The last couple of days I attended the Asia Professional Speakers Convention 2021 and as always, it was awesome. Every year I leave inspired, more connected with my amazing community, and I get really awesome tips that are easy to implement, which helps me keep building my business.
However, in the panel discussions and conversations with corporates, one of the themes that came through is how businesses are coming up with multiple ways to help educate, train and upskill employees, but equally, how hard it is to get employees to take advantage of these opportunities. It doesn’t mean the corporates are getting it right, of course, but the cost of not taking advantage for individuals is high.
You don’t need to look far to see images and videos of out of work employees, living in depressed towns and cities, because their industry became inefficient, irrelevant and more, which led to the business becoming redundant and employees without work. Think the US rust belt and you get an idea.
It’s hard to think of an industry that won’t be impacted by the massive changes coming. I mean, artificial intelligence even does a pretty good job writing articles these days. The onus, therefore, must be on each of us individually to understand the risk facing both our professions and our industries.
We need to read, follow the futurists, scientists and researchers, take advantage of every chance to upskill, and never EVER say we’re too old to learn something new – or we will be those people in the photos wishing for times gone by. Enormous global change is happening and it needs to happen even faster, if we have any chance of stopping climate hell, as the UN is predicting.
In my forthcoming book, Uncommon Courage, one of the seven topics is career thoughts and this quote captures the essence of the message. Let’s own our future path, or we will be pushed aside as many have before us. We can stop that from happening. Innovation, creativity and enormous courage is what’s needed to keep pace and even stay ahead of the curve.
It’s a reason for my weekend reads, to help people navigate the enormous amount if information coming our way. I’m attempting to categorize key information, so you can stay on top. Check in every week and seriously, just reading the headlines can give you an idea of what is going on around the world.
It’s time for Audacious Sustainability my wonderful friend Joanne Flinn did a last minute presentation at the Convention. Brilliant job, but it spurred her even more, to put a stake in the ground around Audacious Sustainability. Awesome work my friend.
And my friend Vicki Kiely, has launched a new children’s education series, which is all about focusing on children’s growth through music, movement, storytelling and engagement. You can find more on her YouTube channel, and if you have tiny tots, I highly recommend checking it out! Great fun.
And time to donate if you haven’t this month. Times are desperate around the world, so please dig deep if you can. World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you are interested in feeding those without food in Phuket, we have a #OnePhuket WeBoon account. We’d appreciate any support you can provide.
If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.
Content to read
Here you go. Grab a coffee/tea or a glass of wine, and check what’s been happening this week. It’s heavy on the climate crisis this week, but there has been some significant news. Read up.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
10 ethical brands owned by unethical companies tks Sophia Henri
Business and Technology
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Passion, humour, history
We know what you did during lockdown
Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has died at 91 tks Jenni Thorman
Let me know what jumped out at you or share your most insightful read this week? I love a great recommendation.
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