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Recently in the media

Posted on: April 19th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our team is often quoted in the media, and our work at events and conferences quoted by the press. Here are a few recent examples: Graeme Codrington speaking at ExpoHR in Portugal (use Google Translate if required) Ivor Blumenthal interviews Graeme Codrington about futurism and thinking like a futurist for business people – listen to […]

The Future of HR, talent management and L&D

Posted on: April 18th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

People are our most important asset. This sentence is a standard inclusion in almost every corporate annual statement. Many companies say this, but don’t deliver on both the promise and potential inherent in their people. The HR team are often to blame – for not stepping up and delivering above and beyond the expectations placed […]

A definition of leadership: ‘getting people done through work’

Posted on: April 12th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This past week I attended a lecture by leadership expert, Etsko Schuitema. Etsko is the founder of the “Care and Growth” leadership approach. He asked a room full of people to list the characteristics of the leader that we would want to work for. He wrote these down on a flip chart as we shouted […]

When Everything Changes: Succeeding in disruptive times 

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world is always changing – it always has been. But every now and again there are moments in history where all the forces of change seem to combine together to produce an era-defining shift. That’s what we study when we study history, even naming these times to help us remember them and mark their […]

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Posted on: February 26th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Huffington Post recently published this list of YouTube channels that leaders should watch. With over 6 billion hours of video and thousands of channels, YouTube has something for everyone — even for those of us who want to become better leaders. Over the last year I’ve subscribed to a number of YouTube channels that have […]

Robot wars – and it’s a good thing

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Later this year (5 and 6 June to be precise), the final stage of the world’s most important robotics competition takes place in California. The DARPA Robotics Challenge (see details here) will see 11 robots compete for the toughest prize in robotics and robot software. This year, they have to demonstrate ability to scramble over […]

The Future is Changing: Bill Gates on the Next 15 Years

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world is going to change more in the next 15 years than the last 50 combined. Considering how much the world has changed in the last half century, that’s quite a bold claim. Nevertheless, more and more indicators are pointing to this being a reality. And more and more people are talking about what these […]

Who wants to be part of my omni-channel customer experience?

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I have mentioned Richard Stacey before – he was one of the people who speaks the most sense in the world about social media. He can verge on being grumpy about it, but he never fails to accurately and precisely dissect the vast mass of b-s that is growing up around the social media industry. […]

Three Critical Things You Need to Focus On in 2015

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Many people and businesses focus on the wrong things. What will your business be measuring in 2015? If your focus is on your competitors, your market share and internal efficiencies you may miss significant changes coming your way. In a time of disruptive change you need to shift your focus to ensure continued success. Graeme […]

Recent media mentions

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our team has recently been mentioned in a number of press releases and media items. Here’s a brief roundup if you’re interested in what we get up to: Graeme Codrington spoke about Understanding Different Generations at a number of events hosted by Rickard Keen in Essex, UK – here is their summary of the events […]

Valedictory Speech 2014 for 13 year olds

Posted on: November 29th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was asked to give a short speech at my daughter’s valedictory Leaver’s Dinner at the end of her Junior School year. Here is an edited version of what I said (I sprinkled this with some personal stories, humour and local references): To the graduating class of St Mary’s Junior School of 2014 You young […]

China: technology, moral and legislative lead in environment

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Two years ago, China set itself the target of becoming the world’s leading consumer and producer or solar, wave and wind power. They have already achieved this target. In an authoritarian system, when a decision gets made, it also gets done. When good decisions are made, this is awesome. And China is going green. This […]

Today’s youth: cleaner living, wholesome hobbies, socially conservative… Research

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For over a decade now, we have been using our understanding of generational cycles to predict that today’s youth and young adults were likely to respond to social change by becoming more socially conservative. This would include reductions in hard drug use, reductions in anti-social behaviour, a more caring attitude towards to environment and generally […]

Getting rid of email – here’s a company that’s done just that

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the last few months I have begun to include a small section in some of my workshops on the clutter and “stuff” that makes work life a pain. Almost all participants identify meetings and email (and many add managers, for a “3M” trilogy of evil). Email is going to kill us. Or at least […]

South Africa Business Events Catalogue now available

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

For anyone who does conferencing work in Southern Africa, the Business Events Africa catalogue is an invaluable resource, listing providers of conferencing facilities, speakers and related services. It’s just been published and will be available in printed format. But the digital version is now up and running here. Make sure you use it if you’re […]

Award winning emerging market startups with a global edge

Posted on: September 13th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seedstars World is a Geneva-based company that holds competitions for startups around the world. Their list of competition winners from the last year includes 19 emerging market companies that are innovating products and services with some exceptional promise. We believe that disruption (and therefore, innovation) comes from the edges. These edges might be at the […]

Meet Gen Y: Five videos, ten minutes and a lot of insight

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Raymond de Villiers is TomorrowToday’s Gen Y guru. He works hard to understand today’s young people, and then make sense of them for you and me and our businesses. He’s packaged some of his insights into short “thought bullet” videos that I am sure will be valuable to you. Here are a few of my […]

A hidden secret of the Ice Bucket Challenge success – and the future of communication

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Ice Bucket challenge for ALS is probably the most successful meme created thus far for social media. Of course, social media experts are now trying to reverse engineer it to discover the secrets to successfully created a viral campaign – that holy grail of modern media. Much will be said, and will include items […]

Recent media mentions

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Graeme Codrington has appeared in the media a few times in recent weeks. Here is a sampling of his contributions: Speaking on Gen Y at the British Hospitality Association annual convention, Graeme focused attention on the impact that a younger generation is having on an industry that needs to employ significant numbers of young people […]

I have seen the future – and it only costs $35

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago I was doing a workshop with a telecoms company. We were looking at some of their thoughts around global expansion, especially into developing markets and across Africa. Then they showed me something that is going to change the world. It’s pictured below. It is a fully functioning smartphone that costs about […]

Solar Roadways – disruptive digitisation coming to a street near you?

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Standing on a train platform south west of London a few years ago, I felt the whoosh of another fast train rushing past. In the distance I could just see the large arms of a slow-turning wind turbine. I’m not an engineer, but in that moment two things came together in my mind, and I […]

The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week I was sent a link to an interesting infographic on the ten most important work skills in 2020. It is a graphic respresentation of research done by the University of Phoenix and the Institute for the Future (see their PDF report here). What I like about this is that the team that put […]

[Video]: Keith Coats on leadership adaptability and resilience

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here is a recording from a presentation our resident leadership expert, Keith Coats, did on adaptive leadership, resilience and leadership development. It’s just an excerpt, so for the full context, we recommend reading details of The Connection Economy and Adaptive Leadership that we’ve uploaded to our blog previously. But the video stands alone, and is […]

Just for fun: Why you really, really want a drone at home

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s Friday, and the weekend is here. So, for a bit of fun check out this wonderful use of a drone. Drones are now readily available. My brother, a video producer based in Atlanta USA (see his video channel here) has one of his own that he uses to create amazing camera shots. These drones […]

Sharing Your Secrets: What Elon Musk’s latest move at Tesla means for you

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ll admit it: I have a huge man-crush on Elon Musk. I like everything this guy does. From his passion for space exploration and madcap vision of a one way trip to Mars, to his recent announcements about building both flying and submerisble cars, Elon is the very eptimony of a swashbuckling hero for the […]

A Miracle at the World Cup – and a vision of the future

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At tonight’s Football World Cup opening ceremony a minor miracle will occur when the opening game between Brazil and Croatia is started by a young man kicking a football. It doesn’t sound miraculous until you hear that this young teenager is actually a paraplegic who has never walked. This feat will be made possible by […]

Keeping Generations @ Work

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Understanding and connecting with people older and younger than yourself We don’t all see the world in the same ways. In today’s world, we’re confronted all the time by diverse ways of thinking and acting. To be successful in engaging with other people, and to improve our ability to communicate effectively, to engage other people, […]

Smaller difference and different reasons for buying

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of TomorrowToday’s best associates is Markus Kramer. Until recently, Markus was Global Head of Branding at Aston Martin and before that worked for other luxury brands, including Harley Davidson. He is a true world expert on luxury brands, and the lessons all industries can learn from how luxury brands operate. You can see Markus’ […]

Banks, small businesses and paying for what you don’t use

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Earlier this week, I received a message from our business bankers in South Africa, informing me that they would be charging us for all credit facilities that we were not using. This baffled me. Then it irritated me. So, I decided to do something about. I started with social media, which was picked up by […]

Surprising ideas about the future from TED2014 speakers

Posted on: May 24th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At TED2014, the speakers and attendees were asked to think about the conference’s theme, “The Next Chapter” and then suggest what might radically change society, life, technology and the world in the next 30 years. Their insights may surprise you. “One of the things about learning how to read — we have been doing a […]

What’s Your First Impression?

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Its an old adage: You only get one chance to make a first impression. In the 21st century world, where your company’s reputation is fragile and customers fickle, you need to do everything you can do to create the best possible experience for your customers and potential clients. These customers will often make purchase decisions […]

[Video] Behaviours and values are generational

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Later today I am involved in an event where a number of young people are competing for a public speaking prize. I’ve been asked to do my talk on different generations, “Mind the Gap” as a ‘warm up act’ for this event. It’s one of my favourite topics, and still the talk I enjoy the […]

What Graeme is currently reading

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

What Graeme is currently reading I am currently skim reading a few books on future trends and how we can do better at predicting them.  On my shelf as I dip in and out of them are: Nate Silver, The Signal and the Noise: The art and science of prediction (2012: always worth going back […]

Making Your Life Just a Little Easier (what we do at TomorrowToday)

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

“So, you’re like ‘Step Zero’ then, are you?”  We were doing some work a few years ago with the consulting arm of one of the Big Four accounting firms, and one of their team was trying to find a way to position our involvement with a particularly detail oriented client.  “Step zero” in their strategic […]

Excuses for Complacency

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s no secret that we at TomorrowToday are fans of Seth Godin, the author and business thinker. We often share his daily blogs internally and discuss them – they’re inspirational and insightful. Here’s one from a while ago that made me think. One of the biggest issues our clients face is the mismatch between the […]

Three ways to deal with failure, by Seth Godin

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin is one of my favourite authors and business thinkers. I find his daily blog inspirational and insightful. Here’s one from a while ago that has really stuck with me. I think Seth is spot on with this insight, and it could really help you to deal with failure and think about your corporate […]

Africa's new number one economy

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies over the past decade are in sub Saharan Africa. The country of my birth and my heart, South Africa, is not one of them. This is a travesty, and a direct comment on the policies that the last ten governments or so have had. South Africa […]

Africa’s new number one economy

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies over the past decade are in sub Saharan Africa. The country of my birth and my heart, South Africa, is not one of them. This is a travesty, and a direct comment on the policies that the last ten governments or so have had. South Africa […]

Apple just entered your market (Healthcare, I’m talking to you)

Posted on: April 5th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For the last few years, our team has enjoyed asking our clients a hypothetical question: “What would the impact be if Apple/Google/Facebook announced today that it was entering your market?”. To be honest, I think it should be a thought that strikes fear into all existing players in any industry. And it could be ANY […]

A Brave New World: But what about my kids?

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

The world that is emerging all around us is both exciting and scary in equal measure.  Business, political and societal leaders are working hard to understand the implications of disruptive forces and shifting market conditions.  But once we’ve put the business strategies and marketing plans to one side and caught our breath, the first question […]

The Potential – and Problems – of Being Generation X

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Generation Xers are becoming middle aged. And some of them are not doing it in style. They’re also causing some chaos in their workplaces with their emphasis on family, flexibility and their own goals above those of their companies. In this brief video, I outline some of the potential – and problems – of being […]

It really IS about your people – now, more than ever!

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

People are your most important asset! You know this, because your company’s annual statements include this sentence every year. But do companies really believe this? They’d better. Most of the efficiencies your company is hoping to achieve in the next few years can only come from one place: your people. In this video, recorded by […]

Rewriting the Rules: understanding the era we’re living in

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s easy to think that maybe all we need to do to survive this crazy world we live in is just grit our teeth a little bit longer and wait for sanity to return. The madness of the election cycle will soon be over, and a new parliament installed (you will have your own ideas […]

Happy birthday World Wide Web

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It was on 12 March 1989 that a young British scientist, Tim Berners Lee, working at CERN in Switzerland sent a memo to his boss entitled “Information Management: A Proposal”. In it he proposed to develop a way to share information over a computer network. “A ‘web’ of notes with links (like references) between them […]

Print me a face: another mind blowing use for 3d printers

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At TomorrowToday, we’re big fans of 3d printing technology. We’ve been speaking about it for more than 5 years now. I actually have a 3d printer at home, and as a team we write about the implications of 3d printing regularly (see a review of home 3d printing options, a video of mine in action […]

WHERE to look to see the future

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our team at TomorrowToday often presents on future trends and the disruptive forces shaping the world. Our content comes from our ongoing research and analysis, backed up by a full-time research team spread across the world. It’s easy then for some participants in our sessions to think that looking at future trends and trying to […]

The biggest problem in business right now? I.T.!

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the past few weeks, in a number of workshops and interactions with clients I have become increasingly bold in my pronouncements about IT. Most companies’ information technology departments are now holding their companies back. They are protecting outdated systems and policies. They don’t have the resources to run ahead of their organisations – they’re […]

The madness of ‘EMEA’

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting at a conference waiting for my turn to speak. Right now, there is a financial review of the year – by a fairly engaging CFO, as it happens. But one set of charts has reiterated something I have felt for a long time. This company represents their global presence by splitting the […]

The four horsemen of mediocrity, by Seth Godin

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin’s blog today is superb. He is identified four key reasons that employees are disengaged, that productivity is declining or stagnant, and that companies struggle to innovate and develop. The four horsemen of mediocrity by Seth Godin Deniability–“They decided, created, commanded or blocked. Not my fault.” Helplessness–“My boss won’t let me.” Contempt–“They don’t pay […]

A Crystal Ball for Business: 9 Tips for Future Success

Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As another year dawns and we turn our eyes to 2014, it’s still clear that we are living and working in an era of extreme uncertainty.  A global recession continues and is combining with significant disruptive forces in technology, politics, economics, corporate organisation and societal values.  In other words, we are living at a moment […]

The Year of the Employee: Forbes’ predictions for 2014 talent, leadership and HR tech

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Ian Turner, one of Duke CE’s top MD’s and leadership development programme experts gets credit for finding this interesting article and sending it on to me. There are some fascinating thoughts in Deloittes’ predictions for 2014, published in Forbes, as they suggest that this will be an important year for talent, leadership and HR. Read […]

What teachers really want to tell parents

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As southern hemisphere schools start up a new academic year, and teachers and pupils head back to school, the single biggest complaint I hear repeatedly when speaking to teachers has to do with parents. Over the past decade or so, Generation Xers (born in the 1970s and 80s) have become parents, and they have a […]

Idealising the past: Being unsocial

Posted on: January 13th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago the following picture was doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, under the heading: “modern technology makes us more unsocial”: There’s an excellent point to be made in this photo, and in the similar I found below. Older generations often idealise their past. Our memories are designed to sift out the […]

A new skyline for Johannesburg

Posted on: January 13th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Late last year, a Chinese property company spent a significant amount of money to buy the remaining AECI property in Modderfontein, a massive industrial area east of Sandton and Johannesburg. It’s in the area between Marlboro (a Gautrain station) and the airport. Prime property that has always been underdeveloped because it was required as an […]

American industries that will boom and those that are doomed in the next decade

Posted on: January 11th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Business Insider recently ran an article looking at Labor Bureau statistics and predicting which industries will experience significant decline in the next decade, and another article suggesting which industries will boom. While I don’t agree with their whole list, it makes for interesting reading. I don’t think that this list has factored in the game […]

Booz & Co’s Strategy+Business Best Business Blogs of 2013

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The editor of Booz & Co’s Strategic+Business magazine and blog site selected his favourite business blogs of 2013. I like this list a lot – there’s some really valuable articles here. It’s an eclectic list, but well worth taking some time to read through and share with your team: Susan Cramm: Retaining Top Talent: Yes, […]

Driverless cars and a road revolution

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

FastCompany recently ran an article which is one of the best analyses of the driverless car revolution that is about to take us by storm. It’s well worth reading in detail here. As the author points out, what stands in the way of a massive revolution now is not the technology. “The issue isn’t the […]

Apple isn’t going away just yet

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The predictions of Apple’s demise have, it seems, been all too premature. At TomorrowToday, we’re big Apple fans. Personally, I am certified Apple cult member, with a completely Apple-infested house (with everything from iPads and iPods to Apple TV and Airports). I don’t claim to be objective on this issue. We also steer clear of […]

Game changing innovations: Desalinating ocean water

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In our TIDES of Change presentation, we’ve been saying for a few years now that the company that finds a cheap and easy way to desalinate sea water will make more money than they will know what to do with. Access to usable water is one of the key issues the world faces. If you […]

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make (HBR Blog)

Posted on: January 4th, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As we head into a new year, an article on the Harvard Business Review blog network caught my eye. It went beyond those pithy list type emails and Facebook status updates you get at this time of year, with some real insight backed by research. The focus is on five key actions leaders can take […]

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As we get the new year rolling, my eye caught an HBR article that reviewed some of the fresh management thinking from 2013 that really made an impact around the world (and in the Harvard Business Revie, of course). There are some good thoughts here that could help kick start your year and put a […]

The Best Inventions of 2013

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We are living at a truly remarkable time of history, when new technologies are making unprecedented levels of invention and innovation possible. I think history will look back on this era and remark on it being a golden age of technological advancement. So, each passing it’s probably worth pausing and trying to note what has […]

How to be a better leader – practical steps and exercises

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last month, our colleague in South Africa, Keith Coats, started a series of blog entries aimed at helping people become better leaders. He has labelled the series “how to be future fit” and is providing daily, practical tools and exercises that will help you shift towards being an adaptive leader, ready for success in turbulent […]

Changing cycling forever

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I don’t enjoy cycling, but my UK colleagues do. Dean van Leeuwen, James Dunne and Wendy Mauchline all regularly hit the roads and cycle tracks of the world in a serious way. So, when I saw this neat little video about a new invention, the Copenhagen wheel, I immediately thought of them and whether this […]

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow’s Technologies Today

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at the power of technology to disrupt and change the rules for success and failure in […]

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow's Technologies Today

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at the power of technology to disrupt and change the rules for success and failure in […]

When social media turns on you (don’t blame the messenger)

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There will lots of chatter again about whether social media is a good thing or not after JP Morgan had to abandon a planned Twitter Q&A yesterday. The bank had invited people to tweet questions to them using the hashtag #AskJPM. Before the official live session even began though, the hashtag was overwhelmed with both […]

Film director Joss Whedon on strong female leads

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Joss Whedon, according to his Wikipedia entry, is an American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002–03), […]

Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a corner of the 32nd floor of the Carlton Centre (Africa’s tallest building). But there was […]

Reasons Why We Don’t Need Offices

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a corner of the 32nd floor of the Carlton Centre (Africa’s tallest building). But there was […]

Worldview shifting facts on the future of business

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

SAP recently released one of the best presentations on the future of business we have ever seen. Freely available on slideshare, it lists 99 facts that should have a profound impact on your view of the future, on what organisations need to do to be successful, and on how you approach your world. Take some […]

Video: Summary of TIDES of Change – and implications of disruptions

Posted on: October 20th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the past few months I have been collecting video footage of the presentations I have done of our team’s “TIDES of Change” presentation. Based on the research our Strategic Insights team has done over the past few years, we suggest that in addition to politics and economics (which provide the foundational environment for society […]

8 Blunders in How Leaders Think, by Mark Sanborn

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A friend of mine, Mark Sanborn, is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership, team building, customer service and change. I follow his work closely, and enjoy his writing and speaking. This past week, he put out a blog post that I think every leader in the world should read. It goes to leadership […]

Business reasons for taking the environment seriously

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A number of years ago, our team wrote a short white paper on nine business reasons to take green issues seriously. You can read and download it here. We still believe this. The recession has meant that environmental issues have been put on the back burner by some customers and consumers, but we still think […]

Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As a team, we are often privileged to be asked to sit through senior leadership meetings at our clients. Right up to Board level, these peepholes into our clients’ workings provide valuable insights into the operations of our clients, but also (and most importantly) the culture of these organisations, too. One abiding feature which concerns […]

Experiments for a new world of work

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you follow anything at all about our work at TomorrowToday, you’ll know we’re passionate about understanding the changing world of work. We are also always on the lookout for people and organisations who are attempting to make adjustments today for the world they see coming tomorrow. Right now, we’re in such a time of […]

African Leadership for Africa’s Future in a Globalised World

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

For Africa to be successful it needs to find models, methods and approaches that are uniquely suited to the continent and its needs.  As one of the world’s best travelled speakers and researchers (he visited 26 countries just last year), Graeme Codrington has some inkling of where these new ideas might come from, and where […]

30 ways technology will change education between now and 2030

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

While doing some reading to prepare for a workshop with a group of head teachers last week, I came across this very well researched and presented future timeline of potential educational changes we can expect technology to bring in the next two decades. I don’t agree with every point, but I definitely buy into the […]

Can we really predict the future?

Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is the question a British journalist asked me today. Specifically, he wanted to know if it was possible to predict industry trends thirty years into the future. Here is the gist of my brief reply: Looking thirty years into the future is notoriously hard to do, especially with the current pace of technological and […]

Book review: The Exceptional Speaker

Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Public speaking is a vital skill for anyone anywhere to master. I do it professionally – and it’s a privilege to do so. But I do realise how daunting and difficult public speaking can be, and I do what I can to help people develop their speaking ability. It was therefore a real privilege for […]

7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won’t Die – from Inc.com

Posted on: September 11th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few months ago, I read the Inc.com blog post on “7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won’t Die”. I have spent some time thinking about it, and wanting to engage with it. It’s a provocative read, and challenges some management mindsets that seem entrenched in business leadership. But after much reflection, I can’t improve […]

Signpost Video: Executive Education and meddling clients

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today’s HR and L&D professionals are under immense pressure to deliver real return on investment to their businesses from executive education. But some of the ways they’re trying to do this are counterproductive. We know of many companies who have engaged some of the world’s top business schools to help them design leadership development programmes. […]

BrainBoosters making a difference to the next generation

Posted on: August 30th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Here at TomorrowToday, we’re very proud of one of our ex-colleagues, Lynda Smith. Lynda is a serial entrepreneur who left TomorrowToday a number of years to start The Refirement Network, an organisation focused on providing services and support to Baby Boomers who didn’t feel that they had reached the end of their road just because […]

An analogy to explain big data: Turning hay into needles

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I have mentioned Richard Stacy before on this blog. He’s a great thinker on social media in business, and speaks a lot of sense where many “social media experts” just talk hype. Here’s a very short piece from his blog, but I found it very helpful in explaining why “big data” is so important to […]

Quality is defined by the promise your customers need you to make

Posted on: August 24th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

How would you define quality in your industry? What is it that your company strives to perfect and on which that can be better than anyone else? And I wonder how much money, time and effort is spent on getting that quality right – I am sure it is significant? Wouldn’t it be a problem, […]

Inc.com’s Best Business Books picks

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a big fan of Inc magazine. It’s aimed at “new world of work” entrepreneurs and small businesses, and always has insightful and useful articles. One caught my eye in particular, as it came from Leigh Buchanan, who, amongst other contributions, reviews new business titles for the magazine. Leigh lists her best recent business […]

Dear CEO, You have to be in it to win it (I’m talking social media, you dinosaur)

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

You’ll lose 100% of the shots you don’t take. You’ll find this pithy advice in almost every motivational book. But being a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You have to be in it to win it. In the business world, this maxim is applied when companies look seriously at new opportunities and take risks […]

Why graduates remain unemployed (and what to do about it)

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Yesterday, I presented our team’s most requested presentation, “The TIDES of Change” to a group of top business leaders in Sandton. During the Q&A, someone asked a simple but profound question: “What makes you most nervous?” When thinking of the next decade, my immediate answer is youth unemployment. All around the world, in every country […]

Mirrors, cameras, social media and cultural evolution – Seth Godin

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Earlier today, Seth Godin posted an interesting piece on his blog about mirrors, cameras and cultural evolution. Read it at his blog or below. He points out that a few centuries ago nobody would have known what their “true” reflection looked like as their were no mirrors available. Today, nobody is scared of mirrors. But […]

Video: Four levels of institutional change

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A brief overview of our team’s view of Institutional Change, one part of our TIDES model of the five disruptive forces shaping our world right now:   This video of Graeme Codrington was recorded by our good friends at Your Business Channel as part of their ongoing work to capture the best business insights in […]

Things People Can Still Do Better Than Computers

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the last hundred years, we’ve learnt the hard way that modern technologies both improve our world and destroy our jobs. Today it is computers (in the form of smart devices), the internet and social media that are both revolutionising how we live and transforming (and destroying) jobs at an alarming rate (see last week’s […]

Video: Technology replacing professionals in 10 years

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

If you had told a farmer a century ago that he would not need labourers, and would be able to harvest and manage his farm using machines he would have laughed at you. If you had told factory bosses the same thing about sixty years ago, they would have been equally dismissive. And yet, we’ve […]

The Factory in Your Garage: A review of 3d printing options and implications

Posted on: July 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I bought a 3d printer for use in my home. On the day I installed it, I recorded a video for our team’s Signpost’s YouTube channel (it’s available here or at the bottom of this post). Since then, many people have asked me a lot of questions about it, so here […]

All that’s wrong with the media today: A ridiculous example

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It sounds like something out of one of those cringeworthy, self-written high school plays. But in reality it is a genuine news report from a Fox affiliate TV station in the United States. And although it is a single anecdote, it does shine a spotlight on the mess that the media is in right now. […]

All that’s wrong with the media today: A ridiculous example

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It sounds like something out of one of those cringeworthy, self-written high school plays. But in reality it is a genuine news report from a Fox affiliate TV station in the United States. And although it is a single anecdote, it does shine a spotlight on the mess that the media is in right now. […]

Why do UK retailers continue to report Internet sales separately?

