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
“In the future of work, we will all be moonshooters. Well the crazy successful ones will be.” Introduction Today Sam McCracken is the general manager of Nike N7, but it wasn’t always this way. He began working with the revered Nike brand in 1997 as a warehouse worker. Soon thereafter, Sam, – who is a […]Read More Seven steps to becoming a Moonshooter and blasting your way to the top
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.
“I woke up this morning,” writes Bill Gate “and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far more. Mexico is recovering from its most powerful earthquake in a century. North Korea is threatening its neighbors. The civil war in Syria seems to […]Read More Bill Gates says the world is getting better not worse. Should you believe him?
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!?
After months of intense mathematical exercises, Albert Einstein decided to give himself a break from the work one night and let his imagination wander about the concepts of space and time, say Guenther Knoblich and Michael Oellinger inThe Eureka Momentwritten for Scientific America. In the article, they describe how Albert Einstein finally hit on the […]Read More How to benefit from 7 remarkable steps that resulted in 7 remarkable achievements
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
Whichever company’s vision wins out will shape the future of the economy The dilemma for the C-Suite at the helm as they look towards a rapidly changing future is this: Seek out promising new space to escape ever crowded markets, or face ever tighter margins and get replaced. But new is unproven and numerous experiments […]Read More Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way
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
Innovation can be viewed as a process involving a series of discrete break-through inventions followed by incremental improvements which eventually leverage the full potential of the initial invention. It goes like this: Entrepreneurial start-ups experiment with their energy, time and capital, they take risks until they’ve cracked the profit code. Once the entrepreneur has done […]Read More Are you ready to catch the next innovation wave?
Studies by Oxford University suggest robotics and automation will replace 47% of knowledge worker jobs over the next two decades. So if you are not planning on retiring in the next ten to twenty years, and let’s face it with average lifespan on the up and pension pots on the down many of us may […]Read More 6 ways to protect yourself from robotic replacement
We used to think big and have grand visions. It wasn’t that long ago that high-risk, big dream projects were the norm. In the 60’s and 70’s the Apollo programme brought humanity together and Project Mohole, an ambitious attempt to drill to the centre of the earth, demonstrated just how daring a species we were. […]Read More We used to think big. Here’s why we need to again
“Perspective is what enables each of us to transform the sum of our days into an epic journey. And it’s what improves our chances of together making the twenty-first century humanity’s best.” says Ian Goldin, ex-professor of global development at Oxford University, and what he says we “lack, and so urgently need, is perspective.” Lesley […]Read More The Importance of Perspective in Leadership
This century should be rather remarkable. We have the potential to end disease and poverty. We might decode ageing and live forever-young. Through the ever-growing power of genetic technology and bioengineering we could revive extinct species like the woolly mammoth. Intercity travel at the speed-of-sound in hyper-loop, vacuum sealed tubes may become the norm. We […]Read More We live in a remarkable century, but here is the problem
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
Every blog needs a story about Apple and here is ours. It’s probably one you’ve never heard because this is the remarkable story of a very young man, presenting his crazy idea at the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen, long before he or his company were famous. At the conference, Steve Jobs said: “Apple’s […]Read More Why all great leaders have destinations and why you are lost without one
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
About 25 years ago a young grad student at Stanford University was hungry. He wanted a pizza as he pulled an all-nighter. The internet was new and exciting in 1993 and he said: “oh, the web is great and what we really need to do is to be able to order pizza using the web”. […]Read More The remarkable story of how Google almost become the pizza-by-fax company
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
PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE STEINMETZ Quests begin with a simple question: What can we do better? By 2050 we’ll need to feed 10 billion, that is 2.5 billion more people. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet? Caleb Harper is an innovator and hacker operating out of MIT Media Lab OpenAg who has […]Read More How to feed 10 billion people by 2050
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
If your organisation suddenly disappeared would it leave a hole no one could fill or would customers respond saying: “nah what hole?” Being efficient and effective no longer guarantees competitiveness, rather delivering meaningfulness does. Here are three steps that you can follow for delivering meaningfulness: Step One: Ask yourself, within my world of influence, what […]Read More 3 Steps for creating sustainable competitive advantage
The Challenge The rules for success in the past often don’t apply in today’s world. We’ve built business rules, procedures and policies that worked in the industrial and information age but are no longer applicable in the digital revolution. Many rules linger in our businesses and in our lives that just should not exist. Why […]Read More What to do when the rules just don’t apply anymore
At just past midnight (GMT), on the 20th July, Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination for US president. When Donald Trump announced his intention to run for president, many people dismissed his candidacy as a joke. Seems that Trump is having the last laugh now. Over the past year, the property developer from New York […]Read More Trump and BREXIT did the impossible. Now it’s your turn to shock your Mum
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
Demographics is the quantifiable study of populations based on factors such as age, race, sex, economic status, level of education, income level and employment, among others. It is typically one of the slower moving forces of change but as we look to the near future, demographics will become a most potent force of disruption. Demographic […]Read More Migrants, economic meltdown or boon?
