Common Sense in Leadership: Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 2

The Prague Leadership Institute Newsletter

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

Dear Readers,
Pepper de Callier
Welcome to this edition of the PLI newsletter.

As many of you recall from our last newsletter, we are dedicating all newsletters in 2014 to inspirational stories written by our faculty and guest authors.  These stories can be about a book, a song, a movie, a person, a poem, a sunset—whatever the author has experienced at some point that caused them to act in a way that brought them to a better version of themselves.  
The goal here is to experience leaders from a somewhat different perspective—a human one—in which they reveal things about themselves, their values, and the things that have inspired them to keep going, keep seeking, keep growing, and keep learning about themselves.  We call it “Project Inspiration” and my hope is that it will do just that—inspire people to look at things in a new way, to ask questions, to really want to become a better version of themselves as they navigate their own personal life journeys.  There are no rules about how long the article must be, or the style in which it’s written. It’s all about the message and getting it across in a way that feels most natural to the author.

So, let’s get to this issue of Project Inspiration!

Two wonderful and very different pieces come to us from distinguished faculty members, Jitka Schmiedová and David Ferguson. David writes about how negotiating can provide key insights into who we are.  I am publishing Jitka’s response just as it came to me—a letter in which she describes the components of her “little bible” that has become her True North in life.

Jitka and David, thank you both for two wonderful contributions to Project Inspiration!

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. My book recommendation for this issue is Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life. It is written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is the Founder and Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  If you’re looking for a real new-agey book on meditating, this is not it.  But, if you are looking for a practical, no-nonsense perspective on bringing more peace and less stress to your life, pick up a copy.
PLI Faculty Member
David Ferguson

Negotiating Life

I have often thought of the experiences, books and people that have had an impact on the direction I took in my life. One experience stands out for me a little more than all the others.

As a young employee, my company sent me to a seminar given by Herb Cohen where I purchased his book, “You Can Negotiate Anything”. I later attended a second seminar given by Mr. Cohen who is considered...
PLI Faculty Member
Jitka Schmiedová

An Open Letter

Jitka Schmiedová
It is not actually one piece of literature, movie or what you are suggesting.  In my case it has been my family, the great business leaders I worked with and the US leaders who have inspired me so much that I  decided to do what I do, and it is not yet the end of it.  I am happy to share with you my little bible which accompanies me every day in whatever I do.  In good times and bad times.  It works miracles.  There is no more to it.  In my case it is this simple...
Prague Leadership Institute
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