Posted on: July 10th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Apologies to regular readers of this blog. This is a repeat of a short rant I had when last year’s UK Christmas retail report came out. Now the half year retail results have been released, and we’re stuck with the same problem. Marks & Spencer released their retail results for the last quarter yesterday. Management […]

Limited social media at work is a deal breaker for younger generations

Posted on: July 9th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The biggest issue that HR is facing today is IT policies. In most companies, IT does not see itself as a service to the HR function, and don’t recognise how much their policies affect the morale of the staff – especially younger, ‘digital native’ generations. This video of Graeme Codrington was recorded by our good […]

Digital Trends 2013

Posted on: July 9th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was alerted to the Digital Trends 2013 website a few days ago. It’s a collaboration between Microsoft, IPG Mediabrands and The Future Laboratory (although the domain name indicates that MS is the dominant partner). It looks like this might be updated on an ongoing basis, but at time of writing, the trends being highlighted […]

Signposts video: What’s IT doing?

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In the latest of our new series of “TomorrowToday Signpost videos” on YouTube, Graeme Codrington asks what IT are doing at the moment? It’s a bit of a rant, as Graeme feels that most IT departments have stopped being service units to their organisations, and are now (helped out by risk and compliance) the “no” […]

25 Things You Need to Know About the Future

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was recently browsing through a bookshop’s recommended books, and saw “25 Things You Need to Know About the Future” by Christopher Barnatt (Constable, 2012 – buy it at Amazon or Kalahari.com). It’s a great primer, and I like the issues he has picked out. Here’s his list of things you should know about what’s […]

TomorrowToday Signposts: short video insights on the changing world

Posted on: June 23rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our team is remarkably privileged to travel all around the world, working with hundreds of interesting clients every year. We obviously learn a lot as we do this, and insights into the changing world come thick and fast. We’ve decided to try and capture these insights in short videos which we’re calling ‘Signposts’. These will […]

Making sense of sense-making

Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

At TomorrowToday South Africa’s recent showcase in Sandton, our team asked the 60 or so business leaders who attended what their biggest organisational needs were right now. Nearly one third rated “understanding changing business contexts” as their most important business need, and nearly half rated this as very important to them right now. In our […]

Keep your hands off my genes

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

And now an entry from the case files of the totally bleeding obvious: Yesterday the Supreme Court of the USA finally agreed – unanimously – that genes cannot be patented. In a stunning example of corporate over reach, a variety of companies involved in genetic research have filed patents not for the processes they use […]

Book review: Makers, The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few years ago, then editor of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson built a small plane out of Lego parts with his kids. After realizing that even children’s toys now come packed with advanced sensors and controls, Chris decided to start a company called 3D Robotics and manufacture his own aerial vehicles. He now sells both […]

Your career in a new world of work

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We know that the world of work is changing faster now than at any other time. Some have called it a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Big industries and large companies are being hard hit with this turbulent change. And right in the middle of this maelstrom is you. Maybe you love your […]

Your career in a new world of work

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We know that the world of work is changing faster now than at any other time. Some have called it a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Big industries and large companies are being hard hit with this turbulent change. And right in the middle of this maelstrom is you. Maybe you love your […]

Ease of Doing Business Rankings

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s not easy being a South African businessperson these days. The President opens his mouth and the currency crashes. The Unions are threatening more strikes and marches. And it doesn’t look as if the current administration has an appetite for the labour and legislative reforms the country so obviously needs. Longer term considerations look at […]

Adaptive Leadership versus Authoritative Expertise

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

Leadership always occurs within a context. The type of leadership required – the leader that will be most successful – is that which best reflects the context within which it operates. If the world around us – including the global systems, our industry, our organisation, and our team – is changing dramatically, then our definitions […]

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”: Big data becomes useful (my addition: and integrates cloud computing, the internet of things and […]

Intel's Top 5 Tech Trends

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”: Big data becomes useful (my addition: and integrates cloud computing, the internet of things and […]

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”: Big data becomes useful (my addition: and integrates cloud computing, the internet of things and […]

Podcast: The Customer Experience Show – Secrets of Successful Multi-Generational Work Cultures

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Dean and myself were interviewed by Michelle Romanica on the Customer Experience Show on Blogtalk Radio. It was a great show, with some fascinating insights into multi-generational workplaces. The blurb of the show says: In their work, Graeme Codrington and Dean van Leeuwen have conducted extensive research, working to address the emerging issue of generational […]

Podcast: The Customer Experience Show – Secrets of Successful Multi-Generational Work Cultures

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Dean and myself were interviewed by Michelle Romanica on the Customer Experience Show on Blogtalk Radio. It was a great show, with some fascinating insights into multi-generational workplaces. The blurb of the show says: In their work, Graeme Codrington and Dean van Leeuwen have conducted extensive research, working to address the emerging issue of generational […]

Video: Fujitsu’s 21st Century Leadership series

Posted on: April 6th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Recently, I spoke at an evening function hosted by Fujitsu in London. The theme was: “Who’s in charge? Leadership in the 21st century workplace”. Liv Garfield, CEO of BT Openreach, and myself shared the platform and a panel discussion, and were then interviewed by the Financial Times alongside some of Fujitsu’s leading thinkers. It was […]

Where to find success now

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin is one of our favourite thinkers and writers. We share many of his worldviews, especially that we are living in a period of transition from the end of the industrial age to the emergence of a connection economy. In one of his most insightful blog entries, Seth recently talked about this in detail. […]

Where to find success now

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin is one of our favourite thinkers and writers. We share many of his worldviews, especially that we are living in a period of transition from the end of the industrial age to the emergence of a connection economy. In one of his most insightful blog entries, Seth recently talked about this in detail. […]

Twitter username changed: @FuturistGraeme

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Graeme Codrington used to Tweet at @workforcetrends. He has now changed his Twitter username to @FuturistGraeme. If you already follow him, there is no need to do anything – the change has already been made automatically. But please do update your records.

Africa: the last frontier of growth and development

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As the BRICS summit is currently underway in Durban, where the leading emerging market players of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (representing sub-Saharan Africa) discuss their strategic agenda for the next five years, it might be a good time to refresh your mind as to why we think Africa deserves your attention.   […]

Twitter username changed: @FuturistGraeme

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Graeme Codrington used to Tweet at @workforcetrends. He has now changed his Twitter username to @FuturistGraeme. If you already follow him, there is no need to do anything – the change has already been made automatically. But please do update your records.

Africa: the last frontier of growth and development

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As the BRICS summit is currently underway in Durban, where the leading emerging market players of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (representing sub-Saharan Africa) discuss their strategic agenda for the next five years, it might be a good time to refresh your mind as to why we think Africa deserves your attention.   […]

I want you in my office. Now. What’s really going on at Yahoo?

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The biggest tech news so far this year has been an announcement by Yahoo that they want “all hands on deck” and that all work-from-home is being cancelled as from June. Irked Yahoo employees have leaked the memo that was sent by HR head Jackie Reses. Apparently the move comes from the very top, from […]

A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense, the first looks for the milestones while the second attempts to find the general direction […]

A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense, the first looks for the milestones while the second attempts to find the general direction […]

Video: Principles of the digital age

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was asked by a US based client to record a few videos for them to get their team thinking about change and success in the digital age we are entering. I thought I’d share one or two of these with you. This one is 9 minutes long and is a simple overview of the […]

Video: Principles of the digital age

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was asked by a US based client to record a few videos for them to get their team thinking about change and success in the digital age we are entering. I thought I’d share one or two of these with you. This one is 9 minutes long and is a simple overview of the […]

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest force peeking over our horizons right now. The discovery, all around the world, of a […]

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest force peeking over our horizons right now. The discovery, all around the world, of a […]

Witness the death of Blackberry

Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I don’t know if Blackberry 10 (the Z10 phone with the BB10 operating system) is going to be any good. I hope it is, for the sake of all my friends and clients who’s IT departments force them to use Blackberry phones. The problem is, I just don’t think the company has a future. In […]

When will they learn that we live in an age of transparency?

Posted on: February 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is a bit of a nerdy blog post. Or as we say in the UK, I am being an anorack. But I’ll declare that I am a fan of Elon Musk, of Tesla, and a media skeptic (all will become clear). I also believe that we are living in an age of transparency, and […]

The best TED talks

Posted on: February 16th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At one level, there is no such thing as “the best TED talk”. When the best thinkers in the world share a soundbite of insight the results are extraordinary, and there’s a reason that TED conferences are almost always sold out and the online archive one of the most visited educational websites in the world. […]

The best TED talks

Posted on: February 16th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At one level, there is no such thing as “the best TED talk”. When the best thinkers in the world share a soundbite of insight the results are extraordinary, and there’s a reason that TED conferences are almost always sold out and the online archive one of the most visited educational websites in the world. […]

Improvising the revolution: Fail to win, like Steve Jobs

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Apple Lisa. The Newton. Macintosh TV. The Apple III. The Powermac G4 Cube. Steve Jobs had a brilliant understanding of how technology trends were developing, yet even he messed up fairly regularly and spectacularly (although he got better with time – and practice) – see details here, with pictures, of the seven top Apple […]

Improvising the revolution: Fail to win, like Steve Jobs

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Apple Lisa. The Newton. Macintosh TV. The Apple III. The Powermac G4 Cube. Steve Jobs had a brilliant understanding of how technology trends were developing, yet even he messed up fairly regularly and spectacularly (although he got better with time – and practice) – see details here, with pictures, of the seven top Apple […]

Are you a creator or a perfecter?

Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin gets it spot on (as he normally does) with this insight from his blog last year. The question for you is simple: are you a creator, or are you in the business of perfecting what has been created? It might sound as if both are equally important, interesting and exciting. But in a […]

Are you a creator or a perfecter?

Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin gets it spot on (as he normally does) with this insight from his blog last year. The question for you is simple: are you a creator, or are you in the business of perfecting what has been created? It might sound as if both are equally important, interesting and exciting. But in a […]

Women’s Equality is needed everywhere

Posted on: February 2nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I am passionate about sport: especially cricket. You’ll also know that I am passionate about the roles and place of women in society, and our need to ensure equality and access to opportunities for men and women. I am also proud to be a South African: one […]

Make the most of social media: the difference between an audience and an individual

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the numerous quotes attributed to Albert Einstein is: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” This is true in business, as it is in other areas of our lives. It has always been true, for example, of public relations. My wife trained professionally in the […]

Make the most of social media: the difference between an audience and an individual

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

One of the numerous quotes attributed to Albert Einstein is: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” This is true in business, as it is in other areas of our lives. It has always been true, for example, of public relations. My wife trained professionally in the […]

Tomorrow’s Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Our UK Strategic Insights team has recently released a report on “Tomorrow’s Retail” – and it’s now available for you to download. It’s filled with fantastic insights – like this one… What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer needs before they even realise it themselves? US store Target, famously got into hot water […]

Tomorrow's Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Our UK Strategic Insights team has recently released a report on “Tomorrow’s Retail” – and it’s now available for you to download. It’s filled with fantastic insights – like this one… What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer needs before they even realise it themselves? US store Target, famously got into hot water […]

Global warming deniers need to face the facts (and the heat)

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the key trends that my team and I track is the environment. There is no doubt that changes in our physical world, and our responses to them, are huge causes of disruptive change right now. When I do presentations on the TIDES of change (an acronym we use to talk of the five […]

Global warming deniers need to face the facts (and the heat)

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the key trends that my team and I track is the environment. There is no doubt that changes in our physical world, and our responses to them, are huge causes of disruptive change right now. When I do presentations on the TIDES of change (an acronym we use to talk of the five […]

New ways of working – the revolution is still rumbling along

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It was the early 1990s, and a new generation had started entering the world of work at just the time that personal computers were creating opportunities for significant change to the way the workplace functioned. Within just a few years, fax machines were released from the “fax operators” who controlled them, the typing pools were […]

Useless retail statistics for December – time for the measurers to join the 21st century

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

My heading doesn’t refer to bad UK retail results – I’m complaining about useless measurements and reporting. Management Today reported today on the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) report on December retail sales last year. The headline shouted out: “Un-happy Christmas as UK retail sales slump“. The report explains that basically December 2012 saw no […]

Seth Godin: With great power comes great irresponsibility

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We are big fans of Seth Godin. Today, Seth posted this short, but hard hitting and spot on analysis on his website. We agree entirely. Organizations tend to view “responsiblity” as doing the safe, proven and traditional tasks, because to do anything else is too risky. The more successful they become, the less inclined they […]

Seth Godin: With great power comes great irresponsibility

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our team recently hosted some of UK clients at one of Seth Godin’s live events in London. We are big fans, and loved the evening. Today, Seth posted this short, but hard hitting and spot on analysis on his website. We agree entirely. Organizations tend to view “responsiblity” as doing the safe, proven and traditional […]

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world is changing, and three key responses that we need to make as individual leaders. The […]

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world is changing, and three key responses that we need to make as individual leaders. The […]

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s golden), how to be a futurist (hard work), the power of technology to build a […]

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s golden), how to be a futurist (hard work), the power of technology to build a […]

Still the very best thing we could do: End extreme poverty in a generation

Posted on: January 12th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For the last few years, I have been involved with The Global Poverty Project, a charity with the goal of seeing the end to extreme poverty within a generation. They support the work of other charities, of advocacy groups and of corporations who are working together to make this dream a reality. Their flagship “product” […]

Still the very best thing we could do: End extreme poverty in a generation

Posted on: January 12th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For the last few years, I have been involved with The Global Poverty Project, a charity with the goal of seeing the end to extreme poverty within a generation. They support the work of other charities, of advocacy groups and of corporations who are working together to make this dream a reality. Their flagship “product” […]

Video: Five forces shaping the future of business

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is my book project for 2013: The TIDES of Change. This is a look at the five most important forces that are causing disruptive change in the world right now; and, of course, how we should respond as individuals, leaders, organisations and industries. I have been speaking about this topic for a few years […]

Video: Five forces shaping the future of business

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is my book project for 2013: The TIDES of Change. This is a look at the five most important forces that are causing disruptive change in the world right now; and, of course, how we should respond as individuals, leaders, organisations and industries. I have been speaking about this topic for a few years […]

What are teachers worth?

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At the start of another school year here in South Africa, there are once again rumours that teachers in the highly politicised government teachers’ unions might go on strike to demand more pay. This is just crazy. Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year (in […]

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with the work we do with our strategic insights team at TomorrowToday. While the article is […]

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with the work we do with our strategic insights team at TomorrowToday. While the article is […]

If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the ‘war on terror’

Posted on: January 7th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In 1936, FDR said: “I have seen war. I have see war on land and sea. […]

If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the 'war on terror'

Posted on: January 7th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In 1936, FDR said: “I have seen war. I have see war on land and sea. […]

If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the ‘war on terror’

Posted on: January 7th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In 1936, FDR said: “I have seen war. I have see war on land and sea. […]

Keys to creativity and successful organisational leadership in 2013

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

These are probably the two issues that will most affect your company’s value in the year ahead: creativity and leadership. You need to find where your company can grow, can improve and can enhance its value. And you need to be able to move the organisation – all its people, its resources and its structures […]

Keys to creativity and successful organisational leadership in 2013

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

These are probably the two issues that will most affect your company’s value in the year ahead: creativity and leadership. You need to find where your company can grow, can improve and can enhance its value. And you need to be able to move the organisation – all its people, its resources and its structures […]

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded at some of the technologies that will emerge into our every day lives. This list […]

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded at some of the technologies that will emerge into our every day lives. This list […]

Our top 10 posts of 2012

Posted on: December 30th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This past year has been an interesting one in the global economy, and our team has continued to work hard to make sense of the disruptive forces that are shaping our near future. Based on number of views, here are the top ten blog posts that caught our readers’ eyes in the last twelve months: […]

Our secret recipe: Playful AND Powerful

Posted on: December 29th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In this world flooded with data and information, we need to learn to repackage information to make it useful, accessible and influential. Peter Drucker is credited with the statement that we need to be both “playful and powerful”. If what you do is merely powerful, it might be important, but it will be boring and […]

Your next CEO: insider or outsider? Filtered or not? (There is a right answer for you)

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Ever since Jim Collins’ “Good to Great” came out a decade ago, it has been the received wisdom that the best CEOs are those that rise up through a corporation are better than outsiders who are parachuted in. But is this true? As part of an article on a different topic (Is Lincoln really a […]

Trends to watch in 2013

Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas based on our work looking at disruptive change and trends. The dominating driving force in […]

Trends to watch in 2013

Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas based on our work looking at disruptive change and trends. The dominating driving force in […]

The Best Contribution You Can Make: If Not You, Then Who?

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As I write this article, it’s the Christmas season, but it doesn’t feel very jolly.  We live in a world filled with uncertainties, and 2013 is vague and potentially scary for many of us.  Can the US stop itself falling over a fiscal cliff?  Can the Middle East calm down?  Can North Korea do the […]

Trends to watch in 2013

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

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TEDx: The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My TEDx talk has finally been uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel, and is now available to view. I delivered this at TEDx Square Mile in London in October this year. The topic was an introduction to an issue I think is absolutely essential for us to understand right now. We are living at a […]

TEDx: The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

My TEDx talk has finally been uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel, and is now available to view. I delivered this at TEDx Square Mile in London in October this year. The topic was an introduction to an issue I think is absolutely essential for us to understand right now. We are living at a […]

Microsoft needs reinvention not improvement – and so do you

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This past year saw Microsoft post it’s first ever quarterly loss. This was to do with a $6 billion write down of an investment, and wasn’t really a trading loss. But nevertheless it rang some alarm bells. In the digital world, huge companies can come crashing down quite quickly. Enron is exhibit 1 – a […]

VIDEO: A free agent nation – disruptive employment

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world is being completely reshaped by five key disruptive forces: technology, institutional change, demographics, environmental and ethic issues, and shifting social values. This video investigates how one company has created a vision of how this might change the world of work. There are exciting opportunities for many companies to shift from offering products to […]

Microsoft needs reinvention not improvement – and so do you

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This past year saw Microsoft post it’s first ever quarterly loss. This was to do with a $6 billion write down of an investment, and wasn’t really a trading loss. But nevertheless it rang some alarm bells. In the digital world, huge companies can come crashing down quite quickly. Enron is exhibit 1 – a […]

The Kids Aren't Playing Around Anymore

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and were defined as the generation who would graduate High School in the new millennium (born […]

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and were defined as the generation who would graduate High School in the new millennium (born […]

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and were defined as the generation who would graduate High School in the new millennium (born […]

VIDEO: Three new leadership skills

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In this video, we outline a new ‘ABC’ of leadership: Adaptive Intelligence, a Balcony perspective and Conversations. These are three skills most leaders don’t have these days – and three skills they’d do well to cultivate.   For more on each of these, explore this blog, or the blog of our sister company in the […]

VIDEO: Three new leadership skills

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In this video, we outline a new ‘ABC’ of leadership: Adaptive Intelligence, a Balcony perspective and Conversations. These are three skills most leaders don’t have these days – and three skills they’d do well to cultivate.   For more on each of these, explore this blog, or the blog of our sister company in South […]

Video: Digital natives of 1989 entering the world of work

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the biggest causes of disruptive change in the world right now is the combination of a radical increase in computing power and the arrival of the digital natives in the workplace.   This video of Graeme Codrington was recorded by our good friends at Your Business Channel as part of their ongoing work […]

Video: Digital natives of 1989 entering the world of work

Posted on: November 17th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the biggest causes of disruptive change in the world right now is the combination of a radical increase in computing power and the arrival of the digital natives in the workplace.   This video of Graeme Codrington was recorded by our good friends at Your Business Channel as part of their ongoing work […]

Triumph of the nerds and big data in the US elections

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Yes, we now all know that President Obama crushed Mitt Romney, winning by a huge margin of victory in the electoral college as well as winning the popular vote. Some people had predicted this significant (landslide) victory (we did, two months ago). We suggested that a shift of demographics in America resulted in the white, […]

Video: Big data, infographics and the role of IT in a new world of work

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I spoke at a conference for the German company, Haniel earlier this year. The audience was largely German and engineers, so I toned down my normal style (a bit of energy, a bit of humour) to suit them, but the content extends to almost any industry and every function in the world right now. This […]

The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last Saturday, I spoke at a TEDx conference in London.  The talk I initially scripted would have taken longer than half an hour – not quite TED style!  The talk I planned to give would actually have taken about 19 minutes – and the fairly detailed script is reproduced below. (The talk I eventually gave […]

The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last Saturday, I spoke at a TEDx conference in London.  The talk I initially scripted would have taken longer than half an hour – not quite TED style!  The talk I planned to give would actually have taken about 19 minutes – and the fairly detailed script is reproduced below. (The talk I eventually gave […]

Why I Tweet

Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Yesterday marked my 10,000th tweet sent (bizarrely it was a tweet commenting on the fact that Penguin have finally joined the digital age and published my books on Kindle – 10,000 tweets, 4 years of asking, but now finally done!). I have been a member of Twitter since 2008, and opened my current Twitter account […]

Why I Tweet

Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Yesterday marked my 10,000th tweet sent (bizarrely it was a tweet commenting on the fact that Penguin have finally joined the digital age and published my books on Kindle – 10,000 tweets, 4 years of asking, but now finally done!). I have been a member of Twitter since 2008, and opened my current Twitter account […]

‘Mind the Gap’ and all our other books are now available in Kindle

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Graeme Codrington’s award winning and best selling book, “Mind the Gap” has just been released in electronic format and is now available in Kindle and other e-pub formats. Graeme’s publisher, Penguin, has finally completed a worldwide deal with Amazon to release all Penguin titles on Kindle and is also now releasing its full back catalogue […]

Postmodern politics in the US of A

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I enjoy American politics. “Enjoy” might be a strong word: I mean that I am fascinated by it, in the same way that a car accident might fascinate me as I drive past it on the motorway. As the presidential candidates gear up for their final debate later today, I am not expecting much. These […]

‘Mind the Gap’ is now available in Kindle

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My award winning and best selling book, “Mind the Gap” has just been released in electronic format and is now available in Kindle and other e-pub formats. My publisher, Penguin, has finally completed a worldwide deal with Amazon to release all Penguin titles on Kindle and is also now releasing its full back catalogue in […]

Video: What we do, and what we’re seeing

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few months ago, one of our clients, a French bank, BNP Paribas had me speak at a series of internal events. To promote these, they did a video of my talking about what I do and the presentation I was giving to their staff, “The TIDES of Change“. It’s a great summary of what […]

Women need more than words (and binders) to succeed at work

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For women to bridge the pay gap in the workplace and to find their way into boardrooms and senior leadership positions they’re going to need men’s assistance. This is not to patronise women, but simply a statement of the reality of who currently wields the power. What women need least is men who say one […]

Women need more than words (and binders) to succeed at work

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For women to bridge the pay gap in the workplace and to find their way into boardrooms and senior leadership positions they’re going to need men’s assistance. This is not to patronise women, but simply a statement of the reality of who currently wields the power. What women need least is men who say one […]

TEDx talk on the Future of Work: your help requested

Posted on: October 16th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Next Saturday, 27 October 2012, I will be speaking at a TEDx event in London: TEDxSquareMile, The Future of Work: Power to Make a Difference. Please would you help me with three things. Firstly, if you can attend or know of someone who would enjoy the day, please encourage them to buy a ticket and […]

BIC pens FOR HER! (How not to market to women)

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Bic produces pens. They’re ubiquitous. You’ve probably had many of their cheap plastic offerings lying around, rolling around in drawers or down the side of your sofa. Bic recently launched a new range which they thought would be perfect for some of their customers, but it’s brought them a deluge of criticism. The new range […]

Technology allows us to communicate more effectively than ever. So why are things getting worse?

