The Future CEO

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 turbines  generated more electricity than was used in the whole of Scotland on a single day, and Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. One third of  bonds traded at negative interest rates; and, rather than bet on new projects and  new ideas, global businesses held over $15 trillion in cash and cash equivalents  ““ four times as much as a decade earlier and unprecedented in corporate history.

CEOs should recognise that shifts like these are not aberrations –  they are the new  normal. People look around and they realise we are living in revolutionary times. We have entered a New Age of Discovery. The forces which converged in  Europe five hundred years ago, revolutionising the world, sparking virtuosity and  toppling social order are emerging again in our lifetime. We only need to look to the  past to realise humanity has been here before.

Only now these forces are so much  stronger, global in nature and driven by powerful technology. We hear about super”intelligent machines, hyperloop transportation, nanofactories,  bioengineered plagues, fusion energy, geoengineering and artificial human chromosomes, and more. The impact of these inventions will be all around us.  Leaders need to ensure their organisations are not caught out on the wrong side of change. We do not know where we are headed, there are no maps for this new world. The  CEO of the future will need to prepare their organisation for a prolonged period of exponential change.

Shocks and aftershocks will abound, after all shock represent proof of  significant change. But rather than retreat, turn inwards and become protective,  winning CEOs will present themselves as brokers of hope and adventurous  explorers filled with resolve. Hope, explorers and resolve, because the new age  will not simply happen, leaders will have to create it.

94% of CEOs believe that their company will change more in the next five years than it has in the last five years, according to a recent study by Fortune  Magazine. We’ve researched the key forces driving changes facing CEOs in the  not too distant future and identified ten top challenges which are listed on the  right. CEOs of the Future will focus on finding solutions to these challenges.

To discover more download The Times Raconteur Magazine THE FUTURE CEO Handbook.

The Future CEO handbook  aims to offer you insights, thought”provoking ideas and point to the mindsets required to stay ahead of your competitors and beat  the change curve.

We’ve grouped the content into five main areas that CEOs need to focus on in order to face these challenges::

(1) understanding the context and how its  changing,

(2) engaging new thinking,

(3) self awareness ,

(4) developing new  skills, and

(5) changing the way leaders are developed.

This Future CEO Handbook has been designed to assist the astute future-fit CEO in  mastering the perspectives and mindsets required to lead in a manner that unleashes waves of creativity, passion and commitment, and ignites and  brings to life staid vision statements and strategies.


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