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6 Ways To Empower Others, Both in Professional and Personal Life December 30, 2015 10:00

In most organisations, it is commonly believed that power is a scarce resource. As a result, managers tend to hoard this seemingly precious commodity rather than share it. Yet, recent research indicates that the more productive forms of power in organisations actually increase in number with the sharing of power.

Тhе bеаutу оf еmроwеrіng оthеrs іs that уоur оwn роwеr іs nоt dіmіnіshеd іn thе рrосеss. Іn fасt, еmроwеrіng оthеrs can be a great feeling when it comes to both your personal life and your business dealings – this includes your sense of self-awareness and confidence. The more you surround yourself with positivity and people who feel confident in themselves and their decisions, the more successful everyone will be.

Тhіs саn bе асhіеvеd іn а numbеr оf lіttlе wауs thаt саn rаngе frоm sіmрlу bооstіng sоmеоnе еlsе’s mооd tо hеlріng thеm rеаlіzе nеw аsресts оf thеіr реrsоnаlіtіеs. Тhе fоllоwіng аrе six wауs уоu саn еmроwеr оthеr реорlе аnd gеt stаrtеd dоwn thіs раth:

 

1. Share Information And Keep Everyone In The Loop

Particularly in a business setting, it’s important to let others around you know what is going on. As a manager or leader, you should build trust with your colleagues or employees as a fundament. Start by sharing information with them. Important information can allow them to be their best in critical situations and make the best decisions. 

In your personal life, it’s hard for other people to give support to you if you don’t share the goings-on in your life.

2. Share Ideas

Sharing ideas is something artists and budding entrepreneurs are already familiar with since it’s essential for their work. But sharing ideas is something everybody loves - it can open so many doors, create incredible bonds and lead to adventures. Share your ideas over a coffee. It can take between three minutes and hours.

3. Encourage Creativity And Risk Taking

Be creative. Do some creative things with your friends or even make new friends by doing so. This is an excellent way to encourage creativity and develop skills. Take some amazing photos and post them on Instagram. Be creative!

Similarly, what is life without taking a few risks along the way? I think that encouraging people to take risks can be applied to both personal and professional endeavors. Risk-taking is what makes our lives livelier! If you run a business, encourage your employees to go out on a limb occasionally. While sometimes risk-taking doesn’t pay off, it often does result in new ideas at the very least!  

4. Making Mistakes Is O.K.

Encouraging employees to make decisions means that you also have to be prepared for those moments when they are going to make mistakes, but also learn from those mistakes. Don’t criticize them right after they make their first mistake, it will only keep them from trying new things and making customers happy.

5. Celebrate Both Successes And Failures

The employees who take a risk are important, never mind the outcome. They learn a valuable lesson from each risk they take or mistake they make. Celebrate both success and the person.

6. Create A Learning Environment

Learning new things and how to handle things differently are the most important things in business. Discuss with your team various situations, analyze what you’ve done in the past, practice, see what you could have possibly done for a different outcome and accept mistakes. This process might require a lot of time, but it’s worth it!

So, how can you make sure people around you feel empowered? Share your successful ideas in the comment section below

 

This post was first published on www.executivelifestyle.sg


A (more) conscious shopping : a beginner’s guide in this holiday seasons November 26, 2015 16:28

The holiday season is getting closer and Christmas is just around the corner. What does this mean? It means that ‘’Christmas war’’ has started between both online and offline retailers. Everyone is focused on profits. It’s the same every year – there are big holiday sale signs everywhere, even months before the holiday.

How does that make any sense?

This holiday season can be merrier and greener. Here are some simple suggestions to help you be kinder, more conscious and buy smart this holiday season :

1. Start with one product / category

Switching to ethical and sustainable shopping can’t be done at once. You have to go step by step and take things slow. You have to follow one simple rule – shop for a product that you need. Then shop for another product and then for another. This way, you will gradually become used to ethically shopping for things you need. Don’t rush things.

2. Consider the number of uses  

Ask yourself some easy questions like, ‘’Can I wear this item in both business and other occasions?’’ or ‘’is this item for a specific season or I can wear it year-round?’’

