We are wired to care, wired for connection. The human baby flourishes with care and regardless of age or wisdom, we thrive on care. How we show care matters; it might be the difference we make in someone’s day. As you step into a small retail store or cafe, saying “hello! how are you doing?” might seem trivial. Quite to the contrary, it’s in these small moments that we show our humanity. Next time, stop and say hi and build a little connection with the employee standing in the store. Be the odd person who asks “how was your day?” in the lift. There is magic in these small moments.
Our conversation about failure needs to be reframed. It is ok to fail. I give you permission to fail. Now go do something and give yourself permission to fail.
I wrote this piece and originally posted it on Medium, after a night of being inspired by failures of female Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs. You can read it here https://medium.com/@symaahmed/the-importance-of-failure-f-ckups-and-errors-f9fd612e7570
The year 2017 turned out to be a remarkable year for me for a multitude of reasons. My body showed symptoms of burnout, which I ignored completely. I was focused on getting jobs done perfectly and there were never enough hours in a day to do all that I wanted done. This made me suffer more intensely from burnout.
Eventually I learned to let go of old routines to make room for new practices focused on taking care of my health. Now I adhere to practices of meditation, yoga and pilates in my daily routine. Here are a few key lessons that I have learned in this brilliant, turbulent and challenging year. Continue reading “5 Lessons I Learned in 2017 to Avoid Burnout”
We know that schools sometimes kill creativity and the shortcomings of academia ingrained through best practice that’s often a reflection of the past but this is fresh https://lnkd.in/f5qMFNV. Could home schooling be the future for really bright minds? A flight away from indoctrination, the way things are done, a silent respect for the status quo and a fear of shaking things up beyond comfort and reason.
I carry the city of Lahore in my heart no matter where I go. I visited Lahore during July 2017, and I woke up early every single morning to take shots of our garden to capture the beauty of this land.
To feel so charged that you cannot stand still. The urge to move in rapid motion for your whole body to be in rhythm with the speed at which your mind is interpreting an experience, a conversation, an encounter. Such moments in life are the highlights of our personal stories. You cannot attach a price tag to these moments even if you wanted to. A heartfelt thanks to Dr Pierre Benckendorff for infusing my learning journey with tons of inspiration.
The entire experience of an organisation can be built or broken in the tiny details or micro moments. As Ahmed Shuja, an experience designer, aptly explained over coffee
“Micro moments really matter to users because small niggling problems, which they know can be fixed, drive them more mad than bigger problems. Feelings of empathy towards the brand can make users a little forgiving when it comes to big problems.”
Dreamworld made world news during the past few days for all the wrong reasons. The tragic incident at Dreamworld Gold Coast is still unfolding as police carry out their investigations. We know one thing for sure – it is not opening as soon as Dreamworld and some fans would have hoped. Continue reading “Impact of Crisis on Brand Equity – Dreamworld Tragedy 2016”
Worked with a superb group of seven strong women to deliver “David & Goliath – the Face off”. Directors from Brisbane Marriott commended our work on the content analysis, further research into the Australian market, and recommendations especially for technology. What’s not to love?! Continue reading “Everyone loves a good story”
Anyone who has studied from Karen Hoffman would know that she is an amazing instructor. In an exercise during a tutorial, she wanted us to come up with as many ideas as possible of how a paper clip could be used. We had to craft a sales pitch based on a core idea. Continue reading “The Story of a Poster & Making Jewellery out of a Paperclip”