Blast from the Past

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What is this handsome piece of machinery? It is none other than the fabled Trabant – the crown jewel in the portfolio of former communist cars.

 

These beauties are increasing rare to see on the streets, but this one is proudly parked in front of a downtown hotel in Budapest. Notice the fine features, attention to detail and irresistible color. Its special qualities prompted me to feature the Trabant in this Harvard Business Review article about customer experience design: https://hbr.org/2016/04/what-we-can-learn-from-one-of-the-worlds-most-mocked-cars

 

If you look closely, you will notice plants growing next to the back tire – a sign that this Trabant is comfortable where it’s at and may not be going anywhere soon.

 

#customerexperience #innovation #lifelesson #designthinking

Girl Power Talk

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I am pleased to share my article with Girl Power Talk - a trailblazing organization from India providing a fast-track to identify and develop women leaders of the future: article 

 

"Girl Power Talk strives to inspire girls with persistence, empathy, and confidence. Our mission, in collaboration with our sister company Blue Ocean Global Technology, is to develop girls in India to become global leaders. We are relentlessly committed to education, gender equality, and integrating the strengths of specially abled communities. We celebrate the diverse talents of each individual.

 

Through our nurturing culture of learning and mentorship, we instill young people with exceptional soft-skills, technical knowledge, and purpose in life. We provide a platform to share the voices and stories of girls and women across India. #GirlPowerTalk

 

“One girl empowers another. Let’s change lives together: one girl, one woman and one human being at a time.”

 

-Rachita Sharma
Co-Founder, Girl Power Talk
Chief Marketing Officer, Blue Ocean Global Technology

 

The Wonder of Seafood

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It was great to revisit Portsmouth, New Hampshire for a retreat with the leadership team of Slade Gorton. Slade Gorton is both America’s original seafood family and a frontline, woman-owned business in a very male-dominated industry: www.sladegorton.com

 

Fun fact: Alongside engaging discussions, our group took part in a customized heptathlon competition – in honor of the summer Olympics going on concurrently in Tokyo.

 

Interesting fact: Portsmouth was the venue for the peace treaty that ended the 1904–05 Russian-Japanese War, for which U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

#executiveretreat #olympics #leadership #womanownedbusiness

Music Brings Us Together Again

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Congratulations to the Jazz Piknik team, for putting on a great music festival.  Jazz Piknik uniquely fuses together 3 days, 4 stages, a world-class lineup of jazz, funk, soul and electronic all-stars with the scenic surroundings and rich wine offerings of lake Balaton’s northern shore, in Hungary. The result is a cross-generational, immersive, music celebration. 

  
The event last week finally brought performers and fans together again, creating a heightened level of enjoyment that culminated in a pulsating performance by the Dutch group Kraak & Smaak.
 
 
#jazzpiknik #musicfestival #liveentertainment #innovativeevent #immersiveexperience
 

Smiling Faces

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It was a treat to be with the leadership team of StoneAge last week in Durango, Colorado for a 2-day ‘re-imagining boundaries’ session.  Great company, super team and scenic surroundings. And not least, it felt energizing to be interacting again in person. 

 

#leadership #smartstrategy #transformation #postcovid #futureshaping #innovation

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