Category: Leadership

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The Big Ask

A politician in a developing country was set to address a large audience of corporate and political leaders, asking for donations, as he had every Christmas. He was proud of this gathering and of his annual call to remember the poor, requesting food baskets and toys. I proposed a different approach – go for the…
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Nation Building

I had been summoned to offer counsel for a visiting head-of-state. Their schedule was grueling, with interminable back-to-back events. By 2am, when all the demands and minutiae of diplomacy, emergencies and commerce had been met, the head of their military escorted me in. I had been invited to the inner sanctum, the end of the…
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A Leader’s Barometer

Ask your Self at every turn, at every moment, in every conversation – is this progress?   Do not say or do anything unless it is progress.  Is what I am about to do, or doing now advancing one and all?   If so, lead the way;  if not, don’t do it – period.

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Business Without Intuition Is Doomed

The development project had been announced, a billion dollars, an urban gem, seven stars. The architect held a glitzy press conference. The designer dazzled everyone, having traveled the world to find the latest trends in construction. Yet the developer who initiated the project, the person with the most to gain, lost control of his own…
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The Eighth Continent

At this moment, wherever you are sitting in the world, the sky above you is the equivalent of a large city. Collect all these cities and air spaces around the world and you have an eighth continent – not one of land or ice, but a magnificent and crowded atmosphere filled with people in airplanes.…
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Intuitive Connections

A high level government official from a developing country called to run an idea by me. We discussed strategy, personalities, timing, consequences and opposing forces, and then agreed to stay in touch. About a month later, I was at my desk and called him, spontaneously. I had nothing specific in mind and frankly was surprised when he…
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Practicing Innovation

Whatever you are doing now, Do it differently.   Go past your pre-conceived limits.  When you feel it is too much, when you feel confronted, you have just begun. Then relax and seed what is possible.  One word, one thought, one action, one penny – with the active consciousness of an innovative mind – can change everything.

Ruthless Analysis

The primary requisite of a leader is wisdom, which is first determined by the ability to know the consequences of any given action. and its ramifications over time. In every situation or decision, there is a – Set-up Pay-off Pay-back Price When did you set it up? If you can be ruthlessly and very privately…
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The Ten Principles Of Wise Leadership

Demonstrate Vision. Wise leaders serve the future with the only reality that matters, results. Results must match a vision and bear the weight of wisdom. Wisdom is defined as first knowing the consequences of any thought, word or deed and then behaving accordingly. Therefore, effective leaders do not say or do anything unless they first know…
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Advocating for the Next Generation

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today From original and groundbreaking work in stress reduction, creative communication and special needs, to recent panels on anti-bullying, gender equality and diversity, Yogi Akal stands out as an advocate for children everywhere. His work with students, educators and administrators, from pre-K to university, inspires excellence, leadership and innovation. In 2020, Yogi…
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