Welcome back to a new year. I’ve been back at work for about a week now, but haven’t had time to post a blog until now – as a lot of you would know, there’s always a backlog of work to get through after a holiday!
At the beginning of every year newspapers, magazines and the internet seem to be full of people offering their opinions on what will happen in the coming 12 months. While it may be a few weeks late, here are my predictions for 2007:
- The global public will become more aware of the damage we’re doing to our environment and will make even more positive changes to protect it. Pressure will be put on businesses to act, but the changes will take time to filter through.
- Carbon trading will begin on a small scale, with national and international plans to be considered. Governments won’t be involved in the initial carbon trading schemes, but consumers will recognise green businesses.
- Sea levels will continue to rise and more of the Artic and Antarctic regions will disappear, possibly forever.
- Technology will push change in the finance industry and consumers will have more control over how they interact with their financial institution.
- Big banks will realise what credit unions have known for years: the way to make people happy and loyal is to offer them high levels of customer service and give them the attention they need.
- Business leaders will open lines of dialogue with their staff to improve morale, customer satisfaction, efficiency and, ultimately, profit. Businesses will change to suit their staff, rather making everyone follow one model.
- Both Adelaide-based AFL teams will do better than last season!
I’d love to hear what will happen this year, or what you think about my predictions.
Oh, and I hope you like the new look CEOlink!