The purpose of any organization is to provide maximum value to customers and/or other stakeholders. The people who do that are employees. If we need to prioritize at all, we might put the employee as the top priority, because if we inspire employees, they will inspire customers—and, of course, everyone else.
Therefore, the employee is the new customer. This is how Virgin, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, The Boston Beer Company, The Container Store, EllisDon, HCLTechnologies, New Belgium Brewing and others, have become extraordinarily successful. Southwest Airlines even extends this ranking: employees first, customers second, shareholders third. Ritz-Carlton refers to its employees as “Ladies and Gentlemen” and the company’s motto is “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen.” Continue reading
All motivational speakers are not just self-help gurus, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with getting help for yourself. The point is, there are many kinds of speakers and numerous topics to be addressed. So, if you have the desire to be a motivational speaker, you might want to consider what the best world-class speakers have in common.
The troops need motivating! The right motivational speaker at your event inspires your audience and reflects positively on you as the sponsor of his or her presentation. Also, everyone benefits from a fresh voice with an interesting story. The presentation may be highly personal or strictly about business. The point of hiring a motivational speaker is to add a big dose of inspiration into the crowd, whether they are your sales employees, fellow members of an organization, or any other group that aims to achieve certain goals.
If your business is launching a new product or is going through a significant change, it’s a good time to let everyone know you need them to redouble their efforts. Instead of repeating speeches they may have heard from you in the past, you can hire one of the best business speakers from Nextup Speaker Management. We provide speakers who excel at impressing audiences on a number of topics. Our world-class speakers come from many different industries, but all have the talent that is necessary to fire up your audiences with inspirational and memorable presentations. Our effective speakers aim to provide you with the topic you need, from reaching specific goals to increasing sales number, losing weight or strategies to expand your market reach.
I first published this article in 2015, and there was a universal outpouring of agreement and support for promoting more women into keynote slots. In fact, for conference held in the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, there was nearly a doubling of the number of women keynotes. But that still leaves only 2.2 out of every 10 keynotes being women for corporate events and industry association conferences. Continue reading
Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on…
Affected by many conflicting yet interdependent factors that demand constant adaptation and speed of response, organizations of all sizes are being required to deal with what are now very complex decision making environments. Companies are being challenged by unexpected competitors, attacked by cyber-criminals, and talked about by unpredictable customers constantly. Are most structures set up to deal with such a barrage? Continue reading
Once upon a time, the most successful business models were conceived to exploit clear gaps in established, stable commercial markets. Why take a risk in new, undeveloped areas when existing ones were rich with opportunity?
But something happened on the way to the corporate future: Startup enterprises began unlocking value at extraordinary levels, and established systems were shaken by disruption. Technological and social transformations set in motion a different kind of economy — an innovation economy — defined by constant and accelerating change. Continue reading
What is risk? What compels most of us to avoid it while others run straight into the fire? Is risk a necessary component of progress? And more importantly, can risk ever really be eliminated? If so, how?
In the insurance industry, risk is all about math. Premiums are based on complicated actuarial tables, the cost of medical care, survival rates, the demographics and mix of participants, and so on. Similarly, in times of war, military leaders also rely on statistical analysis to assess risk. Continue reading
Not long ago, schoolchildren chose what they wanted to be when they grew up, and later selected the best college they could gain admission to, spent years gaining proficiency in their fields, and joined a company that had a need for their skills. Careers lasted lifetimes.
Now, by my estimates, the half-life of a career is about 10 years. I expect that it will decrease, within a decade, to five years. Advancing technologies will cause so much disruptionto almost every industry that entire professions will disappear. Continue reading