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16.09.2022

Have you ever thought that a cup of coffee with a colleague in the office in the morning, questions about yesterday evening's news or plans for the day can affect your efficiency during the day?


What answers do we get when we ask our team members about the behaviors and actions the company uses to improve the organizational environment and improve employee performance? Most of you will probably answer: team building that took place last year or is planned in the near future, monthly meetings to check the current status of projects, corporate events, trainings, etc.


Despite this, few employees will be able to name rituals that exist undeclared in the company. Using them, smart executives effortlessly:


  • Increase employee engagement and efficiency
  • Create strong bonds between company team members
  • Stimulate desired behavior
  • Reduce stress levels

Increasing Engagement

Rituals help team members translate values into their daily activities. Returning to the coffee cup example, having an honest conversation with a colleague early in the day about plans or tasks for the day can be an incentive to be more active and bold in group discussions throughout the day, as well as being more receptive to other people's opinions.

Organizations that incorporate their declared values into daily rituals attract people whose values these rituals correspond to. On the contrary, interaction problems often arise in organizations where declared values are not embodied in rituals.


Building Strong Relationships

People who feel connected work more effectively together. Shared rituals help bring together a diverse workforce and reinforce the culture of an organization.

Rituals increase the sense of belonging and trust between team members. This is especially important in organizations where there is relatively less communication between different departments and positions.

A well-known example of corporate culture is the Grundfos Olimpics Olympic Games, where Grundfos periodically brings 1,000 employees from 55 countries to Denmark to participate in the "Olympics". During this period, employees from different countries live with their Danish team members, which greatly contributes to the deepening of interpersonal relationships.

 

Stimulate desired behavior

The implementation of small, even insignificant rituals often has a significant impact on improving the effectiveness of the organization.

An example of such a ritual in the research and consulting company ACT is the so-called “Muda Competition” (Muda), which is based on the principles of Lean Management. This competition is held periodically and serves to reduce, and in the best case, eliminate unnecessary costs (including time, human resources, etc.) in the organization. Its main idea is to improve the existing system from the bottom up, at the initiative of those people who have to deal with this or that process in their daily activities and most objectively assess the shortcomings in them. Accordingly, all employees take part in the competition. The competition provides for various nominations - "The chosen Muda for exile", "The most original Muda name", "The most reasoned explanation" and "The simplest solution to the Muda issue".


The winning teams of the competition are rewarded with various prizes, and the reduction in identified costs is reflected in an increase in the overall efficiency of the company.


Reducing stress levels

In a rapidly changing environment, organizations need to remain as flexible as possible. Often this adversely affects their results. In the midst of ever-changing economic, political and other changes, it is important to maintain the strength of organizational culture.

Rituals help to ensure the internal stability and resilience of the organization. They help team members stay focused on the main goal, despite difficulties, and not fall into despair. Rituals have proven to be a guarantee of organizational health for many organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of such rituals are virtual holidays and Happy Hour.


Organizational rituals are often found in the cultures of well-known companies such as Google, Zoom, Zappos and others.

For example, an example of such a ritual at Google is the weekly open meetings (so-called TGIF) with high-ranking executives, where company employees from all over the world can ask questions on topics of interest to them and get comprehensive answers.


Zoom's organizational culture is distinguished by its focus on people. The management encourages employees to bring family members to the office, which helps to preserve the health of the team, on the one hand, and the personal life of employees, on the other.


Zappos stands out for its creative organizational rituals. The “strange talent show”, which has become a symbol of the company, serves not to discover stars, but to reveal individualism. Each employee is given the opportunity to enjoy their uniqueness and share their strange or uncomfortable talents with team members.


At the end of this article, I will share with you some undeclared rituals, some of which may already exist in your company, and you can learn about the benefits they create for your company:


Morning coffee meetings - every day in the company should begin with the phrase - "Hi, how are you?". Each of us needs to relax and wake up, which allows us to talk on general topics. A 5-10 minute conversation with an employee often turns into a discussion of plans for the day. Such dialogues often end with the questions “What are you working on today, what are you going to do today?”, which creates a general idea of \u200b\u200byou or your colleague's plan for the day.


15-minute stand-up meetings with team members - sharing information about plans for the day and their projects - one of the most important rituals that creates a general idea of what stage the team is at, whether additional resources have been freed up somewhere or whether anyone needs Any help to complete the project on time.


