Yesterday I spent an evening at a seminar on personal relationships in Bahrain by Dr John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. I also sat in on his morning seminar that covered relationships at work.

John Gray is about my age. Though we come from countries far apart, in many ways we speak the same language. We share many of the reference points that sprang from what was once known as the counterculture of the Sixties and Seventies. So I was fascinated to watch this supremely high achiever in action.

He practices what he preaches. He listens. He is charming. He is relentlessly energetic. He spent around seven hours on stage. During breaks, he signed books and posed for photos. Between the two seminars, he had lunch with delegates and managed a radio interview. From 7.30am through until 10.30pm, he barely had a moment…

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