Francesc Miralles: Your ikigai may change over time, but having a purpose is key

We share with you a post published in ‘Deccan Chronicle’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Francesc Miralles: "Self improvement books on Japanese concepts are having a bit of a moment and chief among them is the bestseller Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Centering the book in Okinawa, Japan, authors Héctor García and Francesc Miralles focus on the ways of the residents of this island known for longevity, with more centenarians than anywhere in the world.   How do they live this long? The authors, who spent a few years examining the Okinawan lifestyle – including their diet and level of activity – argue one of the reasons is having a clearly defined ikigai, or “the happiness of always being busy”, of having a passionate life purpose. Originally written in Spanish, the book has been widely translated across the world, including into regional Indian languages. Before taking the stage at the Kerala Literature Festival in Calicut last weekend to discuss the book, Francesc Miralles sat down with me to talk about the ideas that drove Ikigai. Edited excerpts:   What got you and Héctor García interested in writing Ikigai?   I live in Barcelona, and Hector…

Bisila Bokoko: How to sell yourself at work, in life, to the world

We share with you a post published in ‘Thrive Global’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Bisila Bokoko: "I don’t Know How To Sell Myself   “I don’t know how to sell myself” is a common statement that I hear all of the time. People ask me, “I have been in business for a long time, I have great experience, and I know I am good at what I do, so how do I market myself? How do I get out there?” (more…)

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez: The Project Manifesto

We share with you an extract of this article published by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez.  "The Guiding Principles of the Project Economy We are witnessing the rise of projects as the main unit of work, as well as the essential model to deliver change and create value for individuals, organizations, and society at large.   Despite this surge in project activities and project spending, the risk of project failure continues to be huge and will continue to increase unless organizations and governments embrace advanced project leadership practices. Widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces is a great example. In contrast, project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts.   Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that we saw the rise of agile, triggered by the Agile Manifesto, in February 2001 by 17 independent-minded software practitioners.   Considering that this year is the 50th Aniversary of the creation of the Project Management Institute, I firmly believe that it is time that we co-create The Project Manifesto. My proposal is composed of the following 12 guiding principles. Please…

Richard Gerver: “New Beginnings”

We share with you an extract of this article published by Richard Gerver   "Once a teacher, always a teacher; that’s what they say. It's certainly true in my case and it's never more evident than in the way I view the calendar year. Even though I left front line education over a decade ago, September still feels like the start of a new cycle. It's one of the things I miss most about teaching; that sense of a new beginning. The anticipation of a new cohort of students and the chance to develop my teaching and my approach. I loved the opportunity to build new relationships with a new class and to begin a fresh journey together. To this day I still try to treat September in the same way. I try to find time over the summer to reflect and set new goals. I use the time to re-calibrate and challenge my own thinking and practice. I hope every year I can be better and that my sense of refreshed energy will sustain me during the challenges ahead. (...)"   Read More:

Rahaf Harfoush: “Digital culture is redefining what it means to be human”

We share with you a post published in 'HR Magazine' in which you can learn more about our speaker Rahaf Harfoush "Businesses are moving from being knowing organisations to learning organisations, driven by data abundance and digital anxiety “We’re entering a new era of humanness. Digital culture is forcing us to redefine what it means to be human,” according to Rahaf Harfoush, strategist, digital anthropologist and executive director of the Red Thread Institute of Digital Culture.   Speaking at a Corporate Research Forum event, Harfoush said that new digital "forces" are changing how we live our lives, with one of the main ones being data abundance.   “Society has moved from data scarcity, where it was hard to use, to data abundance,” she said, highlighting that sharing personal information with our devices has become the norm. “We’re now data powerhouses and every day we add more data to the ecosystem.”   Harfoush gave the example of people (...)"   Read More about Rahaf Harfoush:

Peter Fisk: The human and economic impacts of COVID-19

We are sharing with you this new post writed by our speaker Peter Fisk "The human and economic impacts of COVID-19 … What should business leaders do now, to support people and society, whilst also sustaining their businesses?   It’s a difficult time. All around us, the news updates on television screens and social media are relentless as COVID-19 multiplies across our cities, nations and continents. The human tragedy, concern for our loved ones, frustration at politicians, admiration for health workers, disbelief at those still socialising, adaptation to new routines under quarantine or lockdown, affects us all. As a society there is a huge concern for each other, whilst as business leaders we know we have to keep our businesses going too.   In years to come we will look back, sociologists and economists, at the way in which we behaved, and the positive and negative impacts it had. Questions will rage about the causes and effects. From the impact of climate change and urbanisation that likely sparked the leap of the virus from animal to human, the global connectedness of travellers that accelerated the contagion’s spread, to the panic buying of some, and the total lack of social responsibility…

The unthinkable pact survivors of crashed flight 571 had to make

We share with you an extract of this article published in ''. "Surviving a deadly plane crash would be considered by many to be a miracle.   But for the survivors of flight 571, the catastrophic crash was merely the beginning of another horror story — one that just 16 of them would make it out of alive, but only after they made an unthinkable pact. Members of a college rugby team and their relatives on Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 were travelling from Uruguay’s capital Montevideo to Santiago, Chile, for a rugby game.   Along with the 40 on board there were five crew on the chartered flight on October 13, 1972 — Friday the 13th. The plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was only four years old.   Human error caused the plane to crash into the Andes mountain range in Argentina, just shy of the border with Chile.   As heavy clouds obscured the peaks of the Andes as the plane flew overhead, the inexperienced pilot-in-command thought the plane was approaching the Chilean city of Curicó, when it was really up to 70km away. So as the plane descended, it flew dangerously close to a mountain.   Once the flight…

Joseph Stiglitz: “Market Concentration Is Threatening the US Economy”

We share with you an extract of this article published by Joseph Stiglitz in Project Syndicate. "Rising inequality and slow growth are widely recognized as key factors behind the spread of public discontent in advanced economies, particularly in the United States. But these problems are themselves symptoms of an underlying malady that th/?p=5475e US political system may be unable to address. (more…)