Archive for January, 2009

something humourous! – giving up wine…

not sure where this came from, but I do like it! enjoy I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, ‘If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?’ ‘No, I had to stop drinking years ago’, the homeless woman told me. ‘Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?’ I asked. ‘No, I don’t waste time shopping,’ the homeless…

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Generation G – trendwatching.com

Another priceless offering from trendwatching.com, especially given the highly publicised times ahead, coupled with what you actually want to be doing… plenty of food for thought… Has there ever been more urgency for corporations to ditch the greed and embrace generosity? It’s something that countless individuals have already started doing, of course: giving is the new taking, and sharing is the new giving. And yes, we do realize that this month’s Trend Briefing is massive, but in this business climate, can you really afford not to spend some time figuring out how to get a little closer to your customers?…

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Google’s view on the future of business

One of the top interview of 2008 for The McKinsey Quarterly is the following one with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. I thought it timely to revisit this… enjoy Few would dispute that Google sits at the center of the Internet. As the leader in search, Google is now the Internet’s premier brand and the planet’s most potent free service. Managing that commanding position falls largely to seasoned technology executive Eric Schmidt, who in 2001 was tapped for the CEO post by Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. In his years at the company, Schmidt has delivered steady growth…

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What Are You Tolerating?

Donna Karlin has written articles about being scheduled to death, and living in meeting hell but another question that comes to mind and often, is, “What are you tolerating… and why?” If you look at your day and see all the tolerations you put up with, no wonder you leave stressed, feeling overloaded with work and out of control. And if you no longer tolerate this one behavior, what is the ripple effect? Just think of what would happen if you stopped tolerating some other basic inappropriate ways of being. Boggles the mind don’t you think? What are you currently…

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Six Degrees of Separation…or Is It Two Or Three?

Donna Karlin asks… Who do you know who knows…? Years ago one of the first shampoo commercials said it perfectly. Tell two friends, who tell two friends and so on and so on. It’s quite something how an idea or concept can be shared worldwide within a few degrees of separation. It’s about connections. Who do I know who I could connect with someone else I know in order for them to succeed in their realms?

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The Brand You Age

Julie Ann Reynolds, CEO of tompeters!company reminds us that Tom Peters popularized the idea of Brand You. She believes it encompasses creating a brand campaign that blends your company’s and your individual employees’ brands together. Brand You brings your brand alive!connecting everyone to values, purpose, and message—from the board room to the reception desk. The Talent Era is here. The labor market has shifted. The Brand You mindset is needed more than ever. Both companies in their hiring and employees in the way they build and guide their own professional careers must use a Brand You approach. As one Organizational…

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Happynomics

Over the last few years, there’s been an explosion of research from economists on what makes us happy as discovered by Leon Gettler. Basically, a report by Deutsche Bank singles out Australia as one of the world’s happiest places, along with Switzerland, Canada, Britain, the US, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. Ahead of Germany, Spain, France, Belgium and Austria and way out in front of Portugal, Italy and Greece. The report says happy societies have 10 signs: 1. High degree of trust in fellow citizens. 2. Low amount of corruption. 3. Low unemployment. 4. High level of education. 5….

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Happiness at Work Index

Last week, Leon Gettler looked at the growing science of Happynomics (featured on this blog 6/6/07) which has thrown up so many studies by economists on what makes us happy. At the time, he expressed some reservations about whether these studies actually tell us that much (but then, he has a view about economists. As the old jokes go: Question: Why did God create economists? Answer: To make weather forecasters look good. I asked questions then about what makes you happy… have you worked that out yet? Any closer?

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Not a dry eye as Hard Knocks takes Town Hall

A group of singers, once defined by homelessness and disadvantage, are now known throughout Australia as The Choir of Hard Knocks. Yesterday, a sell-out crowd of 2000 (me, my 9 year old and good buddies included) gave the choir — made famous by an ABC documentary of the same name — a rock star’s welcome as they took to the stage to perform the songs that have taken them to the top of the classical charts and rocketed them into Australia’s top 10 albums. And what an afternoon it was. A delight to be sitting there listening to some (at…

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Once upon a time … e-book revolution

I don’t know about you…but I love an eBook. I have quite a collection already, and I imagine that collection will only continue to grow. It would appear I’m not the only one… There are now millions of books free online. So why hasn’t the e-book revolution taken off…yet? David Adams reports. Once upon a time, if you wanted a book you went to a bookshop or a library and bought or borrowed a paperback or a hardcover. These days, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to access the pages of any of the millions of…

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