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This Friday, we’re privileged to have a guest post from one of the world’s leading sales and communication experts, Andy Bounds. We’re big fans of his, and are enjoying getting to know him better. Best selling author, sought after speaker, and trusted advisor, Andy has helped thousands of people package their messages better. In this […]

Why Apple introduced maps (before it was ready) and why it’s brilliant for us all

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

So, the iPhone 5 has been launched along with iOS 6, Apple’s latest operating system for its mobile devices. As always a few users have had hiccups upgrading, and Apple has already released a further update or two to deal with reported issues. All as per usual, although some tech journalists having a slow news […]

Why Apple introduced maps (before it was ready) and why it’s brilliant for us all

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

So, the iPhone 5 has been launched along with iOS 6, Apple’s latest operating system for its mobile devices. As always a few users have had hiccups upgrading, and Apple has already released a further update or two to deal with reported issues. All as per usual, although some tech journalists having a slow news […]

Dipping my toe, with 50 days to go: Romney’s lost his way

Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Updated on 24 October 2012 – see below I love to follow politics. In countries around the world it tells us so many different things about the health of a country, the culture of that country and the future of that country too, of course. It’s a fascinating time to be watching politics, as the […]

TomorrowToday TV: Vidcasts on future trends and disruptive change

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In addition to our new Internet TV channel, powered by YourBusinessChannel, the TomorrowToday team continues to develop video-based resources. We’re committed to bringing you strategic insights that stimulate thought and conversation. Here are some of our most recent contributions: Dr Graeme Codrington on TomorrowToday, TIDES of Change and future trends – An interview conducted at […]

Microsoft has a new logo – how much do you care?

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I don’t think I can ever remember a brand or logo relaunch that didn’t feel a little bit like the company in question had way too much time on its hands and should have been doing something better with it anyway.  (The recently completed London Olympics definitely tops my list of “what were they thinking” logos.) […]

Podcast: Introducing the generations and an Updated ‘Mind the Gap’

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have spent the last two weeks in South Africa, promoting my new book, ‘Navigating Your Career’ and the updated edition of my best selling book, “Mind the Gap” (see details and purchasing options here). As part of this tour, I did a number of media interviews. One of them was a half hour with […]

Secrets to Success in a New World of Work: High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The world we live and work in has become increasingly complex in the past two decades.  Rapid advances in technology, together with globalization and fast growth all combined to rewrite the rules of success, failure and organizational design.  The result is that in most multinationals we now have very complex matrix reporting structures, a proliferation […]

The Future of the Olympics: who’s the best mutant? or human 2.0?

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As the Olympics once again start their quadrennial celebrations of human achievement and athletic accomplishment, we look forward to a few weeks of extraordinary stories and celebrations. On the basis of past experience, it’s likely that some competitors will be cheating (by which I mean that they are knowingly breaking the rules). I hope they’re […]

Graeme Codrington public events in South Africa in August 2012

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Dr Graeme Codrington will be speaking at the following public events in South Africa in August. Sign up now for any or all of them. Discounts for groups are available: 17 Aug in Cape Town: Succeeding in a new world of work: Charity breakfast for NOAH 17 Aug in Cape Town: Two public seminars (Leading […]

Two different approaches to Africa from the two big world powers

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

You cannot generalise about Africa. It’s a big place, and you can find anything and everything you’re looking for (and a lot you’re not) there. But themes are emerging, nevertheless. And it seems as if China and America are choosing their paths into the “last frontier” continent in very different ways. China has taken the […]

Those who think they have power tend to abuse that power

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This thought could probably apply to many different people in many different parts of society, but right now my brain is fixated on the nauseating stench coming from the banking industry. From Barclays colluding with central banking authorities to manipulate the very heart of the industry to HSBC providing banking for some of the world’s […]

The end of the line…

Posted on: July 16th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s hardly earth shattering news, but a recent piece of research in New Zealand has indicated that as Generation Y are growing up and becoming home owners for the first time, they’re simply not installing home phones. No landlines at home. It’s obvious really, and I can’t imagine that anyone other than the landline phone […]

Lessons in disrupting your business: Lego goes gaming

Posted on: July 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At TomorrowToday we talk a lot about disruptive change, and we spend much of our time helping our clients develop corporate cultures that are able to handle disruptions. There is a negative side to disruptive change, and it’s necessary to think and act in ways that reduce risk. But, equally, turbulent times bring huge opportunities […]

Some important company annual returns and what they’re saying about the world economy

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s earnings reporting season in the USA right now, and some of the earnings being reported provide interesting insights into the way the recession in the US is interacting with other disruptive forces to change the world of work. Business Insider ran a feature on this earlier this week. You can read the full details […]

Disruptive Change – How to deal with it for future success [podcast]

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last Friday I was interviewed by Chris Cooper on his Voice America Business radio show. The show is now available in podcast format, for free. It’s an hour long, and a great conversation about how we deal with disruptive change for future success. The show was promoted as follows: There is no doubt that the […]

Disruptive Change – How to deal with it for future success [podcast]

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last Friday I was interviewed by Chris Cooper on his Voice America Business radio show. The show is now available in podcast format, for free. It’s an hour long, and a great conversation about how we deal with disruptive change for future success. The show was promoted as follows: There is no doubt that the […]

Where does your stuff come from?

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Someone asked me a few days ago how many people work for me helping me answer emails and write my blogs. I have a team of business partners, and we all work really hard and contribute to this blog and our article library. But everything that has my name on it comes directly from me. […]

Banksters – the most recent crisis explained simply by The Economist

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’m a subscriber to The Economist. This week I am absolutely loving their cover on the banking crisis: “Banksters” is the one word title, with a wonderful image. This week has definitely been a bad one for banks, and Bob Diamond, disgraced ex-CEO of Barclays did nobody any favours by the unbelievable approach he took […]

Banksters – the most recent crisis explained simply by The Economist

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’m a subscriber to The Economist. This week I am absolutely loving their cover on the banking crisis: “Banksters” is the one word title, with a wonderful image. This week has definitely been a bad one for banks, and Bob Diamond, disgraced ex-CEO of Barclays did nobody any favours by the unbelievable approach he took […]

Latest book: Navigating Your Career

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Dr Graeme Codrington’s latest book. It is now available for sale in South Africa, and will be available in ebook format and internationally later this year. Navigating Your Career: 5 steps to success in the new world of work, by Kerry Dawkins and Graeme Codrington, Penguin, June […]

Management Today: Fortune-telling for business

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Management Today, one of the top management publications in the UK, has picked up on some of our ideas about how you can get your teams to work differently and see into the future. Our head of Strategic Insights, Catherine Garland, has written an excellent piece for them. You can read it here. We thought […]

Management Today: Fortune-telling for business

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Management Today, one of the top management publications in the UK, has picked up on some of our ideas about how you can get your teams to work differently and see into the future. Our head of Strategic Insights, Catherine Garland, has written an excellent piece for them. You can read it here. We thought […]

What we can learn about marketing, sales and branding to Gen Y from Justin Bieber

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My colleague and business partner, Saffron Baggallay runs our training company out of our Johannesburg. She’s also our team’s resident “Gen Y” guru, and had these insights earlier this week: On 4 June 2012 Justin Bieber became the youngest person ever to appear on the cover of Forbes magazine. He has also been ranked as […]

Slideshare: There’s An App For That (for bankers and business people)

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week I ran a workshop for a group of Swiss bankers, focussing on the future of banking and payments. It was based on research commissioned by our client. If you’re interested, please let me know (you can email me here). But at the same event, the organisers asked me to do an additional workshop […]

Slideshare: There’s An App For That (for bankers and business people)

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week I ran a workshop for a group of Swiss bankers, focussing on the future of banking and payments. It was based on research commissioned by our client. If you’re interested, please let me know (you can email me here). But at the same event, the organisers asked me to do an additional workshop […]

Building successful teams is hard work

Posted on: June 20th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Everyone has their favourite Olympic event. For many it’s the 100m sprint as the fastest men on earth hurtle down that tiny corridor to victory and fame. But for me, amidst all of the individual events that characterise the Olympics, the event I look forward to the most is the 4 X 100m relay. These […]

Visualising the retirement age crisis around the world

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Most countries in the world are in the process of gradually pushing up their retirement age. France’s new President is doing the opposite right now, but that won’t last and the French will soon have to increase retirement age once again. There is no country in the world that is setting retirement age high enough, quickly enough. Currently, most […]

Not seeing what you’re looking at

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There are many examples online where you can be looking at something and not see what’s happening right in front of your eyes. The most famous, possibly is the black gorilla and basketball count test. Probably my favourite is the Colour Changing Card trick. And then there are some superb optical illusions. For example, stare […]

Forecasts for the next 25 years

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few of our team are members of the World Futures Society, an association bringing together the world’s leading thinkers about future trends. One of the key resources produced by the WFS is a journal and a regular set of updates that aggregate the various scenarios for the future produced by the members. As you […]

Forecasts for the next 25 years

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few of our team are members of the World Futures Society, an association bringing together the world’s leading thinkers about future trends. One of the key resources produced by the WFS is a journal and a regular set of updates that aggregate the various scenarios for the future produced by the members. As you […]

Wisdom and insights from Seth Godin

Posted on: May 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a huge fan of Seth Godin, and subscribe to his daily insights blog and emails. So many of his daily nuggets are pure gold, and I find myself wanting to share them (I do this through Twitter @workforcetrends or my Speaker Profile Facebook page if you’d like to subscribe) and write blogs of […]

Targetting the (ageing) Boomers: South Africa as a retirement destination

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My good friend and colleague, Lynda Smith, sent me an article recently that got me thinking about how companies and countries need to have strategy for the ageing Baby Boomers. Lynda runs an excellent consulting firm, The Refirement Network, that focuses on this issue, and additionally helps those facing retirement to think about it differently […]

Do no harm: why banks continue their agonising, slow death plunge

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It seems too easy, and almost cliched these days, to bash the banks. And yet, astonishingly, just when you think you’ve heard the worst of it, some new piece of information comes to light that shows just how sick and rotten banking is right now. I fully understand, of course, that not every banker is […]

TomorrowToday launches our own TV channel: TomorrowToday Business TV

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our colleagues in the UK have formed a partnership with our business television friends at yourBusinessChannel, and they’re pleased to bring you TomorrowToday TV. On this channel, we feature a selection of short video clips from business experts to get you thinking further about various aspects of the new world of work. The experts featured […]

TomorrowToday launches our own TV channel: TomorrowToday Business TV

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In partnership with our business television friends at yourBusinessChannel, we’re pleased to bring you TomorrowToday TV. On this channel, we feature a selection of short video clips from business experts to get you thinking further about various aspects of the new world of work. The experts featured on this business tv channel are from a […]

Secrets to Success in a New World of Work: High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world we live and work in has become increasingly complex in the past two decades. Rapid advances in technology, together with globalization and fast growth all combined to rewrite the rules of success, failure and organizational design. The result is that in most multinationals we now have very complex matrix reporting structures, a proliferation […]

Scott Thompson of Yahoo should resign – not for lying, though

Posted on: May 9th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Scott Thompson is the CEO of Yahoo, a position he has held since January, after moving from PayPal. An activist shareholder recently discovered that Scott has falsified his CV and bio, claiming to have a BA in Computer Science when in fact he only has a BA in Accounting. The press over the last few […]

Scott Thompson of Yahoo should resign – not for lying, though

Posted on: May 9th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Scott Thompson is the CEO of Yahoo, a position he has held since January, after moving from PayPal. An activist shareholder recently discovered that Scott has falsified his CV and bio, claiming to have a BA in Computer Science when in fact he only has a BA in Accounting. The press over the last few […]

Choosing your child’s name

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My colleague, Mike Saunders, had a baby yesterday (technically, it was his wife, but you wouldn’t know it from his reporting of the event ). Congratulation, Mike. Here’s a quick thought for him as he makes a very important early parenting decision. Dear Mike, Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. You’ve probably already […]

The Communication Revolution

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My colleague, Saffron Baggally, runs our training company in South Africa. She recently had some excellent insights on the information and communication revolution we’re living through. I know you’ll enjoy her thoughts: In the 21st century I think we are all acutely aware of the significance of communication. It is all around us, in so […]

How to attract Gen Y into engineering – a case study from MOL

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting in a presentation by Gabor Varjasi, Head of Competency Development and Strategic HR at MOL Group. This is at Stamford Global‘s Talent for Tomorrow conference in Vienna. MOL have a similar problem to many companies around the world who need to attract young people (often called Generation Y) to join their companies, […]

When advertising gets personal (and conversational and fun)… it can be brilliant

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Updated on 25 April 2012. South Africa has a long history of clever TV advertising, with some outstanding brands and campaigns. Probably the stand out brand, though, is Nando’s, the chicken restaurant, who have a reputation for pushing the boundaries (sometimes too far). Recently, Nando’s spoofed one of South Africa’s oldest and most conservative insurance […]

When advertising gets personal (and conversational and fun)… it can be brilliant

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Updated on 25 April 2012. South Africa has a long history of clever TV advertising, with some outstanding brands and campaigns. Probably the stand out brand, though, is Nando’s, the chicken restaurant, who have a reputation for pushing the boundaries (sometimes too far). Recently, Nando’s spoofed one of South Africa’s oldest and most conservative insurance […]

Leading Diversity: The Zoo versus The Wild

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently asked to write an article for the Switch and Shift leadership blog. I picked up a theme that has been a significant one for our team for many years. It is one that our new business partner, Prof. Nick Barker has most of his professional career working with. It is the topic […]

Leading Diversity: The Zoo versus The Wild

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently asked to write an article for the Switch and Shift leadership blog. I picked up a theme that has been a significant one for our team for many years. It is one that our new business partner, Prof. Nick Barker has most of his professional career working with. It is the topic […]

Business TV comes to TomorrowToday

Posted on: April 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Recently Cisco predicted that video will make up 90% of all internet traffic by 2013. Indeed watching video is the #1 web activity, followed by Facebook and then Internet banking. These are some of the reasons why we are excited about our new partnership with yourBusinessChannel – bringing high quality business television interviews to the […]

Next steps for the future of women’s equality

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was watching some women’s sport last weekend, and then followed the controversy around women in the heart of golf at the Masters this weekend. There were a number of stories that intertwined to remind me again of how unequal our world remains. And I was encouraged once more to continue doing something about it. […]

TomorrowToday’s tenth anniversary

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Today is the tenth anniversary of the starting of our company, TomorrowToday. Ten years ago today, Barrie Bramley, Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington had lunch at a restaurant called Ruby’s in Fourways Mall, Sandton. We had already been working together for a few years, but that day we agreed to formalise our work, form a […]

TomorrowToday’s tenth anniversary

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today is the tenth anniversary of the starting of our company, TomorrowToday. Ten years ago today, Barrie Bramley, Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington had lunch at a restaurant called Ruby’s in Fourways Mall, Sandton. We had already been working together for a few years, but that day we agreed to formalise our work, form a […]

Africa’s Chance to Leapfrog the West

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, a Ghanaian entrepreneur wrote an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review blogs about Africa’s potential. You can read the full article here, or an extract below: Africa’s Chance to Leapfrog the West HBR Blog Network, February 10, 2012 by Bright B. Simons You’ve heard about the African Renaissance, right? The […]

Cloud service predictions – coming fast, coming soon

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Recently, Graeme Codrington was asked to comment on how cloud computing services are changing the way we work. The journalist used their conversation to generate a number of press releases which can be seen below. Our overall message is quite simple: cloud computing is growing up, and people are getting more familiar with it. At […]

Show me the science: the weird world of climate change

Posted on: March 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We live in a world where even straight forward facts are disputed, distorted and used in fantastical ways by those with political agendas. The 24 hour news cycle seems capable of turning sound bites into facts, and then running with stories that don’t actually match reality. This could not be more true than in the […]

New approaches to journalism in a digital, connected, social media world

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There are many industries battling to come to terms with the new digital, connected, social media world we live in. Books, music, retail stores and agents of all kind spring to mind. And so do journalists. It’s not just that magazines and newspapers are under threat from online competition, but actually the very nature of […]

Women take the fast track – and we’re part of the process

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The FT yesterday ran a piece about a programme for the development of women leaders at Novartis. The programme was headed by Duke Corporate Education MD, Liz Mellon. The reason this article caught my eye, is that our workshops and programmes team from TomorrowToday were involved in this programme when it kicked off last year. […]

Reimagining Capitalism – as Principled, Patient, and Truly Social

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Polly LaBarre has written an excellent and thought-provoking piece on the Harvard Business Review blog (thanks to Pete Laburn for alerting me to this). It is becoming increasingly clear that unfettered, free market capitalism is a discredited system. Communism was discredited when it became obvious that the leaders considered themselves (in the immortal words of […]

Reimagining Capitalism – as Principled, Patient, and Truly Social

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Polly LaBarre has written an excellent and thought-provoking piece on the Harvard Business Review blog (thanks to Pete Laburn for alerting me to this). It is becoming increasingly clear that unfettered, free market capitalism is a discredited system. Communism was discredited when it became obvious that the leaders considered themselves (in the immortal words of […]

One billion Chinese mobile phones

Posted on: March 3rd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today, 3 March 2012, marks the moment that the one billionth Chinese mobile phone contract is taken out. India are not far behind, with just about 900 million contracts. Together, these two countries account for one quarter of all mobile phone contracts. The USA comes in third, with 327 million (which means an average of […]

How well do you really know your Gen Y employees?

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As Gen Y employees continue to enter the workplace with their own approach and new expectations of what the world of work should be like, research continues to provide valuable insights for employers. Two recent reports were particularly interesting. In the first, reported on in the Huffington Post on 2 Feb 2012, Dan Schawbel, Managing […]

The Revolution Starts Where? A presentation for the meetings industry

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, Graeme Codrington ran a workshop at EMEC2012, the conference for Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in Budapest. He was asked to speak on technologies that are going to shape the meetings industry in the next few years. He took an interesting approach, not just listing a whole host of technologies, but rather […]

The Revolution Starts Where? A presentation for the meetings industry

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, Graeme Codrington ran a workshop at EMEC2012, the conference for Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in Budapest. He was asked to speak on technologies that are going to shape the meetings industry in the next few years. He took an interesting approach, not just listing a whole host of technologies, but rather […]

Heading in the right direction, fast: Some excellent South African wage data

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The outstanding team at “South Africa: The Good News” recently highlighted some really encouraging wage data from the latest Adcorp Employment Index (released on 13 February 2012). Three important personal income trends have emerged in South Africa: After-inflation incomes have risen sharply, from R44,431 on average per year in 2000 to R61,645 per year in […]

Insider Trading is legal for US Senators: unbelievable corruption at the heart of US government

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At the heart of capitalism is a set of rules that govern how economies work – they make the whole system function. One of the pillars of capitalism is the understanding of an efficient market, which requires that everyone in the system has access to the same information. That’s why “insider trading” (using information that […]

Manchester and London showcases: ‘Leadership Under Pressure’ – 26 and 27 March 2012

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Leadership Under Pressure Your are invited to an inspiring event with five international speakers from the world of sport and business, focusing on the necessary mindsets needed for doing business in tomorrow’s world. The events will take place on the evenings of 26 March in Manchester and 27 March in London, UK, and are hosted […]

Graeme Codrington at IBM’s Social Business Debate

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In December, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by Ogilvy and IBM in London’s Canary Wharf. The purpose of the panel discussion series is to promote the concept that IBM has termed, “Social Business”. This is not to be confused with social enterprises, which are companies that are set up to do social good […]

Making the most of IM in your business

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Our team in the UK have recently been involved in analysing the results of a new survey released earlier this week by Symantec. It focused on the issue of instant messaging, and discovered that although many people understand the benefits of using IM in business, not many companies have made its use easy or acceptable. […]

Making the most of IM in your business

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

UK firms are missing out on the business benefits of Instant Messaging (IM) because of security concerns, according to research released yesterday by Symantec Corp. This is despite the fact that 75% of office workers who use IM for work value the speed and immediacy it affords. TomorrowToday was asked to contribute to the research […]

Is China the most capitalist government in the world?

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A provocative question: Is China the most capitalist government in the world? I mean this in a very specific way. They are clearly not a democratic or open government, and they preside over the largest socialist system in the world. The rulers still claim communism (at least, in name) as their guiding policy framework. At […]

Why people follow brands on social media – insights for social marketers

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was watching a video by one of Microsoft UK’s top digital marketing strategists (you can too, it’s available on YouTube, courtesy of Digital Surrey). In it, he shows research about why people follow brands on social media. It’s very insightful. Before you look at it, ask yourself this: why do you (or would you) […]

Why people follow brands on social media – insights for social marketers

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was watching a video by one of Microsoft UK’s top digital marketing strategists (you can too, it’s available on YouTube, courtesy of Digital Surrey). In it, he shows research about why people follow brands on social media. It’s very insightful. Before you look at it, ask yourself this: why do you (or would you) […]

America in 2012 – an important, and scary year lies ahead

Posted on: January 3rd, 2012 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” I am not one of the doomsayers about America’s future. I think the American “empire” has a long way to go yet. Economics, productivity and demography are […]

The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa in 2012

Posted on: December 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Trevor Manuel was moved our of the Treasury some time ago and has spent much of his time in a new entity called the National Planning Commission (NPC) of South Africa. The NPC is tasked with identifying and responding to the key challenges facing the nation. They are releasing the results of their work in […]

Christmas card etiquette in a digital age

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It used to be an art form. Sending Christmas cards, that is. You had to select just the right card to portray the right message: not too wintry if you’re southern hemisphere, not to secular if you’re religious (or vice versa), and always consider buying from a charity – it showed you cared. Then, you […]

Selling to Generation X: you must connect to their families – in their way!