Circle of acquaintance - the team forms a circle and shares with each other information about themselves that the rest of the team does not know. The existing ritual is often performed in conjunction with the coffee ritual, but in a relatively small circle, the latter requiring the participation of the entire team. This creates a kind of bond between team members, which helps in the coordinated execution of common projects.


Adaptation of a new employee. All new employees must adapt to the work environment and team. Change is not easy for everyone, so it makes sense to plan some type of team-initiated activity with a new employee, one of the simplest examples of which is organizing a Pub Crawl evening.


Knowledge sharing - team members periodically meet and share their experiences (mistakes and positive experiences), which contributes to the overall growth of team members. Also, team members realize that mistakes, to a greater or lesser extent, can make everything, which leads to a decrease in the level of stress caused by the fear of mistakes.


Perhaps some of these rituals have already entered your daily life. In addition, think about what other rituals exist in your company? How do they affect the efficiency of you and the company as a whole? When or who created them? The main thing to remember is that rituals are not created by themselves, but are created, strengthened and initiated by people.

09.08.2022


The seasonal concern of summer is to plan a vacation so that during the long-awaited vacation we can do more or less everything - have fun, relax, be active, visit new places, visit family members and friends. Since spring, many questions have arisen in our heads: where to relax? For how many days should we book a hotel? How to travel? How much money should I set aside for shopping while traveling? Do we have savings? And most importantly, where can we find peace of mind?


The only question we can answer without hesitation this year is that we definitely need a good rest. Waves of the Covid pandemic, economic turmoil, the Russian-Ukrainian war, a stressful work environment, and existentially charged personal relationships are the main causes of stress. For most people, tourism is the main source of relaxation and positive emotions.


Rest on Russian background


According to the National Tourism Administration of Georgia, 387,781 foreign visitors entered the country in June 2022. Compared to the same period last year, this figure increased by 164.4%. According to statistics, 90,239 visitors came from Russia and 62,192 from Turkey.


In June, 252,656 arrived by land, 131,534 by air, 2,122 by rail, and 1,469 by sea.


It is noteworthy in these data that the top ten countries included Russia (in first place), Armenia (in third place) and Belarus (in ninth place), and also that the increase in the number of visitors from these countries compared to the same period last year is the highest (502.9%, 364.5% and 222.5% respectively).


From Russia and Belarus, the increase in tourist flows raises many questions among the local population. Dissatisfied with this situation, especially those whose personal or family economic situation does not depend on the growth of the tourist flow (does not own a rental area or other commercial facility). For this part of the population, the abundance of tourists, on the contrary, brings more negative results than positive ones. This is due to the fact that prices for products, services and rental housing are rising in resort areas, which makes rest even more inaccessible for many of our compatriots.


A significant part of the surveyed population (84%) expects an increase in the flow of Russian tourists to the country (including resort areas) this year, which does not cause discomfort for 70%. 3 out of 10 citizens call the abundance of Russian tourists in resort areas the cause of personal discomfort.


Russian tourist - guest or host?

Although the majority of the population does not openly express dissatisfaction with the large number of Russian tourists vacationing in the resort areas of Georgia, the majority of them (57%) believe that the Georgian government should restrict Russian citizens from doing business. on the territory of Georgia (including tourist areas), because:


• Russia is an enemy of Georgia (40.6%);

• Companies founded by Russian citizens in Georgia compete with local firms and as a result reduce their income (37.9%);

• Russia is waging war against Ukraine (11.1%).


Creating a favorable business environment for Russian "tourists" in Georgia poses a direct economic threat to local businesses, as this fact significantly increases competition in the country's market and, therefore, negatively affects the expected financial well-being. The victims of the process are those businessmen who year after year wait for the tourist season and whose economic power is built on the principle of distributing seasonal income throughout the year.


ACT conducted a survey of the population on tourism issues from 11 to 16 June 2022. More than 800 randomly selected citizens of Georgia aged 18 and over took part in the study.


40% of the population's financial situation has deteriorated over the past year


To assess the financial readiness of the population of Georgia for the holiday season, it is first of all important to know that more than 40% of the population say that the economic situation of themselves and their families has worsened or significantly worsened over the past 1 year. As for the population's expectations regarding current events in the country, it is indicative that, according to about half of the population (45%), events in Georgia are developing clearly or in many respects in the wrong direction. This makes them feel even more exposed to financial risks.


