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Walmart's efforts to green its supply chain are about to get much more effective. Sustainability will now play a role in its merchants' performance reviews, which help determine pay raises and potential for future promotion. This is a big deal: these merchants are high-level managers responsible for multibillion-dollar buying decisions. They're the people who determine which products appear on the shelves of the world's largest retailer.
There are those that will tell you it will be many years before mobile payments is mainstream. You'll hear figures like 2014, 2016 or even later bandied around as to when mobile payments will hit mass adoption. However, I believe the primary measure to focus on when looking at these sorts of predictions is first and foremost exhibited customer behavior – the predilection to a shift in the way they pay, bank, purchase or shop.
In this profile on the future of retail and consumer innovations, author and futurist Mike Walsh talks about the influence of social media on consumer behavior. He uses real-life examples like Japan's Tokyo Girls collection, which enables attendees to use their cell phones to scan the dresses they see and instantly order them. This segment appeared on Carte Blanche, a South African TV current affairs program.
It's almost become cliche to observe that the retail sector is in trouble. However, virtually every industry is having to reinvent itself and innovate to stay relevant in a world with changing market dynamics, models of communication and delivery as well as tastes and values.
Brett, you were an absolute pleasure to work with! I cannot fault your professionalism. I have received constant compliments about your presentation, and would be delighted to work with you again. It is rare to find a speaker that can both command a stage and work one on one so successfully!
Ron Shevlin (@rshevlin) and Jim Bruene (@netbanker) and I, have been back and forth regarding Ron's article on so-called NeoChecking Account and the news of the GoBank launch here in the US earlier this year.
When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.
We, as leaders, spend an inordinate amount of time instructing our people on how we want them to behave - using codes of conduct and workplace instructions, on what we want them to do - in terms of processes and with training modules and of course, what we want them to achieve - by outlining their KPIs and conducting yearly, biannual or quarterly reviews depending on just how controlling our own personality tends to be.
We had very good feedback from the Chairman down about the dinner and your presentation, so thanks for the usual high standard.
It was wonderful to work with you, thank you for making my job easy!
Many thanks again for making it work and for engaging so closely with us and with the speakers. The feedback we received from audience members was overwhelmingly positive, which is especially remarkable I think for such a difficult topic. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, and to see you work!
James has the ability to capture you through his witty humour and "think outside the box" approach. One specific thing I have taken away from James is to "always value your ideas", he would be wonderful for your next think tank forum or any event that requires an MC with a twist.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave what Al Gore called the "best presidential address on climate change ever." It's true: the actions President Obama outlined will likely reduce our contribution to climate change, possibly by quite a lot. And while the plan will have large impacts on business, it's not a big enough vision to meet the scale of our climate challenge.
Sustainability is firmly on the CEO and leadership agenda today for two big reasons: (1) It pays and (2) there's no other choice. But it also needs to be on the HR executive's agenda – without HR support and leadership, companies won't create as much value as they could.
Human Resources are in the rather unenviable position of having to know quite a lot about virtually every facet of an organisation's business (even when it's not their personal remit or speciality).
Have you ever been in a meeting where there was unanimous support for an idea or action, everyone agreed it needed to be done, it was all signed off – only to walk out of the room and hear murmurs of disagreement, discontent and comments like ‘it’ll never work’, made by the very same people who just publicly threw their support behind the idea?
At ODE Management we pride ourselves on the fact that we represent the best speakers, from all corners of the world, but there is nothing more exciting than welcoming our team home to Aussie shores.
We also wanted to make sure we kept you in the loop, so please see below a list of Ode Managements global tribe.... who still call Australia home from time to time!
We all love a good book, and 2013 is an exciting year for the ODE team with five new books hitting the shelves now, and in the coming months. We offcourse wanted to share the excitement so you will see below a list of where too buy or pre order the teams latest publications.
If somebody asked you what is the most crucial aspect of business to focus on to ensure success, what would you say? Some would choose Sales. Some would say Marketing. Many would claim it's Leadership. Others believe it's Systems. More than a few would be adamant that the most important element is financial acumen.
We don't like change. We say we do. We say things like "a change is as good as a holiday", but we don't mean it. Just try putting "change" in a staff member's remuneration package in place of their annual leave and see how far that gets you.
At a time when consumer dissatisfaction with banking is at an all-time-high, the financial services industry has come to realise the need to innovate or die. With social services encroaching on traditional banking services and internet banking changing the role of the bank teller in society, there is one voice which has come to dominate the conversation about banking's future.
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In this chapter Lisa discusses the relationships that stand the course of time; the ones that make the quality of your life feel really worthwhile. Find out ways to create relationships within your team that will make people want to stick together.
Something as simple as cooking the bacon soft or crispy can escalate into a monumental issue. Learn how to deal with small issues amongst your team that are beginning to take on larger than life proportions and affect productivity. Every workplace has a bacon war.
Tap into the wisdom of your staff and help people get access to right information at the right time to help them get their job done. Apply the power of social network to your enterprise and build your networks at the speed of what you are looking for.
Do you feel the pressure to do more, with less, faster? In this video Dom delves into the four forces of change: Increasing complexity, rising accountability, compression of time and space & rising expectations on behalf of everyone about everything.
Perhaps a deceptively simple question? The bench mark to what websites look like now and ten years ago has changed significantly. Mike takes you through the three phases on the way you look at the web and how to turn a new visitor into a lead.
Innovation is not something you should think about only when business is booming and markets look stable. In this video learn about why Mike Walsh thinks the exact opposite and puts to you the ideas of innovating when things are uncertain and business looks cloudy.
Get people to take action with and follow you with this tool of influence. Be the ultimate leader and create a collaborative and cohesive team with everyone working to the same outcome. Constructive leadership skills at their best.
Welcome to Chapter One in my FLOW eLearning Program. In this segment we’re going to talk about Focus. A calm focused mind is one of the most important aspects of developing FLOW - but how do you control your environment to ensure more focus and less distractions?
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Thank you Arnold for only bringing the best of the best speakers to our events. We appreciate it! We appreciate you always thinking "outside the box" and never having us go with a speaker that so many others have – we are always unique and stand out with our keynotes – kudos!
Executive Director | Diversity Alliance for Science
In ODE I've found a team that are naturals at choosing the attitude, being present, making the client's day and above all, that love to play. Most importantly, for a person that travels consistently, I am always made to feel a valued part of the family.
Stephen Lundin - FISH! Philosophy
Working with ODE to build my US business was an awesome experience. In less than two years, we generated over one million US dollars of booking inquiries, accelerated my market penetration by at least 5 years and established relationships that many speakers spend their whole career trying to get.
The team manage to balance their allegiance and commitment to those they represent, with an honest approach to who would work for our clients events and who wouldn't. A refreshing attitude that means if they do recommend someone, we listen!
Just wanted to say thanks for two great presentations last week, Lisa and Mike were both fantastic. They both totally hit the mark with the audience and helped take the event to another level. Thanks – ODE definitely have the best speakers!