The power of moonshot thinking according to Elon Musk, explores the benefit of thinking big, using the power of business and embarking on quests to make a meaningful difference in the world. This short video reveals what it takes to be an exponential leader in a rapidly changing world.Read More Moonshot Thinking According to Elon Musk
It was Sir Winston Churchill who once said the: “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Whilst history does not neatly repeat itself and nor will looking backwards give you 20/20 vision looking into the future, the astute leader is resolute in refining their ability to look […]Read More How to look backwards in order to see the future
2016 and 2017 will be remembered as the years where the impossible became possible. Autonomous cars in the form of Tesla’s Autopilot entered the mainstream, and driverless truck made a beer delivery on public roads; the UK voted for Brexit and Donald Trump won the US Presidential race. For the first time on record, wind […]Read More The Future CEO
Customers have changed, it’s not just technology current global turmoil, there has been a values shift in societies attitudes towards globalisation, business, finance and consumerism. Our research undertaken in TomorrowToday’s laboratory is revealing that values-focused businesses are the way of the future. If you want your business and brand to be part of a new […]Read More This list of personal values are so flipping important for success
Like most leaders, Google Execs had believed that the best teams were those that had the best people “” the right people, on the right bus “” You want to employ the best engineer, the best manager and the best scientist and give them the best resource. Right? This is logical, there you have it, […]Read More What a two year long study by Google of their top 180 most remarkable teams revealed. It’s not what they expected.
Are you the best in your industry at the things that matter most to your customers, partners and staff? Have you benchmarked yourself against your competitors with the aim of leading the pack? This may sound like a lofty grand goal, and when you achieve it you may want to stop and pat yourself on […]Read More Are you the tallest amongst dwarfs or do you walk with giants?
The story of a company that grew from zero to $200 million in three years. As markets go, it would be difficult to identify an industry much more mundane and uninspiring than mattresses. It is dominated by two companies Tempur-Sealy and Serta Simmons Holdings. This duopoly boasts margins as high as 50%. The buying […]Read More Does your next killer business idea lurk amongst the stuff that sucks!?
We benefit from looking at things differently. Sometimes that requires stepping back and looking not at the “what” or “how” but the “why”. Why do something that way? Do you ever wonder why your company (or a competitor) does things the way they are done? Is it good business or just legacy… In one of […]Read More Why you can benefit from thinking like a Thought-Provocateur
Paul Cummins is a ceramic artist who lives in the city of Derby, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. He came across a poem written by an unknown fallen British soldier, it read: “The blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread.” Paul, who is dyslexic, said in an interview that as […]Read More Why facts and logic are not enough to win your next big business pitch
Three shifts are re-orchestrating many of the important components of competitive advantage, they require every leader’s attention SHIFT 1: THE POWER of SOCIAL “Through this new technology, people are now empowered to express their grievances and to follow people they see as echoing their grievances,” says The New York Times. And, “if it wasn’t for […]Read More Why competitive advantage has shifted and the three driving forces changing everything
This century should be rather remarkable but it will not just happen, you have to create it. Ancient Greeks had two concepts of time, chronos and kairos. The former referring to the sequential progress of time; and, the latter, opportune moments – pockets of exceptional time, rare instants, seasons when people tuned towards change seize […]Read More 7 steps to doing remarkable things and creating a freaking awesome future
Markets reacted positively when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X tweeted about his Second Top Secret Master Plan. Shares for Tesla Motors responded strongly and closed 4% up. Here’s why. Elon Musk’s quests have inspired NASA to use SpaceX rockets and thousands of people to buy his Tesla cars and in doing so […]Read More What Elon Muskâ€™s Master Plan can teach you about being awesome
There are three reasons why you might want to invest 5-minutes reading this article: The world is at a crossroads, the outcome of this century will be determined over the next 2-3 decades and will depend on the action of people like you. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how and why? It’s never been […]Read More Three reasons why This Remarkable Century Needs You
On the 20 July, the day the Republican Party nominated their president elect, I predicted that Donald Trump would win. Here is what I wrote: Donald Trump has a better than not chance of winning. Actually I’m going to predict that he will win. Not because he is a good leader but because he has […]Read More Why Trump’s win holds so many important lessons for leaders
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” said Margaret Mead a cultural anthropologist. Here’s the thing: We are living in a world where breakthrough technology now means that the impossible is already – or quickly is becoming – possible. […]Read More What is moonshot thinking and How can you benefit from it
There are very distinct signs that humankind has entered the dawn of a new golden age of technology, a new Age of Discovery, one that has the potential to have as great an impact as the Renaissance. And, yet for the vast majority of people, the world we live in does not feel remarkable, it […]Read More Why every leader needs to be an explorer in the 21st century
At the age of nine, Elizabeth Holmes, an innovator and entrepreneur, wrote to her father saying: “What I really want out of life is to discover something new, something that mankind didn’t know was possible.” It was clear from the onset that she was always going to be a quester leader. Inspired by stories of […]Read More Elizabeth Holmes, the Story of a Fallen Quester
