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5 LESSONS COVID-19 IS FORCING US TO LEARN

Mon Mar 16 2020 Michael McQueen

We find ourselves this week amidst one of the most unprecedented challenges the world has seen: a pandemic, declared by the World Health Organisation as a global public health emergency. Had we told ourselves just two months ago at the start of the year, when we were all optimistically organising our 2020 plans and resolutions, that a surprise like this was on its way, we would not have believed it.

ARE YOU TALKING TO ROBOTS?

Wed Mar 11 2020 Michael McQueen

Decades ago, the prospect of talking to someone on the other side of the world was unimaginable. Doing business with them, regularly coordinating with them and bridging the geographic and linguistic distance between you and them was even more incomprehensible. Now it is the norm.

WILL YOU BE PRINTING YOUR NEXT MEAL?

Mon Mar 02 2020 Michael McQueen

In the lead-up to Mother’s Day a few years ago, I teamed up with the engineering team from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, to take part in an experiment live on national television. In this experiment, my engineering colleagues and I would print an intricate necklace from scratch over the course of the morning show with the hosts periodically cutting back to us in the studio to check on our progress. The angle for the story was something along the lines of ‘Don’t buy your mother a gift this Mother’s Day, print her one instead!’

HOW TO BE MORE ORIGINAL

Wed Feb 26 2020 Michael McQueen

How would you respond if you were told at a job interview, ‘Tell me something that you have invented’? This is exactly what Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says to new employees, in his effort to build and maintain a culture of innovation across all facets of the business.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DATA

Thu Feb 20 2020 Michael McQueen

If you had told your grandparents that in the future the currency of the world, the power of big companies and the division of wealth would largely centre around the movement of an invisible object, they would never have believed you. And yet it is increasingly becoming the case with the unstoppable use of data in the modern world.

HOW TO FOSTER A HEALTHY OPTIMISM

Mon Feb 10 2020 Michael McQueen

We have all heard the painful clichés at the business conferences and read them in the self-help books – ‘the glass is half-full’, ‘look for the silver lining’. The sentiment of optimism is not one we are unfamiliar with in our modern world of self-help. Despite this, 1 in 7 Australians will experience depression in their lifetime and 1 in 4 will experience anxiety. 1 in 7 young people experience a mental health condition in a year.[1] The popular sentiment of optimism has not seemed to translate into a happier or more fulfilled society.

WHY YOU SHOULD RETHINK PRODUCT OWNERSHIP

Mon Jan 13 2020 Michael McQueen

‘Access is the new ownership.’[1]

With the recent dramatic growth of companies like Airbnb, Uber and Spotify, it is hard to overlook the common denominator linking multiple major industries. The concept of ownership seems to be aging into a thing of the past, as renting and borrowing become more legitimate solutions to everyday needs.

ARE YOU EMBRACING A GROWTH MINDSET?

Tue Jan 07 2020 Michael McQueen

Over 30 years ago, a cohort of middle school students was given some mathematics problems to solve.