If you were in any doubt, now is the time to get serious about building your influence and personal brand. The recent Royal Commission into the rip-off culture within Australia’s financial institutions has left a lot of reputations in tatters. It’s never been more important for professionals to create a personal brand that showcases their thinking, integrity and ability to solve problems that matter.
I’m not a massive fan of Christmas. For me the supposed ‘upside’ of family, community and connection is often drowned out by the pressure-cooker of stress and impossible expectation. For some reason I really enjoyed the 2018 celebration. We had a very calm, chilled and fun day.
I was in tears last week watching what was probably the last ever match played by tennis great Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Murray is (was:) one of the ‘big four’ of tennis. In what most judge to be the most competitive mens’ era ever, he rose to be world number 1. and won three Grand Slams in the rarefied company of Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and, the ultimate ‘great’, Roger Federer.
I think 2018 will prove to be a pivotal year. Digital everything is here and here to stay - deeply and irreversibly embedded. That’s both good and bad. The technology now available to all of us through a few clicks is astounding. We can do business with a global economy wirelessly over a latte (double-shot, extra hot!).
“That was really scary”
These were the words of one of my client’s last week. She was talking about how she had felt about publishing her first ever LinkedIn post. The words had been good to go for some time ……
Looking for company
I’ve been looking for a while now to find a central Sydney location to base myself for a few days each week. Working alone can become onerous. It’s easy to get isolated, so it makes sense to connect - both socially and commercially.
‘Buy now, Pay later’. That’s the Afterpay promise. For those not in the know, this is that latest version of what used to be called “living on the never never”. Apart from being an insidious siren song sure to lure the unwary into debt, it’s a great example of the modern penchant for instant gratification.
A picture paints …….
I’ve been publishing the Pinch of Thought blog for a few years now. As regular readers know, a big part of playing the Influencer game is getting across new technology. Video is not new, but, it’s becoming increasingly important because most search engines now rank it above written blogs.
I recently undertook some research around job prospects in ‘the future of work’. Long story short, opinions are polarised. Some expert bodies believe that technology will cut 20-30% of all jobs (both low and high-skill). Others argue that a raft of new roles with Star Trek-sexy titles will materialise and we’ll all be just fine.
There’s no little irony that it has taken a technological gizmo to provoke business leaders to get off their corporate bums and engage in that lowest tech of activities – the humble walk. It all started with the Fitbit - a watch-like device that measures the number of steps taken by its wearer each day. ‘Peak Fitbit’ occurred in 2017.
Collaboration is one of those bullshit bingo buzz-words tossed around organisations like confetti. It implies ‘teamwork’ and that ‘we’re all in it together’. Which of course is how it should be – it’s just rarely true.