We hear so much about the challenges facing businesses in the 21st century – about globalization, resource shortages, and threats to security and privacy. Amid all the alarms being raised, we hear only rarely about what may be the most fundamental crisis facing most businesses today – talent. How to get the best. What to do with it. And how to keep it. It is an issue of immense importance and yet it is something that has only recently begun to be a serious concern of top executives. Read Andrew Benett's thoughts on the topic at Raconteur. Andrew is global CEO of Havas Worldwide and author of The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First.
If all the brands in the world disappeared tomorrow, which ones would you miss? That's a question Havas Media posed to consumers around the world in its 2013 Meaningful Brands Study. They discovered that only 1 in 5 brands globally is seen as having a meaningful, positive impact on people’s lives. The point resonates with entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Branson, who reflects on the study’s results in a recent blog post on virgin.com. Image credit: Creative Commons/Johnny Vulkan@flickr.com