You’ve been a senior executive at two of the world’s largest companies, Unilever and Kraft Foods. Now you’re an award-winning author and the CEO of your own consulting firm. How did you make all that happen? 

I feel so blessed to be where I am. But while my career has in many ways been extraordinary, the biggest factors in determining my success were somewhat ordinary, namely: hard work, smart risk-taking, perseverance, great mentors and sponsors and, of course, a bit of luck.