From about the age of 8 onwards, falling asleep at your desk has been largely frowned upon. In a move applauded by the US, the Spanish have banned the siesta - that two hour nap taken in the middle of the day. But that view is changing…
A purpose is simply your reason for existing. Simply? Perhaps.
Much has been written and talked about when being purpose driven. In 2014 The Lancet published an article clearly linked a sense of purpose with people living longer. Organisations that have a purpose and live their purpose over-perform by as much as 80%.
But in a world of visions, missions, strategies, goals and objectives – do we have space for yet another chapter in our annual reports and shareholder meetings?
The short answer is yes, and here is why...
Expressing feelings for all but the most sophisticated wordsmiths is not easy and, there is a very simple reason for that. The part of our brain that houses our emotions does not have any language capabilities. In other ‘words’ it is near impossible to use ‘words’ to describe music, taste, smell and love. In fact, the only way we talk about these feelings is by using other ‘senses’ from the same palette, so we talk about love in terms of music, or we talk about smell in terms of food.
There is something wonderful and apparently completely illogical about baby sea lions – they have an insatiable appetite for play. They dive in and out of the surf, attack each other, play catch with sea urchins, chase fish.
But here is the seemingly illogical part – baby sea lions who play die younger.
I was at a meeting last week to discuss the new approach to ING’s TimeOrange – an international storytelling platform we started with the bank three years ago.
Back in 2013 when we began… we wanted to use stories as a way to connect employees across the globe. To make it easier and so avoid getting caught up in endless issues with IT – we made the platform external.
I was speaking at a conference a couple of weeks ago and upset a few people by suggesting that Trump would easily win the US elections. Easy to say that now of course.
The reasons for Trump’s success will be discussed and written about ad infinitum but what it comes down to is very simple and very human. So here are five perspectives and six things you will need to do if you want to be President in four years time.
It was apparently Winston Churchill who confessed to overcoming his fear of public speaking by picturing his audience naked. A brave and bold man to the core – this is perhaps something he, and his audience had rather he hasn’t acknowledged. Our modern MP’s would give their spin doctors apoplexy at such a revelation.
I have an old picture on the wall in my house. It’s a blown up photograph of the house just after it was built at the turn of the last century. We have a lot of lovely paintings and photographs on the walls but people are always drawn to this one. There is something intriguing and wonderful about capturing a glimpse of the past. In a world of innovation, there is something reassuring about history.