“Any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other.” – War Horse by Michael Morpugo, Page 119
Last week I attended a showing of War Horse in Dublin with some clients from an entrepreneurs forum I run.
The acclaimed show tells the story of a relationship between a boy (Albert) and a young horse (Joey) as they grow up while World War I is taking place. You may well have seen the movie of this show, created by Steven Spielberg.
“I am not a religious person. But I do consider myself to be spiritual.”
These are words that I have heard increasingly from clients over the past 5 years.
Bear in mind that the majority of the people I work with are very battle-hardened, experienced and successful business leaders. What’s interesting is that they consider their spirituality to be a key asset in their success.
“The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today.” – Tiger Woods.
I remember when Tiger Woods won his first US Masters in 1997, which at the time was also his first ever major win.
He won by a remarkable 12 shots ahead of the runner up.
I remember being inspired by this young man who was nothing like this golf had ever seen. He transformed the way young players today approach the game i.e. as an athlete. Pre-Tiger, things like physical and mental fitness were not seen as being relevant. Now they are seen as essential.
There is nothing religious in watching Britain’s parliament struggle through the crisis that is Brexit. Although you would be forgiven in asking the almighty for guidance! The original deadline for Brexit was set 2 years ago – this Friday coming, the 29th of March. What happens is by no means clear but what is clear is how effective leadership, or a lack of it, really does matter.
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV. It’s easy to despair at goings on in the world…. But as is typical, often in the worst of circumstances we will always see inspirational examples of courage.
A while back two people going through the same experience in an organisation were sharing their perspectives with me, independently. What was amazing was that their experiences were the polar opposite.
Person One was positive. Person Two negative. Same situation, same circumstances – but very different perceptions of what was going on.
“Behaviour is what a man does. Not what he thinks, feels or believes.” – Emily Dickenson
‘Let’s have a meeting about that meeting.’ These were the words from my boss at the time, over 20 years ago when I worked in a multi-national. I started to laugh and replied: ‘So we’re having a meeting about the meeting about another meeting?’ He laughed too.