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"Let's Tell Stories" - How to Build Connections That Last

I remember when I was growing up in the 80s the major technology every kid wanted was the little orange coloured hand held game called Donkey Kong. If you were lucky enough to have it, you’d be glued to it at every opportunity.

I remember being dragged along to parties, to dinners, going on trips; but it didn’t matter where I was, if I had Donkey Kong, I would be blissfully occupied. I would zone in on jumping rolling barrels and eating bananas. It also ensured I was disconnected from the world around me.

Fast forward 30 years and I am on the way to work, and the bus was full with grown adults playing Donkey Kong. Well, that’s what it looked like. These days we’ve replaced our kid game consoles for grown up smart phones. And while they do keep us entertained, they are also keeping us disconnected.

Technology can’t love us back

I was recently chatting with Joanne Woo, VP of Communications for GE Australia, who commented that, “We’ve fallen in...

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The Price of Authenticity In Work & Life

One day a young man was walking down a busy side street in the middle of town when he noticed a small new shop. It was unusual because it was the only shop with no customers inside. To either side people were busy purchasing shirts and watches and the latest gizmos. The empty shop was selling none of these modern items; instead, it was selling values.

The young man wandered inside and discovered to his amazement that indeed the shop was selling values. He approached the counter, asking, “Can I purchase any value I wish?”

The shopkeeper nodded, “Of course. Which one would you like, Sir?”

The young man fidgeted on the spot, then spoke up, stating, “Well, lately I've been thinking a lot about authenticity. I would like to be authentic in my job, but I feel I often end up playing the corporate game and wearing a kind of mask instead. I have tried to be authentic myself, but haven't succeeded.” He looked up and smiled, “But if I can simply...

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