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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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12. FUEL

We never have business meals at El Bulli. If it’s about business, you’re probably not paying much attention to the food.

—Ferran Adrià

I just managed to take the win on the line. The tall Basque, who looked more like a basketball player than a runner, had charged down my lead on the finishing straight, forcing me to dig deeper for a last, final surge, and the line came just in time. It was my first road race in San Sebastian, a 5k in 2003, and I paid little attention to the “dinner for two” voucher that nestled inside the trophy. “What? You won dinner at Arzak?” was the disbelieving reply when I told my colleagues the following day. And so my wife and I trotted along to meet Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena the following week. ...

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