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Anita Roddick

Some nice tributes to Anita Roddick, whom I’ve long-admired as a leader, on her website, particularly from her children, who knew her best, of course. She once agreed to come and address The Inspired Leaders Network, when I worked there. I persuaded her to do so by explaining that the meeting was being held in the atrium of Bloomberg’s HQ in central London (that’s Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York and head of the Bloomberg financial information empire), and that she would be talking to some of the biggest moves and shakers within capitalism from within the very belly of the beast. She relished the challenge and got a standing ovation when she’d finished. She is much missed.

“The future lies in finding a broader bottom line to live by. First, you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labor is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.

We communicate with passion – and passion persuades. What we need is optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic, fun, and that secret ingredient… euphoria”.
– Anita Roddick

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