Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 6

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

Dear Readers,

Pepper de Callier
Welcome to the current issue of our newsletter.  May and June have been busy months for us.  I was asked to deliver a keynote address to Deutsche Telekom’s global 150 high-potentials, which was a wonderful experience for me—a great group with lots of energy.  We are now busy planning a fall event in Warsaw, which will be done jointly with the Aspen Institute Prague. The event will be quite small—15 of Poland’s top leaders from the worlds of business, politics, NGOs, and the arts will be invited to one of Warsaw’s beautiful palaces for a dinner and discussion about the key issues facing Poland today.  I want to take this opportunity to thank one of our distinguished faculty members, Paul Kaye, President of Rolls Royce International for Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe, for his gracious support, counsel, and hard work in helping us make this important meeting a reality.  I will report on the event in our October newsletter.  With great thanks to my wonderful publisher, Fortuna Libri, and Gabriela Csontosova, I have begun work on the final volume of the Common Sense Wisdom Trilogy, which will come out in early 2014.  I will share more with you about volume III later in the year.  Finally, here is the link to a recent interview which appeared in The Prague Post, the oldest English language newspaper in the Czech Republic. 
Now, to this month’s article. It is truly an honor for me to welcome back to this newsletter, John Zogby.  John is a valued member of our faculty and is globally recognized as the Gold Standard in his profession.  John, with co-author, Joan Snyder Kuhl, have written a book that I believe will become a lasting point-of-reference for understanding perhaps the most important generation of the 21st century, the Millennials. First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Milennial Generation, is the result of painstaking, competent, and insightful research that asked the right questions, and it delivers a robust tool for understanding this important generation—whether you interact with one of its members or you are one.  In his contribution to this month’s newsletter, “Enter the First Globals”, he gives us a tantalizing preview of what readers can expect in the book. 
Thank you, John, for sharing this with us, and for the work you and Joan are doing.
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. This month’s book recommendation is (you are probably way ahead of me on this) First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation. It has just been released and is available on Amazon. 
Please note: During July and August, the newsletter will be on summer break and we will resume publication in September.  Have a wonderful summer! P

PLI Faculty Member
John Zogby

Enter First Globals

John Zogby
Founder of the Zogby Poll

For Americans born between 1979 and 1994, history has invaded their sense of well-being and self, not once but twice. The signal event was, of course, the horror of September 11, 2001. If history were a guide, then predictably these high school and college students, along with their entry-level job colleagues, would have reacted by turning inward, rallying around the flag, wanting revenge-much like my older cousins and professors of the World War II era reacted to Pearl Harbor. But this group was already different. They played more soccer than baseball; they watched the World Cup. Technology from MTV to the Internet put them in touch with the rest of the world on a moment's notice. They consumed global brands. And they were already developing their own networks that included intimates or acquaintances beyond the community where they lived.
And they had a global sensibility; geopolitical borders mattered less. A 2005 Zogby Poll showed that American teens and twenty-somethings cared more about the product and less about what nation it represented. Their preferences weren't a matter of culture but of cool. Indeed, they were planetary "buyers without borders."  ...
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