Posted by: Simon | July 27, 2008

An Open Thank You to Robin Sharma

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Dear Robin

I had the very great pleasure of attending your all day workshop in Sydney last week on ‘Leading without Title’ and wanted to write a quick thank you. I was surprised when you said you only conduct about 10 of these workshops each year. However, by the end I understood why. As you had promised up front, you gave all your energy and focus to the day resulting in an awesome experience for every one of the 100 or so people in the room. I had a diverse range of talented, interesting people at my table – a partner in a law firm, a very successful advertising exec, an IT project manager, a marketing and promotions expert and a management consultant. What a great journey you took us all on where, quite frankly, those backgrounds were irrelevant. What united us was your concept of leading without title, of being the best that we can be, regardless of our station in life.

I took so many notes on the rich information you shared – so many that I need to now sit down and work through them to reflect and determine what they mean to me, what I want to do about them. I am excited and inspired to do this. Some random jottings I see include:

“The job of leadership begins with looking in the mirror”

“Beneath every excuse lives a fear”

“Leadership is about personal responsibility”

“No-one will ever forget how you make them feel

“Create space to ideate”

“NSI – Never Stop Improving!”

“How hard do you play when no-one’s watching?”

“Reward intelligent failures”

“Run toward your fears”

“Your father’s words to you: always be dreaming, always love learning and find a cause larger than yourself and give yourself to that cause”

There’s so much more and it’s all powerful, thought-provoking stuff. Genuine wisdom.

I got up at 4:15 am to travel to Sydney for this day and didn’t get home again until 9:15 at night. I had flight delays at both ends and as you know it rained solidly all day in Sydney. Yet I wouldn’t change anything. It comes as no surprise to me that as my taxi back to Sydney airport crawled along a crowded expressway, and I stared out the window at the gloomy wet sky, the sun broke through briefly behind me and the most complete, bright rainbow appeared. I haven’t seen a sight like that in a long time. It was the perfect end to a fantastic day.

Best wishes.


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