Indeed England’s Rugby World Cup score against New Zealand could have been higher. But this was a team with a mindset locked onto victory, and an honesty in their performance. They all showed up and backed themselves.
Below is a recording of an interview I did in October 2019 with Ellen Gunning on her Mediascope show on Dublin City FM. We spoke about public relations and leadership.
In a team or organisational context, it’s about achieving what’s expected from your job or role – be it the CEO or the janitor. Yet often, many smart people do their ‘best’ without any clarity on what are the top outcomes expected from them are and how their success is to be measured.
Last Friday afternoon I found myself sitting on a high stool in Dublin, interviewing one of Ireland’s most successful business people.
“You poor thing.
Did someone stop payment on your reality check?”
“The first principle is that you must not fool
yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”
“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings
depended on how I am and what I do…
“This above all: to thine own self be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day…
We know that progress is not inevitable.
But neither was victory upon these beaches.
“I wonder how much of what weighs me down
is not mine to carry.”