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Volume 15, Number 3 - Summer 2016


This summer marks the 18th anniversary of Coaching4Success. It is hard to believe how fast the time has flown.

While this anniversary is cause for celebration, it is also a chance to reflect on the road I have traveled since starting my coaching practice.

During the past 18 years, I have had the great privilege of working with smart and talented professionals from over 45 countries from three continents: North America, Europe (Western, Central and Eastern) and Asia.

And I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for having contributed to this amazing learning journey.

This diversity not only provided my clients with a unique environment, in which they were able to appreciate and understand cultural differences, but it also gave participants at my trainings the possibility to review their own cultural intelligence and learn how to communicate and work with people from a myriad backgrounds and countries.

This year, I had the good fortune to put into practice my own intercultural knowledge and experience when I was asked by a former client to create and develop a coaching program for his Ukrainian team in Kiev.

Due to the constraints on timing and distance, I didn’t have the possibility to do an exhaustive study of the Ukrainian history and culture. But thanks to my 35 years of international professional experience and 18 years of coaching practice I created a tailored program which took into consideration the concerns and cultural proclivities of the participants and was very well received by the Ukrainian management team.

While I continue to be actively involved in both executive and management coaching in the Czech Republic, this team coaching training in Ukraine has offered me a wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge and experience on a larger global scale and to plant the seeds for future projects.

I am looking forward to the rest of 2016, and like many of you, I will be taking holidays this summer before returning in the fall with a broad range of new activities. Though there aren’t any official functions slated for the summer, I do intend of be in and around Prague, albeit less often than usual, so please stay in touch.

Happy Summer!
Karin Genton L'Epée

The Power Breakfast Series Resumes September 23rd 2016

For 13 years, L’Epée Coaching & Consulting hosted Power Lunch. The series offered executives and managers the opportunity to learn, share ideas and experiences. Since 2003 many participants have moved on to senior positions and greater responsibilities. Power Lunch was about exploring a diverse range of management and business-related issues. 

2014 saw the launch of the Power Breakfast series which has continued into 2016 with the Winter-Spring series focusing on The Price of Power.

The upcoming Fall 2016 series entitled “Influence at Work” is based on Robert B. Cialdini research  and will continue to offer participants the opportunity for self-reflection.

Dr. Robert Cialdini, is widely regarded as the “Godfather of influence” because of his years of scientific groundwork on the psychology of influence.

During each breakfast, participants will enjoy a stimulating discussion with peers and professionals, and will gain insights into the topic guided by Karin Genton-L’Epée. 
  • Place: Jurys Inn Prague, Sokolovska 11, Prague, 186 00 Praha
  • Date:  23/09, 21/10, 18/11, 09/12
  • Time: 8:00 am to 9:30 am (registration begins at 7:45 am)            
  • Price: 750 CZK + 21% 

SANANIM 2nd Gala Dinner

The Rotary Club Prague International requests the honour of your company at SANANIM’s 2nd Gala Dinner
  • Date: Saturday 12th of November, 2016
  • Where: Zlata Praha, InterContinental Hotel, Parizska 30, Prague
  • Program: Welcome Drink @ 19:00 ~ Dinner & Dancing @ 20:00, Silent Auction, Free Tombola, Live Auction
  • Dress Code:  Black Tie
For more information please contact Naomi Sullivan-Callender at phone:+420 778 024 412

All proceeds to benefit SANANIM, a charity that is now one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the Czech Republic providing complex services in the area of prevention, treatment and re-socialization of non-alcoholic drug addictions.

SANANIM offer direct services for clients in their 14 facilities, all of which offer professional consultations and internships for experts and students. 

Rotary Dragon Boat Charity Challenge 2016 Results

The Rotary Dragon Boat Charity Challenge has become the premier charity event of a Prague spring. Team building, corporate social responsibility, live entertainment and family fun in one great program, combined with the sight of teams of highly-motivated paddlers going all out for the finish line makes an exciting spectacle that draws big crowds.

The 2016 Dragon Boat Charity Challenge was held on May 14th, on the Vltava river at Žluté lázně. Participation was the name of the game and crews entered from companies, clubs and societies. The winning team was the "World Class Gym” team of the World Class Fitness Center in Prague 1, V Celnici and the “Sananim” team came second.