“The present state of affairs is really a perversion of the proper workings of capitalism. It is all wrong to have billionaires before you have ceased to have slums. Capitalism has done enormous good and suits human nature far too well to be given up as long as human nature remains the same. But the […]Read More Perversion of the Proper Workings of Capitalism
The 21st Century has the potential to be humankind’s greatest century. Indeed, innovations over the next four decades have the potential to dwarf the innovations of the past 200 years. But this version of the future will only become true if leaders are courageous enough to take giant leaps forward. According to the New York […]Read More Want to proactively create your future? Here is how Major Tom
Over the past five years there has been a rise in the number of billion dollar start-up companies (often referred to as Unicorns – for example Uber is now valued at $51 billion and five years ago it was no where). What is interesting about these companies is that they are not run by accountants […]Read More How design has become the most important language in business
Innovation doesn’t just happen. There is no secret sauce or ingredient. However, I’ve identified ten things that powerfully shape innovation and make it happen. Conveniently and for ease of use and memory these ten things become an acronym called CREATIVITY. Hope this helps you as you explore dream and discover remarkable innovations: C = Having […]Read More â€œCREATIVITYâ€ A Framework for thinking like and being an innovator
The Rise of the Benefit Corporation Small changes in the corporate code can change the world and on April 13, 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley made history in the US State of Maryland when he passed a law creating a new type of for-profit corporation ““ the Benefit Corporation. With a stroke of his pen O’Malley […]Read More Here’s why Benefit Corporations will be the business model of the future?
As disruptive forces go, the end of economic growth, would have a tsunami impact on businesses, organisations and countries. We tend to think of economic growth as normal, something we’ve lived with forever and we expect its continued benefit. Downturns are seen as blips in the inevitable upwards progress. But increasing economists are arguing that […]Read More There is compelling evidence to suggest we are witnessing the end of meaningful innovation and the death of growth
Keith Yamashita, a consultant who has worked with greats like Steve Jobs and Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz, says they figured out the one key thing every ” great leader knows. “First, you must have the belief that what we are doing will make a difference in the world.” Great leaders such as Elon Musk, Steve […]Read More Benefits of a building a questing corporate culture
The people and organisations who will be truly successful in the 21st century will not be those who develop a slightly better product or service than what already exists or the next best dating or social media App, but those who look at their world and ask the question “what is broken and how can […]Read More Why solving problems provides meaningfulness in life
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal is a celebrity chef on a quest to reduce food waste and has embarked on an audacious journey to cajole grocery retailers into buying and selling what he calls “wonky vegetables.” Here is why Hugh has embarked on his quest. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption […]Read More The quest for wonky veg
What if we could empower people everywhere to have the courage and conviction to do their small bit or big bit to change the world? What if through the power of quest we created a culture where people believed they could make a difference? We would craft more wholesome and inspiring jobs, truly ethical businesses, […]Read More New Business Book â€“ Quest â€“ Competitive Advantage and the Art of Leadership in the 21st Century, written by Dean van Leeuwen
“If you find what you do each day seems to have no link to any higher purpose, you probably want to rethink what you’re doing.“ says Ronald Heifetz, the Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the leading global authority on the practice of adaptive leadership. Change is […]Read More What makes the difference in a world where adaptability is the norm.
ESPN Coach of the Century Vince Lombardi said: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour ““ his greatest fulfilment to all he holds dear ““ is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle ““ victorious.” Here, Lombardi captures the […]Read More Quests have advanced societies since the dawning of civilisation, here’s how you can benefit today.
“We have totally screwed up,” said Michael Horn the American boss of Volkswagen in a public apology. “We must fix the cars to prevent this from ever happening again and we have to make this right. This kind of behaviour is totally inconsistent with our qualities.” Horn was apologising for the “dieselgate” cheat device scandal […]Read More VW totally screwed up and how you can benefit from their f**k-up
The Tortoise and the Hare Aesop’s fables tell a story of the tortoise and the hare who decide to race against each other. The hare is so confident of winning that he lies down halfway through and goes to sleep. The tortoise, knowing he must work hard to win, plods along without stopping until he […]Read More The surprising lessons in leadership from the Tortoise and the Hare
What is the most important resource in the world? It is not money.Read More What is the Leading Resource in the World?
In the future the workforce will be more connected, workers will be virtual, mobile and temporary, they will be global, multi-generational and diverse ““ older and younger, different sexes, cultures and beliefs working side by side. We know this, it is happening already. But will the future of work be more innovative? Will it be […]Read More What will the future of work look like? Here is an eye-watering preview
1. Increasing global integration and growing diversity The outlook for global growth is strong for 2015 and will continue to accelerate for the remaining decade and more. This is due to sustained growth in emerging markets, the falling cost of oil and growing consumer confidence and demand. Economic power will shift from the West to […]Read More Five workplace trends impacting the future of work in 2015
Google is winning and you don’t have to search very far to find out why, says Fast Company writer Frahad Manjoo. In a world of the tech giants – battling against the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Apple – Google has the edge, not because it is winning on every front, it’s not: Apple is […]Read More Is Google the perfect example of a future focus business?
