In a recent interview to promote her new book, Becoming, Michelle Obama talked about the pressure of maintaining the moral leadership of the country during her husband’s presidency. The conversation was sparked by Stephen Colbert commenting that Franklin D Roosevelt was quoted as saying that this was really the role of a president, to provide … More In search of moral leadership
Paris burns in flames, the image of a ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vest) waving the Tricolour as the street behind him erupts into fire, emulating that most famous images of Marianne on the barricades of the French Revolution. One might almost find it comical were it not for the fear that has engulfed the streets of … More Paris burns in flames – the ‘gilets jaunes’ and the need for a revolution of the heart
Our world is calling out for more love. That will be the only antidote to fear. When we allow something more expansive to take place in our heart. When we stop to listen to ourselves and our self-serving agendas, our narrow focuses on our own best interests and take a larger view of … More Love not Fear
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 … 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