In improvisational theatre, there’s a game that practitioners play called ‘Yes and…’. The idea is that someone starts telling a story, and each person goes around the circle and builds on the idea or suggestion of the previous person. “Let’s go to the beach!” “Yes, and we can go surfing!” “Yes, and … More Getting France to say ‘yes and….’
Spirituality has been indispensable to me as an entrepreneur. Only last week, as I despaired to my mentor of ever finding the funds that we need for the next phase of our growth, I was reminded to ‘hit the prayer button’ to get me through. My mentor is, himself, not a spiritual person but … More Spirituality and the entrepreneurial journey
A few months ago I was invited to give a talk at the London School of Economics as part of a day-long conference ‘Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity, Constructive Conflict’. The conference had been organised in the wake of the Brexit and Trump vote in an attempt to understand how the polls and political climate could … More Beyond Tolerance
Much was made of President Xi Jing Ping’s address at Davos a few weeks back, extolling the virtues of globalisation in the face of increasing isolationism from Western governments. Davos participants and the press made much of the ironies that such endorsement should come from the world’s largest communist party, marvelling at the extraordinary … More Is China ready for global leadership?
When I moved to France 6 years ago after 7 years of living in China, I got to know a young Chinese woman who managed the Louis Vuitton branch on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Married to a Frenchman and having lived here many years, she recounted to me how Chinese customers […]
When I moved to France 6 years ago after 7 years of living in China, I got to know a young Chinese woman who managed the Louis Vuitton branch on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Married to a Frenchman and having lived here many years, she recounted to me how Chinese customers … More Wake up France!
When I first started working in the area of international development, the issue that most drew my attention was that of the plight of women in emerging economies who suffered oppression at the hands of patriarchal societies. Women are by far and away the largest oppressed group in the world still today and most likely … More Why the world needs more feminine leadership
I’ve written before on this blog about my participation in World Blu’s Freedom-Centered Leadership programme. As part of one of my assignments, I was asked to watch the TED Talk of Ben Saunders, an explorer and one of the few people to have walked solo to the North Pole. Ben’s talk is fascinating and he … More Living our full potential
I’m currently taking part in an awesome leadership course – WorldBlu’s Freedom-Centered Leadership programme. I’ve been a huge fan of WorldBlu’s work, ever since I first read about Traci and the spiritual basis on which she grounds her practice of organizational democracy and freedom-centered leadership. This is not about political democracy but about a better … More WorldBlu and Freedom-Centered Leadership
A little while ago, I was asked to define what was meant by ‘quality growth’. Here are my thoughts: In purely professional terms, in my view, ‘quality growth’ brings together a blended value proposition that has at its heart not only the triple bottom line – economic, social, environmental – but achieves these goals within … More Quality growth and true progress