Live with passion and harmony – a CEO's perspective

Got this link from a colleague today–the CEO of advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi lecturing to a student group at Wharton about business. Loved listening to this guy’s English accent as he spoke of looking at a world without limitations — only possibilities. Perfect advice for single working women — give up the struggle for balancing (which equals compromise), and live with joy in all you do. Easier said than done, you say? Yeah, but utterly possible when we open our hearts and minds.

The main points of the lecture:

  • Ideas are the currency of the future
  • Ideas are emotion-based
  • o Rational – leads to conclusions
  • o Emotions lead to action
  • o Fail fast. Learn fast. Fix fast.
  • Insight trumps data/information – research doesn’t yield insight
  • Develop foresight as a result of your insight
  • And/And – it’s about integration, not compromise – not work/life balance, but continuous joy. Combine passion and harmony
  • Forget mission statements – what’s your dream?
  • When given command, take charge and do what’s right
  • The role of business is to make the world a better place

Here’s how the speaker does it:

  • Spends time with the leaders of tomorrow (lectures, teaching)
  • Pays Saatchi associates to give 10% of their time to pro bono causes
  • Bought @Now – all about sustainability. Thinking blue not green–blue skies, blue oceans. Consulting with huge companies about becoming sustainable.

These are big things he’s doing. But even small things can make a great difference to our world–and a huge difference to your life. Read Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. Read You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Don’t stay stuck if you feel that way. Life is too short!


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