Every second person in Georgia does not have a plan for a summer vacation

According to the survey, despite possible obstacles, 40% of the population plans to go on vacation this summer, and even more (55%) do not have such plans. At the same time, the number of those wishing to go on vacation decreases with age - 2.3 times more young people (18-34 years old) plan to go on vacation compared to representatives of the older age group (55+) (54% and 24%, respectively). It should also be noted that residents of the capital plan to go on vacation much more often (56%) compared to the population living in the regions (slightly more than 1/3).


The duration of planned rest is mainly limited to 1-2 weeks (65%).


More than half of the population plan to relax in the country house or with relatives


In addition, 58% of the segment of the Georgian population who are going on vacation are planning to spend their holidays at their own or with relatives in the country, more than 40% are considering seaside resorts in Georgia, and 23% are considering mountain resorts in Georgia. Only 16% of respondents intend to go on holiday abroad.


According to the results of the study, the majority of people (60%) who plan to spend the summer in their own home cite the lack of sufficient funds for recreation as the reason. The rest say they have to give up vacation for personal reasons (27%) or lack of vacation (9%).


More than 8% of the population plans to leave the country for vacation due to the large number of Russian tourists gathering at local resorts.


Among those who plan to spend their holidays abroad, one in four chooses prices that are lower than those of local resorts. And 1 out of 10 citizens decides to spend their holidays abroad because of the best price and quality. The majority (42%) of those wishing to spend their holidays abroad associate their choice with the desire to see a foreign country. Every third person is planning a vacation abroad for the simple reason that his friends, relatives or loved ones live there. It is significant that more than 8% of the population cited the large number of tourists of Russian nationality in the resorts of Georgia as the reason for leaving the country on vacation.


It is also indicative that, according to the study, 10% fewer people plan to go on vacation this year compared to previous years (38.1% and 48.6%, respectively). To what extent all this affects the health, ability to work, motivation, quality of work and social life of tens of thousands of our citizens is the subject of another study. Explorers don't rest.

05.07.2022

Ancient Chinese merchants were among the first entrepreneurs. They have found a unique way to manage risk in international trade. They distributed their goods for sale on several ships and released at sea. Thus, if one ship was sunk or became a victim of pirates, the rest had a chance to survive. In this way, Chinese merchants safely transported most of their goods to the market of the neighboring city and avoided serious financial losses.


In the 21st century, the export-oriented business is no longer threatened by pirates, but it continues to face other challenges. In today's world, the political, economic and social environment is changing so rapidly that the most difficult task for any company is to find and retain a loyal customer.


The main conclusion that a business must make in the current reality is this: Chinese merchants learned this centuries ago - they realized how much risk the principle "Put all your eggs in one basket" contains. Inspired by an old adage, this concept perfectly explains the importance of market diversification. Its relevance is growing day by day for international marketers and it is clear that Georgian companies are no exception. The Russian-Ukrainian war once again showed us what we have already witnessed many times - how dependence on the market of one country interferes with business.


No one disputes that market diversification is the best solution for risk insurance. However, the implementation of this principle in the modern world requires much more effort than "several cargo ships". Even in the case of the local market, there are many challenges - finding a relevant target customer, winning and maintaining his loyalty. It is even more difficult to fulfill this mission in the international arena. So when we discuss reducing risk and increasing capacity for export-oriented enterprises, the question is not what? but the question is - how?


How companies can better find and develop an unknown market or, at best, markets? It is obvious, and it can be seen with the naked eye, that it will be difficult to succeed only by watching the trends. The most effective tool for planning an international marketing strategy is market research, and consumer research occupies one of the main places in this process.


Well, if you are a business owner and want to expand, open up new markets, consumer research can be the most necessary and useful tool for you.


opportunities for consumer research:

  • Find out who your customer is and what they want.


The number one task in the process of finding a new market is to find out if the buyer needs the offered product or service at the offered price. For a company, entering a new market without consumer research is like wandering through a maze. Obviously, a business can have a rough idea of the needs of foreign customers, that is, of where and to whom it will be profitable to export this or that product. However, these ideas are largely based on intuition and may well not correspond to reality. After all, any foreign market is unique and differs in many ways from the local market - its buyers live in a different geographical area, speak a different language, have special requirements, opportunities and preferences. Accounting for all these factors is a prerequisite for success, in which consumer research can be of great help.