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the keys (not the only key, but a very important key) to advertising and selling to Generation X is to connect to their families. Gen X are the generation who were born and grew up in the 1970s and early 80s. They are not “the young people” anymore, although this is still how […]

Education for the new world of work (vidcast)

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week I was asked by the great team at Enviable Workplace.com to experiment by doing a video podcast for them instead of something written. So, here’s a 12 minute discussion on the role of education in the new world of work, and what we need to do to change schools and universities to provide […]

Education for the new world of work (vidcast)

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week I was asked by the great team at Enviable Workplace.com to experiment by doing a video podcast for them instead of something written. So, here’s a 12 minute discussion on the role of education in the new world of work, and what we need to do to change schools and universities to provide […]

Updated edition of ‘Mind the Gap’ available now

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Exciting news: My best-selling book, “Mind the Gap” originally published by Penguin in 2004 has been fully revised and updated and is now available. Buy it from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net. Nearly 25,000 copies of the book have already been sold, making one of the best selling South African published business books of all time. […]

Updated edition of ‘Mind the Gap’ available now

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Exciting news: My best-selling book, “Mind the Gap” originally published by Penguin in 2004 has been fully revised and updated and is now available. Buy it from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net. Nearly 25,000 copies of the book have already been sold, making one of the best selling South African published business books of all time. […]

Good to Great… to Gone!

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Jim Collins got it wrong. Not totally wrong, but wrong enough that we need to be careful (as always) about who we listen to when designing companies for future success. Too often, leaders take a shortcut and blindly apply models they find somewhere else, without doing the work to adapt it to their culture and […]

Everything you know is wrong (Or is it?)

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here’s a superb thought experiment for you and your team. What if everything you think you know is wrong? Just in case you think this is too big a thought experiment, let me tell you about an event that is shaking the scientific community – and quite possibly the world as we know it. Scientists […]

Strikes in the UK: ‘You promised! We demand! Our children will pay!’

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This coming Wednesday, possible millions of public sector workers will go on strike for 24 hours to protest against changes in their pension provisions. Many will join marches around the country (quite a few will probably also go Christmas shopping, but why not?). They promise to make it feel “like Christmas Day” (not because of […]

The need for Social Reinvention

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of our colleagues in South Africa, Mike Saunders, is a leading expert in digital media and the emerging world of social business. To explain what he means by this, he wrote an excellent blog entry which we’re thrilled to syndicate here. When you drop a mentos mint into a bottle of Diet Coke the […]

Doing “something” – not a clever way to live your life

Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

“Something has to be done”. “We have to be seen to be doing something”. These are basic human responses to crisis and fear: a deep seated desire to respond, react, control. It’s instinctive, and hard to ignore. But it is almost always ill-advised. I had this thought while watching a TV programme (Steven Spielberg’s Taken, […]

Talent is About to Change – Surprising thoughts on a new world of work for talent

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This post was first published in the WITS Journal, June 2011. The “Great Recession” of the past few years has been more than merely an economic downturn. As this decade unfolds it will become increasingly clear that it also acted as an accelerator for a few key trends that have the potential to fundamentally change […]

Talent is About to Change – Surprising thoughts on a new world of work for talent

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This post was first published in the WITS Journal, June 2011. The “Great Recession” of the past few years has been more than merely an economic downturn. As this decade unfolds it will become increasingly clear that it also acted as an accelerator for a few key trends that have the potential to fundamentally change […]

Fathers then and now

Posted on: October 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world has changed. Fatherhood has changed with it – dramatically. As a father of three, who also researches and speaks on social change, I want to highlight just a few of the changes since my grandfather became a Dad for the first time. And allow me to suggest that things might not have changed […]

A brief primer on #occupy and the 99% – what’s going on, and why it matters

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sure you’ve been following the news of protests around the world. The OccupyWallStreet protest that started a few weeks ago spread this past weekend to other capitals with protestors clashing with police in places such as London and Rome. What are they protesting against or for, though? Maybe you haven’t been watching very […]

A brief primer on #occupy and the 99% – what’s going on, and why it matters

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sure you’ve been following the news of protests around the world. The OccupyWallStreet protest that started a few weeks ago spread this past weekend to other capitals with protestors clashing with police in places such as London and Rome. What are they protesting against or for, though? Maybe you haven’t been watching very […]

A brief primer on #occupy and the 99% – what's going on, and why it matters

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sure you’ve been following the news of protests around the world. The OccupyWallStreet protest that started a few weeks ago spread this past weekend to other capitals with protestors clashing with police in places such as London and Rome. What are they protesting against or for, though? Maybe you haven’t been watching very […]

Let’s build a better world: Clem Sunter the futurist on Karl Marx the visionary

Posted on: October 7th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, Clem Sunter, South Africa’s most well known scenario planner, wrote a very interesting article for News24. It got me thinking, and I have come back to it again and again, so thought I’d share it with you. He argues that maybe Karl Marx had a point. He certainly did anticipate where […]

Let's build a better world: Clem Sunter the futurist on Karl Marx the visionary

Posted on: October 7th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, Clem Sunter, South Africa’s most well known scenario planner, wrote a very interesting article for News24. It got me thinking, and I have come back to it again and again, so thought I’d share it with you. He argues that maybe Karl Marx had a point. He certainly did anticipate where […]

Let’s build a better world: Clem Sunter the futurist on Karl Marx the visionary

Posted on: October 7th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, Clem Sunter, South Africa’s most well known scenario planner, wrote a very interesting article for News24. It got me thinking, and I have come back to it again and again, so thought I’d share it with you. He argues that maybe Karl Marx had a point. He certainly did anticipate where […]

What I learnt from Steve Jobs’ life and death

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The passing of Steve Jobs will no doubt bring a deserved flurry of eulogies over the next few days and weeks. He will be remembered by history as one of the architects of a new age, and I feel it is a privilege to live in a world at least partly shaped by his vision […]

What I learnt from Steve Jobs’ life and death

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The passing of Steve Jobs will no doubt bring a deserved flurry of eulogies over the next few days and weeks. He will be remembered by history as one of the architects of a new age, and I feel it is a privilege to live in a world at least partly shaped by his vision […]

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail on the head. It’s not a technology issue, it’s about a mindset. And she’s right […]

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail on the head. It’s not a technology issue, it’s about a mindset. And she’s right […]

Better events – for Generation Y

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are not keeping up with the new expectations and demands of the younger generations of attendees […]

Better events – for Generation Y

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are not keeping up with the new expectations and demands of the younger generations of attendees […]

Innovation and the Future Workforce: key trends for the decade ahead

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

We are currently living in an era of unprecedented change. It’s not just that technology has speeded up business cycles, or connected us into a pulsing 24-7 never-stop global community. It’s not even that stakeholders require instant responses in the midst of turbulent markets and increasingly complex supply chains and business partnerships. It’s more than […]

Keeping the sense of wonder in your work

Posted on: September 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ve had a busy and long week, speaking at five different conferences, in five different cities in five different countries. Each client needed me to customise my content, and so it’s been a blur of planes, airports, taxis, hotels, creating presentations, meeting technical teams, delivering and interacting with delegates. It’s been one of those weeks […]

Keeping the sense of wonder in your work

Posted on: September 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ve had a busy and long week, speaking at five different conferences, in five different cities in five different countries. Each client needed me to customise my content, and so it’s been a blur of planes, airports, taxis, hotels, creating presentations, meeting technical teams, delivering and interacting with delegates. It’s been one of those weeks […]

How Beer Can Offer Insights into Gender Difference

Posted on: September 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Saffron Baggallay is head of our South African TomorrowToday Training company. She has great insights into the new world of work, and has written this very interesting piece on women and the beer market. It reminded me of how important it is to have a feminine perspective throughout our organisations. Not just more women. A […]

Great questions about your self education and development

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure out life’s big answers (buy it Amazon.co.uk). The author himself says: “There are many great […]

Great questions about your self education and development

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure out life’s big answers (buy it Amazon.co.uk). The author himself says: “There are many great […]

Noam Chomsky reflects on 9/11, a decade later and America’s Imperial Mentality

Posted on: September 11th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Noam Chomsky is one of my favourite thinkers and commentators on geopolitical issues. As we remember the events of 9/11 2001 a decade on, he has turned his formidable focus onto how 9/11 changed the world and America’s position in it. As can be expected, it’s controversial and probably will upset more conservative Americans. He […]

Generations in Brazil

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the past six years, since I published “Mind the Gap”, the best selling book about different generations (buy it at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari), my team and I have been able to speak on the topic all around the world, and have done work to make it locally applicable. We are constantly updating our […]

Generations in Brazil

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the past six years, since I published “Mind the Gap”, the best selling book about different generations (buy it at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari), my team and I have been able to speak on the topic all around the world, and have done work to make it locally applicable. We are constantly updating our […]

Why industry ‘best practice’ is not ‘best strategy’ for you

Posted on: September 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am an educator, speaker and facilitator, and work mainly with large organisations, helping them make sense of the new world of work. Most of the time I do this through workshops and keynote presentations. As I work through briefings and preparation with clients, I am often asked about “best practice” – ‘what are others […]

Why industry ‘best practice’ is not ‘best strategy’ for you

Posted on: September 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am an educator, speaker and facilitator, and work mainly with large organisations, helping them make sense of the new world of work. Most of the time I do this through workshops and keynote presentations. As I work through briefings and preparation with clients, I am often asked about “best practice” – ‘what are others […]

How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule

Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

David Korten is an amazing thinker. His book, “The Great Turning” (Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) is a remarkable vision of where we find ourselves in history, and what we should be doing in the next century. He, and a whole team of people, have now turned their attentions to the American economy as it currently stands. […]

How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule

Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

David Korten is an amazing thinker. His book, “The Great Turning” (Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) is a remarkable vision of where we find ourselves in history, and what we should be doing in the next century. He, and a whole team of people, have now turned their attentions to the American economy as it currently stands. […]

Where are the jobs you promised: Universities sued by Gen Y graduates

Posted on: August 27th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This is a story I should not have enjoyed. I have many friends and family in higher education, and many colleagues whom I respect and admire, including two who have founded colleges. I know it’s a tough gig, and generally underpaid for the value it adds to society. And yet, I can’t help but feel […]

Where are the jobs you promised: Universities sued by Gen Y graduates

Posted on: August 27th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is a story I should not have enjoyed. I have many friends and family in higher education, and many colleagues whom I respect and admire, including two who have founded colleges. I know it’s a tough gig, and generally underpaid for the value it adds to society. And yet, I can’t help but feel […]

The new network of emerging markets

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We all know that emerging markets are important for any company wanting to develop a global footprint and grow internationally. But what might be less apparent is that emerging markets are not just waiting around for the titans of the West to arrive – they’re developing their own markets and networks in unexpected ways. In […]

Nostalgia: a key to creating great customer experiences

Posted on: August 25th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Maybe it’s because the Baby Boomers have started to turn 65, or maybe it’s because we are living in an historical epoch where we expect things to just keep changing. Whatever is causing it, nostalgia is as big as it has ever been. Nostalgia first caught marketer’s attention back in 1999. As the turn of […]

Why Gen Y isn’t buying from you

Posted on: August 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last year, I was sent this extract from an article entitled: “Why Generation Y isn’t buying your products”. I think it was originally published in the “Retail Customer Experience” magazine. It is a reasonably good insights into how we need to be thinking if we want to connect with a different generation of young people, […]

A note to Generation X: Learn How to Manage Up

Posted on: August 17th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The concept of “managing up” is well established in management and leadership theory. As someone who reports to a boss, you need to use many different techniques to get your boss’s attention, and influence your boss to act, think and react in certain ways. This is a critical skill for people at all levels of […]

Gary Hamel on Generation Y

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Gary Hamel, the best selling author and global guru on innovation, has turned his attentions to the impact that the next generation of young people is having on the workplace. Hamel’s latest book is on the Future of Management, and he believes that the recession is simply adding force to some major changes already underway […]

Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image associated with their report at the bottom of this entry). It boggles my mind that […]

Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Posted on: August 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image associated with their report at the bottom of this entry). It boggles my mind that […]

Tips to Improve Interaction Among the Generations

Posted on: August 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It seems that just about everyone is talking about generations and how to manage the mix of generations in the office these days. I was sent this interesting summary of generational values from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association Office of Diversity (USA) which was released by them in 2008. It’s a bit simplistic, but […]

What type of society stops valuing teachers?

Posted on: August 6th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I come from a family of teachers. My sister, a few cousins and some uncles and aunts are all teachers. An uncle, an aunt, a cousin and my father have all been head teachers. An aunt founded a school. My grandfather was an inspector of education and also wrote school textbooks. I am on the […]

What type of society stops valuing teachers?

Posted on: August 6th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I come from a family of teachers. My sister, a few cousins and some uncles and aunts are all teachers. An uncle, an aunt, a cousin and my father have all been head teachers. An aunt founded a school. My grandfather was an inspector of education and also wrote school textbooks. I am on the […]

Why the entire world economy is about to change

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, Business Insider ran an excellent article/slideshow sharing insights from a report by Societe General entitled “A new world order, When demand overtakes supply” (Exec summary here). The point of the report is simple: we’re nearing the end of a business cycle that has been running since the late 1970s, when the […]

How Generation Y copes with death

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

No parent should outlive their child. And, yet, tragically this happens so often. Just last week, some old family friends’ young, 20-something son, was knocked over and killed by a car in a hit and run accident. The death of a young person so filled with unrealised potential is heart wrenching agony. It’s almost to […]

How Generation Y copes with death

Posted on: August 4th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

No parent should outlive their child. And, yet, tragically this happens so often. Just last week, some old family friends’ young, 20-something son, was knocked over and killed by a car in a hit and run accident. The death of a young person so filled with unrealised potential is heart wrenching agony. It’s almost to […]

Definitive proof that the government (and music industry) are too far behind

Posted on: August 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today, the UK Parliament will pass a bill that finally makes it legal for you to make copies of your own CDs and DVDs and rip them onto your own computer for personal use (read BBC report here). You might not have been aware of the fact that until today this was illegal. You might […]

Workforce trend 2012: Interim and contingent workers

Posted on: August 1st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The use of interim managers has been growing throughout the recession. The reasons for this are from both the supply and demand side. Companies realise that in an increasingly complex world in which they operate they need specialist, experienced and versatile leaders. But, because they don’t know how long this downturn and volatility will last, […]

Workforce trend 2012: Interim and contingent workers

Posted on: August 1st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The use of interim managers has been growing throughout the recession. The reasons for this are from both the supply and demand side. Companies realise that in an increasingly complex world in which they operate they need specialist, experienced and versatile leaders. But, because they don’t know how long this downturn and volatility will last, […]

What the 21st century needs

Posted on: July 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In 1943, the Chairman of IBM, Thomas Watson said, ‘I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.’ Thomas Watson was wrong. He wouldn’t recognize the world as it is today. Trade liberalization, globalization, advances in technology, the power of the Web, the rise of Asian competitors and more – the world has […]

Managing Millennials

Posted on: July 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines (2002). For more about the work that Claire and her colleagues do, go to her website. I get questions every month from businesspeople looking for something about the newest generation of workers. They’d like an updated version of Twentysomething or Beyond Generation […]

The Talent Exodus still looms large

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last year, I wrote on our South African sister company’s blog about a looming talent exodus. Nothing has happened in the preceding twelve months to change my mind. The recession is going to last longer than I thought it would (at least in Europe and the USA), but what is going to start happening very […]

Kaiser Chiefs new album takes a step up in social business

Posted on: June 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

UK Indie Rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, have taken a step up in the social business world with their latest album, The Future is Medieval. They’ve made twenty tracks available to their fans. You listen to the tracks and select ten of them, and order them, for your own customised album. You then design a […]

Kaiser Chiefs new album takes a step up in social business

Posted on: June 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

UK Indie Rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, have taken a step up in the social business world with their latest album, The Future is Medieval. They’ve made twenty tracks available to their fans. You listen to the tracks and select ten of them, and order them, for your own customised album. You then design a […]

A recovery can’t fix everything that’s broken

Posted on: June 17th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog, Umair Haque (author of The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business – buy it at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net) wrote a provocative piece. I agree with his underlying premise: the economy isn’t the only thing wrong with the world of work at the moment. Read it […]

Seth Godin on the free-gap

Posted on: June 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In his daily blog entry today, Seth Godin provides an amazingly insightful analysis of what he calls the “free-gap”. Many of us who produce intellectual capital for a living (authors, speakers, consultants, but also musicians, artists and the like) battle to find the balance between what we give away for free and what we charge […]

Seth Godin on the free-gap

Posted on: June 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In his daily blog entry today, Seth Godin provides an amazingly insightful analysis of what he calls the “free-gap”. Many of us who produce intellectual capital for a living (authors, speakers, consultants, but also musicians, artists and the like) battle to find the balance between what we give away for free and what we charge […]

Gen Y in American pop culture

Posted on: May 29th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s the final weekend in this year’s American Idol competition. The two finalists are the youngest ever, Scotty McCreery (17) and Lauren Alaina (16), and they are genuine Gen Yers. They both sing the down home country style music of the American south. They’re family friendly, grounded and confident beyond belief. Lauren’s final song – […]

Gen Y in American pop culture

Posted on: May 29th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s the final weekend in this year’s American Idol competition. The two finalists are the youngest ever, Scotty McCreery (17) and Lauren Alaina (16), and they are genuine Gen Yers. They both sing the down home country style music of the American south. They’re family friendly, grounded and confident beyond belief. Lauren’s final song – […]

Top tips for mentoring the next generation of talent

Posted on: May 26th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In tough times, people matter. Ensuring your staff are passionate and focused is a critical leadership task right now. One of the most effective techniques for motivating your younger staff in particular is to provide ongoing development for them, especially providing access to senior leaders and mentoring. Here are some tips to help you make […]

Africa in the world: Corruption is not just a developing world issue

Posted on: May 26th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

At the moment, I am engaged in some significant research that will hopefully turn into a book and presentation sometime mid 2012. I am looking at the potential of sub Saharan Africa in the next two decades, and identifying the reasons why this region is poised to be the “next big thing”. That’s probably a […]

Africa in the world: Corruption is not just a developing world issue

Posted on: May 26th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At the moment, I am engaged in some significant research that will hopefully turn into a book and presentation sometime mid 2012. I am looking at the potential of sub Saharan Africa in the next two decades, and identifying the reasons why this region is poised to be the “next big thing”. That’s probably a […]

Latest media – future trends, the Enneagram and a profile

Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the past few weeks, Dr Graeme Codrington has been featured in a number of media interviews and profiles. Here is a selection: “I’ve Got Your Number” – The Enneagram for Sales People, cover story in ThinkSales magazine, March-April 2011 editionThe Enneagram is a personality profiling system that TomorrowToday have used for many years. One […]

Latest media – future trends, the Enneagram and a profile

Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the past few weeks, Dr Graeme Codrington has been featured in a number of media interviews and profiles. Here is a selection: “I’ve Got Your Number” – The Enneagram for Sales People, cover story in ThinkSales magazine, March-April 2011 editionThe Enneagram is a personality profiling system that TomorrowToday have used for many years. One […]

How expensive should Kindle books be?

Posted on: May 19th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A simple question today: how expensive should an electronic book be? I don’t mean books written for the e-book format; I am thinking of electronic versions of books originally published in either soft or hardcover. Should the electronic books be the same price as the physical books, or cheaper or more expensive? There are arguments […]

How expensive should Kindle books be?

Posted on: May 19th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

A simple question today: how expensive should an electronic book be? I don’t mean books written for the e-book format; I am thinking of electronic versions of books originally published in either soft or hardcover. Should the electronic books be the same price as the physical books, or cheaper or more expensive? There are arguments […]

Social buying takes flight… literally

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A fantastic story in the FastCompany ezine today illustrates the tremendous potential of social buying. Groupon has already proved that using the power of the Internet to connect people with similar goals and desires together makes business sense. The company that seeks out special deals based on “bulk” discounts made accessible to hundreds and thousands […]

Social buying takes flight… literally

Posted on: May 17th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A fantastic story in the FastCompany ezine today illustrates the tremendous potential of social buying. Groupon has already proved that using the power of the Internet to connect people with similar goals and desires together makes business sense. The company that seeks out special deals based on “bulk” discounts made accessible to hundreds and thousands […]

Facebook – of all companies – should know better

Posted on: May 13th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

We say it over and over again on this blog and in our presentations and workshops: we are living in a new era of ultra transparency. You can’t get away with things, you can’t hide information, you can’t fool your market place. Of course, you can – for a little while. But the new world […]

Facebook – of all companies – should know better

Posted on: May 13th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We say it over and over again on this blog and in our presentations and workshops: we are living in a new era of ultra transparency. You can’t get away with things, you can’t hide information, you can’t fool your market place. Of course, you can – for a little while. But the new world […]

The Future of the Organisation: A Compelling Vision

Posted on: May 11th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In their book, The Individualized Corporation[1], Sumantra Ghoshal[2]and ChristopherA. Bartlett[3] (Random House, 2000) (Buy it at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) present an alternative view of what the future of the organisation might be. Their intent is not to provide a detailed “how to” manual for organisational change, but rather to present reasons why change is needed […]

The Big Shift – in how companies deal with information

Posted on: May 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently sent a review of the 2010 book, “The Power of Pull“, by John Hagel III (buy now at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I believe he collaborated with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. I have not yet read the book, but the reviews online and description indicate it’s one that should be […]

Professional speakers: How to get a speaker agent to book you more

Posted on: May 5th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 16 Comments

One of the questions I am often asked is: “How do I get speaker agents to book me more?” I am asked this because I have a good relationship with many speaker agents and bureaus, and have had these relationships for many years. For the record, I have been a professional speaker for over a […]

A revolution on its way: near field communication

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the technology advances that is going to slowly but surely revolutionise the way our world works is near field communication (NFC, see wikipedia for more details). NFC is contactless technology that requires a reader and a device to be less than 10cm away from each other. As such, it is fairly easy to […]

Parents know that the net generation is coming soon to an office near you

Posted on: May 1st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Earlier this year, one of my clients shared a personal story with me. It relates to both parents and employers of the future, and is a great story for this holiday weekend. Arthur Goldberg is one of the founders of Correlation Risk Partners in London – a very innovative insurance mediator. Here is what he […]

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa's oil

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these days, but Africa’s oil producers has some distinct advantages that can work in Africa’s favour. […]

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa’s oil

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these days, but Africa’s oil producers has some distinct advantages that can work in Africa’s favour. […]

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa’s oil

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these days, but Africa’s oil producers has some distinct advantages that can work in Africa’s favour. […]

The connection economy made real by connected consumers

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For nearly a decade the TomorrowToday team has been predicting the emergence of a “connection economy”. An economic era driven by the interconnectedness of entities (as opposed to being powered by the entities themselves). The most obvious realisation of this vision is in social media and how a new way of working is emerging. Old […]

Seth Godin on what’s changing now – and the opportunity it presents

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin’s blog today provides a great insight into what it will take to be successful in the new world of work. It’s well worth reading. And then writing a note to yourself… where do you want to to be? Who do you want to be? The opportunity is here Source: Seth Godin’s blog At […]

Books every leader should read

Posted on: April 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In the TomorrowToday UK team’s ezine newsletter last Friday, we gave an excellent list of books that leaders should be reading. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? What else would you add to this list? The following books have been recommended by some of the top leadership […]

Books every leader should read

Posted on: April 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In the TomorrowToday UK team’s ezine newsletter last Friday, we gave an excellent list of books that leaders should be reading. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? What else would you add to this list? The following books have been recommended by some of the top leadership […]

Why a little discrimination might be useful

Posted on: April 23rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

On the BBC news this morning there was a short report about concerns that the UK tax agency (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) has sent threatening letters to elderly people demanding that they pay their overdue taxes. The letters say that the HMRC has the power to come and remove furniture and property to the […]

You can’t buy social media hype, and you can’t have it now either

Posted on: April 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I read Seth Godin’s blog religiously. His short and insightful take on the world is a tonic in my day. Every now and again he hits the nail so firmly on the head that I come back to his insight again and again and marvel at how elegantly he has captured a really profound thought. […]

What's wrong (and right) with "best company to work for" lists

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and Deloitte in South Africa, for example). Companies normally pay to be part of them, and […]

What’s wrong (and right) with “best company to work for” lists

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and Deloitte in South Africa, for example). Companies normally pay to be part of them, and […]

What’s wrong (and right) with “best company to work for” lists

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and Deloitte in South Africa, for example). Companies normally pay to be part of them, and […]

Green is the New Black: why sustainable business should be on everyone’s agenda

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Business leaders know the importance of being “green” these days, and almost every company is doing something about it.  But too many think of sustainability as a “nice to have”, leaving it mainly to a PR effort by a corporate social responsibility team with a limited budget.  This is short sighted and potentially damaging.  And […]

A deeper consciousness: What Knut’s death might teach us about the life choices facing us soon

Posted on: April 10th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Just a few days ago, one of the world’s most famous animals died. Knut was a polar bear who was born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden. Rejected by his mother at birth, he was raised by zookeepers. He became a celebrity, even making it onto the cover of Vanity Fair magazine (twice, by […]

Incomprehensible business decisions that alienate customers

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

Every now and again a company does something that is so incomprehensible, so mystifying, that it blows my mind. I have had two such experiences in the last week, and have to tell someone about it – if for no other reason than just to get you thinking about ways in which you might completely […]

Incomprehensible business decisions that alienate customers

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Every now and again a company does something that is so incomprehensible, so mystifying, that it blows my mind. I have had two such experiences in the last week, and have to tell someone about it – if for no other reason than just to get you thinking about ways in which you might completely […]

Making the most of social media for your business

Posted on: April 7th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Most companies now accept that they need some form of social media presence. Web 2.0 technologies are more than passing fads or teenage toys and there are some very real business benefits for engaging in this space. But very few companies are making the most of their social media presence. The single biggest reason for […]

Invitations to see the TomorrowToday team live (April to June 2011)

Posted on: April 6th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The TomorrowToday UK key presenters have a number of public events coming up in the next few months. Details are listed below – follow the links to book your seats, and let us know you’re coming so we can connect with you. 12-14 April – Sea Asia Singapore Marine Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore – […]

Wall Street: Aiding the Economic Recovery, or Strangling It?

