Ben Zander, inspired by Libraryguy, on giving an 'A' on day one

OK, I read libraryguy's list of inspiring authors and notice Ben and Rosamund Zander are among them. So, inspired by that, I have reached into my story bag to find some inspiring words from the orchestra conductor and leadership consultant Benjamin Zander. Here goes:

Give everyone an 'A' before they start

Don't Make People Feel Average

I was approached by an employee from another division in my compnay yesterday.  They wanted talk as they were extremely downheartened as a result of a less than motivational appraisal they had received.  I could understand why they felt as they did. 

It reminded of a presentation by Allan Leighton (ex Chairman of British Post and current Chairman of Pace Technology) to the Leaders in London on the subject of appraisals and leadership.   I think this is brillant and the message an extremely powerful one.

Hope you enjoy it as well. 


Today’s inspirational quote from Audri and Jim Langford

"Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you've never been hurt. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth." – Souza



Cast off you inhibitions, be yourself and do what feels right to you regardless of who is watching...

Trust, don’t harbour grudges, forgive and always look for the good...

Work-life balance: is there such a thing?

Ricky reflects this Easter on his Viral Leadership TV video blog whether work-life balance is possible? See - #leadership

Leading when you don't want to be there!

One of the hardest things to do as a Leader is to retain that energy and enthusiasm when you dont want to be there.

Recently something happened and I lost my enthusiasm, while I struggle with that and ponder my next steps...... will I stay or will I go?  How do my actions affect my team?

I strongly believe that to be a Leader you need to sacrifice yourself at times for others, in the Bible they often call it being a 'servant leader' and this means you need to put the needs of your team and their growth before your own.

Let's Take the Complexity Out of Leadership!

There is so much to continually read about leadership that anyone researching the subject can easily become very confused as to what leadership really is and what an effective leader should be doing. I firmly believe that if we're going to help anyone become leadership material, we must try to boil leadership down to the simplest form that we can. The discussion of leadership, in my view, has almost taken on a sort of philosophical overtone, which I personally am not comfortable with.

So let's try to make the subject of leadership a little simpler for all of us to understand.


The second in my motivational series for 2009.   This is about belief,  A combination of beautiful pics, inspiring quotes with a few of mine thrown in for good measure.


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