MonthJanuary 2017

Disrespect invites disrespect

There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job.

It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life.

This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing

Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.

Meryl Streep, Golden Globes, January 2017 – let’s see how the next four years unfold

Is the future here?

We’ve been using Amazon Echo devices at home for about a month, there are three ‘Dots’ around the house, and they get used daily, mainly for music streaming and general information.

I’m a massive fan. This technology feels like the future, much more than virtual reality or giant screens that take up a wall. The Alexa interface to the AI feels like a natural and intimate way to communicate, and once we all discover how to talk casually to a computer, things will seem less ‘deliberate’.

We’re still a way off the fluidity and intelligence of the interface in ‘Her’, but so far, so good.

The next step is to build the skills that the Alexa operating system can understand. Amazon has made it easy to build skills and get them into the marketplace. As more developers get on board, the network effect of Alexa will improve. Enhanced skills, along with different form factors, will make the Alexa ecosystem a genuinely useful place to be.

For now, the deep pockets of Amazon mean that Alexa is here to stay. Especially in this house.

How many did you tick off?

How was your Christmas?  Good New Year?  I think I have a THOUSAND emails! I’ve almost forgotten how to do my job? Any New Years Resolutions? I *hate* January!

You can play bingo with the usual small talk about the beginning of the year, but now it’s time to move past that part of the script.

So, make today the last day for your Christmas and New Year small talk and get into the mindset to smash 2017.

Is this the year?

For levelling up?  It’s your choice.

You can upgrade skills, shift role, move company or change career – but if you don’t take the first step, you won’t make the next step.

In the competitive business world, standing still is not really an option. We all need to grow our skills, get educated and learn new competencies before the next person does and drinks your milkshake.

There are plenty of opportunities out there, but no-one will lead you to them. YOU will need to take the next step.  This isn’t about New Year resolutions or buying a self-help book to leave on the reading pile to gather dust, this is about choosing and executing an investment in yourself.

So, is this your year?

Time to make it happen. 

Ready, Set…

Advent, Christmas, Twixmas, New Year, Hangover, Resolutions. 

It’s all done now, finished for another year. Depending on where you are, today is a last free day before heading back to work after a break, or at least some quiet time. 

So today is a time to be ready, pencil sharpened, tools ready, inbox organised and notebook fresh for another year of success. 

Let’s BLAST into 2017. 

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a successful, peaceful and prosperous year.

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