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#InsightsIn5: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

This famous wedding recipe derives from the Old English rhyme:

"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and A Sixpence in your Shoe”

which names the four apparently good-luck objects (plus a sixpence) a bride should include somewhere in her wedding outfit or carry with her on her wedding day.

Apparently from the Victorian era, and from the Red Rose of Lancashire, England, the phrase was designed to ward off the ‘evil eye’ and moreover celebrate the opportunities and hope presented by marriage and what the future together may hold.

“So, what’s this got to do with the world of work?”

Just like marriage, business is about the long-term and the more you are committed and vested now will guide the levels of success for tomorrow. The points of this age old saying has many meanings and implications for our world of work of today, and tomorrow. Here are my meanderings of why:

Something Old

History is immensely important. It gives a sense of depth, of experience, and of long-term commitment and sustainability. Grounding the proposition on this is crucial to establishing credibility and the connection with the past to the opportunities of the future.

"I have often been impressed with Kristine Woolsey of BCG Platinion and how she makes the important connection between people, culture, place and purpose, and how emotional connections to the work experience are so very important."

Something New

What has passed cannot be the only thread of the proposition, most are as interested, if not more in what the future may hold and how your ‘thing’ is really going to drive benefit and value into the future.

Whether new ways to address the challenges of a dispersed real estate portfolio, clean and safe air in a building, touchless, computer vision check-out, or robotics that drive efficiency and experience, operational, and financial betterment, 4xi’s mission is to deliver impact to the world of work.

Something Borrowed

And don’t worry if its not just about you but about the multiple layered value and relationships you bring by offering ‘things’ from friends, and family members to ultimately drive real and tangible business value.

At 4xi we are growing our eco-system of combined value through the consulting and on-demand services we provide, the programs we develop, and the strategic partnerships we have formed – all designed to create a better work experience and advance the world of work.

Something Blue

In such uncertain times, what is the right blueprint for the future? How can you shape the future to what you want it to be? Challenge the status quo of the past and help redefine the possibilities and the new future of tomorrow? How can you access insight, innovation, and impact that will set your trajectory for the future?

Let 4xi help and support you through your journey of discovering the unknown and exploring new horizons. Our team is made up of some of the most talented people within the world of work with combined decades of experience across almost every aspect and function of creating the blueprint for your future work experience proposition.

And a Sixpence in your Shoe

And, notwithstanding, ultimately cash is king. Whether that be funding for your ‘thing’ or driving tangible financial impact for your clients and prospects, the ‘sixpence in your shoe’ is ultimately, and probably the most powerful ingredient of all because without it, the possibilities of progress are undoubtedly more limited.

Whether crafting a proposition that drives more customers, an experience that retains more clients or employees, or methods or technologies that deliver efficiency and financial improvement, 4xi can help you navigate the labyrinth to the future.


You cannot take these piece-meal, this tradition has stood the test of time for a reason, and in the most sensitive of lifetime relationships. If you are truly focused on Clients for Life and all that means, then let 4xi help you on that journey.

4xi Global Consulting & Solutions is committed to supporting the entire eco-system of the world of work and helping you discover new horizons.

Just like a successful marriage, business is the connection of two parties, who are aligned, of the same beliefs and long-term objectives, and are committed to a partnership of cooperation, collaboration, and mutual success.

Let us help you today to thrive for your tomorrow.


4xi Global Workplace Consulting & Solutions provides a range of services to support Corporations, Service Providers, Innovators, and Accelerators to navigate the world of work. Inspiring the future of work, together.

4xi is proud to be Chair of WORKTECH Academy for North America and a member of its Leadership Advisory Board. 4xi is a Global Ambassador for WORKTECH Academy.

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