Hey American Businesses, I Dare You To “Team On”

The U.S. women’s national soccer team won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Mere seconds after the game, Nike weighed in with a minute-long commercial. The ad ran 155 words, and a three-word phrase at the very end was the most important: “This team wins.” You haven’t been living under a rock, I assume, so I’ll keep the exposition brief: The U.S. women’s team won! It’s the team’s fourth World Cup title, which is pretty amazing. Just before the tournament began, the entire team sued U.S. Soccer over the fact that they’re paid just a fraction of what the U.S. men’s team makes. Now that the World Cup is over, they’ll begin mediation. (The men’s team has never finished higher than third, and that was in 1930.) I have written many times about the inequality women face in the workforce, especially around pay in Silicon Valley. There is no doubt that the women’s team should definitely need to be paid just as much as the men — probably more — largely because of the tremendous upside in the women’s game, as opposed to the men’s. Betting on a growing market, like the men’s game, is a good investment. Betting early on an exponentially growing market — which describes the women’s game pretty accurately — is a no-brainer, brilliant investment. As Nike poignantly notes, the ultimate reason professional teams exist is to win. To win games. To win hearts. To win championships. And to control the conversation. You could say something pretty similar about many businesses. So far, the men haven’t done it. The women are now entitled to four stars over the U.S. crest on their shirts. And Nike made sure everybody remembered the...

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Dreamers with Purpose

Throughout my career, I have always led with purpose and tried to help others do the same in work and in their personal lives. It’s not easy, especially today as so many of us are feeling more anxious and depressed while being bombarded by data that makes us feel that we need to do more, be more. It is refreshing to see how Samsung is incorporating more social purpose across its organization, including marketing and how they are hyperfocused on targeting younger audiences. The company gets that social responsibility matters when talking to Gen Z.  Samsung’s research shows that 67 percent of Gen Z said a person is cool when they’re true to their values and they feel the same way about brands. Moreover, 77 percent believe doing good should be part of running a business. They understand how brands should look for ways to fulfill Gen Z’s desire to express themselves while also satiating their tech habits. They have come up with an awesome new term called “Storyliving” which entails helping others dream better, and make their dreams come true via technology and being an authentic brand with integrity.  Samsung gets that brands should look for ways to fulfill Gen Z’s desire to express themselves while also satiating their tech habits.  They see Gen Z as an authentic generation who wants to present themselves as they are, as opposed to who they think the world wants them to be. Gen Z Is At The Core Of Samsung’s Social Purpose...

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Health Technology Is Helping Us Connect With Ourselves and Others For Mental Wellbeing

In the next decade, notions of inner strength, privacy and community will redefine wellness. Mental, philosophical and moral perseverance will be key qualities to develop as part of our wellness routine as we are confronted with unstable socio-political times while also facing the technological and scientific tipping points of the 4th industrial revolution. Through emotionally intelligent AI, epigenetics and bio-tech, notions of health, happiness and the fundamentals of being human will be forever changed. Wellness is our era’s catalyst. It is the mirror projecting onto us all that the future can offer us and take away from us, with environmental and technological challenges never seen before.   Many companies in the health tech space get that they need to create apps/digital products that change the way people look at, deal with and take control of their wellbeing. Depression, anxiety and mental illness is being discussed more often now in the open whilst self-care apps will continue as a form of companionship.   I love this company BioBeats and what they are doing to help employees better understand what is causing them anxiety and depression during or after their workdays.  BioBeats’s current remit is to provide psychological and physiological intelligence that can support organizations in tracking the wellbeing of their workforce in real-time and to help them foster mental wellbeing. I believe that if companies work on providing digital applications that help us learn how to be more aware of what is causing mental health issues in real time that we are going to see more people learning to BE WITH and love SELF and hopefully get off the meds that doctors keep throwing at us in order to numb out to our lives that we can learn to manage....

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Can Pure Grit Cure “Chronic Social Defeat Stress?”

Chronic social defeat stress is probably not a term you have heard of when the topic of depression comes up. I believe that the term is spot on when you hear about how depression is growing at an accelerated rate in our world. Yep, we have an epidemic on our hands, especially as more doctors are prescribing the “magic pills” such as opioids that for the most part are masking the depression symptoms. Not many people know that there is No endpoint that has been defined for the treatment of depression, making it hard for patients to know if they have been cured. I read about this term in a 2018 Scientific Article entitled, CAN A PILL THAT BOOSTS “RESILIENCE” TREAT DEPRESSION? — A clinical trial tests a new way to reverse the psychiatric disorder. The article first talks about how many self-help books are out there that preach how we can beat this dark disorder with better diets, more exercise, and meditation and working on gaining resilience with pure grit. For many, especially those who are being fed opioids to reduce their anxiety and depression, many are not clear enough to have the sense of self needed to sit with SELF and work through these symptoms. Neuroscientists are learning the story is not quite so simple, and that some people are likely better equipped from birth to deal with adversity. During the last 15 years, discoveries about why some brains excel at resisting stress have initiated a search for new drugs to treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder by enhancing psychological resilience. One of these compounds has now entered early-stage clinical trials. If the drug is safe and works, it will undoubtedly encounter strong demand; depression—the world’s leading cause of mental disability—never enters full remission in more than half the patients treated with psychotherapies and existing antidepressants. Looking inside the brains of animals exposed to chronic social defeat stress, the scientists observed hyperactive firing of neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a critical part of a reward circuit. When things go awry, this manic firing of cells in the VTA contributes to the lack of motivation experienced in depression. New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital has become a nexus for resilience research, with studies conducted by several laboratories on both the psychology and neurobiology of adapting to stress. In 2014 pharmacologist and neuroscientist Ming-Hu Han and a group of his Mount Sinai colleagues published a paper in Science showing how out-of-whack electrical signaling in neurons populating the brain’s reward system could explain why some lab animals were susceptible to depression whereas others remained resilient. TED Fellow Dr. Rebecca Brachman, a pioneer in the field of preventative psychopharmacology, is focusing on developing drugs to enhance...

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RE-SILENCE – THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES), toxic stress/PTSD are topics are more in the forefront than ever. Scientists continue to learn how ACES affect children and adults and are looking into how science can alleviate the effects. One thing I do not understand is why there are not more health practitioners focusing on aces. For example, why are so many therapists pushing meds to these individuals, practicing CBT, or putting them through the costly procedure called TMS, a so-called noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. This is about trauma in the DNA. I do not believe that a majority of the medical community, especially therapists, know how to help trauma patients and need to know more about how to help the individuals be more resilient such as what somatic experience practitioners focus...

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Forbes Health Care Predictions For 2019

  Healthcare technology predictions by Forbes is no surprise. In 2019, health care information technology (HIT) in the U.S. will continue to be transformed by external forces from around the world. To be honest, the whole of health care is feeling the pain of this evolution, and there are challenges that need to be met head-on. I believe we need to have more patience with healthcare technology and understand that AI, the transition from data centers to the cloud are not going to happen overnight, and cyber security attacks are going to continue to accelerate, especially as electronic medical records are on the ride. The fact that health care is going mobile will be good for the industry since 1 in 5 American adults only use their cell phones are internet users. Sure, we are seeing some instant gratification with health going more digital. But this will be a process. hashtag#healthare hashtag#digtalhealthcare hashtag#AI...

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