Tomorrow’s World Today

The disruptive forces shaping 
the world right now, and how we should respond

Tomorrow's World TodayThe mega-forces shaping the world right now, and what we should be doing about them

We’re not just living in a time of turbulent change – we are actually experiencing an era shift in history. The rules for success and failure are being rewritten, and there’s no “business as usual” anymore. This is true in every industry and every market. Smart leaders need to keep ahead of these changes by anticipating them, and developing a future-focused skill set. The most successful companies are going to be those that build future thinking, adaptability and innovation into their very DNA.

To do this, we need a new toolkit of skills for the leaders and their teams who are navigating exponential change.

This presentation or workshop provides a future-focused leadership toolkit, along with a compelling picture of the near future. It will inspire and inform in equal measure, and leave your team excited about the future while at the same time knowing what each of them can do to help you get there.

It shines a spotlight on five key skills for future-focussed leaders:

  • 1. Look beyond the next horizon: This is the heart of the session as we use TomorrowToday’s TIDES Model of Disruptive Change to introduce key areas in which we anticipate disruptive change in the next 5-10 years. This section is constantly updated and highly customised for each client we work with, ensuring the example we choose to look at connect with your team. These include energy, graphene, nanotech, hydroponic farming, the Internet of Things (especially at home), smartphones, genetics, robotics, cyborgs, driverless cars, Millennials, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, AI/algorithms, 3d printing, the growth of developing markets, the 100 year lifespan, urbanisation, the on demand workforce, and more.
  • 2. Be curious and experiment more. The best way to deal with uncertainty and volatility is to develop an experimental mindset. This is the basis of agility and resilience. We lay out the key organisational requirements to make this a reality.
  • 3. Embrace Difference. Listen to different voices, actively engage with different thinking. This is not diversity quotas or compliance, but about accessing different worldviews in your team and environment. In a workshop session, we can go deeper here into cognitive biases and thinking skills.
  • 4. Sell Solutions not Products. Think about systems and broaden your horizons.
  • 5. Deal with limiting orthodoxies. A good example is to think what you measure and why.

This session is a look at the future, and at the new attitudes and actions required from your people. The presentation or workshop focuses on how your people and leaders can respond, by understanding the nature of disruptive change, looking beyond the next horizon for these trends, getting the whole team involved, experimenting more and confronting limiting orthodoxies.

It’s both eye-opening and practical, and will inspire your team to face the future with confidence and excitement.

If you have 2 hours or more, this framework can be combined with the work we do on SMART people, or work we’ve done on the expectations of clients in a digital world. We also have a 22 part video series to support this program. See the video below for an introduction.

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Take Home Value

  • Identify the latest and most significant disruptors changing the world (constantly updated and customised for each client’s industry)
  • Understand how these disruptors will impact customers and staff
  • Discover how the world of work will change in the next few years
  • Identify key mindset and behaviour changes required for success in a changing world
  • Develop a plan to ensure their team is future-fit

Format

This session can be delivered as a keynote presentation or strategic input, lasting between 45-90 minutes. We use full multimedia, laced with humour and relevant case studies. The keynote is adapted for each audience, and can be made industry-specific or function-specific in its application and focus.

The session can be delivered as a workshop, either half day or full day.

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