Fermat’s Last Theorem

Andrew Wiles is an English mathematician best known for proving Fermat's Last Theorem. Fermat's Last Theorem is one of the long outstanding maths problems that remained unresolved in the maths community for over 350 years. This was so, until Andrew Wiles solved it on 23 June 1993. So what is Fermat's Last Theorem and how did he…

Solitude and leadership

I came across this remarkable article that so resonated with me on leadership on many levels. It is speech by an by William Deresiewicz titled: Solitude and Leadership Here are some of the excerpts that stood out for me: _______________________________________________________ Leadership is what you are here to learn—the qualities of character and mind that will…

Two kinds of mistakes

There is the mistake of overdoing the defense of the status quo, the error of "don't change what is not broken", the error of investing too much time and energy in keeping things as they are. The "this is how we do things around here" mistake. And then there is the mistake made while inventing…

The skills we need

Doing is faster than watching. You will get much more skilled at “business” by running a lemonade stand than by reading business school case studies. You don't learn how to cut hair by looking at photos of various haircuts. You develop a skill by doing, not just watching or reading about the skill. The number…

Once there was a wise, elderly man…

.... who spent his days just outside his village sitting under a shady tree where he would think. One day, a traveler came up to him and said: “Old man, I have traveled far. I have seen many things and met many people. Can you tell me, if I go into this village, what kind…

Hiding from feedback

If you don't seek feedback because you are afraid it will dent your ego, you will be fine because your ego won't be dented. Not seeking or receiving feedback will make you feel good. But not seeking or getting feedback will dent your business, because people will not buy from you, they will simply walk…

Transacting vs. Caring

Every business has a story to tell about how difficult their customers can be. Day after day there is always someone who is not happy with this or that. There is another side to this story though. Our side. The story about what is at stake for us as leaders and entrepreneurs. When we don't…

….on success and happiness

“Again and again, I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don’t aim at success, the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of…

For a leader by John O Donohue

May you have the grace and wisdom to act kindly, learning to distinguish between what is personal and what is not. May you be hospitable to criticism. May you never put yourself at the center of things. May you act not from arrogance but out of service. May you work on yourself, building up and…

The cereal entrepreneur

Leaving your job to start a business is not an easy transition. Losing your job due to an economic slowdown as a result of a pandemic is traumatic. As I was thinking about this situation as many people are experiencing retrenchments, I came across some advice from Seth Godin regarding useful traits that entrepreneurs should…

Smiling tired

It has been a rough few months, deadlines, preparations, applications to process, emotionally difficult situations to manage. And the end is not in sight, in fact, this is just the beginning of a long wave building up in the horizon. I was exhausted but I had to keep going with the work that needed to…

Same and different

All human beings are 99.9% identical in terms of our genetic make up. Despite being virtually the same, we have somehow found ways to let that differing 0.1% get in the way of belonging and cooperation. We have been successful in finding arbitrary differences, some biological, most made up, as justification to be cruel to one another.…