On February 25, 2012, Bob Davids gave an amazing talk at TEDxESCP event in Paris: “Management and Leadership”.
We need smart people. Our universities are focused on producing just that. Those who come out on top are the smartest and hence succeed in business, law and politics.
It would be easier to agree with the above view if psychologists hadn’t already been challenging it for several decades. They found that analytical intelligence – the one taught in schools allowing you to find the right answer for a well-defined problem – doesn’t predict success in professional life. Success-measured, say, by your career or salary, while adjusting for age, correlates with intelligence at a mere 0.2…
We are in the Bahamas—at least, Bob Davids is. Davids is the owner of Sea Smoke Cellars, a young 350-acre vineyard in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley of central California. But he spends eleven months of the year elsewhere, whether that’s in Reno, Nevada, Bali, or the Bahamas, fishing. His goal is nothing less than to produce “the best Pinot Noir humanly possible” from his vineyard. He says he scoured the world to find just the right spot for it, and having found it, he stays away from it as much as he can.
His quest to build a world-class winery began in earnest in December 1997, when Davids, founder and CEO of Radica Games—then the world’s third most-profitable toy maker—announced to the board he wished to resign so that he could make wine. The reactions were, well, mixed . . .
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105-acres of the finest Estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the heart of the Santa Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County, California.
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Robert Townsend (1920–1998) was an American business executive and author who is noted for transforming Avis into a rental car giant. He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1920. His parents moved to Great Neck, N.Y. where he spent his childhood. After high school, he was accepted to Princeton, graduating in 1942. After graduating college, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, serving for the remainder of World War II.