We are living, working and playing in a period of history that will have as far-reaching an impact as the Industrial Revolution. We are only just beginning to grasp the realities of this brave new world and much of it is still unclear. The Great Recession and financial crisis was not simply economic turbulence, but […]Read More The quests to create a new breed of great companies begins now
What is “strategy”? This is a question that numerous executives, academics and scholars have asked. Countless books, papers and dissertations have been written about the subject. S+B Magazine recently wrote a short article on the subject titled Strategy: An Executive’s Definition and they have devised one of the simplest and yet best summaries of what […]Read More The CEO’s guide to strategy
This is an excerpt taken from Microsoft Organisation’s executive emails and covers Bill Gate’s thoughts on the new world of work ( #newworldofwork ) “Over the past decade, software has evolved to build bridges between disconnected islands of information and give people powerful ways to communicate, collaborate and access the data that’s most important to […]Read More What Bill Gates says about the New World of Work
This is a quote directly from: “Megachange, the world in 2050”. Another future babble book in the same vain as “Everything we know is wrong”, “Future Files”, “Physics of the future”, “Future minds” and “Flash foresight”.The book covers Population (Demography is destiny, 9 billion by 2050, time bomb in ageing population, water, political violence, food, […]Read More The storms of creative destruction are blowing us to a better place
In the old world, company executives spent hours, days and months agonising over vision, mission, values and purpose. The idea of having a vision is a good one. But the exercise of corporate vision has become an academic exercise with a main purpose of filling the glossy pages of financial statements. Most vision statements look […]Read More Why companies need quests to be successful in the new Age of Discovery
GE has had a string on successes implementing Creating Shared Value and the following figures demonstrate GE commitment as well as the financial reward for pursuing a shared value strategy under the umbrella of Ecomagination: Over $18 billion on revenues were generated by GE’s ecomagination product and services in 2010. GE now predicts that the […]Read More How Creating Shared Value is driving innovation and growth at GE
Nestle’s offers some of the best examples of how re-orchestrating business can create more value and a bigger pie for all stakeholders. As Nestle’s CEO puts it: “Creating Shared Value is a fundamental part of NestlÃ©’s way of doing business that focuses on specific areas of the Company’s core business activities ““ namely water, nutrition, […]Read More Nestle ecolaboration, leading the pack with Creating Shared Value
I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal in which Dow Jones columnist Al Lewis asks the question “Let’s say you were given a year to kill Hewlett-Packard. How would you do it? Using the events, over the past year , at this PC giant he provides a step by step guide of […]Read More 15 easy steps to euthanising a great company
“MOTIVATED Magazine encourages readers to rise to their fullest potential. Pairing passion with purpose, the magazine features insightful articles submitted directly from today’s world leaders, entrepreneurs, and everyday people with extraordinary stories to share…Readers are able to tap into the knowledge and life experiences of people and writers like: Bill Clinton, Chris Gardner, Deepak Chopra, […]Read More The New Business SCRIPT: article in Motivated Magazine
Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) is an American retailer that focuses on stylish and highly sought after casual wear. It has over 325 stores locations and operates internationally. In 2010 A&F had a turnover of 3.47 billion dollars. They’ve achieved great success using a business model that flies in the face of many well-accepted retail […]Read More Pi$$ing-off your shoppers, the new strategy to delighting customers
Script 5… The recent recession and financial crisis has been more than just an economic downturn, but a tipping point between the old and the new world of work. There is no going back and different times require a different script. This week a new post each day will reveal five components of this new […]Read More Five new business scripts – No5: Embark on quests, an inspirational moonshot
Script 3… The recent recession and financial crisis has been more than just an economic downturn, but a tipping point between the old and the new world of work. There is no going back and different times require a different script. This week a new post each day will reveal five components of this new […]Read More Five new business scripts – No3: Cultivate Communities
“Research consistently shows hard evidence between speed and business results. Faster companies have higher sales growth (an average of 40% higher than slower companies), and higher operating profits (an average of 52% higher than slower companies). They’re also more exciting places to work and are able to attract “bright young talented things” to their business. […]Read More Five new business scripts – No 1: Strategy @ Speed
Great companies make creativity and innovation a cornerstone of their culture and strategy. Creativity is driven by people wanting to make a difference. But people are often constrained by culture, regulation and risk controls – barriers to creativity. Customers say they want creativity. In regulated and controlled environment, this can represent a problem. Being creative […]Read More Why when being creative, failure should always an option
The title of this blog comes from a quote out of Fast Company’s excellent article on the future of marketing titled Mayhem on Madison Avenue. As explorers and adventurers in the New World of Work, my colleagues and myself at TomorrowToday are constantly exploring how industries are changing, and what brave new companies can do […]Read More Marketing in the future will be like sex – only the losers will pay for it!