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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?
There's an emerging megatrend that's scaring executives the world over. Millennials are upending business-as-usual, demanding that organisations re-shape their DNA to compete for this ever-growing market segment.
Meaning is very quickly becoming the most powerful driver of engagement, fulfilment and performance in the workplace.
The movement towards meaning has been bubbling away for some time, but it’s still pretty misunderstood. A few years ago a major report from the Career Advisory Board made a couple of eye-opening findings. When asked, managers felt the most important factor for millennials was securing a high-paying job. But when that question was asked to millennials themselves - money was secondary. For millennials, meaningful work was the single most important factor in defining a successful career.
"Life is short, and people’s attention spans are even shorter. Your brand DNA is your story." This was Johnny Earle's advice at HubSpot's Inbound conference late last month. And as the crown-prince of turning a short attention span into a retail empire... he'd know!
If you ask a banker what the biggest threat to their industry might be, the answer would likely be "blockchain"... the ominous-sounding technology that powers cryptocurrency and is proving something of a headache for banks trying to innovate their way out of the red tape of the past.
But that's only half the story...
The business world is obsessed with millennials. Who they are, what they want, and how they perceive the world. Dr John Izzo believes that virtually no-one understands what really matters to millennials.
It's time for lenders to face their fears. It's a battlefield out there for lenders, where leadership and courage must go hand in hand for previously unassailable institutions to survive.
Matina Jewell outlines what's required of true leadership to face the challenges of the 21st century - and they're not that different from what's required of combat leadership.
It seems almost counter-intuitive that big-data could help financial services be more human, could connect them to the emotional needs of their customers. As banks strive to get away from their image as cold, unfeeling entities, the truly future-proof fintech thinkers are looking beyond demographics to solve the problem of a digital entity trying to understand the analog heart.
Calls of housing crashes, banking busts and general gloom will be wrong again.
According to Havas Media’s Meaningful Brand index, consumers wouldn’t care if 75% of brands disappeared tomorrow. So, the real question is: is your brand one of the 75%, or the 25%?
The housing market has peaked with prices no longer growing. At the same time, auction clearance rates are lower and a solid pipeline of new supply – particularly apartments – will soon flood the market in a number of cities and regions.
The big question for business and individuals - how severe will the downturn be and what does it mean for the economy?
This report draws on over a decade of trend forecasting to highlight the top 20 trends that will shape the next decade. Whether these trends become an existential threat or an exciting opportunity for your business will largely depend on your perspective and preparedness.
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I've always found boredom very productive. It can kick start a seized mind. If you are blocked up you take fibre. Believe me, when you get to my age ‘fibre’ is on your bucket list. So, think of boredom as ‘mental fibre’. Gets thing moving ‘upstairs’ again.