There are good reasons behind believing some things are impossible especially when they have been built into the societal or organisational psyche. Greg Satell, a Forbes journalist and unconventional thinker explains, “We spend a good portion of our lives learning established models. We go to school, train for a career and hone our craft. We […]Read More Why do we believe things are impossible?
Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctica expedition of 1914 – 1917 is one of the most incredible adventure stories of all time. When the great explorer advertised for men to join his expedition this is the advert he posted: Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and […]Read More Your Destination Defines Your Destiny and how you live life. So why don’t you have one dipstick?
A recent study shows that the dinosaurs were already in decline 50 million years before the meteor strike that finally wiped them out. “We were not expecting this result,” says Dr Manabu Sakamoto, a palaeontologist from the University of Reading, who led the research. “Even though they were wiped out ultimately by the impact of […]Read More Don’t wait for a meteor to wipe you out, Re/Evolve and adapt now.
“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the […]Read More The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an Age of Quests
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?
Quester intrapreneur, n. 1 A person who works inside major corporations or organizations to develop and promote practical solutions to social, ethical, operational or environmental challenges where progress is currently stalled by market and business failures. 2 A person who applies the principles of social entrepreneurship inside a major organization. 3 Someone who strives to […]Read More The Rise of the Quester Intrapreneur
“Many business leaders will realise, soon, that they are underinvesting in North America” says Joel Kurtzman a leading figure in the U.S. on the future of business. Joel founded the Booz & Co magazine Strategy+Business and is also a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, an economic and finance think tank. This is an interesting […]Read More Why the U.S. has an optimistic future. And, it is not what you think
When Leila Janah was very young she wanted to be an ocean explorer. Her hero was Jacques Cousteau and the exploits of the famed French undersea explorer on board The Calypso captivated her. Fascinated by the ocean and the creatures who lived in it she decided to volunteered at the local aquarium in southern California […]Read More Why Leila Janah is the most inspirational and exciting leader in the world.
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.
Apple, the iconic tech giant has been the world’s most valuable listed company for nearly 5 years, largely thanks to the sale of over 700m iPhones. Just today (27.01.16) Apple announced the biggest quarterly year-on-year results by a public company in history. Apple announced: “Record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit […]Read More Here is why, Apple is losing its sparkle and what it can do to regain some shimmer
Fifty-Three years ago today on September 12, 1962, President Kennedy delivered his speech “We choose to go to the moon” before a crowd of 35,000 people in the Rice University football stadium, Houston, Texas. In this speech JFK introduced the audience to one of humankind’s greatest ever quests. It was a quest that changed the […]Read More Quest to go to the moon
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
Michael Argyll was one of the best-known English Social Psychologists of the twentieth century. The eminent professor of psychology at Oxford University authored or co-authored over 44 books. As an academic he is best known for his studies on happiness and communication cycles. One of his extensive studies explored friendships and what “˜rules’ contributes to […]Read More Build stronger relationships using these powerful three rules
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