The survey provides the business owner with detailed information that:


  • in what segments of the population there is a demand for this product;
  • What is the consumer behavior of the specified segment
  • What preferences, explicit or hidden desires do users have;
  • Who are the competitors and what is their marketing strategy;
  • How does the buyer feel about the price.


This is not an exhaustive list of the knowledge that can be obtained through consumer research. If it is analyzed correctly, the business will have the opportunity to get to know the new market well and find the right target segment - the client who is most likely to buy his product or service. In this case, the decision to enter a new market is made on the basis of evidence, not assumptions, which significantly reduces risks.


ACT actively helps Georgian and foreign companies to develop foreign markets. One example of this is a consumer survey conducted in Yerevan commissioned by a supermarket chain. ACT has conducted a study of consumer preferences and consumer basket in Armenia. Analysis of the research results allowed the customer company to offer the client a product that takes into account the needs of the target segment. Thus, consumer research helped the business to insure the risks, due to which it established itself rather painlessly in the new market.


  • Grab the attention of the target use.


Finding a target customer is the first step in entering a new market. The next and no less important task is to attract the attention of potential customers. To do this, the business needs to properly pack the product and deliver it to the customer in such a way that it arouses his interest. The role of research is also important at this stage of the development of an unknown market. Research, in addition to the rational motives of human behavior, also reveals what topics potential customers react emotionally to, what excites them, likes or annoys them. Having received this information, the business will be able to offer the product to the buyer, taking into account his wishes and develop an effective way of advertising.


A good example of this is the entry into the Georgian market of several foreign shopping centers. By their order, ACT conducted a study - studied the consumer behavior of Georgians, brand preferences and consumer attitudes towards the proposed product. According to the results of the study, the companies adjusted their marketing strategy, offered the buyer a product that meets his requirements, and earned the location of the target segment. Thus, research-based solutions ended up being effective for them.


  • Constantly keep abreast of the user.


The key to the success of any business is a satisfied customer. As soon as a customer buys a product or service, a timer starts. The business really wins if the customer comes back to buy again and again. This will be a sign that the brand has received the most important award - customer loyalty. However, loyalty is not permanent. People's tastes change every day, new needs and desires arise. In fact, the success of a business depends on how well it listens to its customers. An effective tool for maintaining their loyalty is customer research. This allows the company to constantly keep abreast of the buyer - not to miss a single change in his mood and always be aware of trends.


This consumer research opportunity was successfully used by one of the representatives of the banking and financial sector from Georgia. ACT conducted several stages of consumer research for him in Uzbekistan, Central Asia. In order to identify the preferences of local consumers, the study was conducted both before and after entering an unknown market. As a result, the company managed to take a worthy place in the financial sector of the foreign market.


As we can see, consumer research is a necessary and useful step for a company that wants to expand and open up new markets. This allows business owners to make informed decisions, which greatly reduces the risk of opening, exploiting and maintaining new markets. However, businesses should not forget that the “stopwatch that starts when entering a new market” runs continuously while the company operates in this market. Thus, entering the market of a foreign country is not a one-time decision. Business must constantly be in the process of research and analysis of experience.



23.06.2022

Over time, the icon of the businessman has emerged in the public perception as serious men dressed in suits, with huge responsibilities, working in a stressful environment and applying a constructive dialogue format. Does such a perception of a business leader correspond to modern trends? It is essential that all businessmen speak the diplomatic language?


In the postmodern world, a businessman’s role was transformed, which influenced the style of communication accordingly. Business leaders are increasingly trying to position themselves as a part of society and use humor to communicate. This obviously is associated with positive emotion, having an immediate effect on a person’s attitude leading at the same time to a long-term effect. Consequently, strategic humor has become a trend in business communication.


What Is the Meaning of Strategic Humor?


Humor is a simply understandable spoken language focused on key messages. Jokes are easy to remember, while being spread quickly throughout the community they can easily relief a crisis situation. (Meyer, 1990). Result of humor can be instantly seen due to its indicator – an unmistakable emotion - a smile. The humor makes easy to harvest the desired feedback in the target audience, while the emotion received gives us the clear answer to the question of how the set strategy worked. (Hudson, 1979).



The unique qualities of humor and the fact that humor can have a serious influence on a person's attitude shape it into a convenient tool for communication.

