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2 NEWS 13.1.2022 IN November 2021, the seasonally ad- justed industrial production rose by 2.3% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU, compared with October 2021, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2021, industrial production fell by 1.3% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU. In November 2021 compared with November 2020, industrial produc- tion decreased by 1.5% in the euro area and remained unchanged in the EU. Monthly comparison by main industrial grouping and by Member State In the euro area in November 2021, compared with October 2021, pro- duction of non-durable consumer goods rose by 3.2%, capital goods by 1.5%, energy by 1.2% and intermedi- ate goods by 0.9%, while production of durable consumer goods fell by 0.2%. In the EU, production of non-dura- ble consumer goods rose by 3.0%, cap- ital goods by 2.3%, intermediate goods by 1.4%, energy by 0.9% and durable consumer goods by 0.1%. Among Member States for which data are available, the largest month- ly increases were registered in Ireland (+37.3%), Poland (+5.9%) and Czechia (+4.8%). The highest decreases were observed in Belgium (-4.4%), Malta (-3.7%) and Luxembourg (-2.3%). Annual comparison by main industrial grouping and by Member State In the euro area in November 2021, com- pared with November 2020, production of capital goods fell by 9.8%, while interme- diate goods rose by 1.9%, energy by 3.7%, durable consumer goods by 4.4% and non-durable consumer goods by 6.1%. In the EU, production of capital goods fell by 8.2%, while intermediate goods rose by 2.8%, durable consumer goods by 4.9%, energy by 6.7% and non-durable consumer goods by 7.3%. Among Member States for which data are available, the largest annual decreases were registered in Ireland ( 30.4%), Mal- ta (-7.8%), Germany and Luxembourg (both -2.5%). e highest increases were observed in Lithuania (+17.0%), Poland (+15.3%) and Bulgaria (+13.3%). Industrial production up by 2.3% in euro area and by 2.5% in the EU THE pandemic has dramatically in- creased the speed of change in work- force dynamics. Leaders are facing a whole new set of challenges. Particu- larly now in 2022, as advancements in artificial intelligence continue to make rapid progress, leaders and in- dividuals need to focus more on the human element of their business. Taking these new realities into con- sideration, Malta BNI has asked Per- formance Coach Karl Grech to be the speaker of the next 30-minute Busi- ness Briefing being held on Wednes- day 19th January 2022 at 12noon. Free registration can be done via https:// bit.ly/3HBUsEX During his presentation, he will fo- cus on The Engaging Leader by rec- ommending six actions to take in be- coming a more engaging leader. Held remotely at lunchtime via zoom, the Malta BNI Business Brief- ings (BBB) initiative is a series of free-of-charge online brief meet- ings organised by Malta BNI, a body which forms part of the global Busi- ness Networking International (www. bni.com). Operating on the principle of Givers' Gain and promoting in- novative concepts of business refer- rals, today BNI has 10.500 chapters with more than 270,000 members. In 2021, notwithstanding the pandemic, through its innovative systems and core values, BNI members generat- ed more than €14 billion in business transactions. "Engagement starts with the leader. They must empower and inspire their teams. Great leaders value higher en- gagement levels within their teams, not because it means higher revenue, but because it means their people are happy. A most important step in this regard is for them to invest authenti- cally and honestly in their people. Af- ter all, it is about the engagement of people. One practical way to do this is by working to develop the emotional intelligence of themselves as leaders and of their teams," Grech said. Grech coaches mid to senior leaders to enhance their ability to connect, in- fluence, and inspire others. He helps clients boost leadership and interper- sonal skills and grow their confidence by supporting them through coach- ing. As a coach, Karl is a sounding board, facilitator, awareness-raiser, and supporter. During a coaching session, he works on developing action plans as well as follow-through committed ac- tions. His mission is to create positive change by helping others seek the best in themselves. When he is not work- ing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, circuit training and em- bracing traffic as an opportunity to listen to podcasts. Grech is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Trained in PRISM brain-mapping & Genos Emotional Intelligence tools as well as the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® meth- odology. He graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Management Consulting with the Grenoble Graduate School of Busi- ness. Achieved a Diploma in Coach- ing & Mentoring; a diploma in Gener- al Management, Hospitality Studies. He has recently completed a practical programme in the science of wellbe- ing. For more information about this event, which is free of charge, please contact Carmel Bonello carmelbonel- lo2020@outlook.com, David Bullock at david.malta.bni@gmail.com or Viv- iana Premazzi at viviana@gmdmalta. com Leading more effectively - six actionable steps Performance coach Karl Grech

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