Now and then I get asked to talk a bit about my career and give advice to audiences. Modestly I refuse most of the times. Infrequently I open up. I think the people I talk to expect to hear something about my background or upbringing to explain whatever small or big (depending on who’s asking) success I’ve enjoyed. What I say usually surprises them.
became acquainted with the “last lecture” idea when Joel Peterson discussed it during an innovation course at Stanford University.
The “last lecture” is intended to be given every year to graduates. It is the last piece of advice or wisdom they’ll receive before starting their careers.
I like Uber.
The app is easy. You can see how far away your car is before it arrives. There’s no hassle trying to hail a cab. You don’t need cash. The cars are clean and well-looked after. And the drivers are friendly.
I always ask, “Do you like working for Uber?”
Every driver says, “Yes!” Except one. “I don’t work for Uber,” he said. “My customer’s my boss.”
Military activities within Ukrainian territory will eventually end. The question that must be answered is what to do about the aftermath.
Large, international private-sector corporations have to—and will—help Ukraine by investments, jobs creation, and the building of additional taxable base. However, a common requirement for all businesses now is the introduction of principles for development in Ukraine.
I have been asked a couple of times to share with junior audiences some of the knowledge and personal views I have gathered on business and management during the last 20 or so years. Here is a summary of the nine lessons I wish I had learned earlier, and which I want to share with you.
Love your people is an essential ingredient of business success. Whatever the industry—whether it be manufacturing, sales, services, construction, technology, media, public administration, or the arts—love is contagious, and spreading a little is so rewarding.
Some years ago, as a newly appointed head of sales I visited customers all over the country to gauge opportunities and evaluate risks. On one of these visits, I met a customer who had recently taken the helm of a family business from his retiring father in a rather remote, I would say exotic, part of the country. He represented an important part of my company’s turnover at the time.
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