Conversations with my son – Plastic Waste.

Yesterday was a sunny day in Paris and the walk to school was brisk and warm. As we started across the park – which is the usual path to the school drop-off and a better way to start the day than trudging along the sidewalk – my son asked me : “Papa, what happens to ...

FIRE: Elite vs reasonable budget – how much is too much when you want to retire early?

So as I’ve been pondering the early retirement theory FIRE (Financial Independence Early Retirement): save like an obsessed person every month, put a big balance (enough of a balance) away into investments and then retire from a 9 to 5 existence when your income from your investments covers your living expenses. It’s a real thing. ...

Conversations with my son – Life after Death.

Three days a week I walk my sons to school. After dropping the first one, I trundle with the second, (a toddler) at a leisurely pace, to his school. It takes me about 45 minutes to drop them both off, after having left home. (They are at different schools)  It is a nice walk through ...

Change resistance

Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. It is a simple rule In today’s Western world we strive for stability. Something unexpected happens at work = put a process on it. Tie it up and get a handle on it. We’ve become very rigid in how we approach things. We don’t like change. Which is odd, ...

The rules to follow when you change jobs

Three months ago I started a new role with a new company. It is also listed on the French market and its activities span the globe. It has been an odd experience, going from a place of absolute mastery to that of learning. I have had to step back and let go of the need ...

The Tao of Leadership

A few years ago I was asked to give a talk on Leadership to a class of HEC MBA students. I hadn’t done that before, and Leadership is an immensely broad topic, so the first thing I asked was what was the most recent topic they had studied. The response The Taoist Leader. So I’m going to ...

Emotional Intelligence at work - what is it

Emotional Intelligence at work – what is it?

You might have heard of this concept before – Emotional Intelligence. I started hearing people talking about it years ago and it is becoming more important as a conversation element when talking about talent and leadership. In fact I believe it is a critical competency I’m the work place, even though it doesn’t necessarily float ...

Leading in adversity

  In the West we tend to search for stability. Stability in our lives, stability at work, stability in our finances. We see it all around us as we search for a rhythm in our lives. Wake up at 6.30am, get the kids out of bed at 7.15am, breakfast at 7.30am and leave the house ...

How to become a Global or International leader

Here is an interesting question: “To successfully lead a global company do you have to have lived in another country?” To really understand how countries differ from one another you have to immerse yourself, at least once, in another culture. This is the only way of knowing just how different things can be and, armed ...

Evaluating that Internal move

Every senior executive will experience it: that moment that you start talking seriously about that next move internally. We all know that once you get to the C-suite, moving up or around gets a lot harder. There is, by definition, not a lot of space to move at the top of the pyramid. So while ...

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