We hope all is well, you are settling in and enjoying the benefits of remote working from home. This weeks blog post will continue on the theme of positivity, with a specific focus on how to remain productive and engaged whilst working from home.
Before delving into the topic, may we take this opportunity to thank all of our Professional Healthcare clients currently working on the frontline to help Coronavirus patients through both their physical & mental stresses. If there is anything we can do to help during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out.
I write as both a cancer surgeon, scientist and pilgrim. My book, The Journey: Spirituality, Pilgrimage and Chant was all about repetitive chant, the Celtic concept of “thin” holy places and the joys of long distance walking. For many years during Lent I have rather smugly tried to do something positive every day for somebody else (over and above normal patient care) and to visit a consecrated site on a daily basis. This year the added master plan had been to walk with my family from Ely to Walsingham as a pre- Easter pilgrimage and then travel onwards to Iona for Easter itself.
We live in a world where we have millions of people at our fingertips. Many of us don’t quite realise the magnitude of that. Each and every single one of our posts has the potential to reach the entire world, from north to south, east & west. It doesn’t matter which part of the globe you are targeting there is a way to reach the exact kind of people that will benefit from knowing your business.
It is a common misconception that you have to be a big brand in order to have a big following, big marketing budget with expensive gadgets to analyse your data, boost your posts and deliver conversions.
However this is not always the case.
Especially in marketing – creativity, knowing your product & your target audience is much more important than any flashy gadget or tool which promises you the hacks of the digital world.
In a world where everybody wants to be on top of the search engines, have millions of likes and thousands of followers (at least) how can we put out content which holds integrity and is respectful of our receivers?
Simple – keep the ethos of your brand, live what you advertise & don’t get wrapped up by numbers.
Statistics can be manipulated to show you an unrealistic picture, numbers can be used to sell you something which may not be true.
So, what’s the point of marketing? – You may ask…
Artificial intelligence (AI) is often mistaken as a 21st century phenomena very much in its grassroots and infancy, however its history dates back to the early 1900s, years before the term ‘artificial intelligence’ was first coined. The first time AI was referred to by name was in 1956 by John McCarthy, an American Computer Scientist who defined it as, “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines”[i], but it could be said that the true infant years of AI occurred during the Second World War.
Do we have a responsibility to manage what we say online & the effect it may have on others?
Certainly we expect that professional journalists obey this law and are very disappointed when we find out that the truth has been swayed for publicity. But do we consider that what we post, share and comment on should come with the same discernment and responsibility?
In a day and age where the majority of us have at least one social media channel (Facebook/ twitter/ Instagram/ LinkedIn/ WhatsApp and so on), have you considered why we are on them?
We all know that it is a fact, websites create revenue – simply look around at online shops such as Amazon, Apple, Ocado & many others to see the proof. We live in a society which requires everything on our fingertips and what better way to deliver products than on a mobile app, or within an internet browser.
The key to cohesive work and collaboration is to know each other, know your strengths and weaknesses as a team. Who is the creative person and who is the methodical one? The concept of team activities originated in the early 1900’s, Hawthorne Studies found that some of the most important traits in building a team included social support, pride in your work and developing interpersonal relationships.
Today, many organisations to implement these traits through arranging social activities, and team-building exercises, however more often than not this does not always meet the desired outcome to build a cohesive team and a strong foundation.