Great Q&A with Terence Mauri
I’m really pleased to share my latest Q& A with Terence Mauri. Terence Mauri is an Inc. Magazine Top 100 leadership expert, speaker, and mentor to leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. His new book, The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption has been described as “a fine read for anyone looking to take their leadership skills to the next level.” MITx Entrepreneurship Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and “Insightful leadership wisdom for aspiring leaders distilled into practical, actionable advice.” Doug Conant, chairman, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute and former CEO, Campbell Soup, Inc.
I help leaders achieve growth, innovation, and operational excellence through the activation of the leader’s mindset. My keynote talks and CEO mentoring aim to inspire new thinking and powerful shortcuts to help you disrupt your industry, your organization and ultimately yourself.
If we’re lucky, we only have around 960 months of life. That’s just 80 years of age. Sadly, we spend so much of our precious time committing to a cause we don’t believe in or a career that leaves us feeling like a shadow of our former selves. My role is to help others grow and find their “why”, their leadership purpose in life beyond making a profit.
Finishing my first book, The Leader’s Mindset. When I first started writing my book, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head. As the saying goes, ‘if it can go wrong it probably will’! I still feel sick when I remember the day I lost over 10,000 words and three weeks of writing that had not been properly backed up.
Room to Read (www.roomtoread.org) is an awe-inspiring charity set up by a former Microsoft executive, John Wood who is the author of the best-selling book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. One day after endless office meetings, conference calls, and emails, he came across some photos of the majestic snow-capped Himalayas in Nepal. He decided to embark on a trekking trip, looking for nothing more than the opportunity to escape the daily grind and get some adventure. Little did he realize it at the time, but the trek in Nepal would transform Wood’s life and the lives of millions of children forever. He realized that it is possible to have a brilliant second act in life. His mission is to help millions of children around the world to read and write.
When I had the privilege of meeting him, he told me there was still much work to be done. His core belief is that “world change starts with educated children, and if they can learn to read they can read to learn.”
Doug Conant, chairman, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute, and former CEO, Campbell Soup, Inc who writes in his bestseller, TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments: “It’s unrealistic to expect extraordinary effort and performance without creating an environment where people feel extraordinarily valued.”
On receiving an honorary degree from Harvard University, the author, J.K Rowling gave a heartfelt commencement speech titled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”. She told the audience: “Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. Failure means a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself to be anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I believe I truly belonged? Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life.”
Remember this: in setbacks and failure hides magic.
Find more about Terence and his work here.