How to build a remarkable life and career of eclectic breadth and diversity

lovegroveIn The Mosaic Principle, Nick Lovegrove examines what he characterizes as “the six dimensions [or behaviors] of a remarkable life and career.” Here they are:

1. Doing What Seems Right: Applying Your Moral Compass
2. On Being T-Shaped: Defining an Intellectual Thread
3. The Foundation That Is Common to Them All: Developing Transferable Skills
4. Listen, Learn, Adapt: Investing in Contextual Intelligence
5. Structured Serendipity: Building an Extended Network
6. Carpe Diem: Having a Prepared Mind

Given the fact that the world has become more volatile, more uncertain, more complex, and more ambiguous than at any prior time that I can remember, many people have important decisions to make about how they build (or in come cases, rebuild) their life and career. The younger they are, the more — and better — choices they have. Lovegrove explains in this book how effective application of The Mosaic Principle can help almost anyone broaden and deepen their lives.

Consider what the British thinker and author, Arnold Bennett, has to say about why the future is up to us:

“The chief beauty about the constant supply of time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misspent a single moment in all your career. Which fact is very gratifying and reassuring. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you c house.” That said, there is no object that is served in waiting till next week, or even till tomorrow. You may fancy that the water will be warmer next week. It won’t. It will be colder.”

Seize the day!

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Nick Lovegrove serves as Managing Partner for US at Brunswick Group LLP. He has been Managing Partner of The US at Brunswick Group LLC since May 2014. He served as Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group and played a key role in client service management and development and overall institutional advancement, building on 30 years of experience with McKinsey & Company. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Director and Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Washington, D.C. office, responsible for its overall operations and client services. Before moving to Washington in 2006, Lovegrove spent 24 years in McKinsey’s London office, where he was elected Partner in 1989 and a Senior Partner in 1995.

From 2001 to 2005, he served as a Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, advising on industry regulation, education strategy and the knowledge economy. Lovegrove is a Senior Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he researches and teaches in the Center for Business and Government. He is also a visiting lecturer at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Lovegrove graduated from Oxford University with an M.A. degree in Modern History; from Harvard University with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy; and from INSEAD with an MBA.

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