• Pinpointing This Week: From Transactional to Relational.
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    Real success is not about transacting to get what you want; real success comes from forging lasting and authentic relationships in which there is mutual interest and benefit. Might seem obvious right? But you’d be surprised how many companies still don’t understand the difference, nor the significant changes happening as we shift from a transactional society to what’s rapidly becoming a new relationship economy. As Jerry Michalski (Relationship Economy…

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: Trust As Currency.
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    Trust. Transparency. Reputation. Privacy. Nine years ago eBay gave us a taste of what was possible. Since then, advancing technology and growing social footprints are enabling us to connect with others in ways that would have seemed reckless back then: giving rides to strangers (Lyft), letting them stay in our beds (Airbnb), entering their homes to eat a meal (Feastly). All of which are generating new social standards, both for living and transacting, and shifting expectations…

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  • The Thriving Relationship Economy.
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    Over the last few years the sharing economy has evolved from a fringe movement to a significant economic force with trust at its’ center. More than an economic force, it’s also a cultural one that fosters relationships and relies on human, peer-to-peer interactions. Enabled by technology, we’re now connecting with others in ways even five years ago would have seemed reckless—lending our cars to strangers (Lyft), letting them stay in our beds (Airbnb),…

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  • Robots Are Coming, Like it or Not.
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    Between November 25, 2013 and January 13, 2014, Pew Research Center asked 12,000 experts and members of the public to share their opinions on what they think about robots – good, or bad? Some speculate that the automation of the work force will dramatically impact the types of jobs humans currently occupy, placing a burden on the education system to ensure that future workers are prepared to enter this new landscape. Others think positively that new types of work will emerge…

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