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Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 1

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century


Dear Readers,
 
Pepper de Callier
Welcome to this issue of the PLI newsletter.  I hope spring, wherever you are, is as lovely as the one we are enjoying in Prague. 

I am pleased to present you with three wonderful articles written by distinguished members of our faculty: Eliska Coolidge, Stacy Meyer, and Mike Short.  Each has a wonderfully unique, and personal, twist on the question, “What is it I know now that would have been helpful to know then?"

Reading these reminds me of why I am so proud of the leaders who serve on the PLI faculty.  They have, each in their own way, the ability to communicate such important messages in such a down-to-earth manner.  I know you will enjoy reading these.

To Eliska, Stacy, and Mike, many thanks for your wonderful contributions to the PLI archive on leadership.

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.

On 15 February, 2016, we brought Oxfordian-style debate to Prague and launched the PLI University Debate Series. The event was held at Anglo-American University, and the debating teams were University of New York in Prague versus Anglo-American University. The motion being debated was “There is a negative relationship between religion and peace.” After a rousing debate, the motion was defeated by a victorious AAU team.  
 
The UNYP team asked for a rematch, which was agreed to by a very sportsmanlike AAU team, and it was held at UNYP’s campus on 25 April.  The motion was, “This House Believes Violence is an Acceptable Form of Protest against Economic Deprivation”. The motion was upheld by a wonderful performance on the part of the UNYP Team.
 
There are so many people to thank for the wonderful success of our inaugural series.  Dominic Brisby, a former Oxford Debate Captain, flew in from London to chair the first debate.  Matus Huba, the current debating champion of both the Czech Republic and Slovakia, served as Chair of the second debate.  Tomas Kristlik, Bakala Scholar and recent Georgetown University Master’s Degree recipient, served as Secretary of both debates. Thanks to both schools for having graciously provided the venues, and finally, to our PLI Team, Priscilla and Marcela, for all they did. To all of you—thanks for making this such a success! Here’s a link to some photos of the events.

I have just begun to record all three volumes of Common Sense Wisdom for Amazon’s Audible division, and I will let you know when that project is finished—hopefully in mid-May. I want to thank Ferenc Vad for convincing me to do this, finally.

Also, I am happy to share with you that The Economist has invited me to London on 21 June to address their annual international human resources conference.  This year’s theme is Future Works and here’s a brief teaser from The Economist events people: “Are your current models of organisational design and leadership still relevant for the evolving labour marketplace, the generation of Millennials, and the new skills necessary for sustained productivity?” And, here is a link to the agenda and speakers I’ll be joining: http://www.economist.com/events-conferences/emea/future-works-2016/agenda  

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

All the best,

Pepper
 

 
PLI Faculty Member

Dealing with Adversity

What is there in life that I wish I had learnt many years ago and applied much earlier?
I reflect back to my father’s words when I was a child and wish I’d paid more attention.
A true test of manhood, my father said, is how you deal with the problems that strike us in life - the curve balls that you don’t expect. It’s about how you deal with adversity.




 










 
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"What I know now that would have been helpful then." 
Stacy Meyer
 
This is a very interesting and thought provoking question that sparks many thoughts, ideas and emotions.  I’m sure everyone wishes they had the magic recipe for success and happiness both professionally and personally.  The best way I know how to share what I wish I had known is to simply list my thoughts in no logical order:

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What will we do tomorrow based on what we know today?

Eliška Hašková Coolidge
 
Throughout our lives we do things without giving much thought to why we do them. For me, thinking what I might have done differently in the past based on what I know now, is an invitation to brooding about things we cannot change. But if such self-reflection became a daily habit it could make us grow in increments each day as we reflect on making tomorrow better.
 
I have therefore taken the liberty to rephrase your question: What will we do tomorrow based on what we know today?

I strongly believe that character is formed in the earliest years of a child's life and that example plays a pivotal role in that formation. Character is what we do when no one is looking. It is the inner compass that guides us through the vicissitudes of life in good times and bad. It is what gives us the courage to walk through our vulnerabilities and to remain true to our values, even in the most challenging times.
 
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