Surprise your customers with something new, and suddenly you'll capture attention. The impact of this surprise innovation is always greatest with traditional brands, simply because no one expects it.
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Don't be afraid to be open and ask your employees why they are still around and why they still work for you. The insight you gather from this exercise could be the difference between your staff thinking 'new year new career' or 'new year I'm happy here'.
Perhaps historically divorce did lead to a greater reliance on institutional care but why should it be that way in the future? In fact, rather than assuming an outcome, shouldn't the report's authors have investigated the other options available and how we can prevent older people from entering formal care?
It's simple: "The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff." Said Salman Rushdie. Go figure. Let truth and falsehood grapple. How do we know what is right if we don't know wrong and the case that is made for wrong. Ideas may be distasteful and deeply disagreeable, but we cannot airbrush and disappear that and those people that we disagree with.
Later this month Innovate UK, a public funded agency providing support for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high-growth potential, will light the touch paper for a revolution, a revolution which aims to radically rethink current models of long term care and dependency.
However, while it's easy to get started, it takes more than just money or technology to build a successful business. The technology market is extremely competitive, and the core skills that new companies need to thrive in this sort of environment are still in short supply.
Africa does not need 'saving' as is conventionally assumed, however I envisage a truly collaborative effort from passionate, enlightened and courageous visionaries of all backgrounds as necessary to counter centuries of institutional marginalisation.
Innovation in any means should be about accessibility and relevance. If you create something that's relevant to your own tastes, you're guaranteed to make something new by virtue of your own unique disposition, and hopefully you'll find a new favourite for you and your friends.