Consequently, the area of application of strategic humor is quite wide. It is used in different fields for different purposes:


შესაბამისად, სტრატეგიული იუმორის გამოყენების არეალი ფართოა. მისი გამოყენება ხდება სხვადასხვა სფეროში სხვდასხვა მიზნით:


  • Diplomats apply the strategic humor to conduct successful negotiations;
  • Presenters use it to make interactive, productive and interesting presentations;
  • Leaders use it to demonstrate their self-confidence, high emotional intellect and humanity (Sourcehumor that works).


What Is a Purpose of Using a Strategic Humor by the Leaders?



"If we make people happy, they will write stories about us, so we will not have to spend a lot of money on advertising," said Elon Musk, one of the most influential businessmen and innovators of the XXI century.


Lately, Elon Musk's eccentricity and the way he is applying strategic humor is clearly observed by everyone. The use of contextual humor for a specific mission has become an authentic style for Musk. Creativity expressed in humor and simple way of communication make him one of the most popular persons of our times. Musk's laconic jokes can change a public agenda and make a business clock move counterclockwise.


Could you name another famous person who can just with a five-word joke bring financial benefits to a business, affect the currency exchange market, and/or significantly change the share value of the companies?!


Use of strategic humor and unique communication style makes Elon Mask:


1. The Strongest Business Influencer

The power of Musk's humor is translated into financial indicators. He can establish effective communication with customers, increase sales and share the value of the company at minimal costs. In addition to his own business, he manipulates the global business sector as well using strategic humor. Specifically, Musk's broken heart emoji significantly reduced the market value of the world's first cryptocurrency (see Twitter 1), and the price of one of the least known cryptocurrencies, Dogecoin, rose from 0.1 cents to 72 cents in 5 months (see Twitter 123). ). (Source: economictimes). In supplement, Twitter has also become the target of Musk's satirical humor. Posts on the social network significantly reduced the market value of the platform and eventually led to its acquisition. (See Tweet 12).


2. An Informal Political Leader 

Sharp wits give Elon Musk charisma along with his popularity, which makes him a strong political figure in the eyes of the public while valuing his other characteristics as a leader. Elon Musk can make political weather, as evidenced by recent developments. Musk played an important political role in the Russia-Ukraine information war, where he of course did not forget to use humor. Musk responded to the threat of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov against him with humor, and in response to the way he was addressed by Kadyrov, changed his name to Ilona on Twitter.


3. Optimistic Entrepreneur

It is worth mentioning that being one of the top entrepreneurs he is never discouraged even in case of failure and affords to ease the tense situation with creative humor. He is accustomed to acknowledging his own mistakes and looking at them in humor, while others may perceive them as a tragedy. (See Tweet 1)


What Conclusions Can We Draw from Musk's Example?


Humor is acknowledged as a universal form of easily perceived communication that positively affects a person and creates a positive mood. Consequently, the strategic use of humor by a businessman can increase trust in him and supports in winning people's sympathy. All this leads to a positive effect not only on the personal image of the business leader, but also on his business activities, which ultimately helps to increase awareness and sales.


Considering that the use of strategic humor can bring a lot of benefits to a business leader, it is important to remember that it needs to be used correctly and contextually, as joking about sensitive topics can turn positive emotions into negative ones and lead to bad reviews.


In conclusion, we can say that simple and creative language of communication can establish an emotional connection with the audience and build the perception of a strong, successful business leader.

20.06.2022

To provide a European perspective and assess how Georgia meets the conditions for obtaining candidate status - this was the verdict of the European Commission of June 17, 2022, which all of Georgia was waiting for. But "Companions" Ukraine and Moldova, together with the prospect, also received a recommendation for granting the status of a candidate for EU membership.


According to the same recommendation, Georgia will become a candidate for EU membership if it manages to pull itself out of the quagmire and implement the already repeatedly demanded reforms in the judiciary, eliminate political polarization, achieve de-oligarchization, effectively investigate crimes, promote the creation of a free, professional and independent media, etc. 


The recommendation published by the European Commission on June 17 was a disappointment for many of our compatriots. The opportunity that arose against the backdrop of the Russian-Ukrainian war and the feeling of not using it; Anger at the government or at our own helplessness and a faint hope in our hearts that the Council of Europe will not heed the recommendation of the European Commission - this is probably an incomplete list of feelings and hopes that each of us experienced on June 17th.


