I hope you have enjoyed these weekly posts over the last couple of months. Please drop me a note if there’s anything you’d like to see me cover here. By now, you know how to master the basics, and how to build better working relationships. So, in the New Year, you can concentrate on bringing further value to the business.
Here in Germany, new ideas will flow after some downtime over the Christmas break. For those celebrating Christmas, enjoy it; and don’t forget to consider your work-life balance while trying not to embarrass yourself at the work Christmas party! For those elsewhere, enjoy the peace while your Western colleagues are away.
While looking for gifts for my family, I came across an article that stopped me in my tracks. It was about all the different top-selling Christmas gifts of the past few decades. It’s astounding to see how the price of these presents has changed over the years — from US$1.99 for a Rubik’s cube in 1980 to US$500 for an iPad 30 years later. I would be interested to hear what you think kids will be asking for in 2020. I know that mine would be less than impressed if I gave them a Rubik’s cube this year …
Season’s greetings, Buon Natale, Joyeux Noel, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Buone Feste Natalizie … and a happy New Year!
Uwe Michael Mueller