The theme for AIME’s 2024 Knowledge Program is “The 4Ps of GLOCALISATION” and will explore the relationship between global insights and local nuances. In his keynote presentation, Australian-born, LA-based bestselling author, TV host and founder of the 100 Things movement, Sebastian Terry, will explore the intricate dynamics of glocalisation’s transformative impact. He will also cover finding purpose, the “passion effect,” and creating high-performance teams.
Ahead of the program, which launches AIME on 19 February 2024, we asked Terry three questions.
We know we need to find purpose in our lives, but is it especially important to find it in our work?
Sebastian Terry: I think to ask someone what their life purpose is, can be overwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s the most important question, either. You discover purpose along the way. I prefer to talk about passion. If you’re able to at least integrate passion into the things that you do – including your work – you will find more meaning. In fact, I would argue that ‘purpose’ is a by-product of merging passion and, particularly, introducing meaningful goals into your life – no matter how big or how small, and no matter at work or elsewhere. In doing so, you’ll answer the most important question: WHO AM I?
So how do we bring this notion of authenticity – the ‘WHO AM I?’- into the work environment? Isn’t that the place where people lose their authentic selves most?
Sebastian Terry: Press pause no matter what stage of life you’re at. Really check in with yourself. A great way to do this is to write your own eulogy. By penning your story, you understand the important aspects of your life: the things you’re giving attention to and the areas you’re overlooking. I did this myself and I realised I was living an unfulfilling life. I don’t see work and personal life as separate things. Being authentically me, Sebastian Terry, means I’m myself with friends, when I travel, when I pursue my personal ambitions and goals, and as I show up in the workplace. The question is, am I showing up authentically in all parts of my life?
Are business leaders creating an environment for employees to pursue this notion of 360 degree authenticity? If not, what should they be doing?
Sebastian Terry: As a snapshot, in the US, 38% of employees feel underappreciated and 77% of employees said they would work harder if they received recognition. Employees who feel heard at work were 4.6 times more likely to perform at their best and 100% of employees who feel they have a voice in their workplaces perform at a higher level. There is clearly value then in employees feeling seen and heard. I would say that it’s important for business leaders to understand who their employees are in and out of the workplace…. and then to inspire them. This means spruiking individual growth, fostering a thriving culture, and instilling a sense of connectivity.
To hear Terry’s keynote presentation and to immerse yourself in an ecosystem of education and knowledge sharing, a ticket to AIME’s Knowledge Program is a must. The Program is attended by Hosted Buyers, Media, Exhibitors and Visitor Buyers who upgrade their ticket.
AIME 2024 will run 19 –21 February, 2024 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
For more information or to register to attend AIME visit: aime.com.au