Not that I mind holidays, in general, nor the number of national holidays in France during the month of May [especially when I live there], but we are accustomed to seeing holidays applied to varying days during the work week. [Let’s hear it for the holidays that are optimally placed on Fridays or Mondays]. A small section in a newspaper on Monday raised my eyebrows as it listed national holidays in countries around the world during the week. This seemed to be a big week for holidays; some 50 countries have a day off. What caught my attention was that on Saturday this week, it is a holiday in Hong Kong (a country known for hard long hours); and, on Sunday the 8th April, it is a holiday in Egypt, Israel and Croatia. The first two countries are, with a little retrospection, understandable; but Croatia as well? Anyway, goes to show how different life can be from one country to another.
Minter Dial is an international professional speaker, author & consultant on Leadership, Branding and Digital Strategy. After a successful international career at L’Oréal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots and has spent the last ten years helping senior management teams and Boards to adapt to the new exigencies of the digitally enhanced marketplace. He has worked with world-class organisations to help activate their brand strategies, and figure out how best to integrate new technologies, digital tools, devices and platforms. Above all, Minter works to catalyse a change in mindset and dial up transformation. Minter received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1993). His books include Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence, which bowed in December 2018. He is also co-author of Futureproof (Pearson, Sep 2017) and sole author of The Last Ring Home (Myndset Press, Nov 2016), a book and documentary film, both of which have won awards and critical acclaim. Minter's latest book, You Lead, How being yourself makes you a better leader, published by Kogan Page, won the Business Book Award 2022 in the category of Leadership. His current work is around fostering more meaningful conversation, with his featured publication on Substack: Dialogos, Fostering More Meaningful Conversations. It's easy to inquire about booking Minter Dial here. View all posts by Minter Dial