Four distinct products; three different companies; two distant continents - connecting one planet's future.

The Force: It is not an everyday occurrence that one can walk around feeling like a Jedi. Well one US-based robotics company called Sphero on the contrary, is bringing that feeling a little closer to homes with their BB-8 and Force Band offering. As BB-8 is now fast becoming a household or office robotic pet. Sphero’s Force Band addition (which helps to control the BB-8 robot), has certainly brought out what was once a dream-like concept of George Lucas’ Star War saga to real life and modern living. Find out more on Sphero.com.

Bringing home the ‘NOW’ generation of Robotics -Sphero's BB-8 and Force Band - image courtesy Sphero © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
Bringing home the ‘NOW’ generation of Robotics - Sphero's BB-8 and Force Band - image courtesy Sphero © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

"We believe that the people in our team fill the brand internally with combined enthusiasm and power which moves to inspire people outside of our company." - HR Director at Björn Borg AB, Lena Nordin

Björn Borg HR Director Lena Nordin accepting the awardBjörn Borg HR Director Lena Nordin accepting the award - image courtesy of Björn Borg

Björn Borg received the world’s first-ever Healthy Business Award during the HR and leadership seminar Healthy Business in Stockholm.

OriginalSteps.com found out more about the achievement from HR Director at Björn Borg AB, Lena Nordin.

How important is the Healthy Business Award for Björn Borg?

The award is a fantastic acknowledgement of our work and it is a great honour to receive it, but the most important thing is that our employees are stronger than what they were a year ago. This is based on the activities that we do together to become a stronger team. We focus on integrating personal "get stronger" goals into our performance management toolbox. Making sure to have good smart monthly goals and then do a lot of different activities that enable all individuals to reach their goals. Activities can for instance be our weekly sports-hour, bi-annual fitness tests, educations and team activities.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 © 2016 Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 © 2016 Marvel Studios

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

The adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride GroupThe adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride Group

Surfing, snowboarding and skiing are very popular pastimes and their pull towards mainstream careers is a natural one. OriginalSteps.com spoke with the Ticket to Ride Group about the hard work and dedication needed to become an instructor in these fields.

What are the characteristics needed to become an instructor in either field?

Our top three characteristics are:

1. Passion for the sport.
2. A driven and determined attitude - to not only put in the training hours, but to pass the exams and make it in the industry.
3. The ability to communicate with different types of people on a daily basis and gauge the best way to teach them.

Star Wars Reads 2016 Copyright: Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved

Star Wars Reads 2016 Copyright: Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved

The month of October is Star Wars Reads month and international Star Wars Reads Day is the 15th October 2016.

Find out more and download activity sets on StarWars.com or connect via Facebook @StarWarsReads. Also see below for South African times/venues.