New Yorkers are a tough crowd, right? Straight talkers, business builders, deal makers, fast movers. I had the pleasure of holding the floor for 90 minutes during a dinner speech and Q&A to over 200 members of the Metro New York Young Presidents Organization in the glittering new Onyx Room at the Park Hyatt. The YPO is a global organization comprising some 24,000 business leaders whose firms have a combined turnover of US$6t and 15m employees. I’ve spoken to YPO chapters before in Tennessee and London; I like their gutsy pragmatism, love of learning, and commitment to peer networking. My topic, no surprise, was ‘Leadership in a Crazy World.’ My thanks to Peter Markham of TMT Capital for instigating such a lively evening, and YPO Metro New York executive director Meredith Egyes for everything being perfect.