Average is Dead, Designing your 2017 & Employee Experiences
Welcome to the 20th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?
The subject this time round is Average is Dead.
The Age of Average is Dead. Yippeee!
I’ve started listening to newly released “Thankyou for Being Late” which is “an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the 21st century” by the “Pulitzer Prize winner and number one international best-selling author of The World Is Flat”. A short way in, it’s already a great reflection on now and where we have the potential to head. Author Thomas L. Friedman mentions how Uber has removed layers of complexity for consumers – there’s no longer the need to call, schedule, trust a taxi will arrive,… Combined with others I’ve listened to recently concurring that the age of average is dead, it’s great to reflect on what Uber now provides and how it’s reduced effort, increased simplicity and even made the experience more enjoyable. What other complexities that we deal with day-to-day will be simplified to make life easier? So exciting.
Viktor & Rolf Exhibition
If you’re in Melbourne please head to the Viktor Rolf exhibition! It is a showcase of masterpieces of focus, determination, haute couture, craftsmanship, design, production, innovation and more. Absolutely exceptional. My photos are here. (Don’t peak if you’re going.)
Constant Learning is Here to Stay
We’re now in a fabulous time for humanity (move over negativity) and with it comes faster work environments and constant learning. Don’t freak out! Get an proactive, digitally-aware mindset. Get learning! Here’s your Digital Learning checklist (scroll down to where it says “Here is your Digital Learning Plan”). Use it to check you’re up to speed with current digital knowledge and send it to peers at work. Set time each week to fill each piece (it may take a lot less time than expected and give you great pride too).
2017 is Your Year!
Last year two of my legendary friends signed up for beginner ice hockey lessons. After the first few sessions they’d fallen in love with the sport and they’ve since fitted in practicing at the ice rink every day or two at lunch time or after work or… whenever! They run their own businesses and have full lives. They’ve made a new, exhilarating hobby fit in their lives. I’ve recently had a similar experience with surfing – I get so much done after a morning surf! What life priority / hobby is creating this sort of focus for you this year? Food for thought… Imagine altering your diary so you could be at [enter your equivalent to the ice hockey rink / surf break here] every day and that helped your productivity… Have fun!
Virtual Reality Excitement
An Australian VR start-up is creating accurate, virtual reconstructions of long-lost structures.
Given the person who’ll live to be 1000 years old is quite possibly alive (is it you?)… 1,000 year planning may be realistic. What would your plans incorporate if they were 10 year plans or 50 or 100 or more?
Do you have an iwatch? What face works for you? Here’s mine. I’m loving clicking the workout icon on the bottom-right, choosing ‘Other’ then ‘Surfing’ 🙂 Here’s a simple introduction on how to use the workout mode.
Favourite reads & listens:
- I loved this fun-loving company-insight video by Zendesk. Could your company inspire newcomers / potential recruits with something similar?
- It’s so exciting to see Employee Experience mentioned amongst “The Future Of Work & 10 HR Trends For 2017“. Enjoying work is becoming a priority.
- Peter Diamandis’ “Top 10 tech trends transforming humanity“.
- The Hero’s Journey no longer has the efficacy it once did [story telling & how it is becoming less linear, more participative owing to social media]
- Have you ever quit something you love? Do you love it?
- This is great on finding your replacement when you quit 🙂
Have a great evening / day!
Fly high online,