Sunday, September 17, 2017

Winston Churchill: Crazy Times


John Lithgow's Emmy acceptance speech tonight: “First and foremost, I want to thank Winston Churchill. In these crazy times, his life reminds us what courage and leadership in government looks like.”

"A Netflix original drama, The Crown chronicled the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. Churchill was a British statesman who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955."

57-0

All Blacks 57, South Africa 0. Oi. Ugh. A few months ago I posted "World Domination: Why are the All Blacks so Good?" On Saturday night at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, they really showed why. Eight tries to zip. The highlights reel demands repeated viewing.








Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Life Lessons Radio Podcast

Rick Tocquigny and I were are P&G at the same time in the late 70s and early 80s though on different continents, and we've crossed paths many times in the past few years at the P&G Alumni Network. Based in Colorado, one of Rick's many hats is host and producer of Life Lessons Radio (2,185 broadcasts in 8 years!). Yesterday we had a 20 minute conversation in which I managed to do something no one has ever done before, which was to place the novels of Ernest Hemingway and Procter & Gamble's famous one-page memo in the same sentence (crisp get-to-the-point writing style). Check out the podcast here, we talked about the fast crazy world in which we live, mentoring, your ABCs (ambition, belief and courage), being digital, and what three authors I would love to have to dinner (Hemingway being one, listen to the podcast for the other two).


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Business Tips From the Movies: Avoiding a Knife in the Back

KRConnect has been running for 10 years now - 2104 posts - so I can now run those "10 Years Ago" posts favored by newspapers. Here goes.

I saw a great movie en route to Seoul last week - Breach. It’s the true story of Robert Hanssen, a FBI double agent. Hanssen was responsible for the deaths of half a dozen American agents, and the cause of untold damage to America’s national security.

The movie has been shot by Billy Ray, almost as a documentary. Ray has described the movie as “a story about lying in the pursuit of truth”. The tension never ebbs and the cold, chilling sets and tone feel totally believable. Even though you know how the story ends, you can still feel yourself being clouded by confusion and doubt.

Anyone in business will recognize and feel for this real life drama where everyday institutional office pressures are overlaid on the stresses of a typical family life. The acting is brilliant. Two primary characters, Hanssen, and FBI rookie, Eric O’Neill, are intriguingly interlinked, taking turns at playing on the insecurities of one another. There is a universal truth that lies at the heart of this movie; people who want to make a difference, and want to be known for something, need to be appreciated. It’s a theme I hold dear, and we must never forget just how important responsibility, learning, recognition and joy are to everyone in the work place. Create this sort of environment in your business and you are unlikely to be betrayed.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Golden Age - Drama on Television

In today’s Golden Age of TV Dramas, here’s what I’ve been watching in 2017.

The Bureau – Series 3
Brilliant, up-to-the-minute Canal+ show based on real life accounts by French spies.

Romanzo Criminale
Crime and passion in the turmoil and turbulence of 1970’s Rome.

Billions – Season 2
Of course you’ve all been watching this tour de force between Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades. We have to wait for 2018 now.

Unforgotten
An ITV series green-lighted by ex Saatchi & Saatchi UK co-CEO Adam Crozier, a BAFTA Best Drama series winner about cold cases being revived and solved.

Line of Duty – Series 4
Another UK crime drama – focusing on the Police Anti-Corruption unit AC12. Complex and riveting.

Fargo – Series 3
Coen Brothers inspired. Noah Hawley created and amazing acting from Ewan McGregor and co. Irresistible.

Taboo
Dark. A journey to the end of the earth and back – London in 1814. Tom Hardy at his best.

The Young Pope
Radical and brave. Jude Law is amazing. Brilliantly conceived and created by Paolo Sorrentino – a FremantleMedia production.

American Gods

Another FremantleMedia piece of irresistible entertainment. Ian McShane in fine form.

Berlin Station
A US drama around leaks, whistle-blowing and political intrigue – Rhys Ifans is magnificent.

Vintage stuff.

KR

Monday, August 28, 2017

Entourage Academy Podcast





















A couple of months ago I had a lively and intense conversation with Secret Entourage founder Pejman Ghadimi about marketing and branding. The result is a 38 minute podcast posted here. With digital and social roaring away, this is quite a different conversation than I would have had a decade or more ago. And with my roles as chairman of three early-stage companies, my perspective is today is a little different from my lifetime of working in and alongside large corporations. We talked about:
  • How I got involved with branding and marketing
  • Everything starts with purpose
  • Why your work purpose and your life purpose need to be integrated
  • The difference between leadership and management
  • What qualities to demonstrate to secure a job
  • How an organization structure needs to be like an amoeba
  • What traditional advertising agencies are under serious threat
  • What's missing from your brand to bring it to the next level
  • The role of marketing has changed to create a movement, not build a brand
  • Lovemarks, and how to create loyalty beyond reason
  • Survival of the fastest
  • All marketing is designed to do one thing: sell more stuff
  • The secrets to successful marketing in today's society
  • The difference between transformational, informational, and disruptive creativity
  • What Amazon does to succeed
Bio of my interviewer, Secret Entourage founder Pejman Ghadimi: a self-made entrepreneur and best-selling book author born in 1982 in the middle of a revolution in Iran, Peham spent the majority of his childhood in France, eventually migrating to the United States in 1997. Raised by a single mother his entire life with very limited resources, Pejman quickly adapted to the idea of being resourceful. Due to lack of finances and the inability to go to college due to family obligations, Pejman chose to start working from a young age and focused his efforts on banking where he built a name for himself very quickly, climbing the ladder all the way to the VP level in a four years without any type of formal education or formalized training. Fast forward three years and Pejman left banking to found three major businesses: VIP Motoring, Secret Consulting, and Secret Entourage (which collectively have grossed over $40M in revenue annually). Pejman shares a unique perspective on success and entrepreneurship; one that involves the birth of innovation through the impact made on others as well as the human connections we create daily backed by years of effective and practical leadership skills. Pejman’s most recent best seller Third Circle Theory focuses on a unique roadmap to achieving a higher level of self-awareness leveraging the power of entrepreneurship.

Pejam says about entrepreneurship: "Creating the life you want takes work, dedication, support, and a whole lot of motivation along the way. This is why we created Secret Entourage, a group of incredibly talented and extraordinary people helping to shape the future of entrepreneurship. Our definition of Entrepreneurship extends far beyond the scope of simply starting a business. It's about vision, creation, and innovation. But it's also about the value it creates for those impacted by it."