The item you buy for yourself must be durable and you should be able to wear it at least 30 times. Make sure it is suitable for different places and weather. This item has to be a serious garment and not too fashionable.

3. Learn more about the brand 

Many companies rely on transparency these days.

They are supposed to share their entire supply chain process, details regarding production and source of the things, rights of their workers and conditions under which their workers work.

You can always ask them about their brand, the origin of the product and so on. You have full rights to it as a customer.

The successful purchase is the one that meets your standards and values. You will notice how good you will feel about your purchase when you know you did something ecological and ethical for our society and planet.

4. Buy high quality and opt for fair trade products only

Start buying high quality products as a step in switching to ethical shopping. Why is this important? It’s very simple – high-quality products last longer. Get rid of one-year wonders and a habit of constant shopping. For example, high quality clothes will make you feel better and look better on you.

How do I know which products are high quality?

This can be very tricky, especially for common people who spent their lives buying cheap and wearable clothes. But it’s easy, really, just make sure you opt for a fair trade product.

5. Recycle and pay attention to packaging

Over 500 billion plastic bags are consumed each year. This is an ecological disaster, since they are made of petroleum. So, you do the math, how much barrels of oil are needed for the consumption of bags this high? The answer is 12 million barrels just for the US consumers alone.

According to some new researches, soils, beaches and water are dramatically contaminated with plastic bags. How can you help? Just recycle whatever you can and avoid tons of packaging when shopping.

Be more conscious about bag waste and reduce your own use in order to promote consciousness.

So, do you want to know more about sustainable living ? Come to Green Is The New Black “ Conscious Festival this Saturday the 28th November,  11 am – 8 pm at The Working Capitol and pop along for different christmas shopping experience with us! 

Conscious Festival : Green is The New Black | Singapore | The Wedge Asia | The Nomadic Trails

Fast Fashion – Empty Glamour Calories That Make Us Feel Full September 07, 2015 15:11

photo source : http://goodonyou.org.au/closed-loop-fast-fashion/?utm_content=buffer230a1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

As time passes by, the fashion industry is continuously evolving into something akin to the food industry, with much of the industry adopting the concept of ‘fast fashion’. This concept is designed to create a constant and ever-growing demand for new clothing. 

Fast fashion is only a temporary fix for a person’s appetite for new clothes, which means that not only is it useless but also wastes both a person’s time and their money.


How to Create Opportunities with Every Purchase – Even When You’re on a Budget September 03, 2015 12:30

Photo source : http://moralfairground.com.au/fair-trade-event-trail-events/

Each of us can create a ton of opportunities with every product they purchase, even if we are on a tight budget. One might wonder how that is possible, and the answer to one’s question is fair trade products. Read more here... 


What's your Carry-on Essentials ? August 25, 2015 10:44

Jetting off somewhere soon? Check out what to include in your carry-on and travel like a pro!

Meet the Co-founder - Akshata Buch August 18, 2015 06:00 1 Comment

 

This week, we are thrilled to share the story of our co-founder, Akshata Buch. She is passionate about creating meaningful opportunity for people across the globe. 


Nomadic Journey | The Art of Batik Making August 17, 2015 10:00

 

The fascinating world of Indonesian batik, a traditional textile originating from the island of Java. Batik is used in traditional clothing and its intricate process that can take up to 3 months. Find out the batik making process here.


Meet the founder - Ratri Maria August 11, 2015 09:58 1 Comment

Today, we are excited to introduce the face behind The Nomadic Trails, Ratri Maria. She  spends her days using the power of business  to make positive change within our world -  empowering both customers and artisan communities. 


A perspective of life from a cycle rickshaw August 08, 2015 07:00

The cycle rickshaws improve accessibility and provide a better, pollution-free alternative to driving shorter distances in the neighborhood. It also creates millions of jobs for unskilled and uneducated migrant labor. So next time you are in India, make sure you hop on to the humble cycle rickshaw and experience life from another era. 


5 Reasons Why You Should Accessorize July 31, 2015 06:28

During the morning grind, it's hard to determine what about your outfit isn't working. You just know something's off and your #OOTD might not feel as special as it could. There's a simple solution to this a.m. quandary: Accessorizing.