In business, it’s important to live your brand promise. It’s not enough to have a statement on the website. You should incorporate that promise into every facet of the business. The J.K. Place Firenze hotel is the perfect example of how you can turn your company’s vision into a reality. J.K. Place Firenze does not want to be viewed as a hotel. Instead its brand promise is centered on making travellers feel like they are staying at a friend’s house or a wealthy family member’s residence while visiting Florence. This is why J.K. Place focuses on creating unique experiences for guests, building relationships and avoiding traditional hotel procedures. There is not the traditional check-in or checkout process, guests are not charged for using items in the minibar and there are not strict breakfast hours. Instead, like a home, travellers ring the front door bell and are welcomed into the building as honored guests. They are offered food and drink while they sit down with Claudio Meli, the general manager of J.K. Place Firenze, and discuss what they hope to accomplish during their visit to Florence.
Creativity. Vision. Innovation. These are some of the characteristics that bring an organization long-term success. Yet, fostering this type of ingenuity and imagination in the workplace is challenging. Business executives are bombarded with stressful situations on a daily basis. There is traffic, long commutes, deadlines, overflowing inboxes and being constantly “logged in” to work through technology. Cultural stress is a reality that is not going away, which is why business leaders should be looking for ways to cope—and help their employees cope—with the stress of modern living.
As Baby Boomers age, many employees are taking on the role of caregiver at home to an aging relative. More than one in six Americans are working full- or part-time and caring for an elderly or disabled family member, according to a Gallup-Healthways survey . In addition, 70% of caregivers reported work-related difficulties as a result of their dual roles, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregivers have had to rearrange their schedules, decrease hours or take unpaid leave of absences in order to care for an aging family member. They have also received warnings about tardiness, job performance and leaving early.
In the wake of the “Me Too” movement, many business leaders are reevaluating their company’s sexual harassment, anti-fraternization or dating policies. The “Me Too” movement gained momentum this past October after sexual misconduct allegations were launched against Harvey Weinstein and it helped raise awareness about the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. As a result, many people are questioning whether you should date in the workplace today, and if you do, what rules should be followed.
Everyone has a bad day where they feel sad or lonely or depressed. However, when one of your most dependable employees starts missing deadlines or a project manager struggles to make simple decisions or an outgoing worker becomes withdrawn and stops socializing, it may be a sign that they are struggling with more than just a bad day. They may be struggling with clinical depression, a condition that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. One in 10 American adults suffer from depression. It affects more than 16.1 million adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Clinical depression costs more than $51 billion in absenteeism from work and lost productivity and $26 billion in direct treatment costs, making it one of the most costly illnesses to treat in the U.S.
The American workplace is known to be fast paced and relentless. Many business executives are so engrossed in moving up the chain of command that they forget to enjoy the life they are working so hard to achieve. The mindset is that you have to work nonstop and achieve your career goals before you can relax and appreciate life. This path can lead to stress, poor health and broken relationships, which is why a growing number of people are turning to a wellness lifestyle focused on establishing healthier habits around diet, exercise, stress and sleep.
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.”