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Things to Think About - It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves

What wonderful words which help us understand how it is that one acquires what I feel is one of the most important traits for success in life and in business: Mental Toughness. more >>

Interview with Pavel Foubík - President of the Czech Business Club in the United Arab Emirates

A successful businessman, co-founder of the BRUDRA brand and the first President of the Czech Business Club in the United Arab Emirates, in an interview concerning his beginnings as well as the goals of the first platform for meetings of Czech businessmen in Dubai. more >>

Things to Think About - We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are

Understanding this simple quote can do wonders for raising the level of one’s self-awareness. Contemplating it cannot only shift a perspective, but it can reveal a self-limiting bias. more >>

How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.

How many times have you experienced someone who held a point of view so intransigently that they simply refused to accept any input which was contrary to their position? more >>

Things to Think About - Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude

For so many of us, this is the only thing we need to really understand about life.  Dr. Frankl told us that there is precious little that we have control over in life—maybe only one thing—and that is how we react to our circumstances and what attitude we choose with which to meet the ups and ... more >>

Things to Think About - Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear

In my work with the Aspen Institute Prague and Vodafone’s Odyssey Program, I spend a lot of time with young leaders.  Our discussions are generally about various issues relating to values-based leadership, but we often also talk about their careers and the role of intelligent risk-taking in ... more >>

Things to Think About - When I’m afraid of losing, I never win

What a wonderful reminder of such a basic truth in life.  Many years ago, a friend asked me, “Pepper, are you playing to win, or playing not-to-lose? There’s a big difference you know.” more >>

Things to Think About - I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world

I think it’s ironic, in a way, that a quote from more than 2,300 years ago could help us understand civil society in the 21 st century so succinctly. more >>

Things to Think About - Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get

This quote always reminds me of a wonderful story about two bestselling authors, J.D. Salinger and Norman Mailer.  I have no idea if it’s true or not, but the message is powerful that I know it will resonate with many of you. It may even remind you of someone you know. more >>

Things to Think About - When you are the anvil, hold you still. But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill

George Herbert was a 17 th century Welsh poet and he would definitely be on the invitation list for my fantasy dinner with historical figures.  In more than 50 years of collecting quotes, this is undoubtedly one of my favorites.  I like it because of its simplicity, but more,  because it ... more >>

Things to Think About - The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures.

Reading this quote always reminds me that the path to success, however we define it, is not linear, or a constant upward trajectory, as I have learned from my own experience—sometimes quite painfully.  In fact, I could advance an argument that failure is an important element, not only to ... more >>

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)

Go beyond the dominant voices to ask, ‘Who are the missing voices. more >>

Time for Reflection: A Weekly Inspirational Series

Today’s quote: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson, 3 rd President of the United States of America. more >>

Entrepreneur’s Manifesto

We planned and planned, and it didn’t always work out, but “mistakes” for us were “learnings,” and they were minor compared to our successes. It’s been a journey I will never forget. more >>

Life After College?! by James A. Cusumano

You’re a college student struggling to create your future, a future embraced with meaning, success, fun and fulfillment—been there, done that, and know the challenges and misgivings that come at that point in college life. However, I can assure you that tools exist to short-circuit what can be ... more >>

Hiring and Firing Your Way to Greatness by James A. Cusumano

Over the years of founding and leading the growth of public companies, I have experienced two critical factors for transitioning from a “good” to a “great” enterprise. After you and your team are very clear as to your company’s vision, mission, values and strategy, the first factor is ... more >>

The Pygmalion Syndrome (By Pepper de Callier)

“Creating” perfection in another person has been a recurring theme in literature. In Ovid’s classic, The Metamorphoses, written in Rome in the 1st century, a lonely sculptor by the name of Pygmalion sculpts a marble statue of a woman so beautiful that he falls in love with it.  Then, the ... more >>

Taking Responsibility For Your Actions (By Pepper de Callier)

Throughout history talented and effective leaders have known that taking responsibility for their actions, especially ones that have less than desirable outcomes, sends a powerful message of character and maturity to those who follow them.  Conversely, in the eyes of leaders, the same holds ... more >>

Is Honesty a Relative Concept? (By Pepper de Callier)

In working with people as a coach for more than thirty years and in being a student of human nature for more than fifty years, I have been very fortunate and at times perplexed.  Fortunate, in that I have been exposed to a number of situations, perspectives, personalities, problems, issues and ... more >>

The Osmosis of Leadership (by Pepper de Callier)

For many years I have been interested in, and fascinated by, the subtle, almost unconscious, effect a leader can have on an entire organization.  The impact of a leader’s style seeps deeply into an enterprise affecting people and decisions the leader will never know about, at least not ... more >>
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