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    Message of the Week 30 November - 4 December 2020

    Week 49
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    Be an optimistic force for good

    As we get closer to the end of this year, we can’t help but start thinking about the festive season and what next year holds.

    The trend consultancy, Futurists TomorrowToday, believes:

    • The 2020s will be a decade of disruption (an Age of Kairos is upon us).
    • The best way to predict the future is to create it.
    • Organisations that are a force for good will be the winners.

    We’ve known for quite some that it is becoming increasingly critical for corporations of the 21st Century to address the global challenges – not just those faced by business, but that of the environment and society too.

    It’s like Melinda Gates says, “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.” 

    In Africa, this is beautifully summed up by the philosophy of ubuntu or “I am because you are”. When we overcome a myopic vision of success and focus on generating long-term value for all stakeholders, we can achieve remarkable results and all share in prosperity and sustainability.

    What’s also important is a healthy sense of optimism. Optimism is a choice that not only carries us through difficult times, but helps us connect with like-minded people and find hope in challenging situations. When we are optimistic, we look at failure as an opportunity to keep learning and keep on keeping on with a sense of enthusiasm.

    If we want to create a better future for
    ourselves, our business and our planet, we need to shift our mindsets. Tomorrow
    Today suggests the following:

    •  You create the future, it does not just happen.
    • The 2020s will be a pivotal period in history, a rare moment, where
      leaders who are tuned towards change can seize opportunity.
    • The explorers will be the winners. There are no roadmaps showing us
      the future.
    • What got you here will not get you there.
    • To build a culture of exploration, embark on quests that make a
      positive difference in the world.

    It doesn’t matter how small the contribution, making a positive difference in the world can be as simple as being optimistic about the future and being tuned to change.

    In our aim to be an optimistic force, KDZA has committed to contributing to local community NPO’s who take care of the aged, youth and animals. Stay tuned. More details to follow next week.

    As Melinda Gates also says: “Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”

    Sharon Peché - Marketing and Communications Manager - Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.

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