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starts missing deadlines or a project manager struggles to make simple decisions or an outgoing worker becomes withdrawn and stops socializing, it may be a sign that they are struggling with more than just a bad day.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.”
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.