we are all going to be asked to address an audience. Professionally, this may mean simply explaining something to a small team of colleagues or making a major presentation on behalf of the company at an international conference. Personally, it may mean anything from speaking at a wedding reception to responding to questions from a TV crew in the street or shopping mall.
One of the most useful skills we can have is the ability to think well and to express ourselves clearly. In this way we can demonstrate our expertise in any subject and convince others that we know what we are talking about. But while we can all communicate, few people can actually Read more…
Last month I found myself in the Estonian capital Tallinn where I had the pleasure of addressing a large gathering of Ericsson employees as part of the company’s annual Innovation Day celebrations. Knowing that Ericsson is one of the world’s leading communications technology firms, with 39,000 granted patents and over 23,000 employees in R&D, you may be as surprised as I was to learn that my talk, entitled “Transform, Reform, or Exit!” was delivered in… a museum!
On this day 44 years ago, my mother Miranda – with the assistance of Dr. Edwin Josephides and his medical team –brought me into the world!
With each year that passes, I have come to realise that the most precious and valuable things in my life are Read more…
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”
Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
I recently received an e-mail from one of my favourite leadership gurus, the Canadian writer and speaker Robin Sharma, who seems to have been reflecting on the subject of immortality. In his message, he came up with Read more…
In almost every biography you read, whether the subject is a great leader, a successful businessman or even a well-known celebrity, you will invariably come across a reference to the person who inspired, motivated or encouraged the subject of the book to follow the path she eventually took. Everyone who has ever achieved anything can point to someone else who was the catalyst for their future success and I can include myself here. In my case, that ‘someone’ was Dr. Sen Gupta, who has had an immense impact on my professional career.
It all started in 1992 when she entered Read more…