The optimistic expectations regarding the status of the candidate for EU membership and the unconditional perception of the advantages of the European choice were once again demonstrated by the survey of 802 respondents conducted by ACT. It is noteworthy that the fieldwork on the study was completed the day before the meeting of the European Commission on June 17 and covered the period from June 11 to 16. The sampling error of the study was 4.2%.

 

Georgian people against Napoleon


Geography is destiny - this phrase is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. However, outstanding Georgians believed in changing this fate centuries ago and believe today when we are trying to become members of the European family, despite the fact that we do not have a direct border with it. Europe not only gives many advantages for us in specific areas, but also embodies values that bring us back to the path of our ancestors.


Therefore, the vast majority of respondents have no doubt that the status of an EU candidate - as a path to full EU membership - is important: 84% of respondents think so. The number of those to whom the status of a candidate for EU membership seems insignificant does not exceed 11%.


In your opinion, how important is it for Georgia to obtain the status of an EU candidate?




At the same time, every second respondent expects to receive the status of a candidate member of the EU in the coming months (50%). 33% do not hope to get the status, and 17% of respondents found it difficult to answer the question.


Associated Trio - Together Until the End


The associated trio of countries - Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova - along with their declared aspirations for European integration have a common heavy Russian legacy and lost territories. A similar context and a distinct orientation towards EU membership at first glance seem to have similar prospects, although the recommendations of the European Commission of 17 June confirmed a somewhat different perception of Georgia. Moldova, which has pulled ahead, has become a kind of disappointment against the background of the fact that the country does not participate in hostilities, and there is definitely no leap forward seen by the naked eye.


The fact that the chances for EU membership for Georgia and Moldova, from the point of view of the population, were very similar, was also confirmed by the study. According to the data, respondents emphasized Ukraine's high chances of obtaining candidate status, while Georgia and Moldova were rated roughly the same.


It can be assumed that in the case of Ukraine, which is at war and daily reflects Russian aggression, the decision could be taken for granted to some extent.


But in relation to Moldova, the perception of equal opportunities and the result contradicted the expectations of the population. They believed, that Georgia will also become a candidate for EU membership.


How do you assess Georgia's chances of obtaining EU member status? For Ukraine? For Moldova?



An indirect confirmation that the population was waiting for the EU candidate status is the response to the statement “Georgia is closer to EU membership than ever”, with which almost 4 out of 5 respondents (76%) agreed, and only 1 respondent disagreed ( 21%). 3% of respondents could not answer the question. It is possible that agreeing to the position would also mean seizing a favorable moment in the world political arena, which the country was unable to take advantage of. This is evidenced by the opinion of 2/3 of the respondents that “if Georgia does not receive the status of a candidate for EU membership in the near future, then it will not have such a chance for a long time” (66%).


Do you agree with the following terms:




Merits and Responsibilities for Expected Status


The question of whether the country will receive the status of an EU candidate and whose merit it will be, showed how discredited the political class in the country is and how much citizens remain confident only in themselves. In particular, in the case of the status of a candidate for EU membership, the majority of respondents see the merit of the people, not politicians (40%). In general, the role of the Georgian government in this process is 2 times less - 20% of respondents. 14% point to the role of the parliament, the prime minister and the president as a whole. 9% of respondents talk about the role of Western/European partners.


In the event that the country does not receive the status of a candidate member of the EU, the responsibility, according to 4 out of 10 respondents (38%), lies with the government of Georgia. According to 16% of respondents, the Parliament of Georgia, the President, the Prime Minister and Bidzina Ivanishvili are also responsible for the current situation. 12% of respondents also see the opposition parties as guilty.


In your opinion, if Georgia receives the status of a candidate for EU membership, whose merit will it be?




In your opinion, if Georgia does not receive the status of an EU candidate, who will be responsible for this?



EU membership is equal to the developed future of the country


The benefits of EU membership for the population are quite obvious. In particular, for 9 out of 10 respondents, EU membership directly means a developed future for the country (90%), greater interest and motivation of abkhazs and Ossetians citizens to join Georgia (72%), protection from Russian military aggression (66%). Moreover, not only membership in the EU, but even the status of a candidate for its membership for the vast majority of respondents (84%) is a clear signal for Russia that the country has chosen a Western course. It can be assumed that for this part of the respondents, the failure to obtain the status of a candidate for EU membership indicates, if not directly the opposite, then it may still indicate a dubious foreign policy orientation of the country.


