"Every generation rewrites the past in its image."

For a long time, I thought of history as a bunch of old stories we had to memorize in school.

Once school was out, so was my interest in these tales. But over time, I've seen history in a whole new light.

We all know, history is more than a list of things that happened. It's full of lessons about how humans behave, how societies change, and how businesses rise and fall.

Looking back helps us see patterns that repeat, like clues to what might happen next.

When we spot these patterns, we understand where the world might be heading, what people might want, and what questions we need to consider as business leaders.

So, as we dive into this manifesto, we're not revisiting the past for the sake of it.

We're revisiting the past to pick up on its hints and clues.

By understanding this, we can prepare for what's next or already here.

The Unseen Forces Redefining Business: A Closer Look at 3 Major Cultural Shifts

In the 1990s, a quiet yet powerful change began transforming the business world.

Like the subtle rumblings before a major earthquake, this change showed big things to come.

The internet, then only a growing network of computers, was at the heart of this change.

It set the stage for a significant shift in how we live, work, and connect.

Back then, the internet was a vast, unexplored territory.

But it grew into a bustling global community. It was linking people and businesses in ways never seen before.

This growth of the internet wasn't only a technological change, though. It signaled more significant shifts that were about to sweep through the world.

There were three fundamental changes stood out:


The Rise of Women in the Workplaces: More women were taking on essential business roles, forever changing the workplace dynamics and the market dynamics.


The Dominance of the Millennial Generation: A new generation, called Millennials, started to make its mark. Their way of thinking influenced how businesses operate and market themselves.


The Unstoppable Advancement of Technology: The rapid development of technology has changed everything from how we shop to how we communicate.

These shifts were more than changes. They reshaped the entire business world in a completely new way.

Let’s examine these three shifts in detail.

1. The Rise of Women in the Workplace

The increasing presence and influence of women in the workplace and economic decision-making roles mark a significant shift.

It has compelled businesses to reconsider their marketing, product design, and service models.

Why? To appeal to this influential demographic.

Their economic power extends beyond their direct earnings too.

In many households, even if they are not the primary earners, women often control or influence the majority of spending decisions.

This change is profound because women are now key purchase decision-makers across all industries, Including those dominated by men.

The impact is clear: companies that understand and cater to the needs and preferences of women are finding growth and relevance in today’s marketplace.

 2. The Dominance of the Millennial Generation

The Dominance of the Millennial Generation

Millennials have officially overtaken other generations to become the largest segment in the workforce.

Their numbers gave them a significant influence over market trends and consumer behaviors.

Unique in their values, Millennials focus on…

1. Experiences over possessions.

2. Support social causes.

3. Seek authenticity from brands.

Because of this, it’s no longer enough to sell good products or services.

Companies must now do things they never cared to be bothered with.

Leading brands in the Millennial era are those that align with these values.

It flips the traditional transactional relationship on its head.

Now brands need to embrace technology not only for convenience but also for creating a sense of belonging through building community. It moves towards a dialogue around shared values and interests.

The tech savviness of Millennials means they are informed consumers, consistently connected and influencing each other through digital platforms. Because of this, leveraging online media to build brand loyalty and stay relevant today is vital.

In embracing this thinking, businesses can find immense opportunities for growth and innovation.

This leads to deeper customer connections, brand loyalty, and a sustainable path.

3. The Unstoppable March of Technological Advancement

The Unstoppable March of Technological Advancement

The rapid development of technology has changed how people shop and make decisions.

Thanks to smartphones and the internet, customers can now…

1. Look up products.

2. Read reviews.

3. Change their brand choices.

This new reality makes it harder for brands to keep customer loyalty like they used to.

Businesses now face the challenge of standing out in a digital world of choices and instant reviews.

To succeed, they must be agile, always ready to respond to customer feedback.

How you use this technology to make buying a more enjoyable customer experience is critical.

Data analysis, making experiences personal, and connecting with customers online is now essential.

These tools help companies stay competitive and relevant to their customers.

Screw The Status Quo:
Do Business With Integrity

It's no secret, the traditional approach to business is all about…

1. Closing deals.

2. Treating customers more like numbers than people.

3. Constant aggressive, linear marketing.

4. Sleazy sales.

5. Always squeezing for more profit.

To be clear, I'm not against making money. I love money. Businesses only exist when they make money, otherwise, it would be called a hobby.

It just often neglects to remember the human side.

This can lead to customers feeling undervalued and not loyal to the brand.

While this might work for a while, it will hurt your business in the long run because of the three cultural shifts we talked about.

Now, we're at a point where we need to think about this.

Will we keep doing things the old way, or will we change and lead our industries?

Customers feel this. You feel this.

They sense when they're seen as sales targets rather than as real people to connect with.

This can lead to customers feeling undervalued and not loyal to the brand.

While this might work for a while, it will hurt your business in the long run because of the three cultural shifts we talked about.

Now, we're at a point where we need to think about this.

Will we keep doing things the old way, or will we change and lead our industries?

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Next Part II: The Journey Towards Doing Business With Integrity…

Core Values

At Business With Integrity we are:


We have a deep, unusual passion for what we do.


We appreciate, respect and have faith in one another’s abilities and word.


We relentlessly give without expectation, and raise the bar in everything we do.


We embody honesty, fairness, and transparency in every decision and action.


Be confident in taking decisive actions knowing that we stand by your side.


In every success or setback, we stand together, ready to move forward as one.


We engage in open dialogue, listening deeply, and speaking candidly.


We champion collective intelligence to accomplish extraordinary results.


We believe we function best when we don’t take ourselves too seriously.