Are transitions ever easy? Perhaps when they’re voluntary, but even then, events like marriages are high on the life stress scale [higher than being fired apparently].
This year I’m facing a very stressful transition – closing down the company I’ve run for almost 20 years and leaving a place I’ve loved living. But it has to be done. In the past five years, and particularly in the last 18 months, I’ve faced seismic changes in my business, leading to falling income and rising debt.
Continue reading “Are Transitions Ever Easy? Let’s Hope So”
Few of us today seem to feel that we can shape the future. Even if we like change, it seems difficult to believe we have much influence over it. We’re just bit players in a global game. Aren’t we?
Windshift’s latest report Tribes of the 3 Worlds rejects that idea. Continue reading “How We Shape the Future – And Why?”
I never really rated Conscious Capitalism as a movement. How could you ever hope to convince skeptical buyers that your intentions were honourable? Why would you even bother? Being good for the planet or good for society seemed so at odds with the profit-driven behaviour of corporations. Continue reading “Conscious Capitalism Rises to the Challenge”
If you had to move, which planet would you choose to live in: a utopian but slightly uncomfortable world of sustainable wellbeing, a dynamic but disruptive technology-rich world, or the world as it actually was in 1986? Continue reading “The Pivotal World of Sustainable Wellbeing”
There are six large, distinctive customer tribes in New Zealand. Though they buy many of the same things, each of them has a completely different focus. Their underlying values vary greatly. When you overlook that, your marketing efforts can flounder or even fail. So it’s very useful to understand what matters to each of them and how to integrate them into your marketing practice. Continue reading “Six Customer Tribes – Using Tribes to Build Customer Wellbeing”
Wanting to live simply healthily and sustainably is an intuitive and natural philosophy of life. It prizes balance and ease. It is practiced by people who want to live a life that rewards their efforts but doesn’t burn them out. In other words they are seeking wellbeing. Continue reading “Living simply healthily and sustainably”
Business advantage comes in many forms – great products or services, great connections with customers, excellent profits, or just paying attention to all the important details. The end result is that your staff and others rate you as prospering and expanding or having good future prospects. Continue reading “Does Your Firm Have Good Future Prospects?”
Who sees New Zealand culture and values most starkly? Migrants do. From the way we make eye contact or thank bus drivers to the things we expect of our leaders and citizens, our culture hits them in the face. They either adopt these values wholeheartedly, select only the ones they like or reject them and [hopefully, for their sake] leave. Continue reading “Migrants’ Views of New Zealand”
One of the questions I asked everyone I interviewed in my Lay of the Land study was: “if there’s an us and a them in New Zealand now, who is us and who is them?” The answers often reflected concerns about inequality, especially in terms of home ownership. Continue reading “The Deeper Effects of Home Ownership”
One day last year I took a train from Wellington to Masterton. It was a beautiful day and a lovely journey. I have always liked the Wairarapa. But, after a year of living in Auckland, emerging from the tunnel into South Wairarapa felt like coming back to New Zealand. Continue reading “Is This The Real New Zealand?”