Guiding our world

November 20, 2011

On my recent walk in a park close to my apartment in Prague, I have witnessed quite a remarkable scene. A dog jumped into a freezing water (November) and proceeded to swim around, initially to chase ducks but as the time went on, it felt it was just randomly swimming in panic, likely form the cold water. It was making squeaking noises and swimming for a few minutes. I stood along the side of the pond watching what is happening and a bit concerned for the dog. There was another group of pople standing close and having a good time observing the dog in the water. I assumed it was their dog and trusted their judgment about safety of what was happening, yet not completely sure whether the dog needs help or not…

Suddenly a man comes running from the nearby pub, shouting the name of the dog and capturing his attention. He picked up a piece of wood and threw it into the pond, half-way between him and the dog. He shouted fetch and the dog abandoned his panic and swam towards the floating branch. After it reached it, the man shouted to bring it to him; a move the dog had to perform thousand times before. The dog continued through the water with the branch in its mouth and got out of the water.

It was remarkable scene for me as I witnessed the man using his relationship with the dog, his ingenuity, creativity and the fact that he knew the dog would react to his command. His clear and thoughtful instructions got the dog out of his panic, helped him to focus and got him safely out of the water…

We humans are part of nature as any other species, any other expression of life. Throughout our history we have been gifted with self-awareness and an ability to learn which allowed us to develop our intelligence in remarkable ways. It helps us to creatively react in situations like these, it helps us to dream futures into being, it helps us to go beyond any limitation, it helps us to re-shape the world around us…

My wish is that similarly to this situation, as humanity, we display care, creativity and true leadership in terms of how we ‘guide’ each other, our society as well as life around us out of the panic towards safe, healthy and ever-evolving future…

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Quiet Heroes

April 12, 2011

I just got back from an inspiring evening in Prague. Together with a friend, we had an idea to start Aikido classes for ourselves and few more people. Today was the third class with 11 people attending. A fun and meaningful evening of learning an art, with high, lows, learning and an inspiring discussion in a pub afterwards. A simple evening, not grandiose, not publicized or greatly acknowledged, just a simple evening of beauty…

But what is special about this story for me is that it took a third person to make this happen. Drawing on the initial intention, a dear friend of mine actually took the time outside of his ‘ordinary’ life and responsibilities to call up few potential venues and find the right one for us. He took the time to send few emails and where there was an intention he generated an action, a movement, a commitment. Without the simple few actions that he made happen, today and many evenings to come would never happen. He is my ‘quiet hero’. A person that made it all possible to transfer a dream, a possibility into a reality.

And it made me think. How many of such ‘quiet heroes’ are present in our lives? People who take an idea and make it happen without a need for acknowledgement, fame or praise, just for the idea itself, for the love and the friendship they hold towards us. Crucial people who move all of us forward without being the ones in front. Inspiring individuals who go little further than normal, because they get inspired by an idea, often not their own. The people who are fundamental to all the things we see around us.

How many people like that do I have in my life? How many ‘quiet heroes’ who have helped me on my way just because it felt right and it was something they unselfishly wanted to do? What are all such acts and choices in my family? How many people like this are there in Prague? In my country? In Europe? In the world? What are the stories of these ‘quiet heroes’, what are the little battles they have to fight every day to make things happen without ever having or even needing an acknowledgement for all that they have done? In our lives, in our families, in our communities; these people are hidden everywhere we go, if we spend a little time to look…

How many ‘quiet heros’ do you have in your life? Who are the people who have unselfishly helped you on your way by doing a similar thing to what my friend has done? And perhaps, to how many have you helped in the same way, consciously or unconsciously?

It is to all the ‘quiet heroes’ of our past, present and future that I would like to dedicate this post. Thank you with all my heart as none what is would have been possible without the actions you took at the crucial moment when they were needed…

Anywhere you are and whoever you are, you truly matter to me and to all of us. Thank you.


Leadership in Me

March 25, 2011

This is a recording of a ‘Leadership in Me’ talk done at the Youth to Leadership Conference in Prague,in January 2011. May this serve as an inspiration and please let me know what you think…


What future do you want to create?

February 7, 2010

This is a video recording from my talk at New Leaders Conference 2009 in Serbia. I had the pleasure to speak to over 100 young leaders of this fascinating country in a National Bank of Serbia in Belgrade. The event was fascinating and was very well organized by AIESEC in Serbia.

Enjoy and let me know how you like it, appreciate any thoughts/feedback…