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The latest TIME magazine carried an interesting and thought-provoking piece about how the best and brightest of America’s scientific minds (mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and the like) have been lured to the world of banking. It also makes the point that the banks have not added as much value to the economy as they claim. The […]

Introducing the ‘Tides of Change’ one day workshop

Posted on: April 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently asked by a chairman of the Institute for Management Studies to do a 20 minute video introduction to my one day programme that I run for them. This is the ‘Tides of Change’ programme that looks at five disruptive forces that hold the keys to understanding the changes we’re facing in the […]

The next big things: The top boom countries and cities of the next few decades

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Citi Bank recently released a report on the global economy and their projections of growth potential. I was interested in their thoughts on the which regions of the world would experience the fastest – and most sustained – growth over the next 15 to 40 years. They looked at both countries and cities, and I […]

The next big things: The top boom countries and cities of the next few decades

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Citi Bank recently released a report on the global economy and their projections of growth potential. I was interested in their thoughts on the which regions of the world would experience the fastest – and most sustained – growth over the next 15 to 40 years. They looked at both countries and cities, and I […]

Eight trends shaping the future of Asia

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently published a report outlining eight trends that will shape the future of Asia in the next decade. I read about it on Business Insider – and they provided no link to the report itself. You can read their summary and see the associated charts here. The trends they identify […]

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there’s an app for that

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a very tangible example of the fact that today’s young people have very little problem sharing […]

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there's an app for that

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a very tangible example of the fact that today’s young people have very little problem sharing […]

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there’s an app for that

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a very tangible example of the fact that today’s young people have very little problem sharing […]

Apocalypse Now? Or Media Meltdown?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have deliberately not followed the news much over the past few days. Not because I don’t care what is happening in Libya or Japan, but because the 24 hour news channels do not seem to be able to provide anything other than sensationalist hype. Particularly in the case of the difficulties at the Fukushima […]

Apocalypse Now? Or Media Meltdown?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have deliberately not followed the news much over the past few days. Not because I don’t care what is happening in Libya or Japan, but because the 24 hour news channels do not seem to be able to provide anything other than sensationalist hype. Particularly in the case of the difficulties at the Fukushima […]

Pete Laburn on Global Trends: The Road to 9 Billion

Posted on: March 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is the first of a series of posts syndicated from Pete Laburn’s website, in which Pete discusses what he believes to be the important global trends occurring in the world right now. This series will form part of a broader talk that he delivers simply called: “Right Whats Wrong”. The world’s current population stands […]

What we can learn about Millennial Kids from Justin Bieber

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This article is by one of our South African colleagues, Saffron Baggallay: If you are over 30 and battling to understand the mind set of your pre-teen child, or post-teen employees, then I strongly suggest you check yourself in to your local cinema for a couple of hours and watch ‘Never Say Never’ – the […]

I must be seeing things: Individually plastic wrapped bananas

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I must be missing something, because I could not believe my eyes. In a world that is becoming increasingly concerned about the environment and trying to reduce packaging, waste and the use of plastic in particular, Del Monte and Chiquita have both launched individually plastic wrapped bananas. You’d think nature’s own protective covering would have […]

The Meaning of the 21st Century

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the most important books I have read in the last year is James Martin’s “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (Buy it at Amazon or Kalahari). The subtitle explains: The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. You can hear me talking about it on a ClassicFM book review show. I recently came across the […]

Conflict Transformation

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is from our archives – oldie, but goodie. Inc magazine (August 2005) had a short piece on conflict in the workplace, and a consultant that goes beyond conflict “management” and “resolution” to conflict transformation. Read the full article on “The Joy of Conflict” here or an extract below. “In the workplace, our primary impulse […]

Seven revolutions that will shape the world by 2025

Posted on: March 10th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Seven Revolutions Initiative is a project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to identify and analyze the key policy challenges that policymakers, business figures, and other leaders will face out to the year 2025. It is an effort to promote strategic thinking on the long-term trends that too few leaders take […]

How to stop your staff leaving as the economy improves

Posted on: March 10th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Your best employees could very well have one eye on the door. Once the economic recovery begins in earnest they’ll have plenty of new opportunities to choose from – and businesses around the world will begin to experience an exodus of talented staff. More and more research is pointing to this being a reality in […]

Africa’s mineral wealth – The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Originally published on our South African company blog in August 2010, and updated here in March 2011 One of my personal passions is trying to work out how developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their people out of debilitating poverty. I believe it is possible. It is certainly desirable at […]

An interview on the Internet of Things

Posted on: February 28th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A journalist recently interviewed me on the topic of “the Internet of Things” (IoT). I thought you might be interested in some of the questions and answers. The IoT is definitely going to be one of the biggest trends in technology in the next decade. How would you define the Internet of Things? The IoT […]

Battling cultural imperialism (a critical issue in the new world of work)

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was both amused and amazed to see this tweet a day or so ago: When will China become civilised? Chinese court confirms sentence on US man http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12502111 The news report referred to is about a Chinese-born American citizen, Xue Feng, who was arrested in 2007 while trying to purchase a database of information related […]

Battling cultural imperialism (a critical issue in the new world of work)

Posted on: February 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was both amused and amazed to see this tweet a day or so ago: When will China become civilised? Chinese court confirms sentence on US man http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12502111 The news report referred to is about a Chinese-born American citizen, Xue Feng, who was arrested in 2007 while trying to purchase a database of information related […]

Having fun with everyone in the 21st century

Posted on: February 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I often hear (mainly older) people lament the lack of community evident in today’s young people. “My teenage daughter never seems to speak to any of her friends” is a common example of the complaint. It’s a misunderstanding of the power and uses of modern communication technologies that cause an older generation to discount any […]

Having fun with everyone in the 21st century

Posted on: February 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I often hear (mainly older) people lament the lack of community evident in today’s young people. “My teenage daughter never seems to speak to any of her friends” is a common example of the complaint. It’s a misunderstanding of the power and uses of modern communication technologies that cause an older generation to discount any […]

Consultant bashing

Posted on: February 15th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

You can see when a business journalist is having a slow news week – they whip out one of their ‘hardy annuals’ and use their column to bang on about a mildly controversial subject. Today’s Financial Times ‘Business Life’ page included such a piece from Andrew Hill in his ‘On Management’ column. In “A doctor’s […]

Is this the Arab World’s “1989”?

Posted on: February 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world changed forever, in the space of just a few months, in 1989. Decades of unrest and uncertainty burst into action around the world. In a few short months the world had changed – political, economic, social, cultural, corporate and private spheres dramatically – and irrevocably – took new paths. Tiananmen Square (Beijing, 5 […]

Rides the Tides: Five disruptive forces shaping the future of the speaking industry

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am one of the co-founders of TomorrowToday, an international strategy consulting company. We track the trends that are shaping the new world of work, and help our clients understand the strategic implications for their people: leadership, teams, talent, customers, partners and more. We deliver this information to our clients mainly in the form of […]

Ride the Tides: Five disruptive forces shaping the future of the speaking industry

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am one of the co-founders of TomorrowToday, an international strategy consulting company. We track the trends that are shaping the new world of work, and help our clients understand the strategic implications for their people: leadership, teams, talent, customers, partners and more. We deliver this information to our clients mainly in the form of […]

A database of social media policies

Posted on: February 5th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am preparing a one day workshop on the use of social media in companies. The workshop itself is called “Beyond the Hype” and helps clients in small, medium and large organisations to use social media to “Connect, Engage, and Transform Your Business”. In doing some additional research for a section on how to put […]

Volkswagen adverts connect with Generational Family Values

Posted on: February 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s Superbowl time on Sunday, and that means another raft of pretty awesome adverts is being released. Volkswagen got the jump on things today with their offering – “The Power of the Force meets the Passat”. It’s an awesome ad – and really connects with a generation who grew up on Star Wars. That’s Generation […]

Volkswagen adverts connect with Generational Family Values

Posted on: February 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s Superbowl time on Sunday, and that means another raft of pretty awesome adverts is being released. Volkswagen got the jump on things today with their offering – “The Power of the Force meets the Passat”. It’s an awesome ad – and really connects with a generation who grew up on Star Wars. That’s Generation […]

Graeme interviewed on The Customer Experience Show

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week I was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio’s Customer Experience Show. The half hour show focused on understanding generations in the workplace, with an emphasis on customer experience. It was a wide ranging discussion, particularly looking at the impact of retiring Baby Boomers and younger generations in the workplace. I hope you enjoy listening […]

How to give your staff bad news

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a big fan of FT journalist Lucy Kellaway. Her column in the Financial Times is a joy to read (I subscribe to the FT, and also download her column as a free podcast in iTunes). Her primary interest is in uncovering – and then mercilessly mocking – examples of corporate mumbo jumbo. She […]

Adaptive Market Hypothesis

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The generally accepted “truth” in the capitalist business world has been that “the market will decide”. The mythical market apparently is always right, always rational, and can always be trusted. The last two years of crash have put a real dent in that theory. Are there other ways of thinking about the market? And would […]

Space Junk – a very real future problem

Posted on: January 23rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A growing problem is pollution in space. Not only is the junk itself an issue – even more concerning is that no-one seems to want to clean it up, and no-one is taking responsibility for it. This could have catastropic consequences in our lifetimes. Read about this issue at The Economist website, or an extract […]

Three key future trends in retail

Posted on: January 22nd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was asked to contribute to an article on the future of retail. My task was to think of the three key issues retailers should be thinking about for 3 to 5 years time. Here’s what I submitted. But what do you think? TECHNOLOGY: Internet shopping will continue to grow and be the biggest threat […]

China is going green

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am very confident in my prediction that China will be considered to be the greenest nation in the world by the end of this decade. Too often, the “middle kingdom” is seen as a smoky dragon, intent on industrial domination at any cost. Yet, it doesn’t take much reflection to realise that the ancient […]

China is going green

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am very confident in my prediction that China will be considered to be the greenest nation in the world by the end of this decade. Too often, the “middle kingdom” is seen as a smoky dragon, intent on industrial domination at any cost. Yet, it doesn’t take much reflection to realise that the ancient […]

Making Change Happen, and Making It Stick

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Strategy+Business from Booz & Co is one of my favourite newsletters and websites. They recently published an excellent article on how to manage change in turbulent times. Making Change Happen, and Making It Stick Five factors make the greatest difference in fostering the new behaviors needed for a transformation. All of them reflect the basic […]

Making Change Happen, and Making It Stick

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Strategy+Business from Booz & Co is one of my favourite newsletters and websites. They recently published an excellent article on how to manage change in turbulent times – read it at their site or an extract below. Making Change Happen, and Making It Stick Five factors make the greatest difference in fostering the new behaviors […]

What you might have missed over the holidays

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

While most people were away on holidays, the TomorrowToday team was busy blogging – throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays, we continued to scan the new world of work for news, reviews and signs of change. We can’t help ourselves. When we relax and try and take a break, our minds have some space […]

Award winning Middle Eastern conference organiser

Posted on: January 15th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Otherways International Research and Consultants Association is a French-based organisation focused on supporting and recognising small and medium sized businesses in Europe and the Middle East (the also have offices in Bahrain). They have annual awards that recognise achievements and excellence in a range of fields and industries. At their 2010 year end award […]

UK’s Bribery Act and taking the moral high ground

Posted on: January 15th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This past week, the UK government said that they were putting on hold the introduction of the UK Bribery Act, which would make it illegal for UK companies to offer bribes when dealing with foreign companies. The Act was due to be enacted in the next few weeks, but has now been delayed by a […]

What is really happening in the US?

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This post is syndicated from blog contributor, Sir Jeremy Greenstock of Gatehouse Advisory Partners We have become so used to regarding the United States as the world’s primary democratic, industrial and military power that it is hard for optimists not to assume that it will bounce back into a leadership role once the economic cycle […]

Book Summary: From Strategy to Execution

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently sent a summary of a 2008 book, “From Strategy to Execution: Turning Accelerated Global Change into Opportunity” by Daniel Pantaleo and Nirmal Pal (Springer). It is ridiculously expensive, but you can buy it now from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net. I think the reason for the price is that it is one of those […]

Book Summary: From Strategy to Execution

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently sent a summary of a 2008 book, “From Strategy to Execution: Turning Accelerated Global Change into Opportunity” by Daniel Pantaleo and Nirmal Pal (Springer). It is ridiculously expensive, but you can buy it now from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net. I think the reason for the price is that it is one of […]

Time for remorse and apology for banks is past – or is it?

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Yesterday, Bob Diamond, Barclays Bank’s CEO came before a parliamentary committee in London. As part of his submission, and when talking about banker’s bonuses and salaries, he said that the time for “remorse and apology” by banks over their role in the financial crisis should end. (By the way, Bob earned £ 18 million last […]

Improve your presentation skills – by reading this superb book

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A fellow professional speaker and mate, Graham Davies, has written one of the best books I’ve ever read on presentation skills. It’s “The Presentation Coach: Bare Knuckle Brilliance For Every Presenter” (Capstone). Buy it now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net if you’re in South Africa. Seriously – get a copy! You need to know something about […]

Ideafood’s top 11 marketing trends for 2011

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Dan Wallace is the founder of Ideafood, a consultancy that focuses on increasing sales and profitability. I was interested in two things he put yesterday. Firstly, he did a quick online poll of his clients and colleagues about how they plan to spend marketing budgets in the coming year. The results are interesting – see […]

Kindle, digital rights management and clippings limits

Posted on: January 9th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My business partner, Barrie Bramley recently wrote a report about how digital readers are changing his reading habits. I too started using a Kindle in 2010, and have enjoyed it. Much more than I thought I would. There are frustrations, since I use books as academic tools. Kindle books do not have page numbers – […]

Making Strategic Intuition work for you

Posted on: January 7th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I met William Duggan in 2008, and had the pleasure of taking him out to dinner while he was on a lecture tour in South Africa. His book, Strategic Intuition is one of the best books on developing strategy – and creativity – that I have read (buy it now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). You […]

Making Strategic Intuition work for you

Posted on: January 7th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I met William Duggan in 2008, and had the pleasure of taking him out to dinner while he was on a lecture tour in South Africa. His book, Strategic Intuition is one of the best books on developing strategy – and creativity – that I have read (buy it now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). You […]

Seth Godin on How to organize a retreat and a meeting

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Seth Godin has some really excellent thoughts on how to change the way we run our businesses. Recently, he wrote about how we could change retreats (away days) and meetings.

The biggest global challenges in 2011

Posted on: January 4th, 2011 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

As I look ahead to what 2011 might hold for the global economy, there are a number of key threats that need close watching. Some are known and fairly predictable threats: war in the Middle East continued evidence of state sponsored cyber warfare the economic crisis in the fringe countries of the Eurozone more riots […]

An excellent infographic comparing 2000 and 2010

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I picked this up on Twitter a few moments ago. I really think this is an excellent way to display some of the key changes in the world over the last decade. Source: http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/8/2010/12/2000vs2010.jpg By the way, if you like this sort of thing, I am sure you’d love Tim Harford‘s BBC radio show “More […]

The biggest global challenges in 2011

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As I look ahead to what 2011 might hold for the global economy, there are a number of key threats that need close watching. Some are known and fairly predictable threats: war in the Middle East continued evidence of state sponsored cyber warfare the economic crisis in the fringe countries of the Eurozone more riots […]

Deciding on how to decide who is talented

Posted on: December 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I met a while ago with a journalist doing a feature on talent management. Having spent over an hour talking about what my company, TomorrowToday does, I was unsatisfied with my answer to one of her questions. She asked, “How can you know if someone is talented or not?” My answer was that it would […]

Summary of a decade, a century and a millennium

Posted on: December 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

back at the turn of the century and millennium, CNN did an excellent summary of the previous thousand years, summarising the major achievement of each century. They gave each century a single entry summary, and then drilled down in huge detail. The microsite is still available and still worth reading: see it here. Their summary […]

My top story of the year: The reaction to the reaction to Wikileaks

Posted on: December 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is the week for all of the “reviews of the year” features on UK TV and radio. They can be a bit tedious. But every now and then one of them captivates me, and in a few minutes reminds one of the highs and lows of the past twelve months. It’s been an eventful […]

Global economic outlook 2011 – diverging fortunes

Posted on: December 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The leader of The Economist magazine last week suggested that there are three key economic regions that will influence the world in 2011. And each of the three is taking different paths. The danger is that these do not synchronise or harmonise in 2011. You can read the leader here, or an extract below. Three-way […]

My top story of the year: The reaction to the reaction to Wikileaks

Posted on: December 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Updated on 30 December 2010 This is the week for all of the “reviews of the year” features on UK TV and radio. They can be a bit tedious. But every now and then one of them captivates me, and in a few minutes reminds one of the highs and lows of the past twelve […]

Global economic outlook 2011 – diverging fortunes

Posted on: December 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The leader of The Economist magazine last week suggested that there are three key economic regions that will influence the world in 2011. And each of the three is taking different paths. The danger is that these do not synchronise or harmonise in 2011. You can read the leader here, or an extract below. Three-way […]

How to deal with Russia – a new approach required

Posted on: December 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Economist edition last week ran an excellent article on Russia and how it needs as complete overhaul of its political system. You can read that full report here, where they suggest that the current system cannot change and that something dramatic must happen to move Russia forward. It’s a long, but important read. Their […]

The M-commerce Challenge – coming to a store near you in 2011

Posted on: December 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The next few years are going to see mobile commerce becoming more and more important in the retail space. Smartphones are already changing how we shop. Savvy and tech-ed up consumers want a very different interaction with their shops. Keep up, or fall very far behind… Booz and Co’s recent newsletter carried an excellent article […]

Predictable Surprises

Posted on: December 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of my favourite book titles of the last decade was this one: Predictable Surprises (by Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins – buy it at Amazon.co.uk). Released in 2004, it obviously looked back on the Twin Towers attacks in America and the business fallout thereafter, and asked “how predictable was that?” – and […]

Willingness to learn promotes organisational change

Posted on: December 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here is an interesting extract (with some random commentary by me) from an address by Dr Goran Carstedt (made in 2002, but still very relevant), a former senior executive at Volvo and IKEA. Organisational learning (OL) is the process of identification and correction of errors in organisations, in which learning takes place through individuals who […]

A crisis of short-term minded leaders: Aprois moi, le deluge

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Louis XV was king of France just before the French Revolution. He reigned from 1715 (when he was only five years old) to 1774 (the Revolution fomented throughout the 1780s, eventually erupting in unrest on the streets in 1789). Wikipedia records that Louis XV is the king with the most ambivalent personality in the history […]

Can I bring the kids? And other questions top talent are asking

Posted on: December 13th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Back in June 2004, Inc magazine ran a short story on new employee benefits – focusing on child-care facilities. It grabbed my attention as it really made the case for non-cash incentives as a critical part of employee attraction, retention and engagement processes. Read the article here. This, by the way, was not aimed at […]

How big are the BRICs? by Sir Jeremy Greenstock

Posted on: December 13th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We are delighted that Sir Jeremy Greenstock of Gatehouse Advisory Partners has agreed to be a contributor to this blog. We highly recommend Sir Jeremy and his associates for anyone looking for deep understanding of global political issues and for strategic advice on the way in which national and international developments may affect their business, […]

South African bosses are richest – and most generous – in the world

Posted on: December 13th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Three recent surveys all combined in my inbox last week, and their confluence draws an interesting picture of the richest South African business people. The heading of this blog is slightly misleading. South African bosses are not the richest in absolute terms, but according to a recent survey, they are the best off in the […]

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

Posted on: December 12th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In December last year, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work – an introduction to what we do, and the concept that drives our thinking The […]

So, we think we know everything

Posted on: December 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We live in the 21st century. By now, we feel, we should have solved life’s mysteries, understood the functioning of the universe and made sure that the only surprises we face are those created for us by other human beings. But that is not so. The promise of modernism (initiated by the Enlightenment Project) was […]

What does the British media not understand about the Coalition government?

Posted on: December 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The British media are giving Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats a hard time at the moment. Today it is specifically about the Parliamentary vote about increasing university fees which took place this afternoon. What does the media not understand about how the Coalition works? Are the British so stuck in their ways that they […]

Avoiding the E-mail Avalanche: Practical strategies for dealing with the deluge of digital communication

Posted on: December 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 6 Comments

How are you doing with managing your email load?  With the profusion of tools and technologies, it’s supposed to be getting easier for us to manage our digital communications – but that does not seem to be the experience of anyone I know.  Every passing day brings a new flood of emails into the inbox.  […]

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In an environment that worships innovation, too few companies have the guts to really do what it takes to generate new ideas. Unless a company is pushing the boundaries back, it won’t be innovating. To push boundaries, requires experimentation, and that implies failure – some experiments will work, and some won’t. But, are you prepared […]

Which magazines and newspapers do you read fairly regularly?

