In his new book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others , Dan Pink reports that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Digging deeper, Pink states that the other eight also work in sales. Whether you're an entrepreneur courting venture capitalists, an employee pitching a new idea to your boss or a teacher trying to engage your students, we all spend a part of our day trying to influence others.In some way or other, we're all salespeople.
A series of PSA posters for the Singapore Cancer Society depict women in a Marilyn Monroe-like pose that some have dubbed sexist and voyeuristic while others mistook the poster for a fashion ad. Not great for a just cause that's trying to encourage women get tested regularly for cervical cancer.
In a poll conducted by Strait Times, 25% of respondents found the ad offensive yet 64% found the ad perfectly acceptable. The rest of the story.
Most of the time, we build our jobs and our organizations and our lives around today, assuming that tomorrow will be a lot like now. Resilience, the ability to shift and respond to change, comes way down the list of the things we often consider.