I participated in a conversation yesterday with Mitchell Levy who was co-hosting with Kelley Steven-Waiss, SVP, HR of Extreme Networks on a host of topics including the future of HR, employee engagement and new employer work practices. My main message is that we need to bring common sense back to business and start with shared purpose to drive 21st century organizations. It was a great conversation with some important actionable steps we can all take to build healthy organizations. I would love to continue the conversation with you so please reach out.
What kind of life and career would you create if you had a mindset of abundance? What would happen if you consciously decided to leave the scarcity mindset of not having enough in the 20th century?
We live in an open and connected world and the possibilities are endless, especially since it is easier to connect with people today as long as you know how to build relationships and trust. Here are some of my thoughts for creators, makers and doers on how to live and work in abundance:
Bring Back Common Sense, Please
There is a lot of hype about the future of work, but many of the changes we will see in 2015 and in future years are already taking shape. What we will experience is their acceleration as change continues to be the only constant in our world. Those leading with 21st century practices of abundance and possibilities understand that aligning people around shared purpose and simplifying work is at the heart of their success. More
Lately I have been questioning the right and wrong I was brought up to believe. As I get older, I find that some of the notions that were instilled in me and labeled as being wrong actually now feel very right to me.
One example is the society I live in distinguishes between the developed and the developing or underdeveloped world. This distinction points out that one got it right and the other is still figuring it out. It also assumes that the developing countries have yet to adopt the values of the superior, developed ones. Having many friends who live in what we on the west label the “Third World,” I always feel guilty when I use these terms as my friends have taught me so much and brought so much into my life about what’s possible. They are the ones who still dream. More
What if we shifted our focus to the most precious resource we have? And no, it’s not money. Money comes and money goes, and it’s the choices we make about how much we think we need and how much we spend. No matter how much money you have or think you need, the only thing money can’t buy you is more time.
My latest thoughts on ITBusiness.ca talk about how we need to stop using social media tools in antiquated marketing ways, which are 20th century world models of one-way communication of yelling at people. The opportunity of the 21st century is to truly connect with people and build relationships and partnerships that thrive.
We need a new generation of leaders and we need them now. Here is my recent post from ITbusiness.ca
Every few years the business community latches on to some new “innovative” way of working that promises to reinvent corporate America. Everyone is buzzing about innovation and design thinking these days and what’s fascinating is neither of them are new concepts. Design thinking–a systemic approach to research, collaboration, business modeling and evaluation–helps us get back to a bit of common sense when it comes to business, and the future of work requires tons of common sense.
Have you noticed a shift around you over the last few years? And no, it is not another cool gadget or a shiny new device that will make your life simpler or better. The shift that is happening is the need to re-build organizations for the 21st century with people at the centre of the equation.
The old world is about one-way broadcasting of information, which includes endless announcements and press releases. Brands are hardwired to communicate in one direction. The new world is about conversations and dialogue. It allows us to connect like never before and build communities around common interests with anyone in the world who is also connected. It holds limitless opportunities for each of us.