There’s a quote attributed to the teachings of Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna, known generally as Atisa, one of the reformers of Buddhism from around 1000AD. It goes; “The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.”
I’ve not heard it said much recently, but one of the qualities that used to be revered in leadership was being a … / continued
Alcoholics in crisis provoke strong responses among the people around them. Some feel great sadness and sympathy for the individual; others are angered that they could have allowed themselves to get into this condition; and still more are fearful, as the behaviour of someone they know has become unpredictable and often seemingly uncontrollable.
When that … / continued
One of a generation of motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar, died last week at the age of 86. When I began to perform myself in the late 1980s, it was often tapes by Ziglar that I would listen to as I drove from ‘gig’ to ‘gig’ and which influenced my own style enormously.
Born in 1926, … / continued
When exploring the uniqueness of a particular job or assignment, HR professionals often break it down into the knowledge, skills and attitudes thought necessary to fulfill it. In a recent article based on a paper I gave at the at the World Conference for Corporate Governance and Sustainability held in Dubai in May, I called … / continued
This month, I’m involved in helping run a summer school in Oxford, the Adaptation Academy, for senior staff involved in climate adaptation projects. My strand embraces the human dimension – self-development, leadership, politics, and communication. Following a leadership tour of the City of Oxford, one of the participants posted this question in the Academy’s collaboration … / continued
I know I’m not qualified to comment really, but I do find some parents attitude to parenting quite bizarre…
We had a coffee in Abingdon marketplace the other weekend. A couple of parents arrived with one infant in stroller and one youngster in backpack. Something was going on because the mother was in a right … / continued
In his address to Stanford Graduates in 2005, Steve Jobs said; “And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”.
When we have an intuitive response to something it is often our personal values that are being touched upon. If it’s a negative feeling then we are somehow anticipating that our personal … / continued
In his book, “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else”, published in 2008, Geoff Colvin presented an extraordinarily well researched argument that demonstrated that the key characteristic that distinguished people who were widely recognised as world class was the manner with which they approached their subject over time:
Greatness doesn’t come … / continued