Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Founder and principal of Keller Augusta , a national, full-service search and advisory firm specializing in commercial real estate. The United States has long been the land of opportunity, with rumors among early immigrants to Ellis Island that American streets were "paved with gold." For many, making the "American dream" come true meant hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. Fast forward many years and much of the American workforce has cultivated a feeling of independence. This is partially a result of the pandemic, as we shifted to an extended period of work-from-home and today's hybrid work schedules. I think we've all felt that moment when we were on our own and making decisions while our colleagues couldn't access a Zoom call due to internet issues or a screaming baby had them muted on a call. The American dream realized! All kidding aside, before the pandemic, during the pandemic and as we enter the … [Read more...] about Promoting Business Longevity With Succession Planning
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Free People appears to hear consumers loud and clear. The retailer, which is beloved by women in their twenties for its Bohemian meets sexy vibe, nailed customers’ current mood: comfort, without sacrificing the kaleidoscope of patterns, textures and layers for which it’s known. While some businesses reopened Monday in certain states, others said employees will work from home indefinitely and companies closed their physical offices permanently. With another wave of COVID-19 infections looming, according to experts, and the divisive presidential election weeks away, it’s no surprise that consumers want to swath themselves in comfort. Free People’s latest catalog highlights a smattering of dresses, including a paisley mini- and flow-y midi and maxi – the retailer’s stock in trade. Coats include the aptly named Honeypie Teddy jacket, a bear hug of a faux fur topper, and maxi Irresistible Teddy cardigan. A long patchwork … [Read more...] about How The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Sartorial Tastes, And How To Rock The Comfy/Cozy Trend At Home And In The Office
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The last name Soros has long been synonymous with finance, but Jonathan Soros is on a mission to realign it with mission based investing, starting with sports and entertainment. Recently formed Athletes Unlimited aims to put the ball back in the players court through its innovative structure and best-in-class business policies. It also works to unlock impact investing at scale for another group: investors. Soros encourages investors to cap returns for the sake of public benefit. Skeptical? The results may speak for themselves. Read on to see how the model centers on investor freedom and outcomes, not regulation or altruism. Brendan Doherty: Welcome to Icons of Impact! You’ve spent a significant amount of your career investing in mission equity and trying to unlock a model to maximize it. Explain what mission equity is and why it interests you. Jonathan Soros: My why starts with my own perspective as an investor. The … [Read more...] about Icon: Could Soros’ New Investment Model Be A “Home-Run” With Impact Investors?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Chief Academic & Learning Officer ( HCI Academy ); Chair/Professor, Organizational Leadership (UVU); OD Consultant (Human Capital Innovations) As I walked into the office on my first day as a new hire, I couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement and nervousness. I had landed my dream job at a company that I had long admired for its innovative products and forward-thinking culture. As I settled into my new role, I quickly realized that the company lived up to its reputation. My manager was supportive and empowering, the company provided a range of benefits and perks and there was a strong emphasis on work-life balance. It was clear that the company valued its employees and was committed to their success. Over the years, I've come to realize that, unfortunately, this type of positive, healthy work experience is often not the norm. In today's modern world of work, many employees feel overworked, undervalued … [Read more...] about Attracting, Retaining And Supporting Employees In The Modern World Of Work
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Jessica Kriegel, Chief Scientist of Workplace Culture, Culture Partners . Rituals are an important part of who we are as humans. When people attend religious ceremonies, celebrate a birthday or cook Thanksgiving dinner, we are engaged in rituals. These gatherings are opportunities to pause the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life and be present for a moment as we engage in something special. A ritual is a marker of appreciation, contemplation and presence. In the workplace, rituals are especially important to company culture because they help everyone in the organization feel that sense of belonging. When leaders ritualize certain experiences, they diminish the likelihood that work feels like a constant grind. A Harvard Business School study indicated that ritualized group bonding activities “led to a 16 percent increase in how meaningful employees judged their work to be.” Interestingly enough, these … [Read more...] about Creating Meaning At Work Through Rituals
