Maslow tells us that belonging is a fundamental human need. Belonging is the gateway between our basic needs for food, oxygen, security and safety, and the higher order needs of fulfillment, accomplishment, self-esteem and actualization.
A new year will be upon us in five short weeks, and I wanted to offer a four-part series to help both of us think about 2018 in advance of any planning, goal setting or resolutions that may be taking shape as you get ready for next year.
Every year at Thanksgiving, I take personal stock of what I have to be thankful for. Among many other things for which I am grateful, I am grateful for you, the reader of my weekly blog.
I chose to revisit my Thanksgiving blog from last year for a few reasons: I couldn’t improve upon it, the sentiment feels even more relevant this year and we all need a reminder of the basics now and then.
I wish you a peaceful and meaningful Thanksgiving this year.
If you’ve ever wondered why Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube are producing their own original content and programming, the answer is clear. None of them want to be a “dumb pipe.” Being a utility that carries someone else’s original work, ideas, creativity and “content” is a recipe for low margins and commoditization.
It’s long been understood that most business or professional conferences and trade shows have been about the 3 C’s: content, commerce and community. These three legs of the stool for big, national events made sense. Aggregate an array of education and programming known as content. Host a football-field-size trade show with booths and let people wander, looking for the right company that had what the “shopper” was looking for. And bring a community of like-minded people together in the hope that the right people would find each other and build or renew a professional relationship.
If you asked someone to follow you for a day and record the amount of time you interacted with a screen, would your screen time outweigh the amount of time you interact with people face-to-face?
You might think that live media (real human interaction) outweighs digital, but it would be good to know for sure. According to a recent CNN report, Americans spend 10 hours and 39 minutes a day on a screen, consuming media – gorging really. Maybe you’re the exception.
You may have never been to a medical conference or a scientific meeting, but I have, and I’ll tell you they are something to behold.
This past week I hosted a group of medical society executives to talk about the challenges and opportunities they are facing with the physicians, nurses, researchers, academics, medical students, residents and a myriad of other cohorts in the communities they serve.