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“Officer – That’s personal!”

I found this video quite powerful. Rhode Island Police Chief Dean Esserman is addressing the graduating students of Year Up. It’s an organisation that mentors young adults by offering six months of training and then six-month internships in companies like Bain Capital, Marsh and McLennan, and Bank of America – to name but a few. … Continued

Leaders are made, they are not born!

In full, the quote above actually reads… “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile!” Vince Lombardi. A case in point is the following article from CNN Money about coaching going mainstream. Many companies … Continued


So how in the world can a video of the actors rehearsing SpongeBob SquarePants possibly have any relevance to the business world? Well, we’ve all been on conference calls where we can tell the person/people to whom we are speaking are not actually giving us their full attention. Or we’re not giving the call, the … Continued

Business Negotiations- To thine own self be true!

Robert Burns wrote “the best laid plans of mice and men” meaning that no matter how carefully a deal or negotiation is planned, something may still go wrong. In the above clip from the hilarious film “Defending your Life” what goes wrong for Albert Brooks is follow through. It’s not enough to set the boundary … Continued

Fran Lebowitz – Blackberry, iphone,and the sounds of silence!

This clip is from a new documentary film called “Public Speaking” about New York raconteur, author and humorist extraordinaire, Fran Lebowitz. In the film, she has many interesting insights on Public Speaking, Writing, Life in the Modern Age etc … but I particularly like the above clip on “Technology”. Especially her take on the perils … Continued

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