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Slovak President Andrej Kiska launches Forum 2000

The 20th edition of Forum 2000 started with an opening ceremony for invited guests at Prague Crossroads. The main theme of this year's conference is The Courage to Take Responsibility. Slovak President Andrej Kiska was one of the keynote speakers, and he expressed his concern about growing ... more >>

Pepper de Callier: Europe’s Top Leadership Coach and Bestselling Author Talks About the Digital Workplace

In this increasingly digital age, interpersonal skills are becoming even more important. That is the message of Prague-based leadership coach Pepper de Callier. more >>

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause

Salinger’s eloquent prose captures the daydream of youth being awakened by the reality of what true strength looks like—the ability to live every day, day-in and day-out, consistently holding a core value in sharp focus and using it as one’s north star versus the shooting comet of a single more >>

Things to Think About: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

I am a great fan of this quote because of its simplicity and power. There is something absolutely transformative about committing to taking that one step, just that one step, outside your comfort zone. more >>

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion

This has to be one of my favorite quotes of all time.  It’s kind of a variation of the old “Pay me now, or pay me later” quote I remember hearing as a child, but it has so much more resonance to me as an adult.  Think about it for a moment. more >>

Things to Think About: When I haven’t any blue, I use red

I love this quote because, in such simple language, it addresses two of the most important traits in leadership development: flexibility and resourcefulness.  The next time you are faced with a resource limitation, think of Picasso, and reach for the “blue”. more >>

Things to Think About: The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good

Many years ago, when I was training consultants how to interview and evaluate senior executives, I would encourage them to get the person they were evaluating “out of context”.  In other words, get them out of an interview, or business environment and see how they act.  When we are being ... more >>

Things to Think About: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it

How I wish I would have read this quote much, much earlier in life.  Like so many, I didn’t understand the concept of courage.  In my thinking, someone who had courage didn’t feel fear.  They just did things—incredible things—and then waited for the next scary challenge with absolutely no ... more >>

Things to Think About: See everything, overlook a great deal, improve a little

When I read this quote, the first thing I think of is the classic alpha-control freak screaming, “But I can do so much more than that! This is meant for the under-achievers, not me.  I have things to do!”  Let’s take another look at this. more >>

Czech-Slovak relations are truly exceptional

Her Excellency Livia Klausová does not often give interviews, so I felt proud and honoured to be able to carry out an interview for this very special first issue, dedicated to Czech and Slovak relations. Having worked at the Diplomatic Academy, I know that interviewing an ambassador is a ... more >>

Things to Think About: The Exalted Order of the Extended Neck

Zimmerman famously established what he called “The Exalted Order of the Extended Neck,” a highly sought-after award for employees who were willing to take risks in pursuit of ideas they really believed in. more >>

Passion should be a by-product of working towards the pursuit of a skill (or skill set), in my opinion

The topic of passion is so important, and so misunderstood, that I thought it deserved two quotes.  In the first quote, Cal Newport, describes the condition of people searching to find their passion, and if it doesn’t appear quickly, their off on another search. more >>

Things to Think About: Tis nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so

To me, the simplicity, subtleness, and clarity of Shakespeare are nothing short of awesome.  Here, Hamlet is so eloquently describing the power of perspective to Rosencrantz.  Time and time again we “listen” to words of wisdom, but rarely do we “hear” them. more >>

Interview with Rupert Simoner, CEO, Vienna House

Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG – in 2016 repositioned as Vienna House – looks back at more than 26 years of success, during which it has focused on building and expanding its portfolio of hotels in the three to five star segment. CEO Rupert Simoner is proud of the group and the vast ... more >>

Things to Think About: Not taking risk is the riskiest thing you can do today

In the context of the 21 st century, taking risk takes on a whole new meaning.  It is no longer possible to have, what we thought in the 20 th century was, “complete information” before we make a decision.  Things are happening too fast and there too many moving parts that can, and will, ... more >>

An interview with Andrej Hryc, popular Slovak actor and director

In 1969, the well-known Slovak actor Andrej Hryc, was a second-year student at the Department of Acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. His role model, the beloved Slovak actor, Chudík, who had admitted him to his class two years before that, was already being ... more >>

“Pepper, if you can’t take the blows, you should never take the bows.” Jimmy Dean

Many years ago I was travelling around the U.S. interviewing high-profile, successful leaders about the setbacks they’d experienced in life and how those setbacks affected them. One of the people I interviewed was the entertainer, entrepreneur, businessman, and cowboy philosopher, Jimmy Dean. I... more >>

Things to Think About: A classic Zen story about letting go

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had ... more >>

My life has been filled with calamities, some of which actually happened

The folk-wisdom of Mark Twain always brings a smile to my face because, most of the time, it reminds me of myself.  Someone once estimated that more than 85% of what we spend time worrying about never happens. more >>

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions

This affirmation of personal responsibility may just be the single most important thing to realize on one’s journey of growth and personal development. All the seminars, the inspirational speeches, and team-building off-sites are merely suggestions of what can be. Accepting personal ... more >>
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