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Stay in touch with ourselves

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  Earlier this week, on the long journey from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, one of the flight attendants was reading a book by Anne Wilson Schaef, Meditations for women who do too much. She told me that she was having a lot of fun with it, and I was intrigued by the title, so I accepted when she offered to let me borrow it for part of the flight.  The book is organized as a series of quotations, one for each day of the year. The themes center around a variety of issues in women’s lives, followed by the author’s thoughts on the matter at hand. Perhaps it was just … Continue reading

Book presentation in Buenos Aires

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Last night, at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, we did an official presentation of my book, Las Siete Reglas del Storytelling. Despite some truly horrific traffic in the city, a lively crowd managed to show up for the event. The book’s editor, Granica, arranged for a first-rate auditorium, and the Budeguer winery from Mendoza served their superb Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon at the post-event reception. All in all, it was quite a fun time. In all honesty, and Argentina being Argentina :-), I had no idea who would actually show up. For example, several people who have followed my work for years responded positively to the invitation and … Continue reading

My next book event in Buenos Aires, with Eduardo Braun interviewing me

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  Whenever I come to Argentina, one of the people I enjoy spending time with is Eduardo Braun. I first met Eduardo when our common friend Anna Cohen suggested we have lunch together, simply to have a chat about our common interests.  At our first meeting over lunch at an old-world Italian restaurant typical of Buenos Aires, we enjoyed a lively conversation. And in fact, it did turn out that we share similar views about what makes a leader effective, the importance of corporate culture, the power of personal storytelling, and human motivation in general. We also have some similarity in our personal cultural backgrounds and interests, each of us … Continue reading

Some general themes for the coming months

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As I wrote briefly last week, I am in Argentina for the month of August. I have several interesting projects here, including some speeches and promotional activities related to the recent launch of my book, Las siete reglas del storytelling (Granica 2013). As usual, I am finding the change of venue interesting. Argentina is of course a familiar place, with lots of family, friends and business contacts, but being here for a month causes me to see things other than those I see in Europe, and also to reflect in different ways. And, since life is a bit more relaxed for me in August, I have some valuable time to … Continue reading

A quick visit to the north

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  On Wednesday of this week, I left the calm of my mini-vacation in the Swiss Alps and journeyed to a remarkable chateau, the Domaine de Rebetz, about an hour north of Paris in Picardy. The occasion was a L’Oréal seminar called “Transition to General Management”, a week-long training program for managers taking on significant new responsibilities, most often as general managers for a country, a brand, or a division. My role was as a facilitator for a morning session on sharing learning among the group members, by telling their personal stories of successes and failures. This was my first time working with L’Oréal, and they asked me to spend … Continue reading

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