Giving great gifts!

Today’s author is Liz Sebag-Montefiore, 10Eighty’s Founding Director who has provided HR solutions to a wide range of industries since 2005,Liz Sebag-Montefiore
working with numerous firms to understand their needs and is a great believer in the power and intelligence of networking.

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” Neil Gaiman.

We’re great readers at 10Eighty and we like podcasts and TED Talks too. Here are some recommendations that you might want to consider as ideas for yourself and your friends.

Gigged by Sarah Kessler – the full-time job is disappearing and landing the right gig is a challenge. Kessler talks to a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real-time. She looks at the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms consider the biggest stories of our time – the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber; the out-of-the-blue victories of Obama and Trump; the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo and show what’s really behind them: the rise of “new power.” The battle between old and new power is determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel.

Listen as you walk

We like to listen as we move around town and in terms of podcasts our great favourite this year has been Jacob Morgan’s Future of Work podcast – Jacob has in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work. Each episode of the podcasts explores a new topic and features a special guest. Why is the world of work changing? How is work changing? What do you and your organization need to do about it?

The BBC’s Evan Davis hosts the In Business show and podcasts are available at – a series that showcases business conversations with people at the top giving insight into what matters now.

This year I’ve also being enjoying BBC Radio4 show The Disruptors where a recent episode featured Reid Hoffman, a 10Eighty favourite. In 2016 professional networking site LinkedIn was sold to Microsoft for $26.2 billion, co-founder Reid Hoffman talks about the intense learning curves on the way to success.

Free resources

Another great resources is INSEAD which posts great materials at that showcase the latest business thinking and views from award-winning faculty and global contributors. Updated daily, with a weekly top picks email from the editor and a tablet and smartphone app, it is a free resource for global executives and managers looking for answers to business challenges.

An academic resource also worth a look is eCorner from Stanford University which offers content that helps entrepreneurs bring bold ideas to life and supports educators in developing thoughtful innovators.

Nobody can give you either wisdom or knowledge as a gift during the holiday season but you can work on broadening your horizons and widening your point of view. Which leads us to another quote to finish: “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” Seneca, in Moral Essays: Volume III

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