A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to attend a conference that boasted some of the world’s top speakers and business leaders. It was broadcast via satellite to thousands of people, and we all sat glued to the screens watching the likes of Richard Branson, Bill Gates and others talk about their view of success and leadership. What struck me was that just about all of the speakers at some point made a strong reference to the individual ability of people to influence.
Have you ever wondered how some people always appear organised and in control when all that you are seeing around you is chaos and confusion? I have certainly thought many times that it has been a gift that some people have that allows them to make sense of disorder. These are the people who always meet deadlines, seldom arrive late for anything and constantly keep their proverbial ducks in a row. You know who I’m talking about. Whether you love them or hate them, you have to admire their ability. So I guess the one big question is, “how do they do it?”
I have never really considered myself to be a wine connoisseur, although it never stopped me from trying. In fact wine making can be very similar to your own growth and development. It requires a lot of attention and focus and occasionally you need to do something innovative to ensure you get the right result. So it was with interest the other day that I listened to a young wine maker from the Western Cape explain how he plays classical music to the wine to help the process along. Not just any music though. Beethoven to be exact!