I'm a fan of the Christmas advert. Some of the biggest brands in the world come together to compete, superbowl style, to create adverts that entertain and inspire (and sell of course).
Our goal is to achieve the holy grail of business success and happiness. I believe this requires companies to create the right environment and for employees to take responsibility for themselves.
I think one of the most important lessons I've learnt in my career is to be myself. Don't get me wrong, I've learnt a huge amount from others but I've found that it's your uniqueness that makes you stand out.
Since today is World Kindness Day and most of us will be spending it at work, I thought this would be a good time to share a few tips on how we can transform our workplace in a way that benefits, well... basically everyone.
Two years ago, when I decided to leave my job as VP of Sales for a public company, many people told me "don't do it/that's the end of your career/such a risky move" because I didn't have another job lined up. They saw what I was doing as the end of my world, whilst for me it was the beginning of a new one.
You may have problems in your life or with your business, you may have days where you don't feel that strong at all. Me too. And my message to you is that we are all like that. Do not think that the seemingly successful business people in our world are any stronger than you.
Where are we now, and where are we going? Twenty or fifteen years ago we could rely on mainstream institutions to answer these questions for us. Westminster, Fleet Street, Big Business - they told us what the good life really meant, and how to live it. Yet fast forward to 2013 and these are no longer the bedrocks of society; their legitimacy sapping in the wake of perpetual scandals, their decline accelerated by the worst economic crash in a century.
Leaders would do well to take a leaf out of Pope Francis' book on how to be a true leader by actions and not just words. He welcomes the homeless for lunch, shows infinite patience to a child running around while delivering a keynote speech and responds personally to people who contact him. Leadership is about serving others faithfully.
This week 26 pubs will close across the United Kingdom. In Barnet, the London borough where I live, there are currently community campaigns to save a number of pubs which have either been closed or are being threatened with closure. The picture is the same across much of the city, with London set to make a net loss of over 100 pubs this year.
I was inspired to see that digital publishers are reporting a 14% lift in overall revenues after what has certainly been a challenging few years, with online video continuing to be the fastest growing advertising format for digital publishers, up 21% year on year.
I dreamed of making world's first pure metal computer based on GMR technology. I dreamed of making a quantum computer that can have billions of times computing power as our desktop PCs.
No fewer than four Regional Fed Presidents are due to speak this week, plus Bernanke, and they represent a pretty wide spread of hawks, doves and centrists, so we should be able to watch their lips to get a better sense of whether the bond market was correct in its surprisingly large response to Friday's suspect US unemployment report.
The only 'one more thing' you should be asking when you sign up a new customer is how else you can help them. Go out of your way to ensure that your clients get the best experience possible and then, only then, can you go back and ask for referrals.
The fear of failure is probably the single greatest obstacle to success in our lives. We can become totally preoccupied with not making a mistake and with seeking approval from our peers, our elders, our friends and everyone else we meet.
The desire for self-improvement is natural, even if we don't put it into action. We want to look healthier and more attractive, and be more fit. We might start eating more consciously, or working-out, or look into the latest skincare formulations.
Researchers have found repeatedly, in multiple studies, that migration has had a range of positive effects on the UK economy. It has boosted Gross Domestic Product; lowered inflation, in turn helping to keep interest rates lower than otherwise; and there has been a significant net gain to the UK budget.