Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 1

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

Dear Readers,
Pepper de Callier
Welcome to 2014 and to our first newsletter of the year!

As we celebrate the third year of our newsletter, I would like to thank you for your support and feedback as we continue our research into more fully understanding leadership in the 21st century and sharing our intellectual capital with those who have an interest in personal development and becoming the best authentic and individual version of them that they can be. 

Our dedicated and outstanding faculty, along with many guest authors, have contributed greatly to our leadership archive with their insights and observations on many different and important aspects of leadership, which can be found at this link.

All of this brings me to the wonderful theme and focus for our newsletter in 2014. I have asked our faculty members to write about a text, an event, a person—something or someone—that gave them a special insight into life and inspired them to become who they are today.  Our goal is to create a truly inspirational collection of real-life stories, to share with this and future generations, that will provoke thought, help form perspectives, and inspire us all as we navigate our own personal life journeys.

I would also like to extend this invitation to you.  If you have an example of what I have described above, that you would like to share with our readers— a group that includes ca. 800 C-level executives around the world—please send it to me at The story does not have to be lengthy—just long enough…

And, now, it is with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride that we offer you two exquisite examples of what this project is all about. We are thrilled to present two distinguished faculty members’ personal, and touching, reflections on inspiration in their own lives.  Eliska Coolidge and Jim Cusumano kick off PLI’s Project Inspiration with two pieces I know you will be touched by, as was I.   

Thank you, Eliska and Jim, for two unforgettable contributions to our archive.

Each month a member of The Prague Leadership Institute’s faculty, and/or an invited guest author, share their thoughts on a wide variety of leadership-related topics.  To all of them go our sincere thanks for taking the time, and having the generosity of spirit, to share their wealth of experience.

Thank you, too, for taking the time to read our newsletter and for your support.


P.S. Here is the link to our 40th YouTube video in the Common Sense Wisdom series.  
PLI Faculty Member
James A. Cusumano

Entrepreneur’s Manifesto

James A. Cusumano
Executive, entrepreneur, technologist
It was June, 1969, and although I had been out of grad school for two years, and working as a research scientist for Exxon, I was still smack dab in the middle of rock and roll, playing every weekend with the Royal Teens at clubs in New Jersey and Manhattan. After 10 years as an entertainer during one of the most exciting periods of contemporary music, I found it difficult to cut the umbilical cord. We were waning in popularity, surviving off our decade earlier successful recording of Short Shorts, a national hit that put us on the road with many of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Little Richard, among others were our constant companions. 

On a dreamy Friday evening, I was driving....
PLI Faculty Member
Melissa Venable

The Wisdom of The Little Prince

Eliška Hašková Coolidge
Owner, Coolidge Consulting Services
The text that most influenced me in my life was a letter from my father shortly after our 1949 escape with one knapsack from Prague.  He urged me to study diligently, saying that what I had in my heart and what I put in my head no one could ever take away from me. 
The wisdom of The Little Prince, long my bedside companion, beautifully develops this theme. Its timeless and ageless message and hidden truths are so relevant in today's unsettled world.
"It is the time you have wasted on your rose which makes her so important". "It is only with the heart that one sees rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye."  "The eyes are blind, one must see with the heart.”...
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