Brands, This is Not the Time to be Silent

The global pandemic happening right now is wreaking havoc on the world economy, exposing our general unpreparedness, and sadly, taking many lives along the way. In this time of unprecedented global crisis, the safe action for brands and businesses to take has been to stay out it.

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We need to learn how to be bored again.

A few weeks ago, during a marketing talk, an attendee asked me a thought-provoking question. “What’s the one thing that keeps your mind fresh, and open to new ideas?” My answer, without hesitation: “I try to get bored whenever possible.”

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Leadership is Terrifying, but the Lessons are Priceless

In the last three years or so of my career thus far, my leaders have constantly reminded me to ‘train another me’. In other words, to mentor someone (or more) so that she / he / they can eventually take over my job and for me to be able to move on to other responsibilities.

It’s a terrifying thought.

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The “Unfriend Me Now” Culture on Social Media Needs a Serious Second Look

I have observed a behaviour on social media (specifically, on Facebook) that should be worrying us: the Unfriend Me Now call-out. Not only is it silly and impractical, it’s self-limiting and potentially dangerous, too.

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The Books that Defined my 2018

This is the second instalment of my attempt to read twenty books in a calendar year. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the twenty. I think that’s okay, since a) I came pretty close, and b) it’s still within my general goal of ‘reading more books than articles’ yearly.

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Why Staying Where You Are is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Career

One to two years. This is the new ‘normal’, it seems, when it comes to the length of time that people in my generation are staying in their jobs. While there are certain reasons (I can name three off the top of my head) why moving on after a year or two is “okay”, I disagree with the whole philosophy of it – and frankly, I think it’s going to damage an entire generation’s career development and progression.

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Everyone Needs an Ego Bucket

I’d like to believe that we’re all good at something. Some of us are even great at that something. It’s a source of good and positive confidence, self-belief, and even satisfaction to know this. But knowing we’re good/great at something also has a dark side: when it clouds our judgment and the ego takes over. Continue reading “Everyone Needs an Ego Bucket”