The Digital Skill We Don’t Teach
I can’t possibly tell my 12 year old to not be on social media. Soon enough she will be there. But what I can do, is to teach her the best use of it as I am figuring it out too. One of the biggest downsides of social media, for young girls in particular, is this overwhelming pressure that comes from the…

Quick Tips and Techniques
Everyone wants quick tips and techniques. Subject matter experts are invited to events to teach quick tips and techniques. I am several times introduced as someone who can give quick tips and techniques on Storytelling. But here is the reality, quick tips and techniques are not the key differentiator between loser and winners. So when someone says to you publish a blog…

A WhatsApp Group is not a Team because…
Notification, you are added to a WhatsApp Group. WhatsApp groups have become a common way for teams to communicate. And being added to a WhatsApp group often gives us a sense of belonging. It fulfills one of the strongest human desires, to belong. However, a group can never be a team because quiet often it overlooks inclusion.And when inclusion is ignored, you…

UNTUCKit: A Brand Story in 47 Words
Your customers don’t buy a product; they buy a story. If they like the product, they’ll share the story with a wider audience. The two entrepreneurs behind the fashion retailer UNTUCKit understand the power of story to sell a brand. And they know the power of simplicity in telling that story. This week UNTUCKit announced its first overseas expansion. With more than…

Cost Saving Not at the Cost of Brand Experience
In an uncertain world, we seek for certainty. When managing business profitability, cost saving strategy brings that certainty and as result we latch on to it. And then we build tactics around the strategy of cost saving.  Here are some tactics of a 5 Star Hotel to live the cost saving strategy: Remove coffee and tea urns and replace them with sachets…

Trust in a Low Trust Digital World
This year, after many years of avoiding global expansion opportunities, I took a leap of faith and set up a couple of new offices. Despite great opportunities and offers, the thought of setting up new offices in new countries has never been exciting. Not exciting because it required developing new relationships. New relationships with clients, vendors, new team members etc. The foundation…

Stick to the Difficult Path
Good looking, entertaining, leading a desired lifestyle can be the reasons why you have a massive following online. You have built your brand on those pillars and it is your right to make that choice. And then, there is that person who only wants to be known for the work they do. And even when it comes to the work they do,…

Running Training Vs. Corporate  Training
When I train for a marathon, there is a 16 weeks of training programme I must follow at the least.  The training programme is crafted with care. It has dimensions that make my performance better, such as, mileage, hills, strength training etc. Over the 16 weeks I must turn up again and again and whilst I may say, “I am training” what…

The Perplexity of Learning
My greatest learning experiences can never be defined as fun, fast and easy. A clear indicator of whether I am learning or not is, whether I am feeling the discomfort or not. In feeling that discomfort,  I must embrace the tension, exert emotional labour and be aware that I will at least once hear that voice in my head that says ,…

The Push and Pull of Storytelling
Our early days as hunters and gatherers ha taught us the value of fitting in. Back then, if we did not fit in, we wouldn’t survive. Now, fitting in doesn’t contribute to our survival in anyway. But that intense desire to belong is so strong that we continue to fit in. And when an opportunity presents itself to stand out, we want…