One of the best places to seek artisans of business is the region of Florence, Italy—the birthplace of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Filippo Brunelleschi. The area is still brimming with the same artistic, passionate and creative spirit of the past. One local business that exudes these characteristics is Il Borgo Cashmere in Borgo San Lorenzo in the region of Mugello.
It’s difficult to break old patterns and change unhealthy habits. One of the best ways to overcome that obstacle is to alter your perspective by experiencing a different culture first hand. Here are 10 lessons from Tuscany about living a life that is not only successful but also healthy and focused on what matters most—family and friends.
No two leaders are the same. People may share certain personality traits, business strategies or aspects of their morning routine, but each successful leader has a distinctive quality that makes them exceptional. Embracing what makes you unique will help you define the leadership style that works best for you and, ultimately, lead to your success. With this “Artisans of Business” leadership series, I will speak with successful people from a variety of industries to learn more about their business philosophy, how they handle failure and discover what makes their creative process work. This leadership series is about celebrating great leadership in all its shapes and sizes.
Technology is changing the business world. Businesses are being disrupted by automation and artificial intelligence. This isn’t some far off future. The future is now and business leaders should already be using these technologies to enhance their work force and services, says Jeff Wong, global chief innovation officer at EY, a London-based company that offers assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. It has offices in more than 150 countries, employs nearly 250,000 people and had $31.4 billion in global revenue for fiscal year 2017. “Artificial Intelligence is changing the work environment today,” Wong says. “Our people love working with these new technologies and love the fact that it makes them more powerful, more useful and allows them more time to use their brains—the human part of being human.”
Ori Menashe is the chef and co-owner of one of Los Angeles’ most successful restaurants—Bestia. He opened Bestia along with his wife Genevieve Gergis in 2012. Since then the restaurant has received multiple accolades, including being named one of Los Angeles magazine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2012 as well as one of the 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2017 by The Daily Meal. In addition, Menashe was named the People’s Best New Chef, California for Food & Wine magazine in 2014 and one of Food & Wine’s 10 Best New Chefs in 2015.
The business world is constantly changing and now it’s changing at an accelerated speed. American workers no longer have decades to adapt to new technologies or business advancements. People need to be able to adapt — and adapt quickly — if they want to thrive in the business world and not fall behind or become obsolete. The idea that you can go to college and receive a two-year or four-year degree and then be equipped to work at a job for the next 30 years is not true anymore.
Corporate America is striving to be healthier. CEOs have implemented numerous programs, such as employee wellness programs, onsite gyms and walking meetings. Executives are trying to lead by example by taking vacations and leaving the office at a reasonable hour. More and more people are embracing a healthy lifestyle. Yet even the most stalwart health enthusiasts struggle to maintain that lifestyle when they are traveling. People usually return from business trips feeling drained and unproductive. This “Three Days of Wellness” series is meant to help you incorporate a wellness lifestyle into your travel plans—whether for business or pleasure—so you return to work feeling energized and more creative.
Traditional management structures with annual reviews, rigid work schedules and a command-and-control philosophy no longer function in today’s workplace. Only 33% of full-time employees in the United States are engaged at work, according to the 2017 Gallup report, “State of the American Workforce.” The majority of employees (51%) are indifferent. They show up and do their job, but they are not going above and beyond to improve the company. Whereas, 16% of employees are “actively disengaged,” meaning they hate going to work and are probably disrupting your employees and sucking the morale out of the business.