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We had a team meeting of the UK and Europe team last Friday, and we were wondering what magazines and newspapers our clients and business partners regularly read. So, we thought we’d ask. We have two reasons for asking. The first is because we do a lot of reading of magazines and newspapers and online […]

50 Facts That Should Change the World

Posted on: November 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The book by this name, by Jessica Williams was published in 2004 (Sep) – you should not be able to read these facts and stay the same. How you choose to respond is up to you – but you can bet that there are people responding. 1 THE average Japanese woman can expect to live […]

Why Gen Y is Better at Your Job Than You Are

Posted on: November 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A number of people have sent this article to me. It’s a excellent piece posted on BNET, by Penelope Trunk, the brains behind the Brazen Careerist website. She suggests that some of the characteristics of today’s youngest workers will stand them in good stead in the new world of work. Read it at BNET here, […]

Why Gen Y is Better at Your Job Than You Are

Posted on: November 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A number of people have sent this article to me. It’s a excellent piece posted on BNET, by Penelope Trunk, the brains behind the Brazen Careerist website. She suggests that some of the characteristics of today’s youngest workers will stand them in good stead in the new world of work. Read it at BNET here, […]

A Unique Period of History

Posted on: November 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In their book, “The Individualized Corporation”, Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher Bartlett (buy at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) try to help readers understand the emerging reality of a connected new world of work by doing a brief historical review of some of the major shifts that have taken place during the last hundred years of corporate history. […]

Results – a hidden gem of a business book

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

“Results: Keep what’s good, fix what’s wrong, and unlock great performance” by Gary L. Neilson and Bruce A. Pasternack was written in 2005, and never made the best selling big time (buy it at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). A search for it online produces very few hits, and no summaries (except a HBR article from 2008, […]

Results – a hidden gem of a business book

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

“Results: Keep what’s good, fix what’s wrong, and unlock great performance” by Gary L. Neilson and Bruce A. Pasternack was written in 2005, and never made the best selling big time (buy it at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). A search for it online produces very few hits, and no summaries (except a HBR article from 2008, […]

Relearn to Relate

Posted on: November 17th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This article was first published by Graeme Codrington in 2004, and has now been updated to reflect the post-recession realities of our new world of work. The world is changing. We all know that. But what is it changing to? And who will have the competitive advantage in the next few years? Graeme Codrington, of […]

Change has changed

Posted on: November 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the major reasons that interventions, training and change processes don’t work as effectively as we would like them to, is that we fail to take the time to create the necessary framework of understanding at the start of these processes. Simply put, we do not understand the nature of change itself. Too often […]

Surprise! Creating experiences for your customers

Posted on: November 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For many years now, we’ve been telling our clients that one of the keys to connecting with younger customers (Generations X and Y) is to add an experience to your offering. No longer are the traditional “Ps” of marketing (product, price, placement and promotion – and even people) enough. You need to create experiences that […]

Mind the Gap: Generations @ Work

Posted on: November 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is the original submission as published as the Keynote feature in the Journal for Convergence (ISSN 1606-6162), Vol 5 No 4. An even more detailed version of this introduction to generational theory is available on our corporate website in the “white papers” section – download the PDF here. “We can’t seem to keep our […]

Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

Posted on: November 12th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

How the next few years will shape the future of the workplace in unprecedented and astounding ways. I was recently asked to contribute to a discussion about the most important forces that will shape the next decade of work. I think the following nine trends are going to be hugely disruptive, and clever companies will […]

How (not) to do business like Jack Welch

Posted on: November 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Since leaving GE, Jack Welch has refused to retire gracefully or quietly. He has continued to stay vocal and keep his profile in the media, especially by writing and disseminating business advice. I suppose one shouldn’t begrudge him this – after all, he was branded “Manager of the Century” by TIME magazine, after nearly a […]

Nine Reasons Why You Must Improve the Environmental Performance of Your Business

Posted on: November 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Whether or not you’re convinced by science and media reports on global warming, there is no doubt that our planet is under pressure at the moment. Things must change, and the governments of the world – not to mention increasingly vocal activists – have started to put pressure on companies and individuals to reduce energy […]

The author as performer

Posted on: October 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The FT (Financial Times) had a great piece recently on how authors are now using the art of dramatic storytelling to enhance the value they add when doing live presentations based on their books. Specifically focusing on Malcolm Gladwell (who seems to be living my dream life) and TED, it’s a great read if you’re […]

Seeing the world through your customer’s eyes – your key to growing your business

Posted on: October 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I regularly write articles for magazines and journals. Some of these really strike a chord, and just “work”. Here is a recent article that has been getting a lot of comment, and has been helpful to business leaders trying to cope with the economic downturn. See the original article at The Entrepreneur magazine SA, or […]

Secrets of success in The Emotion Economy

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The industrial economy was based on ‘make and sell.’ Take, for instance, the massive production of Henry Ford’s cars and his dictum, ‘you can have any colour you like as long as you like black.’ But, back in Henry Ford’s time there was little regard for the customer. The focus was on the production process. […]

John Kotter on Icebergs, Penguins and 8 steps for leading change

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the best books around on leading change must be John Kotter’s business novel “Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions” (Buy now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). It’s written as a parable about a group of penguins. At the end of the book, in just two pages, Kotter provides the theory […]

John Kotter on Icebergs, Penguins and 8 principles for leading change

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the best books around on leading change must be John Kotter’s business novel “Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions” (Buy now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). It’s written as a parable about a group of penguins. At the end of the book, in just two pages, Kotter provides the theory […]

How teenagers consume media (UK report)

Posted on: October 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

How Teenagers Consume Media: the report that shook the City This is the full copy of the research note written by Matthew Robson (aged 15 years and seven months), an intern at Morgan Stanley, which caused a stir after it was published by them. Reported in The Guardian, 13 July 2009 MY COMMENTS first, though: […]

The mess that airlines are in

Posted on: October 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In today’s S+B newsletter, there is an excellent article highlighting the structural and institutional changes that the airline industry is facing over the next few years. You can read the original in the S+B newsletter or an extract below. The Airlines’ Global Dilemma Traditional carriers once knew their way around. Now the world has become […]

Are you getting the ROI you need from your conferences?

Posted on: October 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A manifesto for the future of meetings As the global economic meltdown struck in September 2008, one of the first things that most companies did was to cancel all their conferences and staff development.  This was an instinctive response for many companies, probably necessary in order to cut back on costs and focus on surviving […]

Diminishing differences between East and West businesses

Posted on: October 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, and writes regularly on the future world of work at her blogsite. She does a lot of work internationally, and is currently completing a global research project on key issues related to the future of work. Her latest blog deals with perceived differences between […]

Are you getting the ROI you need from your conferences?

Posted on: October 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A manifesto for the future of meetings As the global economic meltdown struck in September 2008, one of the first things that most companies did was to cancel all their conferences and staff development.  This was an instinctive response for many companies, probably necessary in order to cut back on costs and focus on surviving […]

How intelligent forecasting can lead to better decision making

Posted on: October 18th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Earlier this year, the S+B newsletter of Booz & Co ran an excellent article on forecasting and decision making. The headline summary is simply that in a world of uncertainty, managers are constantly required to make predictions about the future. It is therefore essential that they understand and master some key skills that can improve […]

The biggest technology revolution of the next five years

Posted on: October 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The most significant technology that will emerge in the next five years is… ? I wonder what you think it will be. There are many contenders: advanced alternative energy creation and uses, genetics, personalised medication, nanotechnology, even space travel with Virgin Galactic? While these may not quite make my five year horizon, even if they […]

The biggest technology revolution of the next five years

Posted on: October 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

The most significant technology that will emerge in the next five years is… ? I wonder what you think it will be. There are many contenders: advanced alternative energy creation and uses, genetics, personalised medication, nanotechnology, even space travel with Virgin Galactic? While these may not quite make my five year horizon, even if they […]

How things have changed – consumers then and now

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of TomorrowToday’s long-term clients is Africa’s largest banking group, Standard Bank which incorporates their insurance arm, Liberty. We have done strategy work, presentations, training and consulting with them over many years. I saw this past week that we had been quoted in their internal magazine, and I thought you’d enjoy the piece – it’s […]

Free stuff you have to pay for: Rupert Murdoch’s (mis)adventures in new media

Posted on: October 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It is plain to see that certain industries are being hard hit by the rise of digital media. The music industry is pretty much clueless as to how to respond – so much so, that Apple (through it’s iTunes store) is now the world’s leading music retailer. But close on their heels are newspapers and […]

Forces shaping the future of meetings

Posted on: September 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have started writing a column for the MPI (Meetings Professional International) One+ magazine. I’ll be writing monthly on the issue of the future of meetings. The column itself will be set up in October, but for now you can read my first contribution on the five disruptive forces shaping the future of meetings – […]

Forces shaping the future of meetings

Posted on: September 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have started writing a column for the MPI (Meetings Professional International) One+ magazine. I’ll be writing monthly on the issue of the future of meetings. The column itself will be set up in October, but for now you can read my first contribution on the five disruptive forces shaping the future of meetings – […]

The problem with most moral compasses

Posted on: September 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There’s a reason they don’t always work so well… The problem with many moral compasses is that they are stored too close to magnates. ~ Graeme Codrington

Crowdfunding

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

You’ve heard of crowdsourcing – using the minds of many to work for you in coming up with new ideas and implementations. Now there’s crowdsourcing – accessing the wallets of many people to raise money for almost any (and every) purpose. Social media and web 2.0 were made for this, and many entrepreneurs are trying […]

Forced saving – a solution to the looming pensions crisis

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

TomorrowToday’s UK team has started a new blog, focused on UK and European issues specifically and trying to understand and respond to issues related to the new world of work. We’ve called it, “The New World of Work” and it can be found at http://www.newworldofwork.co.uk. We will still be contributing to this blog, which will […]

A solution to the pension crisis – force people to save

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Dan Ariely is a behavioural economist, specifically focused on why people make irrational decisions (and the implications thereof). His work is always thought provoking and very practical (and of the type where you say, “doh, why didn’t I think of that?”). Last week, his latest blog entry is directed to an issue we’re really concerned […]

Mobile phones in BRICI countries

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

When we talk about “bricks” in relation to cell phones, those old enough to remember the introduction of mobile phones in the the early 1990s immediately think of those big, chunky hand held phones of the early days. But the big BRIC news these days is about Brazil, Russia, India and China (and often BRICI […]

Employee engagement – one great question

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

About a year ago, I MC’ed an event by e3unlimited, a company focused on getting the most out of generation y. Bruce Morton and Emma Reynolds, the founders of e3, have now moved on (Bruce to Sydney and Emma to Hong Kong). But this past week they were back in town to do some work […]

Employee engagement – one great question

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

About a year ago, I MC’ed an event by e3unlimited, a company focused on getting the most out of generation y. Bruce Morton and Emma Reynolds, the founders of e3, have now moved on (Bruce to Sydney and Emma to Hong Kong). But this past week they were back in town to do some work […]

Two women, two murders, same verdict – very different global responses

Posted on: September 25th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This past week, Virginia USA executed Teresa Lewis – the first woman to be put to death in the USA in a century. Teresa had admitted to hiring two men to kill her husband Julian and stepson Lewis in 2002 to bag £158,000 insurance money. The execution provoked an outcry amid claims that with an […]

Blockbuster Bankrupt! Not a surprise, but still a shock

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The news came as a shock today: Blockbuster videos filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA today. I say it’s a shock – not because it’s a surprise, but because it is another deeply disturbing sign that the world of work is truly undergoing some deep structural shifts. It is not a surprise at all […]

Blockbuster Bankrupt! Not a surprise, but still a shock

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The news came as a shock today: Blockbuster videos filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA today. I say it’s a shock – not because it’s a surprise, but because it is another deeply disturbing sign that the world of work is truly undergoing some deep structural shifts. It is not a surprise at all […]

How to make the most of crowdsourcing

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was really interested to pick up a fairly simple piece on the Harvard Business Review blog about how to get the most out of crowdsourcing. This is a growing technique, but many businesses have no formalised processes for doing it successfully – it’s mainly hit and miss. This simple piece in the HBR makes […]

The forever recession, by Seth Godin

Posted on: September 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I like Seth Godin. I like his style (see some videos of him in action – 1, 2 or 3), and I like how he does a daily thought bullet on his blog. Yesterday he made a really important point about how the world is changing fundamentally at the moment. I think he’s absolutely right. […]

The forever recession, by Seth Godin

Posted on: September 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I like Seth Godin. I like his style (see some videos of him in action – 1, 2 or 3), and I like how he does a daily thought bullet on his blog. Yesterday he made a really important point about how the world is changing fundamentally at the moment. I think he’s absolutely right. […]

The Liberal Democrats conference and UK public spending cuts

Posted on: September 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As the Liberal Democrat’s conference unfolds in Liverpool, and Nick Clegg enjoys unprecedented media coverage as the UK’s deputy prime minister, I must admit to a little bit of self-congratulation. On the day that Gordon Brown called the election (6 April 2010), I wrote an open letter to Nick Clegg (read it here). At that […]

The Liberal Democrats conference and UK public spending cuts

Posted on: September 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As the Liberal Democrat’s conference unfolds in Liverpool, and Nick Clegg enjoys unprecedented media coverage as the UK’s deputy prime minister, I must admit to a little bit of self-congratulation. On the day that Gordon Brown called the election (6 April 2010), I wrote an open letter to Nick Clegg (read it here). At that […]

Yes, it will cost more

Posted on: September 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I spend much of my time helping companies to create corporate cultures that will attract and retain talented young people. This involves looking at everything from terms and conditions of employment, remuneration policies and bonus schemes, to office layout, use of technology, management styles and team dynamics. One of my biggest frustrations is that very […]

Business Continuity in Age of Constant Change

Posted on: September 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Conversations about knowledge continuity often relate to succession planning and the retirement of key older leaders. While these considerations are obviously important, they can mask the fact that, these days, business critical expertise and knowledge often reside lower down in the organisation and with younger employees. And when these younger people leave, they can threaten […]

Do conferences have to be so dreadfully dull?

Posted on: September 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Conferences seem to have taken a backward step during the economic downturn. Boring presenters, out-dated content, cheaper venues and food, and old-fashioned technology are all contributing to dreadful experiences for delegates. Dr Graeme Codrington spends a lot of his time at conferences, as a speaker and facilitator. He has some suggestions about why conferences can […]

The world of tomorrow, today

Posted on: September 17th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In this warp-speed world it is no longer enough to learn from experience – you have to learn from the future! We live in a world where constant change is both a cliche and an understatement. Change, change, change. You’ve heard enough consultants pushing this mantra to last your lifetime. Yet, nothing you try seems […]

Standing room only: the future of air travel?

Posted on: September 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

A few weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about a photo that showed a new form of seating being tested for airlines (see below). It’s called the Sky Rider, and is a “saddle” rather than a seat. It allows airlines to reduce legroom by seven inches, and could potentially double the number of […]

TomorrowToday UK: why we blog

Posted on: September 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Some may wonder why we set up this blog, and the partner international blog. After all, in a knowledge/information economy, isn’t it crazy to give away so much of your intellectual capital? Why would you put your internal discussions, creative thinking and the basis of your competitive advantage out into the public arena? Why not […]

A revolution in how we read: Stephen Fry's memoirs show the future of (some) books

Posted on: September 14th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Stephen Fry released his memoirs today, and he has done something remarkable with them. In addition to the book, “The Fry Chronicles” (buy it here at Amazon.co.uk), he has released a smart phone version called myFry (download the iPhone App here). I am a huge Stephen Fry fan. I like his style – it is […]

A revolution in how we read: Stephen Fry’s memoirs show the future of (some) books

Posted on: September 14th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Stephen Fry released his memoirs today, and he has done something remarkable with them. In addition to the book, “The Fry Chronicles” (buy it here at Amazon.co.uk), he has released a smart phone version called myFry (download the iPhone App here). I am a huge Stephen Fry fan. I like his style – it is […]

A bit of fun: Technology for the over 50s

Posted on: September 14th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I received an email yesterday from an older acquaintance. I wouldn’t know, but he says it pretty much accurately describes his relationship with technology, from smart phones to Twitter, and GPS to bluetooth. It’s a fun read, but the serious side is that there is a big cultural divide between younger and older people – […]

Improve your business by deliberately creating chance encounters

Posted on: September 13th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Jim Dator, a professor in the Futures Department of the University of Hawaii shared an interesting model with a colleague of mine (Keith Coats) recently. It’s about where futurists go to develop their scenarios for what is shaping the world of work. Up until a few years ago, futurists would consider changes in the future […]

The changing work habits of young people

Posted on: September 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Johnson Controls, a company specialising in “optimising the energy and operational efficiency of buildings”, has been conducting global workplace research into what type of work environment today’s young people are looking for. It’s called the Oxygenz Workplace study and is available here (note that there are different country specific reports available, including their latest one […]

How industry destroyed labour (OR we need some passion back)

Posted on: September 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week, on the US Labor Day holiday, Seth Godin’s blog carried an interesting insight into how labour changed as the industrial revolution reached its zenith. You can read an extract below. If you follow the thought through, then it must be a warning to us about how we set about creating companies based on […]

Africa votes more, but struggles to grow democracy

Posted on: September 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Thabo Mbeki proudly announced at the start of his presidency of South Africa that this century would be “Africa’s century”. That may or may not be true (and China and India would have something to say about it, too), but whatever happens in this century, Africa needs to get some fundamentals right if it’s going […]

Vital Leadership Skills for the 21st Century: A Global Mindset

Posted on: September 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The world is not really flat.  Not yet, anyway.  In his best-selling book about globalisation in the 21st century, Thomas Friedman suggested that it was.  He argued that massive advances in telecommunications and ten converging trends had “flattened” the world and obliterated all impediments to international competition.  In concept this may be true, but the […]

Vital Leadership Skills for the 21st Century: A Global Mindset

Posted on: September 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world is not really flat.  Not yet, anyway.  In his best-selling book about globalisation in the 21st century, Thomas Friedman suggested that it was.  He argued that massive advances in telecommunications and ten converging trends had “flattened” the world and obliterated all impediments to international competition.  In concept this may be true, but the […]

The meaning of work for different generations

Posted on: September 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

As regular readers of this blog know, one of my passions is trying to understand the generation gap, and help people to make sense of relationships and interactions between people younger and older than themselves. This topic has been something of interest for me over nearly two decades, and I have seen interest rise and […]

How South Africa’s economy could be even better

Posted on: September 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The Economist, 22 July 2010 edition highlighted a recent report by the OECD on South Africa. This is the first time the OECD has ever produced such a report, and their findings come as no surprise to any thinking person who knows South Africa reasonably well. Nevertheless, they are well worth listening to and absolutely […]

Are your talented staff selfish and greedy? Take this quiz to find out

Posted on: September 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

FastCompany ran this superb quiz in their recent edition. My colleagues, Dean and Barrie, both stress how most companies have messed up “talent” by implementing policies and systems that have bred selfish, greedy and self-serving individuals. This quiz is a fun way to analyse whether you’re working in a company that is falling into that […]

The printed Oxford English Dictionary is no more

Posted on: September 3rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The times are truly changing. In a press release earlier this week, the Oxford English Dictionary announced that it may never again be released in print. This is not as bad as it sounds – it relates only to the third full edition of the 20 volume complete OED (known as OED3). The last full […]

iTunes 10 goes Ping (and makes good use of social media concepts)

Posted on: September 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Apple launched the new version of iTunes yesterday – version 10. Besides a host of small improvements, including a long overdue change in the icon (dropping the CD image!), the big news is that Apple have understood that social media concepts can be integrated into any software and shopping platform. It’s obvious, and we have […]

Declining Job Markets everywhere – even chicken sexers are changing

Posted on: September 1st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I had to check that it wasn’t April Fool’s Day when I read an article yesterday. It tells the story of an industry that is changing. On this blog, we try to provide the reasons why the future of world of work is changing and give insights into what it might look like. We often […]

A bit of fun: 10 Incredible Politician Technology Gaffs

Posted on: August 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

FastCompany magazine recently were a bit taken aback by a very unscientific survey that rated the “Digital IQ” of the United States Senators. It was a completely nonsense survey, but it did allow the magazine the opportunity to poke fun at some top politicians who clearly have not fully come to terms with technology. You […]

Constant Change must be a Continuous Business Process

Posted on: August 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At TomorrowToday we are convinced that the decade ahead will be the most turbulent that any of us have ever experienced. The change will not be spectacular (in the sense that there will be world changing changes), but rather that the speed and complexity of change will be incessant. The changes will come in small […]

Gartner Says the World of Work Will Witness 10 Changes During the Next 10 Years

Posted on: August 17th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was recently sent this list by email. A quick Google search points to the source at Gartner. It’s a quick read and has some useful insights and thought provokers. The world of today is dramatically different from 20 years ago and with the lines between work and non-work already badly frayed, Gartner, Inc. predicts […]

A new normal – a new reality – for the economy

Posted on: August 12th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is an excellent interview with Mark Anderson, the editor, publisher, and chief correspondent of the Strategic News Service newsletter. It was conducted by S+B (Booz & Co’s ezine) in July, and gives one view of the “new normal” that is emerging. Well worth a read: A Return, Not to Normal, but to Reality Mark […]

When People Reckon It’s OK to Cheat, by Dan Ariely

Posted on: August 10th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Dan Ariely, professor, author and behavioural economist, is someone I have found in recent months. His research is fresh and his insights interesting. He is the author of the best selling “Predictably Irrational” (buy now on Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). He is doing quite a lot of work at the moment on why people cheat, and […]

As Google Wave dies, here’s what Foursquare does NOT understand about social media

Posted on: August 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 14 Comments

Google officially axed the underutilised (and overhyped) Google Wave project last week (read Fast Company’s obituary here). I have a fear that my favourite geo-tagging program, Foursquare, will go the same way. Foursquare allows you to use your mobile phone’s GPS capability to “check in” at various venues (read an intro slideshow here if you […]

Talent teams vs Talented individuals

Posted on: August 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A new report is about to be released in Organization Science, entitled: “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth: How High Status Individuals Decrease Group Effectiveness” (Authors: Boris Groysberg, Jeffrey T. Polzer, and Hillary Anger Elfenbein). Their Abstract says: Can groups become effective simply by assembling high status individual performers? Though an affirmative answer may seem […]

Using Design thinking to create a culture of innovation

Posted on: August 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Working through some old magazine clippings last week, I found this amazing excerpt from a book that was released just a year ago. It’s by Tim Brown, the CEO of design shop IDEO, and is called “Change by Design” (buy it Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). The excerpt gives a case study of a hospital they worked […]

Where are the markets going? No-one really knows, and that's the 'new normal'

Posted on: August 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

One of the strong messages of our work on future trends is that this recession has been more than just a financial downturn. In almost every industry we work in, the past two years have seen the acceleration of forces and drivers of change that are changing the fundamental structure of the industry. The rules […]

Where are the markets going? No-one really knows, and that’s the ‘new normal’

Posted on: August 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

One of the strong messages of our work on future trends is that this recession has been more than just a financial downturn. In almost every industry we work in, the past two years have seen the acceleration of forces and drivers of change that are changing the fundamental structure of the industry. The rules […]

The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

Posted on: August 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

One of my personal passions is trying to work out how to help developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their people out of debilitating poverty. I believe it is possible. It is certainly desirable at all sorts of levels. One of the possibilities that presents a huge opportunity to help […]

Quotes from the digital edge

Posted on: July 31st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have been doing some work preparing for a workshop session with an advertising agency. They want me to help them think through the implications of social media for their agency. We’re using our framework, “Beyond the Hype” as a starting point. While doing some focussed reading, I came across a few quotes which you […]

Are Most Big Corporates Really Psychopaths?

