Lessons from 5 years of working at Amazon

My career at Amazon almost didn’t happen. I was first approached by an Amazon recruiter in December 2016, and at the time, thought nothing of it. I was two years into working as a freelance consultant, and at no point had any ambition to return to a big company environment. Showing true Amazon tenacity, Katie—the…

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For one night, we were Ukraine

How does one define cultural identity? Is it the customs, traditions, and spiritual practices at the heart of a society? Is it the storytelling we embrace that celebrates a nation’s folklore and mythology? Do our heroes and public figures shape what it becomes? Or does the artistic legacy of literature, art and music mould the…

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Calling a spade, a spade.

On a recent LinkedIn thread, my very talented ex-colleague (and friend) Andjela Kusmuk brought up the topic of interpersonal communication in the workplace. In the context of giving feedback to others, she talked about the imposition often placed on women, describing her experience of being labelled “irritable”, “difficult” or even “aggressive” when being direct, refusing…

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What I learnt this year: 2021 edition

It’s never a waste of time. It’s a necessary step towards something that’s around the corner. Donating your time, money or ideally both is essential to championing underserved communities and causes. Help where you can. I’m no-one’s diversity hire, even though I’m glad the concept exists. Ocean Vuong is cerebral and erudite. Look at the…

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On sharing a bond for life

A relationship between siblings is defined by longevity. It is one of the most important relationships you can have with someone; a perpetual existence that binds you together not just through genes, but through a lifetime of shared experiences. It is through these connections that we develop emotional bonds and mutual compassion, learning the importance…

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The anatomy of a website: Entireworld

For the sceptics who think the possibility of a metaverse is a fallacy, here’s something to chew over. On average, we appear to be spending 6 hours and 59 minutes daily consuming online content. If we accept that most individuals are awake for approximately 16 hours a day, this means a whopping 40% of our…

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Land of the Sun’s origin

In the 80’s, two of my most favourite TV shows were Japanese. Saiyūki or ‘Monkey Magic‘ as it was more commonly known in Australia, was a fantastical series produced by Nippon TV, based on a 16th century Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West‘. It melded eastern mysticism, with absurd storylines and comical martial arts scenes,…

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How green is your luxury product?

If there can be such a thing as a silver-lining to this pandemic, it’s the soul searching we’ve had to face up to as consumers. The complete change of lifestyle born out of lockdown restrictions has not only forced us to question our own mortality, but evaluate every part of our ‘before times’ behaviours. It…

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What I learnt this year: 2020 edition

I’m exhausted. Always be in control of your time and how you utilize it. Pay no attention to what people think about you. It doesn’t matter. Check your privilege. Do it so you can be more grateful, humble and aware of those around you. Your future self will be a result of the actions you…

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