Archives: September 2005

Give That Boy An Atlas For His Birthday!

Okay, so I was in Brazil (Belo Horizonte) yesterday. Now in Charleston, SC. (Hotel-to-hotel, 18 hours.) And where from here? Chile! Argentina! "But you were just in South America, a stone's throw from Buenos Aires," you say. My reply: "Well, uh ..." Or: "But it's only one time-zone ..."

(FYI: Hats off to an ... airline. Brazil's TAM. Service was super.)

Glorious Charleston!

Charleston, South Carolina! What a town/city! Arrived, awash in Brazilian friendship, from Belo Horizonte (via São Paulo and Miami) at 9 pm, and immediately changed into shorts so I could log my Wednesday power walk. What a wonderful hour-long walk! Charleston is magical at night! The sounds and smells of summer—and the humidity—still goin' strong! Such a beautiful and well preserved town center! Such amazing architecture! I'd judge that one out of every three houses/buildings has a fascinating historical marker—including one on the house of a principal Confederate blockade runner.

My treat to myself for pushing through exhaustion to rack up my exercise: a bowl of Charleston's best "She Crab Soup," courtesy Charleston Place hotel. The lingering question: Will he or won't he have "Shrimp and Grits" for breakfast? (I'll let you know.)

(Note to self: Got to get back here with Susan for the Spoleto Festival next spring.)

Event Slides

As he says above, Tom's in Charleston speaking to the ETA Strategic Leadership and Networking Forum. You can download the slides here.

Hope You Like It …

Another major revision of my "Leadership50" PPT. I spent the entire 8-hour São Paulo flight revising. I'm quite pleased, actually. Take a look ...

Special Slides

Another new special presentation (Tom really was very busy on that plane), "Super TIB25" (TIB = This I Believe), is here. This one's short—one slide & title page—but packed with ideas.

Slides Again

Here are the slides from Tom's event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where his topic was the Leadership50.

And we have a new addition to the Master slides choices. See Tom's Working Master—the slides deck he starts with when preparing for an appearance. He adds and removes slides to/from this basic framework until he has a custom presentation for each audience.

Finally, a special presentation was updated. Get the latest version of The Talent50 (updated 26 Sept 2005). We hope you like being kept up to date with Tom's presentations.

Latin Time! Loo Time!

Greatly enjoyed the speech last night in Campinas. But paid the price for starting at about my normal Anglo Saxon bedtime—9:45 pm. So I finished at 11 pm, chock full of adrenaline as usual; hence I didn't get to sleep 'til 2:30 am (my wake-up for flight to Belo Horizonte was 4 am).

Am genuinely peeved at our President. Ever since he passed Condi the immortal "I gotta go" note at the UN, all I can think about before a speech is if I've gone enough so I won't have to go; my last act before hitting the stage these days is a loooooong stop at the loo!

Notes From the Road

In Campinas, a suburb of São Paulo Brazil. Will speak soon. 5 pm as I write. Audio/Visual at 6:15 pm. All important. Always. Bad A/V, bad speech. Period. Crews are good, bad, indifferent (just like anything else). Crossing my fingers for good. Arriving a little early, because I have some special requests (fonts, etc); maybe tough to deal with in Portuguese. Good news: I've got a full-time interpreter for these two days. Better news: He gives me lots of space; some try to justify their fees by checking to see if things are okay ... about every five minutes, or so it feels. I NEED SPACE. ALWAYS. (Am also lonely as hell when 6K miles from home. Go figure. Life is contradictions, as someone/s wise probably said 3,000 years ago.)

Speech from 8:20 pm to 10:20 pm. Welcome to: Latin time!! (Wow, does it—the timing—feel odd.) Ah, the little matter of the speech. Planned on a "tailored generic." Then—it always happens—I boarded the first leg, Boston to Miami, flight, and I decided to do something ... Completely Different. (Or at least a bit different.) Used to do a 1-hour L50 (Leadership50) speech to much acclaim—always. (No kidding.) Haven't fixed it in two years. Spent whole BOS-MIA flight on it, and part of MIA-GRU/São Paulo as well. (Plus half of today. Damn. So much for minimum prep time.)

Finished a great spy novel, At Risk by Stella Rimington, former head (first woman head) of Britain's MI5. (FYI: James Bond was an MI6 guy.) Then I needed sleep. Most of my friends take sleeping pills; I don't; I'm so damned afraid of being groggy for a day. But this time I did try 2 Bayer PMs, or whatever they're called. Worked brilliantly. (Also in BOS bought a $14.95 neck pillow—also worked brilliantly. (Oh, the things still to learn at 62+ after 3 million miles of flying.)

Screw-up at airport re pickup. When that happens in Brazil, with a 1.5 hour ride ahead, and taxis not exactly reliable, it's a nightmare. Abbey talked me down, after I woke her up pre-dawn on a Sunday. (Thanks!!!!) And lo and behold, I found the blessed ride. My cell phone not working in GRU, which added to the pain—had to go to one of those airport phone company places where you queue up for a booth.

Hotel just fine+. (My standards are insanely high—mostly thanks to the 4Seasons.) My big three were in place: windows that open, easy DSL connection, one-hour pressing. (And hyper-clean sheets/bathroom. I guess that makes four.) Didn't need the pressing, because I stopped being so cheap, and recently bought a very good suit or two, which shake out brilliantly. (Hurray.)

As I said, today mostly devoted to presentation prep—I also turned tonight's speech into a Special Presentation, which "we" (Cathy) are posting. My breaks were walks. And more walks. Ended up doing three Power Walk segments and logging about 7 or 8 miles, pretty good for walking. Have a 112-day streak going, which is pretty good. (Going to Australia soon, and an entire day evaporates thx to International Dateline—does that count as a streak buster?) São Paulo is a little tough, security-wise, but Campinas looked pretty good to me, so I went on my Merry Way. Did notice that every hotel had barbed wire on an outer wall. Hmmm. Also hotel security was, I think, keeping a bit of an eye on me—and at one point offered me a ride. As I said, hmmm.

Hey, gotta go to that A/V check.

NB: My Mom would have been 96 today; on my mind constantly.

NB2: I know "all this" should be old hat by now, but I'm still struck by the fact that I was presenting in Dubai this time last week!

Slides, Slides, More Slides

See the post above. Preparing for his appearance in Campinas, Brazil, Tom really got into his Leadership message (he calls it "The Passion Imperative"), leading him to produce not one PPT for the event, but three, one of which is a new Leadership50—covering all the bases. Here are links for downloading: the Leadership50, Campinas, Brazil (the slides shown at the event), the longer Web version of the event slides, and Leadership50. All Bases.

Around the World in Eighty Days

You may read (hear) a little less from me in the coming days. My fall schedule, starting with the just finished Dubai/UAE stop, includes these ports of call: Dubai/UAE, Campinas/Brazil, Belo Horizonte/Brazil, Nashville TN, Moscow, Orlando, London, Berlin, Bologna/Italy, Seattle, Sydney/Australia, Taipei/Taiwan,* Birmingham/England, Durango CO, Chicago, Lagos/Nigeria, Port Harcourt/Nigeria, San Antonio, Bucharest/Romania. (*Re N5H1, my "insider" already suggests I wear a breathing mask in Taipei—a little tough to give speech in one.)