We live in a world of uncertainty and disruptions. To survive in this world, organisations should be agile. The word agility is now everywhere. This would be the miracle solution, the antidote to a lack of innovation. But this is not the case. Agility is not what your organisation needs. Let’s see why. The principle […]Read More Why Agility is Not The Only Thing Your Organisation Needs
“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
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.
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
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?
In my TIDES of Change presentation I suggest that digital and mobile technology is not the real revolution and that there is something even more powerful driving disruptive change. The real revolution – and it explains most of the ground-breaking technology innovations we are seeing – is this: We now have the ability to gather […]Read More Now you can Speak a foreign language, without ever having to learn it
“Last month, one of my employees invoiced the company $300, plus tax, for French lessons. Another one billed us for a $190 real estate course. And then there was the surprise bill for $82 worth of pottery making classes. I signed off on each expense with a smile on my face,” says Caren Maio the […]Read More Give your employees free dosh: $1,000 to Do (Almost) Whatever they Want
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?
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
“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
There is a pattern to the disruption of industries ““ change happens slowly, with a few early-adopters taking a technology and innovating, but not always in the optimum way. Then it happens quickly – and a whole industry can come tumbling down. Take digital music, which had been around a few years before Apple took […]Read More Learning is changing, you need to change too
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
I was invited to work yesterday with one of my favourite partners; the London Business School and present to one of their clients, a large international Telecoms company. The presentation I gave is called Herding Cats and it explores the new world of customer loyalty and suggests frameworks that marketing, customer experience and customer insight […]Read More Techniques to bring your story to life.
Imagine a game where there are no evil monsters, deranged zombies or blood sucking aliens, no high-calibre weapons and most surprisingly no scorekeeping of any sort. Rather the game is an allegorical adventure that explores how we might understand and integrate past experiences in order to grow and accept who we are now. Deep heady […]Read More Games for grown ups
A recent MIT Technology Review reveals an alarming trend. Since the early 2000’s and increasingly since the financial crisis of 2008, the levels of employment have decreased even though productivity has increased over the same period. Erik Brynjolfsson And Andrew Mcfee call this the “great decoupling” of productivity and employment. Historical trends show that as […]Read More Will you still have a job in 2025?
Studies show that the current crop of Gen Y talent, will have had up to 12 different jobs and the majority of Gen Y professional graduates (doctors, engineers, architects lawyers etc.) will no longer be working in their chosen career of study having had up to three career changes. Overall ninety-one percent of Gen Y’s […]Read More Five secrets for engaging and retaining Gen Y talent
Scanning cameras lock onto John Anderton’s face as he walks through a shopping mall. Using facial recognition technology advertisers clock his presence and begin an invasive barrage of “personalised” advertisements designed to entice, cajole and convince him to purchase the must have products on promotion. In this a scene from the 2002 movie Minority Report […]Read More “Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy
They have variously been named the “Homeland” generation, the “Re-generation” and the “Centennial” generation ““ but at the moment, we know them best (and rather lazily) as Generation Z. In the US, this generation is often held to have been born from 1995 onwards. However, Neil Howe, joint author of “Generations” and […]Read More Preparing for Generation Z (or whatever you’d like to call them)
In an earlier blog I spoke about the “perversions of the proper workings of capitalism”. In my mind Capitalism is inherently good. The Capitalist seeks to find and address a need. They innovate, take risks and work out how to use capital to make a profit. The Industrialist on the other hand surveys the competitive […]Read More Businesses that are building sustainable competitive advantage by doing good for society
On the 28th August 1963 civil rights campaigner, Martin Luther King, led thousands of people on a march to America’s capital, Washington DC. There he gave a speech that inspired and paved the way for equal rights and changed the world forever. Fifty years on there are signs that the power of protest is on […]Read More The growing power of protest
The food and retail grocery industry is reeling from the horsemeat scandal, which displays a number of consumer trends and sentiments that can be associated with competitive advantage in the Connection Economy. The most important one is not that there is horsemeat in burgers but that consumers have been lied to. As Sean Cosgrove, a […]Read More What every business leader can learn from Tesco’s horse-meat scandal
Richard Branson recently said “there is no real difference between work and play ““ it’s all living” How profoundly true this statement is. I spent yesterday speaking at the excellent Business Leaders Group and the concept of where we work and how we work was a strong theme of discussion among the business leaders who […]Read More We’ve been suckered! “there is no real difference between work and play â€“ itâ€™s all living” says Richard Branson
If we’d been working 100 years ago, most people would’ve worked on a farm or a mine; 50 years ago we would’ve been working in a factory, today most people in developed markets work in the knowledge economy and we bring our brains not our muscle power to work. But whilst the nature of work […]Read More Kittens, magnets and the power of teleworking
Following a study of customers attitudes and behaviours, CitiBank declared that 75% of their customers had changed as a result of the economic turbulence of the past few years. The report’s finding was correct in one sense; the economic uncertainty is influencing peoples’ behaviour. But the turbulence is also masking three much bigger and more […]Read More Three major trends reshaping the face of tomorrowâ€™s consumer
I came across a very neat article The Boss Is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You By JOHN MARKOFF in the New York Times which paints fascinating picture of how telerobotics and robotics could become a useful leadership tool. As more and more business leaders spend time travelling between offices across the globe, telerobotics provides […]Read More Your future boss will be a robot
Our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought hard for us. The equalities gained by the feminist movement have resulted in a steady rise in the proportion of women working in the UK; 70% at the last count. However, all is not rosy in the world of work for women. There are pay iniquities that can’t be […]Read More Is the New World of Work some kind of utopia for women?
Script 4… 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 – No4: Focus on experience
“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) I love Penelope Trunk’s blogs at the Brazen Careerist. They contain great thoughts and advice about business and life, but most of all are searingly honest and often very touching. One […]Read More A Question of Trust?
It appears that sleep is essential for a well performing workforce. And yet how many of us drive ourselves and are driven by our bosses to work long hours into the night or to wake up early? Fast Company has a brilliant infographic on the benefits of sleep – the benefits for business are obvious […]Read More Why a sleeping workforce is a profitable workforce
Once upon a time, there was a man who ran a small, but very successful bacon bap stall at a village’s farmers market. He spent time getting to know his customers and everyone knew him. He was famous for serving the thickest, tastiest bacon rolls around. People happily queued around the corner for the fresh, […]Read More All good stories begin withâ€¦