I thought it would be relevant to start this year’s first newsletter with a lesson from another of history’s renowned leaders, this one emanating from the other end of Eurasia in a little territory called Macedon around 2400 years ago.
It was then that a brilliant and precocious child, named Alexander, was born to Philip II, King of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. A student of Aristotle, and an avid reader of Homer, Alexander ascended the throne aged 20 upon his father’s death. He immediately went about securing their small empire, expanding throughout the region, before later conquering Persia and invading India, where he was forced to turn around on the banks of the Ganges (his troops began revolting about the prospect of further wars). (more…)