Posted on: July 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

RANT ALERT. Most times I try to be a dispassionate researcher of the new world of work. But sometimes I just can’t take it anymore. Today is one of those days… Almost every day I pick up a story on the Net of someone being fired by their company for some indiscretion related to social […]

Voting for a tax rise? I think I know what will happen…

Posted on: July 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Watching the UK news this morning, I see David Cameron’s latest version of the “Big Society” (his code phrase for reducing the size of government and “handing power back to the people”) is to allow people to vote on whether they should have rises in their Council taxes or not. Basically, the central government will […]

The Talent Exodus looms large

Posted on: July 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

We’ve been talking almost since the recession began about a talent exodus. Our view has been that as soon as the economy begins recovering and companies start hiring again, there is going to be a tidal wave of staff movement. We’re calling it a talent exodus. It should be obvious why this will happen. People […]

Visualisation: An ageing world

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I really enjoy clever visualisations of data (see previous blog entries on this here). So, this is the shortest of blog entries to alert you to one I just discovered. Brought to us by GE, it’s a visualisation of how various countries will age over the next few decades. See the population pyramids expand and […]

Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African offices to find out how. My company, TomorrowToday, researches the new world of work, and focuses especially on helping […]

Graeme Codrington speaking in Johannesburg, 19 August

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you’re in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 19 August, this may be of interest to you… Unique Speakers Bureau presents… A rare opportunity to join Dr Graeme Codrington at a public keynote presentation of “The TIDES of Change“… Thursday 19th August 2010, 08h30—10h00 (breakfast available from 07:30am, arrive by 08:00 to register and ensure a […]

Managing chaos

Posted on: July 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We all need to learn how to manage chaos these days. We live in turbulent times of disruptive change, and it’s not going to get any easier over the next few years. The first step in managing chaos is to look for the patterns that provide a clue about the “organising system”. We label something […]

Ebooks outsell hardbooks on Amazon – another marker of signficant change

Posted on: July 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For the first time in history (I seem to using that phrase a lot at the moment), ebooks now outsell hardcover books on Amazon (read the report here). You can also listen to an excellent speech by Seth Godin to a publisher, in which he talks about the glorious past and the frightening future of […]

Markers of change in US Labor Statistics – 2010 is turning out to be quite historic

Posted on: July 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I think we might look back on 2010 as quite an important watershed year in the world of work. Since mid 2009, our team at TomorrowToday has been saying that the global financial downturn has been more than a financial crisis. We believe that as we emerge out of recession we’ll find that a number […]

BP might fix their well, but big industry is still broken

Posted on: July 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

As I write this, BP have capped their gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico (although they still need to complete tests on the cap – read the news here). At last! But the crisis is, of course, nowhere near over. A longer term fix for the well is needed, and the cleanup of […]

Cheaper desalination – water for the world

Posted on: July 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I wrote recently about potential water wars. One reader got into conversation with me, and questioned my assertion that desalination was expensive and therefore not yet a viable solution to the world’s water scarcity problem. Well, I did a bit of digging and found an article in The Economist that not only provides some details, […]

A note to Generation X: Learn How to Manage Up

Posted on: July 13th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The concept of “managing up” is well established in management and leadership theory. As someone who reports to a boss, you need to use many different techniques to get your boss’s attention, and influence your boss to act, think and react in certain ways. This is a critical skill for people at all levels of […]

Three simple information technology tools that you can use to dramatically enhance your business

Posted on: July 12th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Technology advances have dominated the world of work for almost the entire lifetime of anyone reading this article.  Yet, until recently, communication technology has failed to deliver on the promises that were made.  Computers were meant to connect us, to make our lives easier and to take work away from us.  Yet, most of us […]

Digital spectators, fans and customers

Posted on: July 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Recently, I was chatting to an author who taught me a neat trick about getting your book to be listed as an “Amazon bestseller”. It’s not about writing a good book, it’s all about manipulating the system (you get all your friends and family to buy your book on one day, and choose a nice […]

The Silver Tsunami – managing older workers

Posted on: July 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

One of the most important upcoming workforce trends is going to be companies’ ability to attract, retain, engage and effectively manage older workers. Multiple demographic trends are all pointing in this direction, and companies from many different industries would do well to start working on solutions. You can read an excellent article on this issue […]

The Silver Tsunami – managing older workers

Posted on: July 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the most important upcoming workforce trends is going to be companies’ ability to attract, retain, engage and effectively manage older workers. Multiple demographic trends are all pointing in this direction, and companies from many different industries would do well to start working on solutions. You can read an excellent article on this issue […]

Freelancers, eLancers and Cloud workers

Posted on: July 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

We have long been predicting that a significant employment trend in the years ahead will be online freelancers. We have used analogies of the movie industry to prove that it can work. We’ve done book reviews of authors who lay out manifestos of how organisations can be put together in this type of world (the […]

Barack Obama rants against technology and releases Apps at the same time

Posted on: July 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, America’s President ranted against technology. This surprised me because he is the first President to keep his mobile phone (it’s a Blackberry), made extensive use of the Internet (including social media) in his election campaign, and seems to be quite savvy about how to use new media to get his […]

A Looming Crisis: World Water Wars

Posted on: July 1st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

People go to war when their way of life is threatened. I have written before about the many issues we face in the coming years that threaten our way of life. These include global warming/climate change, pollution, pandemics, nuclear bombs, intelligent machines, genetics, and more. More and more I am becoming convinced that the next […]

How we use humour to deal with tragedy

Posted on: June 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is one of those random blog entries I sometimes post with a half thought through point that I know is much bigger than I have time to deal with. So, duly warned… It’s amazing to me that we use humour as a coping tool. Actually, it’s not amazing – humour really is a great […]

America reinvented – as a hub nation

Posted on: June 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The American response to the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a sad sign that the promise of the Obama presidency is unlikely to be fulfilled. Obama promised change – specifically he promised that he would change how America governed itself and how it related to the rest of the world. The internal […]

McKinsey report on Africa – and it's good news!

Posted on: June 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Global consulting company, McKinsey, have just released a report entitled, “Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies” (June 2010). It was part of a larger “package” of reports on Africa (click here to view them all). Their report is bullish on Africa, providing some interesting reading for those with little knowledge […]

McKinsey report on Africa – and it’s good news!

Posted on: June 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Global consulting company, McKinsey, have just released a report entitled, “Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies” (June 2010). It was part of a larger “package” of reports on Africa (click here to view them all). Their report is bullish on Africa, providing some interesting reading for those with little knowledge […]

Glastonbury is not what it used to be

Posted on: June 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

With the UK summer festival season well and truly underway, and the granddaddy of them all, Glastonbury about to finish, I was interested in the analysis of The Spectator. My colleague, Dean, has just recently posted two great blog entries about Baby Boomers and marketing to them, and I wondered whether what has happened to […]

America's (ongoing) dependence on (foreign) oil

Posted on: June 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The BP oil spill provides an opportunity for America to turn inward and think about it’s dependence on oil to make its economy work. Environmentalists have been saying for years that this is a cause of great harm to the planet, and now that such a harm befalls America’s shores maybe it’s time to have […]

America’s (ongoing) dependence on (foreign) oil

Posted on: June 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The BP oil spill provides an opportunity for America to turn inward and think about it’s dependence on oil to make its economy work. Environmentalists have been saying for years that this is a cause of great harm to the planet, and now that such a harm befalls America’s shores maybe it’s time to have […]

Where do you find your music? There's a game for that!

Posted on: June 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We all know that the music industry is in huge trouble. Their fight against the music “pirates” is only going to end in tears – they need to work on new strategies. Luckily, some of the players in the industry are starting to do just that. One clever idea that caught my eye is a […]

Where do you find your music? There’s a game for that!

Posted on: June 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

We all know that the music industry is in huge trouble. Their fight against the music “pirates” is only going to end in tears – they need to work on new strategies. Luckily, some of the players in the industry are starting to do just that. One clever idea that caught my eye is a […]

The modern business plan (by Seth Godin)

Posted on: June 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I’m a big fan of Seth Godin. I recently signed up to get his daily blog entry sent to me by email – these are often just thought bullets, but sometimes he writes a longer piece that’s very insightful and incisive. A few days ago, he suggested a new approach to business plans. I have […]

How various industries are using Twitter

Posted on: June 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Mashable, the social media guide website 10 Ways Universities Are Engaging Alumni Using Social Media Click the title above to access the full story and all the details. The author suggests the following ten uses of social media uses to engage almuni. Some of these may be clever to use with corporate “alumni” too: Helping […]

BP's record – not just an oil spill – and a lesson for us all

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

In March 2007, a blog entry I wrote received quite a lot of attention in the South African press. In it, I suggested that certain industries had the potential to get themselves into a lot of trouble if they chased the goal of improved efficiency to its logical conclusion. The Economist (“Browne Out“, 18 Jan […]

BP’s record – not just an oil spill – and a lesson for us all

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

In March 2007, a blog entry I wrote received quite a lot of attention in the South African press. In it, I suggested that certain industries had the potential to get themselves into a lot of trouble if they chased the goal of improved efficiency to its logical conclusion. The Economist (“Browne Out“, 18 Jan […]

China starts to wake up to sustainability (be afraid, very afraid)

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

About a year ago, I wrote a blog about China and environmental sustainability. It was something Thomas Friedman had written about how he thought America would be able to benefit from the future need to clean up China’s pollution. I think he (and I) failed to understand both the Chinese mindset and the power of […]

Ten emerging technology trends

Posted on: June 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Technology Review recently suggested ten key emerging tech trends. I’d also add a few of my own below. You can see their original list here, with links to the details (as well as links to the similar list from the past six years – nice archive reading!). Each year, Technology Review selects what it believes […]

Don't look now – it's China, but not where you expect her

Posted on: June 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Whenever people talk of China’s role in the world, there are normally two thoughts that spring to mind. China is fast ‘colonising’ the developing world, building key strategic relationships with resource countries around the world. And, manufacturing jobs in the developed world are being taken over by Chinese factories, thus hurting (or destroying) manufacturing employment […]

Don’t look now – it’s China, but not where you expect her

Posted on: June 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Whenever people talk of China’s role in the world, there are normally two thoughts that spring to mind. China is fast ‘colonising’ the developing world, building key strategic relationships with resource countries around the world. And, manufacturing jobs in the developed world are being taken over by Chinese factories, thus hurting (or destroying) manufacturing employment […]

Free video course: Global trends shaping the new world of work

Posted on: June 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The team at SuccessTV do a great job of providing “bite-sized” video resources on hundreds of different topics. And all for free. Check their website out, and use the resources they make available. I recently recorded a short video course on the key trends shaping the new world of work. This is part of my […]

Why supermarkets will fail, and other nonsense predictions

Posted on: June 3rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am sitting in a Leadership Conference in Beijing, China (details here), and listening to Dr Jenny Darroch, a Huffington Post columnist and Professor of Marketing at the Peter F Drucker School & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. She highlighted a really excellent quote from the 1930s about why supermarkets will fail (she also […]

'Here come the girls': How the recession has impacted men (and women) at work

Posted on: June 3rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At least three advertising campaigns are currently using the song, “Here come the girls” (remixed by the Sugarbabes) in the UK. Besides being slightly confusing, it is a reminder that indeed, women are coming to the workplace. They have been since the 1960s, of course, but there have been recent markers that are worth noting. […]

‘Here come the girls': How the recession has impacted men (and women) at work

Posted on: June 3rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At least three advertising campaigns are currently using the song, “Here come the girls” (remixed by the Sugarbabes) in the UK. Besides being slightly confusing, it is a reminder that indeed, women are coming to the workplace. They have been since the 1960s, of course, but there have been recent markers that are worth noting. […]

101 Great YouTube video resources for teachers

Posted on: June 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

I came across an excellent site earlier today, which offered a categorised list of YouTube video resources for teachers. The site seems to have come and gone (and now come back again). It’s such a great resource, I don’t think it should be lost, so I have reproduced it below (and added a few extras […]

Resources for parents

Posted on: June 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At TomorrowToday, we’re focused on helping mainly corporate clients to understand the new world of work. We’re particularly passionate about showing people the importance of inter-personal skills, and helping people change their mindsets about the world, other people and their situations. That’s not a marketing proposition – but it is a passion that drives most […]

Some (more) gems from our archives – valuable reading!

Posted on: June 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This blog has been running since 2003, and has nearly 2,000 individual entries. At one level it is a living library of the “new world of work”, captured as it emerges around us. I have recently taken some time to troll through the archives, from day one, and discovered again some remarkable gems. This is […]

What CEOs really want from their top leadership team

Posted on: June 1st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you ask CEOs what they really want from the people they lead, their answers will indicate the imperative of the age in which they live. If you’d asked that question in the 1950s, for example, they’d probably have answered “technical genius in their field of expertise”. In the 1970s, it was possibly “loyalty and […]

Out of the mouths of babes: Authentic leadership doesn’t pretend

Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few years ago, my business partner, Keith Coats, wrote a superb little book, “Everything I Know About Leadership I Learnt from the Kids” (it’s officially out of print, but you can still buy new copies from Amazon.co.uk and Kalahari.net). The book is written for leaders in all walks of life. Each chapter is a […]

Some hidden gems from our archives – valuable reading!

Posted on: May 30th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This blog has been running since 2003, and has nearly 2,000 individual entries. At one level it is a living library of the “new world of work”, captured as it emerges around us. I have recently taken some time to troll through the archives, from day one, and discovered again some remarkable gems. These articles […]

Gen Y are coming soon to Business Schools

Posted on: May 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In January this year, Business Week magazine did a short but insightful piece on how the next generation of today’s young people might impact higher education – especially business schools. It’s not comprehensive, but it certainly is enough to start a good conversation in the faculty office. I was at a conference at Saïd Business […]

Best blog posts of the last month

Posted on: May 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s been a long time since I have done a “best of” list, and today I plan to do two. The first is the best blog entries of the last month. It’s a been a good month for this blog, and maybe you missed a few of the best entries. Here’s my list, but maybe […]

Seth Godin dreams about how technology can enhance meetings

Posted on: May 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I enjoy Seth Godin – he writes short, sharp blog entries almost every day in which he just gives you a slight shove in a new direction. It’s always refreshing. Today, he is dreaming about how we could use technology to dramatically enhance meetings. He links his thoughts to the launch of the iPad in […]

Just a Thought: Do conferences have to be so dreadfully dull?

Posted on: May 25th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

This is the second in the “Just a Thought” series by Dr Graeme Codrington for the TomorrowToday ezine. (Read his first contribution on Getting Rid of Your IT Department here). Conferences seem to have taken a backward step during the economic downturn. Boring presenters, out-dated content, cheaper venues and food, and old-fashioned technology are all […]

Sir Ken Robinson – 30 minutes of inspiration about learning and the future of education

Posted on: May 24th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am a huge fan of Sir Ken Robinson. He has spoken twice at the TED conferences – once in 2006, and again earlier this year. His two talks follow on from each other, as he talks so brilliantly about education and how we can help the next generation access their futures through creativity in […]

Synthetic Life created – this changes everything

Posted on: May 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

I have been predicting it for some time, and today it was announced! J. Craig Venter runs the company that first sequenced the human genome. Now, his team has created what they’re calling synthetic life. They’ve actually created an entirely synthetic genome, built from chemicals in a lab. They inserted the genome into a cleaned […]

Free WiFi for everyone in Africa (one man’s dream becoming a reality)

Posted on: May 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A recent Fast Company article caught my eye. It was entitled: Kayak.com Cofounder Paul English Plans to Blanket Africa in Free Wireless Internet. This sounds amazing and is worth following. Fast Company give further details: Paul English, the cofounder of travel search engine Kayak.com, wants to blanket all of Africa with free and low-cost Wi-Fi. […]

Book review: Orbiting the Giant Hairball

Posted on: May 17th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am becoming increasingly interested in company structures that are trying to use quantum mechanics (as opposed to Newtonian science) as the basis of their design. The simplest versions of these are linked to the concepts of cloud computing and virtual organisations. Probably the most insightful book I have read on this to date is […]

The 2nd and 3rd billion consumers

Posted on: May 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There are roughly one billion consumers in the world. That’s one billion people who have some money left over at the end of the month for discretionary spending. They can afford (or have access to finance for) motor vehicles and houses, electronic appliances and some luxuries. It’s taken the world about 100 years to spread […]

Content farms – the future of journalism

Posted on: May 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Newspapers and magazines are going through a tough time. Not because of the recession, but because they don’t seem to know what to do with the Internet and the rise of free content. Some are choosing to try and sell their content. Other are trying to find ways to entice more advertisers into their different […]

Crowdsourcing comes to Hollywood

Posted on: May 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I was recently introduced to Peter Vesterbacka, who heads up an innovative company called Wreckamovie. The concept is simple: use social media concepts to facilitate the crowdsourcing of movie making. Or (without the web 2.0 jargon): use the Internet to get thousands of people to contribute to making movies together. Hollywood and the big name […]

Square – accept credit card payments via your cellphone

Posted on: May 11th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

You heard about it here first. My colleague, Dean van Leeuwen wrote about this trend at the beginning of March (read his post on the Future of Money). Something he just mentioned in that post was launched officially today (and picked up by Fast Company magazine – they could read this blog to keep ahead […]

Surviving the recovery – fast times require speed and adaptability

Posted on: May 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I enjoy reading the weekly insights put together in Strategy + Business (the ezine of Booz & Co). Their latest edition carries an excellent article entitled, “Fast Track to Recovery” by Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan. They argue that organizations will have to move quickly to respond to the complex environment of the global markets […]

Geoengineering – part of the solution for a warming planet?

Posted on: May 1st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am convinced by the science: our planet is warming up. This appears to be part of a natural cycle that has flowed through the planet’s history. But it also seems very clear to me that human activity on the planet – especially in relation to generating and consuming energy – is exacerbating the issue. […]

Kopernik: Connecting ideas with users and investors

Posted on: April 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

From the latest Springwise newsletter (make sure you sign up – it’s brilliant): Tech store brings innovation to developing nations One of the most challenging aspects of humanitarian aid is connecting those who generate innovative solutions with those who need them. That’s where Kopernik comes in: a grassroots platform designed to help bring breakthrough technologies […]

Get off the couch and get gaming

Posted on: April 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It started with the Nintendo Wii. The handheld controllers created a revolution in video gaming, with a host of games developed to take advantage of the ability to hold a controller in your hand and wirelessly control the action on screen. The Wii quickly became the standard for active video gaming. But other developers have […]

Technology to connect us: A story before bed (dot com)

Posted on: April 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For most of our lifetime, technology has been accused of driving us apart – of separating us. And we railed against this as human beings. Computers have brought efficiency, but also sterility. They’ve allowed us to communicate, but not connect. I believe that the story behind the story of social media is that finally technology […]

Why the Recession wasn’t worse

Posted on: April 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Fareed Zakaria is the editor of Newsweek International, and wrote an excellent editorial for the magazine’s Davos Special Edition last month. The special edition was entitled, “Is That All?” and looked at the global recession from a number of different perspectives. Zakaria’s editorial was entitled, “The Roots of Stability”. (I can’t find the edition or […]

Why the Recession wasn't worse

Posted on: April 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Fareed Zakaria is the editor of Newsweek International, and wrote an excellent editorial for the magazine’s Davos Special Edition last month. The special edition was entitled, “Is That All?” and looked at the global recession from a number of different perspectives. Zakaria’s editorial was entitled, “The Roots of Stability”. (I can’t find the edition or […]

Facebook’s new LIKE button – for the whole web

Posted on: April 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few days ago, Facebook starting allowing its members to use the “LIKE” function that is well known within Facebook on any website across the Internet. We’re experimenting with it on this blog. The idea is that if you’re logged into Facebook while you’re surfing, then any website can be marked as something that you […]

Employee Engagement Report 2010

Posted on: April 27th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Towers Watson is a global professional services company that does an excellent annual report on employee engagement. Their 2010 edition is available to download here. I have read it through quickly, and was drawn to the section on “Toward a New Employment Proposition”. They suggest that there are three key issues that must underpin employee […]

WTF Goldman Sachs

Posted on: April 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

Most of the time I am able to be even keeled and calm about most things. I have had occasion in life to be in tough, crisis and challenging situations, and have a reputation for being cool, calm and collected. I like to think of myself as even-keeled, balanced and consistent. I also do not […]

Shaping Ideas, 2020 from Ericsson

Posted on: April 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Ericsson have created an absolutely awesome resource. They are interviewing some of the world’s top thinkers about the world in the next decade, and they’re making the videos available for free. These are some of the world’s top communicators, trend watchers and futurists: people like Hans Rosling, Dan Tapscott, Jeff Sachs and more. At present, […]

Speakerrate – tell that speaker what you thought of him

Posted on: April 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a while now, we’ve been talking about going “beyond the hype” of social media (see an article I wrote about this, and our presentation/workshop of the same name). Our argument is that the concepts behind social media will shape the world of work in profound ways. Collaboration, sharing for mutual benefit (and limited, if […]

Volcanic ashclouds, conferences and keynote speakers

Posted on: April 19th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

The disruption to flights in Europe gives us an unprecedented opportunity to innovate at conferences. I speak/facilitate regularly at conferences and away day strategy sessions. Some might think it’s a strange way to make a living, but I love it. Well, all except the travel anyway. And in a week like this one, when Europe’s […]

From the author: IBM’s ‘The Social Factor’

Posted on: April 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Social media is big news right now, of course, and no company I know of is doing more thinking about the overall business implications than IBM. If I had spare cash lying around, I’d definitely buy IBM shares because the more I’ve interacted with their clever people, the more impressed I’ve been at their insight […]

Just a thought: Get rid of your IT department

Posted on: April 12th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 18 Comments

In the first of a series of short, insightful and incisive thought bullets, Dr Graeme Codrington suggests that a significant portion of your IT department should be shut down.  Let your people purchase and manage their own technology, engage more effectively with your younger staff, take advantage of recent advances in IT – and save […]

Why the UK needs a Jon Stewart

Posted on: April 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I really don’t like how the UK media (especially radio and TV) do political interviews. The journalists are exceptionally and unnecessarily antagonistic, and seem much more intent on tripping up their interviewees than finding any facts or truth in the interaction. They’d consider the interview a success if they can corner the interviewee and get […]

The future of digital-inspired fashion clothing

Posted on: April 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

There is no doubt that clothing designed with new digital accessories in mind will have a definite place in the market in the future. Jeans that are designed with purpose-built pockets for mobile phones (with flaps that close tight), or have pouches for memory sticks/flash drives (see WTF Jeans for example) or sleeves that have […]

Why Haiti’s tragedy is Africa’s tragedy too

Posted on: April 7th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a columnist for BizCommunity, and write for them about once a month. My latest contribution reflects on international aid, and why Haiti’s tragedy is a problem for Africa. Haiti has done a remarkable job of ensuring that it keeps in the media’s eye, largely by making it easy for celebrities to travel there […]

Dear Mr Clegg, can I trust you? (The case for a hung parliament)

Posted on: April 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 13 Comments

For immediate release, 6 April 2010 AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LEADER OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS Dear Mr Clegg, Can I trust you? The Prime Minister announced today that the General Election will take place on 6 May 2010. I now have four weeks to choose who to vote for – and it’s not as […]

CNN’s 6 job market trends for 2010

Posted on: April 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

CNN Living recently carried an article by CareerBuilder.com’s Matt Ferguson. In it, he suggests that there are six key workplace trends that employers should be watching. Read his article here. I like his list: 1. Hiring contract workers — Be open to job listings that indicate “contract” or “freelance” work. Still cautious of hiring of […]

CNN's 6 job market trends for 2010

Posted on: April 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

CNN Living recently carried an article by CareerBuilder.com’s Matt Ferguson. In it, he suggests that there are six key workplace trends that employers should be watching. Read his article here. I like his list: 1. Hiring contract workers — Be open to job listings that indicate “contract” or “freelance” work. Still cautious of hiring of […]

