Currency exchange is a breeze here in Belgium. Just bring the foreign currency to a bank, exchange these at the day’s rate and deposit the local currency straight into your bank account.
After returning a library book, I stopped by the grocery store to buy a few things. Two of the three items I bought came with extra coupon points. I collected 300 points while spending less than €15. I believe I have just achieved a personal best!
The following paragraph is an excerpt from an Inc article entitled Don’t Look for a Great Idea. Look for a Good Problem:
In addition to strategic planning, or planning based on things we know or think we know, we need to start innovation planning, or planning based on things we need to learn to solve new and important problems. That’s how you quest. You don’t plan the journey as much as you prepare for it.
Reading this article made me think of the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
At the grocery store, an old man was having a panicky moment paying with his bank card. He kept telling the cashier that he has input his pin code correctly, that it is the fault of the card reader.
The old man’s struggle and embarrassment reminded me of the increasing difficulty of catching up with the times. It made me think of the old folks and their daily struggles with the ever changing technology around them. How do you use a phone these days? The door bell has a camera and the microwave is talking to the fridge via the internet. Oh for heaven’s sake, don’t get me started on those pesky self flushing toilets, automatic soap dispensers and faucets!
I thought of my ageing parents and wished that I could help the old man. Maybe he has just neglected to press enter? This also made me wonder about my later years. Will I be able to catch up and be in tune with this fast forwarding global culture of ours? Will I too struggle with my payments one day? Oh good grief…
In the quest of advancement, we need to simplify things. Not make things so complicated that we eventually forget or do not know how it works anymore.
I have used some of my frequent flier miles from Delta and United, subscribing to magazines for my family members in the US. One of these days, I seriously need to look into the other areas where I can take advantage of all my accumulated miles. It definitely won’t hurt to get other freebies besides magazines. Maybe get more comfortable seats, gain access to some cool airport lounges and services, or even fly free! Why not and what the hell is stopping me?
D and I joined the E-Commerce conference at Kortrijk Xpo again this year. There is always something new to see and learn. Besides, I simply love the free drinks and mini sandwiches.
The following is an excerpt from an article entitled Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job:
Executives must extract themselves from day-to-day problems and do the work that aligns their job with the company’s strategy. They need to be armed with insights that predict where best to focus resources. And they need to build a coalition of support by inviting those who must execute to disagree with and improve their strategic thinking. Taking these three practical steps will raise the altitude of executives to the appropriate strategic work of the future, freeing those they lead to direct the operational activities of today.
On this grey Sunday afternoon, D and I walked to the meeting centre to attend a local trade fair. There were quite a lot of people attending the free event. We met and talked to a couple of the trades people, got a free glass of beer and enjoyed our short walk.
Third quarter accounting completed and closed. Business tax submitted. The past three months flew by, barely casting a shadow…
A 2015 report by the International Monetary Fund argues that there is no trickle-down effect as the rich get richer:
If the income share of the top 20 percent (the rich) increases, then GDP growth actually declines over the medium term, suggesting that the benefits do not trickle down. In contrast, an increase in the income share of the bottom 20 percent (the poor) is associated with higher GDP growth.
The trickle-down theory is absolute bullshit. It is a fairytale told by the rich and powerful to the poorer, ill-informed, consumer class on which they rest upon.