The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
Forest bathing, basically just being in the presence of trees, became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy.
Just be with trees. No hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything.
Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better, inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function.
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Over the past couple of decades, The Chasm Model has been the centrepiece of nearly every conversation I’ve had about launching new technology.
While its merits are many, lately I’ve been wondering how applicable it is in business-to-business markets. Sure there are early adopters. Perhaps even an early majority. It’s the late majority that seems to be in trouble.
Having sat around harvesting revenue from their customer base, the late majority wake up one day to face a revenue precipice. In short, the early adopters and majority reach a tipping point and start acquiring their customer base en-masse. Powered by the economics of the cloud (not just technology but also business) these new players scale at speed – achieving continuous growth rates in the high double and even triple digits.
We see a couple of shifts driving the acceleration of the new players. For instance, cloud technology and business models on the supply side, and then mobile on the demand side. Entrepreneurs emerge from both sides presenting the late majority with an impossible force to counter – and their brand advantage and customer relationships are quickly weakened.
Look at what happened to booksellers, record stores, and others. We are seeing the same in accounting where new disruptive value propositions are being built on cloud platforms like ours. What’s important is that these new players aren’t just using new technology – they are reshaping their brands, service offerings, price points and more.
The message is clear. Rather than wait for the late majority, fuel the high-growth early adopters and watch them grow. Who would you rather be (or be backing)? The eater or the eaten?
Reproduced from Xero Small Business Guides.
Cash is not king. Cash flow is.
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Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex. Traditional pillars of management are obsolete.
“The real battle is not against competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. When do we meet competitors to fight them? The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness.”
“Now, in front of the new complexity of business, the only solution is not drawing boxes with reporting lines. It is basically the interplay. How the paths work together. The connections, the interactions, the synapses. It is not the skeleton of boxes, it is the nervous system of adaptiveness and intelligence. You know, you could call it cooperation, basically. Whenever people cooperate, they use less resources.”
The key is collaboration. We should not put employees into boxes, who tend to protect their own turfs. Collaboration is essential in business management.
The 6 rules to simplify are:
1. Understand what your people do
2. Reinforce integrators
3. Increase total quantity of power
4. Extend the shadow of the future
5. Increase reciprocity
6. Reward those who co-operate
"Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help"
Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO Lego Group.
Watch this refreshing and engaging TED video by Yves Morieux to learn more:
Written by someone who has worked with Steve Jobs. Not copy and paste from various sources. Ken Segall is also the inventor of the iconic letter "i" for Apple products.
The KISS mantra should be in the mind of all business owners and staffs. It should form part of the corporate culture. Keep it simple, stupid (KISS) is more true than ever. Why keep it complicated and confusing (KICC)? Simplicity can even lower the cost of doing business.
How simple is your sales fulfillment process? Do you require your staffs to prepare thick report or just a one page report? Do you still print and file invoices that are sent to customers? Do you still print (and file) payment vouchers? Do you still maintain your own servers, install complicated network wiring etc etc? Re-evaluate your business process to ensure that it is really simple. You can then focus on creating customers.
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