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The housing market has hit the wall.
After years of unrelenting strength, house prices are dropping. Not by much, at this stage, but the heat in the Sydney market in particular, has suddenly turned cold.
The fascinating and scary thing is that the price falls are increasingly widespread.
It's a bumpy ride ahead, says noted Australian economist Saul Eslake, but perhaps not as bad as it could be.
Property on the blockchain? Smart contracts and bitcoin-like management of decentralised property ownership is coming. And that's just the start.
Although consumer demand has driven the widespread adoption of online real estate listings, the mechanisms and processes of real estate have gone largely unchanged for decades - or longer.
That's all starting to change.
Disruptive technology isn't the only threat to the real estate industry. Technology's effect on people is where the most transformative disruption is taking place. Whether it's buyers, sellers or those providing services at every step of the real estate journey, technology is making people more connected, informed, empowered, demanding, impatient, even narcissistic.
Digitisation is reshaping the future of real estate.
Today's mobile interfaces have enabled buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants to make smart decisions in real-time... but that's just the beginning...
In this Future Trendspots video, futurist Anders Sörman-Nilsson gives us a glimpse into the future of real estate.
Flooded with options, where does one start when looking to purchase a property? The number one route is through word of mouth. Clever branding and a stellar experience can create endless strings of valuable leads. A few ingredients which I think would be essential, are:
Even the best cyclists in the world need a team. A peloton is made up of competing riders who are nevertheless helping each other. Nothing happens in isolation and we can't perform at our best without others.
There is a delicious irony in business at the moment. Many businesses are trying to humanise themselves - but they are hell bent on doing it through robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Within this environment we should instead being saying Hi to good old H.I. or human intelligence.
And within this specifically I mean creativity. The future of your workforce will lie in being able to apply creativity, imagination, and strategy - the things AI doesn't do so well. Creativity in particular is shaping up to be the new frontier of strategic competitive advantage.
So, here's what I know about how to make creativity happen.
Last November we performed with Pink on the American Music Awards. Pink is known for performing aerial stunts that are truly inimitable as she sings live, refusing to ever lip sync! On the AMAs, Pink did something unprecedented even for her. She performed 200 feet above the ground on suspended cables pushing off the side of the glass J.W. Marriott building in downtown LA! This created an effect of gravity defiance. It looked magical; it also looked scary as hell! It turns out that it was:
Leadership has become a tricky issue in today's purpose-connected workforce. It's no longer just about the money, even beyond the Millennial set.
So how can leaders increase performance in a purpose-driven world?
How can you make things different in a positive way in 2018?
The key is to change our habits. We don’t become what we think about… we hardwire behaviours by creating habits that reflect who we want to be.
So how do we create new habits to perform at our best in 2018?
In this latest odecast with Michael McQueen, Leanne Christie talks about his upcoming book, “How to prepare now for what’s coming next”. They discuss the valuable lessons it contains for any business, but particularly ones that think they’re safe from disruption.
One of the most common ways people refer to this time of year is as the “season of giving.” So this is a great time of year to reflect on the role giving plays in creating a happy life and a successful business.
Each holiday season, we emphasize the importance and joy of giving. When we were young, however, the holidays were all about getting gifts. Those times are back. Unlike the old adage, it’s better to give than to receive, when it comes to innovation and leading digital transformation, it’s better to get the gift of empathy. Trust me. This isn’t a selfish holiday. This is about receiving something so transformative, that it becomes a gift that keeps on giving.
The holiday season is one where we try be our best selves. In particular it's a season of giving and giving back. But what if you made giving a year-round objective?
Giving is a paramount action to feeling human.
When your action can alter another person's emotions in a positive way, it's the best type of magic.
Although there are many ways to give. I thought I'd share a few first hand examples to give you inspiration.
If I gave you a cheque with a LOT of zeros on it, would you go to work on Monday?
This is a question I’ve asked groups all around the world. It’s a question that makes HR and team leaders flinch. But it shouldn’t. In fact, it’s a deeply revealing question about the primacy of work in our lives.
It's never just about the presents when we talk about "giving" at Christmas.
We all know innovation is important, and that the pace of change is now so rapid that if we keep doing things the same way we will soon get left behind. Often we have good intentions about innovation. We say to ourselves, ‘Yes! I will spend more time thinking about how to improve my business.’
If anyone we know exemplifies the spirit of giving, it's Matina Jewell.
Having given her all as a solider, she was then assigned a coveted post as a UN peacekeeper in an escalating conflict in Lebanon. Through injury in the line of duty, this role claimed her career as a casualty.
Matina continues to showcase the spirit of leadership and giving in her role as an ambassador for the Thankful Foundation.
So... what are you thankful for?