Monthly Archives: January 2009

The absolute Leadership handbook

Not everybody can read ancient Greek, although I hear that it is becoming fashionable of late. For the rest of you barbarians* here is a link to an English translation from .

Now before spending your hard earned money to a leadership coach or an excellence mentor**, read the aforementioned text, unless of course your company is footing the bill in which case hit the buffet before digging into Plutarch’s verses. Pay particular attention to Alexander’s way of living,fighting, operating. He was respected by his troops because he shared hardships, yet he had the vision and drive. He was everyone’s inspiration without being overly crass. He had a large retinue of that times scientist’s. He punished ostentatious displays of wealth from his generals. The people he conquered he then respected enough not to brutalize and rewarded his troops enough to be comfortable but not lax. There is really so much there that I cannot even presume to elucidate a single paragraph of it, read it and that is an order.

Exercise for the student: Translate above snippet to MBA*** terminology.

* Barbarian: Don’t be insulted, in antiquity the term referred to any non Greek. Later during Hellenistic times to non Greek speaker.
** Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure is way more inspiring than any quacks out there.
***Meaningless Barbarian Annotations .

Who's your grand daddy

And now for a history lesson.

Go and get a copy of Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations” and you will find out that he was not only a Roman Emperor but quite possibly the first ever blogger. The technology and medium were quite different, parchment that is, still the style and method are true to the blogger mentality.

Come to think of it blogging is not all that new. The act of jotting down notes and ideas has a very long history. It persists ever since the days of cave paintings to the modern era. The action of posting these ideas without requiring a couple of hundred copy monks is what defines modern blogging. Oh and the current ignominious simplicity of ideas and language used.