Do you agree with the following terms:


As for the benefits of joining the EU by industry, the respondents most of all expect positive things in the economy (57%). This answer is far behind, although in terms of frequency of mention, the second or third place is occupied by education (42%) and the protection of human rights and the rule of law (41%). The top five also include benefits in healthcare (35%) and military (36%) – the perception of the EU's role in the latter is likely due to events in Ukraine.


It should also be noted that the absolute majority of respondents - 89% perceived the granting of the status of a candidate for EU membership in the near future as a fair decision in relation to Georgia. Therefore, it is important that the decision of June 17 does not increase the feeling of apathy, and that the country's authorities do everything possible to implement the package of recommendations and stand on the right side of history.

13.06.2022

For most companies 2022 started with the question – How to deal with post-pandemic and the war? 


To answer this question we firstly need to look closer to the challenges most companies are facing now: global crisis caused by pandemic resulted in limited operations in many companies; staff members stressed and exhausted due to pandemic situation - suffering by less sleep hours, lowered motivation and longing for live relationships, etc.; inner state of the people full with compassion towards the Ukraine – being present here physically and mentally, with their hearts beating for Ukraine; blocked trade channels and roads, etc. caused by the war.

 All the aforementioned and many other emerging challenges need to be confronted with the new approaches so far. Consequently, the number of companies with similar problems came up to understanding that now there is the right time for significant changes and put the Organizational Transformation issue on their agenda.

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Transformation in itself means making significant changes within the organization which inevitably will result in the effectiveness of the company. The question is how to ensure positive results? We would suggest a way similar to that of how you would increase the probability of conquering the peak of Everest – i.e. you need to go through the necessary preparational process and build a reliable team. Consequently, the people with whom we team together to conquer Everest, need to be exactly the ones we can rely on in the process of the company’s transformation!


The Team of Leaders will Unconditionally Conquer the Everest!


Following the organizational structure, we can only find the formal leaders, who in consideration of their obligations and responsibilities may have a specific positional impact. Though, we cannot even dream of making a step to the Peak Everest, backed up only with positional impact, can we?! Consequently, we need to extend the searching area and look for informal leaders among the employees in any positions.

Through spotting the informal leaders the company can afford to identify those employees who can leverage the transformational process. These persons:




  1. Are the opinion and competence leaders;
  2. Represent professional and social leaders;
  3. Can be the ordinary staff members with leadership potential;
  4. Already have impact on a certain number of company employees;


How to Spot the Informal Leaders?


A number of companies may apply the different organizational researches, though none of the traditional internal organizational research is capable to solve this issue.


In order to spot genuine leaders in the company, the ACT team has invented a new innovative tool for the managers and HR specialists – A Leadership Scanner®.


However, one of the most important functions of the Leadership Scanner® is explained by the title itself – scanner of leaders – which on a basis of specifically designed query and ONA scans the company and reveals those employees who can be thought of as the most reliable during the crisis or transformation periods.


The query is designed in a way that requires the answers which are: 1) non-conflicting – no need in praising performance or efficiency of other employees; 2) objective – impossible to artificially put the informal leaders forward; 3) evidence-based – revealing the existing facts, not suggestions.


The results can be viewed based on easily understandable visual materials/schemes/networks and interactive platforms, enabling high flexibility of the analysis.

It is quite possible to view not only the total picture of the company but also to observe the results at specific departmental and individual levels while obtaining the unique insights and analytics (where rests the unrealized potential; which department is in more need of professional development; where are the weak delegation or micromanagement issues spotted; where the strain is observed; where does the company need the empowerment of the intermediate link, etc. )




Relying on the team of spotted informal leaders and based on insights and analytics, the company is well-positioned to inevitably conquer Everest or any other peak of success.

