Royal Dublin Society Lecture by Dr. Deepak Chopra and relevance to Entrepreneurship by Dr John McKeon
Last night I was at a fascinating talk at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) by Dr. Deepak Chopra, physician, entrepreneur and author of 55 books who was invited back to Dublin by Jane Stephenson from www.Seminars.ie
The evening lecture in the wonderful RDS Concert Hall included topics based on some of his new books including Super Brain .
I have been very interested in Deepak’s work after reading his business book The Soul of Leadership, which is derived from his executive training program at the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University. In the book, he describes “pure leadership” which is based on a need coming from followers and then from a leader standing up to address that need.
The Soul of Leadership is a clear and enlightening guide offering insight and practical steps to become an inspired leader and fulfil your vision and is a great read for all start-up entrepreneurs.
As Entrepenuer’s, whether it’s our employees or our clients we have the opportunity to serve, Deepak’s method of leadership focuses less on strategizing or putting on a role and more on finding the truest way we can serve others by being authentic and congruent.
On the evening, Deepak made clear his conviction that it is within the potential of every human being to live an enriching, self-aware, magnificent life which are all relevant themes to the mindset of entrepreneurship and value creation .
He finished the evening by defining that happiness is achieved through three things:
- Creating a solution for a problem which allows us to express our creativity
- A level of material success that makes you economically empowered beyond money
- Making other people happy and fulfilling our desire for appreciation and attention.
In reviewing the above it would be difficult to come up with a better definition of entrepreneurship!
I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with Deepak before the event and discuss a number of topics including habit patterns for success, entrepreneurship and even golf! All his teaching are extremely relevant to early stage business and the start up phase and I look forward to meeting Deepak again next year on his return.
Why key business figures say about Depak
“Deepak Chopra opens the door for today’s leaders to access the secrets of success we all need without giving up who we are.” – Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com
“Deepak Chopra really gets it – true leadership begins at the spiritual level. It’s not about popularity, power or piling up profits; it’s about getting your ego out of the way so that you can serve the greater good. At a time when the world desperately needs love-based leaders, this throughout guide is a godsend.” – Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager.
Deepak Chopra’s popularity as an international presenter and keynote speaker is exemplified in an impressive list of honorariums. He participates annually as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine event sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 1997.
Dr Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management, Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization and founder of The Chopra Foundation.
Interview with Gay Byrne on Meaning of Life, October 2010 http://www.rte.ie/tv/meaningoflife/player.html
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