On June 23, during a dinner celebration, Rotary Club Prague International handed over an event-record 460,000 CZK (€17 000) to charity, from proceeds of the event. The main beneficiaries are ŽIVOT 90, an organisation providing a wide range of services for senior citizens; Nadace Naše Dítě, who offers much-needed help and support for many children in very difficult circumstances, Muzy Detem, an NGO caring for children living in children's homes and APLA, an  Association which helps people with autism, 

A big thank you from Rotary Club Prague International goes to all who took part, the companies and organisations who sponsored the event, and of course all who made such generous donations of time and money to make the event possible. 

The 2017 Dragon Boat Charity Challenge is scheduled for May 28th 2017

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The Begging Bowl

Once upon a time, in a far off land a prosperous king lived in a magnificent castle. He had an abundance of wealth and was a good, proud king, who took care of his subjects. One morning, as he was leaving his palace to tour the kingdom, he encountered a man dressed in rags sitting on the stairs. The man held out a begging bowl with a shaky hand. The king was surprised; he did not know of any subjects in the land who suffered from misfortune. The king asked the beggar in a kind voice: What can I do for you poor sir?

The king was surprised again when the beggar replied with a laugh: You ask me as if it were possible to fulfill my desires.

Taken aback, the offended king said: Of course I can fulfill your desire, I rule this kingdom, I provide for everyone’s needs.

Still smiling, the beggar warned him: Be careful about what you promise. 

This man was no ordinary beggar, but the king, not recognizing this, insisted: I will fulfill anything you ask for. I am a very powerful king.

OK then, said the beggar, can you please fill my begging bowl?

Of course, replied the king, who immediately called on his treasurer to fill the man’s begging bowl with coins. 

Almost as quickly as the coins tumbled into the bowl, they disappeared. The king, dismayed at being made a fool, demanded the treasurer add more and more money, which continued to disappear. To everyone’s astonishment, the begging bowl remained empty.

Keep pouring! cried the king, determined to not be defeated by a beggar. The treasurer obeyed and into the begging bowl went all the treasures of the kingdom. Money, gold, jewels, even priceless artifacts went into the bowl, only to disappear. The crowd watched in horror as the king’s entire wealth vanished. 

Finally, the king dropped to his knees in front of the beggar: You won, he admitted. But before you go, please tell me the secret of your begging bowl.

Smiling, the beggar replied: There is no secret, the bowl is simply made of human desire.

We all have desires and needs. For some, it is to get a new job, for others it is to travel, or to become successful entrepreneurs.

Learning, growing and moving forward are all important aspects of life. It helps leverage our talents and abilities to build the kind of life we want and to be happy and feel fulfilled.

Some of us dream of following in the footsteps of famous people who have achieved greatness. We look to adopt the same mindset of determination and insatiable desire for more and better.

The truth is, with or without being inspired by Mark Zuckerberg, Novak Djokovic or even perhaps Donald Trump, we will always be in want of something more: be it money, time, freedom, success or business opportunities.

While such lofty aspirations can motivate us to stretch beyond our comfort zone and develop in remarkable ways, it is a continuous challenge to make sure our life’s purpose is not a bottomless pit of unachievable desires. If we spend too much time searching for the next thing that will make us happy, it is easy to forget all that we have already accomplished. In the past fifty years, humans have landed on the moon, eradicated several diseases, achieved peace in Europe and virtually connected the world through the Internet. 

At the end of the day, the question I am always being reminded of is: What is the benefit of achieving greatness if we are left with an empty begging bowl?

About Karin

Karin Genton-L’Epée is a business coach with 35 years of professional experience in the United States, France and the Czech Republic. Based in Prague since 1995, for the past 18 years she has developed a range of coaching and training programs for mid and top-level managers, focusing on leadership development, cross-cultural understanding and effective communication in a global environment. By providing a structured environment that supports people in clarifying who they are and what they want, Karin enables her clients to devise more effective strategies to achieve their personal and professional goals. Thanks to her knowledge, skills and range of international experience, Karin is in demand as a speaker at business conferences and educational institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also a regular contributor to business journals and magazines. She works in English and French and can be reached at

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