When driving in France — whether in cities or on highways — there is an invisible bikers’ lane. You drive as far over on the left side of the lane you are in to let motorcyclists pass. In France , the bikers have now come to expect this from all drivers. Last night, driving on the A6 to Fontainebleau, I saw a motorcyclist who, offended by the lack of courtesy of a driver (also French) who didn’t pull aside enough, slowed down to motion vigorously and offensively to the driver to move over. All this so that the motorcyclist can speed by with greater ease (the driver was in the “fast lane” already). It does seem to be just another “right” that this population has “acquired” and, for an already dangerous mode of transportation, this type of arrogance seems wildly out of place. Imagine the reaction of a tourist.
Minter Dial is an international professional speaker, author & consultant on Leadership, Branding and Digital Strategy. After a successful international career at L’Oréal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots and has spent the last ten years helping senior management teams and Boards to adapt to the new exigencies of the digitally enhanced marketplace. He has worked with world-class organisations to help activate their brand strategies, and figure out how best to integrate new technologies, digital tools, devices and platforms. Above all, Minter works to catalyse a change in mindset and dial up transformation. Minter received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1993). His books include Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence, bowed in December 2018 and won the Book Excellence Award 2019 as well as being shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2019. It's available in Audiobook, Kindle and Paperback. He is also co-author of Futureproof (Pearson, Sep 2017) and sole author of The Last Ring Home (Myndset Press, Nov 2016), a book and documentary film, both of which have won awards and critical acclaim. Minter's latest book, You Lead, How being yourself makes you a better leader, published by Kogan Page, won the Business Book Award 2022 in the category of Leadership. It's easy to inquire about booking Minter Dial here. View all posts by Minter Dial