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On September 13, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) published a labor market survey that will review the current situation in the tourism and wellness sectors. The study notes that companies operating in various industries, among the reasons that impede employment, name the low qualification and lack of motivation of applicants. At the same time, the majority of employers, 88%, do not cooperate with vocational schools, and 31% do not even see the point in such cooperation. Only 24% of employers have experience of cooperation with vocational schools, which is largely manifested in the provision of internships and practical training for students. The study was conducted by ACT in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Skills Agency. The study was conducted in May 2022 and is based on data collected in 14 municipalities in five regions of Georgia (Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Kakheti and Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti). Based on the results of the study, the most demanded professions and training programs are identified, an analysis is made of the professional qualifications required for these specific segments of the labor market, and the compliance of existing vocational education with labor market requirements is assessed. The study also makes recommendations for employers and educational institutions, including how to improve cooperation between them, and explores what is needed to make vocational education better meet the needs of various social groups, including youth, women, people with disabilities and minorities .  
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On August 3, the Young Lawyers organization published the study conducted by ACT and presented it to interested parties. "Research on attitudes towards copyright associations and the registration system" is devoted to problems in the field of copyright and related rights, the practice of using copyright organizations and the study of satisfaction with these services. According to the head of Young Lawyers Archil Kaikatsishvili: “Interest in the study was determined, on the one hand, by the ongoing discussion of the issue in the field of law, and, on the other hand, by the number of disputes. in general courts and analysis of legislation”. The research methodology was based on the study of the opinions of performers and authors of musical works, managers and owners of objects of use of copyrighted works (music, repertoire). Respondents agree that copyright protection is important both to respect artists and to provide them with a source of income. As part of the study, it was revealed that among business representatives there is a lack of information about copyright protection in the country and organizations working in this area. According to the results of the study, the majority of songwriters (46% versus 39%) believe that there may be several copyright management associations with the possibility of voluntary association in accordance with industries and directions. The majority welcomes both the accounting for copyright and the distribution of royalties by the same association (62% vs. 24%). A large proportion of respondents (65% versus 16%) believe that royalties should be paid to a songwriter in proportion to the actual use of works, performed repertoire, and not to estimates. There has been a trend that writers-artists do not have a deep understanding of how to account for payment and distribution of royalties. As a result, they believe that copyright should be among the priority issues of the state (88% vs. 5%). The study is the first important document to be offered to the public, stakeholders and users from all sectors involved in the field. In addition, it is provided to executive, legislative and judicial authorities, business representatives, copyright and performing organizations, associations, the diplomatic corps and international organizations, and the media.
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On July 27, the General Assembly of the Georgian Network of the UN Global Compact was held, which was also attended by a representative of ACT as a member organization of the network. At the event, the network summed up the results of last year's work and presented plans for the future to the interested public. Representatives of 140 companies and organizations included in the network took part in the general meeting.              Over the past year, the Global Compact network in Georgia has grown significantly, reaching 140 members. The 10 principles of the UN Global Compact cover issues such as human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. Around the world, there are more than 20,000 companies from 161 countries that have signed the principles of the UN Global Compact, which the organization helps to successfully implement international standards. The UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, helping to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy for people, societies and markets.
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On July 27, the General Assembly of the Georgian Network of the UN Global Compact was held, which was also attended by a representative of ACT as a member organization of the network. At the event, the network summed up the results of last year's work and presented plans for the future to the interested public. Representatives of 140 companies and organizations included in the network took part in the general meeting. Over the past year, the Global Compact network in Georgia has grown significantly, reaching 140 members. The 10 principles of the UN Global Compact cover issues such as human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. Around the world, there are more than 20,000 companies from 161 countries that have signed the principles of the UN Global Compact, which the organization helps to successfully implement international standards. The UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, helping to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy for people, societies and markets.
28.07.2022
Representatives of the research and management consulting company ACT presented two important studies at Skills Week. In particular, commissioned by the agency and with the support of UNDP/SDC, a study was conducted on the level of employers' satisfaction and the attitude of the population towards vocational education. Representatives of the public and private sectors discussed the results of the study and the steps to be taken to further develop the skills sector. The purpose of Skills Week is to have a discussion with stakeholders in the system and reach consensus on policy priorities, as well as to inform a wide audience about a new stage in the development and reform of the skills ecosystem. Skills Week is organized by the Skills Agency with the support of the United Nations Development Program and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and will run until July 22.
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Education is one of the areas of corporate social responsibility of ACT, therefore, company representatives as experts are actively involved in the process of academic training and cooperation with higher educational institutions. On June 30, ACТ Senior Consultant Natia Rukhadze, as a member of the jury, evaluated the final presentations of the course on fundraising for Master students in Public Relations of the Georgian Institute of Public Relations (GIPA). The meeting took place at Frontline Georgia and the students presented their work to the invited jury: Tamriko Germanishvili (CSRDG), Natia Rukhadze (ACT) and Salome Benidze (UNFPA Georgia). The aim of the course is fundraising, donor relations, strategic campaign planning and management - the implementation of real projects.
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