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Peter Done is Group Managing Director and founder of business services specialist Peninsula Group . With financial instability wreaking havoc across the globe, many business owners are preparing for a recession. According to my company's recent survey , financial concerns plague over 70% of business owners across the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland. From rising overheads to reluctant consumers, business owners are facing pressures like those seen in the 2008 crash. During that time, we saw many businesses collapse. Yet many survived. And many didn’t just weather the storm—they grew faster on the other side. Including my company. My advice? Use the crisis to identify your strengths and build on them. Here’s how you do it. Invest in your strengths. To emerge on the other side of financial hardship, it’s likely you will need to cut back in some areas. This often involves layoffs or reduced … [Read more...] about Secrets To Survival: How To Grow Stronger During A Financial Crisis
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Starting a business during a downturn can be nerve-wracking, yet some of the most famous brands were launched during an economic crisis. Airbnb and Uber began trading during the 2008 global financial crisis; Burger King opened its doors in 1953 when the U.S. was in recession, while Hewlett-Packard was founded in a Palo Alto garage in 1939 during the Great Depression. With the R-word threatening to rear its head again, the key question is why? According to John Mullins , associate professor of management practice at London Business School and author of ‘ Break the Rules! The Six Counter–Conventional Mindsets of Entrepreneurs That Can Help Anyone Change the World ’, there are three key reasons. He says: “Firstly, during or in anticipation of economic downturns, as we are seeing today, large companies are cutting costs and reeling in their ambitions, which means less innovation and less competition for others who … [Read more...] about Why Launch A New Business In A Recession? Why Not?
Two athletes develop into legendary tennis champions. One doesn’t focus exclusively on the sport until he is a teenager. The other has a racket practically taped to his hand by the age of three and is forced into a relentless training regimen before he even reaches kindergarten. They both turn pro at the same age. The first gets married and has four children during the peak of his extraordinary career, becoming known for his ability to balance work and family—excelling on court and in life. The latter didn’t marry (and divorce) until much later in his career, had many well-publicized struggles that often overshadowed his reign as the world’s top player, and became famous for his volatile temper—both on and off the court. Both men have won at the highest levels but describe their passion for the sport in starkly different terms. The first player is Roger Federer, considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time, who has said that he will “never leave” the game, even … [Read more...] about There are two kinds of passion, and one can sabotage your happiness. How to embrace the right kind
The next several decades belong to India. Of all the world’s large economies, India is the only one expected to grow at over 6% for multiple years. Also when compared to all other large economies - USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK; India is still a relatively young country that’s yet to reap its demographic dividend. With over 40% of Indians below the age of 25, India is well poised for a period of unprecedented growth and productivity. As India adds another 4-5 trillion USD to its economy over this decade, several opportunities will emerge for startups across industries to innovate and create immense value. Due to this and some phenomenal strides being made in infrastructure and reforms - as of late 2022, India is home to 105+ unicorns with the total market cap of over $340 Billion. And, I am bullish on Indian startups crossing a trillion dollars in cumulative market cap within the next 5 years and over 300 new unicorns emerging within this decade. In the coming sections, I’d like to … [Read more...] about 7 trends creating unicorn opportunities in India
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Toni is a successful, celebrated executive who has been promoted twice within the past year. Throughout the organization, from board members to contractors and across teams, everyone who meets Toni becomes a big fan. But as engaging as Toni seems to be, there’s a major part of his life that no one at work knows about. Toni has been playing what he calls “the role of normal” so as to not jeopardize his career plans or his reputation within the company. Toni is covering, and he believes that it is for the best, especially based on some of the comments and even jokes he’s heard in certain “off the record” conversations. Toni’s story is an example of what the employee experience can look like when workplace cultures have only shards of a sense of belonging. Belonging has been called a DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) buzzword lately. And that may be true in some circles, but on a more serious note, it is important to … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Boost Your Organization’s Culture Of Belonging