Cars that talk to each other – the future of driving and road safety

Posted on: April 3rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Since seeing a presentation by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM on “Tweetjects” – objects that tweet. It’s not just tweeting though. The promise of “augmented reality” is that objects around us will be able to capture, store, transmit and even analyse the data associated with them. Think about it – every object you can see around […]

Generation Y young people – NOT coming soon to a bank near you

Posted on: March 31st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In a report released in February 2010 by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) (download the PDF here – 2.8Mb), the needs of a younger generation of banking customers was investigated. It makes for interesting reading. Some of the highlights include the fact that 85% of young people (“Gen Y” – teenagers and 20-somethings) report […]

The challenge of doing business in China

Posted on: March 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a regular reader of Booz Hamilton & Co’s newsletter, S+B (Strategy + Business). I’d highly recommend you sign up for it – here. In their latest edition, their lead article was titled “The China Challenge” and presents an interesting view of the challenges facing (mainly US) companies that want to do business in […]

The Amazing Baby Boomers (and why they refuse to grow old)

Posted on: March 26th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Over the years, I have done some work with YPO – the Young Presidents Organisation. They are an invitation only network and peer mentoring organisation for successful entrepreneurs with the goal of personal and business improvement – for themselves and their families. I have always enjoyed my interactions with the organisation and their members. Their […]

The coming revolution in microinsurance

Posted on: March 25th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

There has been a lot made of microlending in the past few years – most notably in the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to Grameen Bank founder Mohammed Younis for his work in Bangladesh. Now, throughout the developing world, there is a rush to bring other financial services to the “unbanked” of the world. […]

New gas markets are opening up

Posted on: March 25th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

One of the major issues we are all facing is the looming energy crisis. Dwindling oil supplies, pollution from dirty energy sources (such as oil and coal) and growing fears around global warming are all combining to create a fairly bleak future. The solutions are systemic and must be multi-faceted, including reducing the amount of […]

Who might be the big winner in cloud computing and virtualization

Posted on: March 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

It’s not who you think… But, then it never is, is it? Video games didn’t come from Mattel or Waddingtons. Horse and cart manufacturers never really got into motor cars. Fountain pen manufacturers didn’t come up with the ballpoint. And Google didn’t come from the Yellow Pages. In the last few weeks, I have done […]

After healthcare reform – quick predictions for the path ahead

Posted on: March 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

This started as a note on my Facebook status update last night, as I watched the historic vote in the US in favour of healthcare reform. I truly believe this is a step in the right direction for America. But, the build up has proven how deep the divides run in America right now. When […]

Airport security is a sham

Posted on: March 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My team and I travel a lot. We have literally millions of air miles between us over the past decade. And we all hate airports and airlines. We mainly hate them because they lie to you. It can’t be that difficult to keep passengers up to date with what is happening when things don’t go […]

How Gen Y sees the Gen gap

Posted on: March 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The 11 March 2010 edition of the TIME magazine had a great cover article on “10 ideas for the next 10 years“. In the same edition, Nancy Gibbs (who has often written on generational issues for TIME), wrote an interesting short piece on how young people perceive the generation gap these days. It’s an interesting […]

What you could get away with… if you were a corporation (by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show)

Posted on: March 18th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Daily Show, by Jon Stewart, is one of my TV habits. It’s a satirical news show, that specialises in showing up the political and corporate establishments for their hyprocrisy. Their staple diet is to take sound bites from the day’s news, and then contrast this with archive footage from the same person a few […]

Africa’s Gift to Silicon Valley: How to Track a Crisis

Posted on: March 17th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A report under this title appeared in the New York Times on 12 March 2010. It’s a great example of a few things, but especially of the power of social media, and the fact that innovation (and competition) can come from anywhere these days. Read the story of how technology developed in the aftermath of […]

Lessons from Kraft shutting a Cadbury factory

Posted on: March 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today, Kraft executives came before the British Parliament to answer queries about the closure of a Cadbury’s factory near Bristol with the loss of 400 jobs. The reporting on this by the news media is sloppy and sensation-seeking. Kraft is positioned as the “evil empire”, too arrogant to even send its CEO to the hearings. […]

A Radical Proposal for Executive Pay

Posted on: March 15th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

Everyone agrees that something must be done about executive pay. One of the major contentious issues emerging out of the financial crisis is the way that senior executives and manager, especially in the financial industries, are remunerated. These days, executive pay often seems to be unrelated to the company’s performance, and in many industries it […]

Why do corporates act like machines when dealing with clients?

Posted on: March 10th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a big fan of Lucy Kellaway, a Financial Times journalist who is on a mission to expose and expunge the stupid and idiotic practices of the corporate world. Having been doing it for many years, she now has many eyes and ears around the UK, and is constantly sent excruciating examples that she […]

Facebook killers?

Posted on: March 9th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Today, the UK press is full of headlines about Peter Chapman, the rapist and murderer sentenced yesterday to 35 years in jail. He has been labelled the ‘Facebook Murderer’ – and that really irritates me. He connected with unsuspecting young women through Facebook, wooing them and trying to lure them into face to face meetings […]

Why Gen Y isn’t buying from you

Posted on: March 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently sent this extract from an article entitled: “Why Generation Y isn’t buying your products”. I think it was originally published in the “Retail Customer Experience” magazine. It is a reasonably good insights into how we need to be thinking if we want to connect with a different generation of young people, especially […]

New climate change research verifies human causes

Posted on: March 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Since the so-called “Climate-gate scandal” that erupted just before the Copenhagen conference last year, journalists and those denying human causes for climate change have felt quite good about themselves – as if the “Climate-gate scandal” had vindicated their position. If you don’t believe that there is a link between human activity and climate change, then […]

When social media grows up… it will change everything

Posted on: March 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 32 Comments

Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team – we call that “Beyond the Hype“. Contact our UK or South African offices to find out how. PS – make sure you read the […]

Cars that talk to each other – the future of road safety and driving

Posted on: March 3rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Since seeing a presentation by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM on “Tweetjects” – objects that tweet. It’s not just tweeting though. The promise of “augmented reality” is that objects around us will be able to capture, store, transmit and even analyse the data associated with them. Think about it – every object you can see around […]

Gen Y are not a pushover

Posted on: March 1st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Miranda Devine is a Sydney Morning Herald columnist, and recently wrote an excellent piece on Australia’s Gen Y (young people now in the teens and early 20s). She had just witnessed a group of 400 of them grilling Kevin Rudd, the Aussie PM – and they had given him a rough time. It’s well worth […]

Relationship without investment – the example of online dating sites

Posted on: February 24th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

My business partner, Barrie Bramley, has come up with a fantastic phrase to describe one of the foundational principles of social networking: “Relationship without investment“. I think he’s spot on with this. That’s why the Oxford Dictionary voted “unfriend” the word of the year for 2009. It’s easy now to become someone’s “friend” (I have […]

Role models for a new generation of young women?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am the father of three pre-teen daughters, which is why I am very interested in the role models currently fighting for the attention of adolescent and pre-pubescent girls. So far, Miley Cyrus is a clear winner. I’m happy with that – old fashioned family values, Christian heritage, sickly sweet country-inspired music with inspiring lyrics, […]

A breakup, bowiechick, webcams and Logitech’s increased sales

Posted on: February 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

I am currently at the F-Secure partners conference in Vienna, Austria, and have been listening to Richard Gatarski speak about a passion for social media. One incredible story illustrates the power that new social media forms have to influence brands, and how little many established companies (even those who sell products and services that are […]

Mandela’s release is announced – 20 years ago today

Posted on: February 2nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

1989 was a momentous year all around the world. I wrote about it last year, as each month we rolled through the “twenty years on” anniversaries of everything from Tiananmen Square (June), the Ayatollah’s funeral chaos in Iran (June), hands across the Baltic Way (August), the Berlin Wall (November), Prague’s Velvet Revolution (November), Ceaucescu trial […]

3-d TV is here

Posted on: January 29th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This weekend, Sky TV in the UK will become the first to broadcast a live sports event in 3-d. This is a preview of regular channel that will be launched by Sky in April. It will be available at no extra cost to anyone with an HD box. Read the press release here. The way […]

How to keep your staff as the recovery begins

Posted on: January 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The UK is officially out of recession, as are most countries around the world. You couldn’t call it “bouyant” yet, but the recovery has started. Over the next few months and years, it will gain momentum. One of the unintended consequences of the recovery will be that many companies will lose their best staff. We […]

America must act now to set up the next 50 years of economic growth

Posted on: January 28th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I first saw Elizabeth Warren about 6 months ago on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. She is the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to monitor TARP (The Troubled Asset Relief Program – central to America’s bailout). In the few minutes she had on the show, she gave an overview of American economic development […]

A banking revolution?

Posted on: January 25th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Accenture recently put out a report entitled, “Banking 2012: Preparing for a revolution”. How I’d love to believe they are right. The executive summary says that the banks that will succeed are those that focus on transparency, simplicity and renewed customer-centricity. Amen to that, I’d say. But there is more to this report than just […]

Generations and Culture

Posted on: January 21st, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Generational theory attempts to explain some of the differences between young and old people, and how they act, react and interact in different environments. Our value systems are shaped by factors such as culture, religion, gender, personality, class and socio-economics. But they are also shaped by the era in which we are born, and moulded […]

Hollywood, explain this… (Avatar breaks two very different records)

Posted on: January 16th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

In almost every country it is being shown, James Cameron’s latest movie, Avatar is breaking box office records. It has already made over $ 1 billion, and is well on its way to being the best selling movie of all time. It is already listed in IMDB’s top 50 greatest movies of all time. But, […]

Good leaders share the pain with their teams

Posted on: January 14th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

This coming year is likely to see continued difficulties in most companies. Recovery is on its way, but it will be slow, and profits are likely to be low. In this environment, many companies are going to ask staff to forego salary increases (and even possibly accept decreases) and bonuses. Unfortunately, their bosses are unlikely […]

Get used to the cold and blame global warming

Posted on: January 10th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

This is just a short comment on something I can’t believe I keep hearing in the media. Well, to be honest, I only hear it from those that hold ludicrous beliefs to start with. But I have heard a few times in the last week that “so much for global warming”, or “they said global […]

Five upcoming changes in the way we work

Posted on: January 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

Tammy Erickson, Harvard Business Review contributor and author of multiple books, including Retire Retirement and Workforce Crisis, has written about the five key changes she is expecting in the workplace in 2010. What do you think? Do you agree with her? Two-job norm — More people will maintain two sources of income than ever before. […]

A looming retirement crisis for Boomers (with lots of opportunities)

Posted on: January 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

We have argued many times on this blog that the Baby Boomers are going to redefine retirement (for example, here, here and here). In fact, we even thought we were very clever using the phrase “retyrement” to describe what we think will actually happen. We’ve had a presentation called “Prime Time” about it. And one […]

It's 2010 – where are the flying cars? (OR how you predict the future)

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here we are. It’s 2010. In 1968, Stanley Kubrick brought us “2001: A Space Odyssey“. In 1984 (yes, Orwell would have been proud), Arthur C Clarke’s “2010” made it to the cinemas. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, “near future” movies tended to be set sometime in 2001 or 2010. Well, here we are. And there […]

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In December 09, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work – an introduction to what we do, and the concept that drives our thinking The New […]

After Shock interview podcast

Posted on: January 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

One of our most read blog posts of all times has been “After Shock” – a look at the five forces that will cause disruptive change in the next decade. Since we posted it in December, it has received huge interest and has had numerous requests for republishing and extracts. One request came from Peter […]

IBM’s annual “Five in Five” list

Posted on: January 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Every year since 2006, IBM has released a “five in five” list. It’s their top five innovations they expect to see impacting the world in the next five years, according to a poll of their customers and staff. They are obviously not always right. Five years ago, they were predicting Remote Healthcare Prognosis, Real-time speech […]

IBM's annual "Five in Five" list

Posted on: January 5th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Every year since 2006, IBM has released a “five in five” list. It’s their top five innovations they expect to see impacting the world in the next five years, according to a poll of their customers and staff. They are obviously not always right. Five years ago, they were predicting Remote Healthcare Prognosis, Real-time speech […]

2010 will be an important – but bad – year for green business

Posted on: January 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Cop15, the global conference in Copenhagen last year, produced about as much as anyone could have expected (a lot less than was hoped) – a fudged solution that requires much further discussion and negotiation. And in the UK, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (the renamed Carbon Reduction Commitment) initial deadline for creating baselines was pushed […]

Why unemployment will rise as the economy recovers in 2010

Posted on: December 17th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 6 Comments

This is a simple insight, but might help a few people as they think ahead to 2010. At this time of year it is fashionable to make all sorts of predictions for the year ahead – since I am a futurist and make my money by helping people to make sense of the new world […]

British Airways cabin crew on strike – how to strike back!

Posted on: December 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I hope you’re expecting a calm analysis of yesterday’s announcement of a 12 day strike of British Airways cabin crew, effectively grounding the airline over the busy Christmas holiday season (remember schools only break up this coming Friday in the UK, so the holidays are for two […]

Who owns the moon?

Posted on: December 14th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is not a frivolous question. China is making great strides towards a presence in space – as is India. Russia, the UK, the EU and the USA are already there. And it’s not all about national pride and the “because it’s there” motivation. It is highly likely that there are some very useful and […]

Capturing the Asian Opportunity

Posted on: December 11th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

S+B (Strategy + Business) is a great ezine from Booz & Co. This week’s edition focuses on where multinational companies might want to focus as the recession draws to an end and an upturn begins. And the place to look is probably Asia – if you have a clear focus. Read their article at their […]

Which movie does that come from? (Wonder know more!)

Posted on: December 11th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I picked up a tweet recently which talked of a great new resource called MovieClips. Simple concept – you can remember a line from a movie, but cannot for the life of you remember which movie it’s from. You could search the Internet Movie Database or Google, of course, and find a text reference to […]

Seth Godin on How to protect your ideas in the digital age

Posted on: December 8th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I have never done much to try and protect my intellectual capital. Some of my friends who are in the same profession – authors, speakers, consultants – agree with me, and others think I am nuts. My view is that the best way to keep ahead of the pack is not to protect what I […]

A lesson in personalisation – your very own font

Posted on: December 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the trends we’ve been tracking for some time at TomorrowToday is the growing desire for personalisation. This is more than mere customisation. It is about creating something completely unique and tailored specifically for a particular individual. Nike was one of the first to make the news with their offering of customised shoes – […]

Book Review – Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Posted on: December 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Chris Anderson is the editor of Wired, one of my favourite magazines. He has written two great books based on HBR articles. The first was “The Long Tail” – an awesome concept (Google it). Now, he has offered us another view of how the Internet is changing the world. It’s “Free”. A deputy editor at […]

S+B’s Best Business Books of 2009

Posted on: December 3rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If you want to read their reasoning, and some excellent background comments, start here. All I […]

S+B's Best Business Books of 2009

Posted on: December 3rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If you want to read their reasoning, and some excellent background comments, start here. All I […]

TIDES of Change: the five trends disrupting business in the next 5 years

Posted on: December 3rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 9 Comments

Updated in May 2010 Download a copy of this article in PDF format – right click here. The contents of this article can be presented as a keynote or a workshop for your team. Contact our UK or South African offices to find out how. As the world slowly emerges out of recession over the […]

Book review: Upstarts

Posted on: November 26th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was sent the following book review from a trusted friend. I have not read the book yet, but have it on order, and trust the guy who sent me the review. It looks like a good read… Upstarts!: How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit from […]

The James Martin 21st Century School – understanding the future

Posted on: November 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a huge fan of James Martin. Not the celebrity chef. Nor the inventor of the aircraft ejection seat. Nor any of the other famous James Martins. I am a huge fan of James Martin the futurist and author of one of the best books of all time, “The Meaning of the 21st Century” […]

Cleaning up the game (ban Henry from World Cup, and boycott Gillette?)

Posted on: November 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 6 Comments

For the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about corporate corruption. It can probably be traced back to Enron, and the spate of corporate scandals that emerged at about the same time. More recently, the economic downturn has exposed some amazingly brazen corporate scandals, topped by the grand theft masterminded by […]

It’s (still) good to be good

Posted on: November 12th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the trends we’ve been tracking for some time is the rise of the ethical consumer. This growing group of customers do not simply look at your product or service through the traditional lessons of price, availability and value for money. They’re increasingly asking tougher questions, including: who made this?, how much are they […]

The PM’s misspelt letter – a parable of modern Britain?

Posted on: November 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Poor old Gordon Brown. The Prime Minister of Britain just can’t seem to do anything right. This past week, he did what he always does, which is to hand write a letter of condolence to a bereaved family member. Every time a British soldier dies, Gordon Brown writes a personal letter to the family. But […]

The future for banks and a better way to pay bankers

Posted on: November 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

POSTED 10 November 2009; UPDATED 11 November 2009 One story is going to run for the next 3-5 years at least: how to fix the banking system. The big media headline grabbing story is how to regulate bankers’ pay. It appears as if bankers don’t know how much their image has been tarnished, or how […]

1989 – a year that changed everything (everywhere)

Posted on: November 9th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. In just a few weeks, we’ll also celebrate twenty years since the Velvet Revolution (Prague, 17 November), the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu (Bucharest, 25 December), the release of Nelson Mandela (Cape Town, 11 February, 1990) and the stepping down of Pinochet in Chile (March […]

The Twitter interview

Posted on: November 2nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently interviewed by a journalist on the issue of Twitter and social media, and how it might impact traditional media. It was a fairly focused interview – not broad ranging – but you might be interested in some of the thoughts that emerged. Q1. How has Twitter changed the landscape of social networking? […]

Office Technology, Boomers and Generation X & Y

Posted on: October 27th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For most Boomers (born 1950s and 60s), the office had the best technology – much better than they had at home. I started work at KPMG Johannesburg in the early 1990s, when they had just imported over 100 Apple System 7 “luggable” computers. This gave KPMG more computing power than the USA government had at […]

Office Technology, Boomers and Generation X & Y

Posted on: October 27th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For most Boomers (born 1950s and 60s), the office had the best technology – much better than they had at home. I started work at KPMG Johannesburg in the early 1990s, when they had just imported over 100 Apple System 7 “luggable” computers. This gave KPMG more computing power than the USA government had at […]

The military needs to change

Posted on: October 27th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In our latest presentation, “After Shock“, we talk about the five drivers of disruptive change that are shaping the new world of work. One of these is institutional change. The institutions of the world are the pillars of our society – things like the financial system, the political system, family structures, religion and so on. […]

What it means to “be British” – a response to Nick Griffin

Posted on: October 24th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Like 8 million other Britons, I watched BBC’s “Question Time” on Thursday night. Nick Griffin, the head of the British National Party (a right wing party who restrict membership to white’s only and want to keep Britain “British” – by which they mean white, Caucasian) was given a place on the stage alongside other panel […]

Was I only dreaming?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last night I had the wierdest experience. I woke up in the early hours of the morning, wakened by a disturbing moment in a fairly vivid dream (the contents of which are not important for this story). My throat was parched, and I needed a glass of water. I knew I had an empty glass […]

The Recession Generation

Posted on: October 21st, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Each generation is defined by the economic experience of its youth. The generation now finishing university and entering a dire job market will be shaped by this experience forever. This generation is what we call the cusp between Generation X and Generation Y. This week’s Spectator magazine contains an excellent cover article that explains them […]

This is not your father's Mail strike

Posted on: October 21st, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting in a hotel in Birmingham, watching the live press conference where the CWU is announcing that the planned UK postal strike will go ahead from tomorrow (Thursday, 22 October 2009). There is the typical bluster of Unions to Employers rhetoric, and I have little interest in the details of the strike. The […]

This is not your father’s Mail strike

Posted on: October 21st, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting in a hotel in Birmingham, watching the live press conference where the CWU is announcing that the planned UK postal strike will go ahead from tomorrow (Thursday, 22 October 2009). There is the typical bluster of Unions to Employers rhetoric, and I have little interest in the details of the strike. The […]

Halliburton, rape and mad Republicans

Posted on: October 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I cannot tell you how much I wish I was wrong. A large part of my job is to try and track trends – especially those issues that will shape the new world of work. Every now and again our team at TomorrowToday gets to check in and see whether we were right or not. […]

Space Tourism is 18 months away

Posted on: October 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last Thursday, Sir Richard Branson updated shareholders in Virgin Group on “Virgin Galactic”, the company that has taken $200,000 deposits from over 200 people for seats on the first commercial near-orbit flight. However, his announcement indicated that the first flight would be reserved for his family (an a few friends and some journalists, too, no […]

How, when and why I Tweet and Blog

Posted on: October 16th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I’m often asked how I use social media, so I thought it might be helpful to do a quick blog about it. Not because you really care about me, but because it might help spark some thoughts about how you use social media and because it might help you get more out of this website […]

Surprise! Creating experiences for your customers

Posted on: October 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

For many years now, we’ve been telling our clients that one of the keys to connecting with younger customers (Generations X and Y) is to add an experience to your offering. No longer are the traditional “Ps” of marketing (product, price, placement and promotion – and even people) enough. You need to create experiences that […]

Good to Great… to Gone!

Posted on: October 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 10 Comments

Jim Collins got it wrong. Not totally wrong, but wrong enough that we need to be careful (as always) about who we listen to when designing companies for future success. Too often, leaders take a shortcut and blindly apply models they find somewhere else, without doing the work to adapt it to their culture and […]

A happiness bank – connecting helpers with those who need help

Posted on: October 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am doing some work in Estonia in a few days time, and so have been watching the wires for news reports from that country. One of these really jumped out at me. “Estonians to lauch world’s first e-Bank of Happiness” – read the story here. The concept is simple: bring together those who are […]

Marcus Buckingham takes aim at women

Posted on: October 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The guy is no fool. Marcus Buckingham, author and strengths uber-guru, knows what he is doing. He first shot to prominence with a series of books about personal strengths. I think that his book, “Now, Discover Your Strengths” (also sold under the title of “Strengths Finder 2.0″ – see Kalahari or Amazon to buy it) […]

Now it gets interesting – music industry, file sharing, Lily Allen and Dan Bull

Posted on: September 28th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For a while now, we’ve been using the music industry as an example of an industry that has not understood the radical shifts taking place in the new world of work. Our new presentation, After Shock, focuses on the five drivers of disruptive change every industry needs to face. The music industry has to especially […]

A Talent Exodus ahead? Surviving the upturn

Posted on: September 26th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I am becoming increasingly concerned for my top corporate clients. As we rumble past the bottom of the business cycle and begin the long upwards climb towards recovery, many companies are starting to congratulate themselves. “Well done, we survived a Great Recession”. But I fear their celebrations may be premature. Of course, the recovery will […]

UK retirement age stays at 65 (for now)

Posted on: September 25th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

For a few years now, we have been predicting that the Baby Boomer generation (born after World War II, into the 1950s and 60s) will not retire. In fact, we think we’re quite clever when we say they’ll more likely re-tyre. We’ve even developed a presentation on the topic that we called, “Prime Time”. (See […]

Conferences of the future – more online / more connecting

Posted on: September 8th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

New and ever improving telecommunication technologies have improved how we communicate. From the first telegrams to virtual reality holographic conference rooms, we’ve come a long way. The key now is not so much the technology (we have the technical ability to put a 3-d representation of a person live on stage anywhere in the world, […]

HBR: Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation

Posted on: September 8th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last week, The Harvard Business Review issued a new white paper illustrating that sustainability strategies are not a bottom line drain to business, but the most effective way to create competitive advantage moving forward. The authors, Ram Nidumolu, C.K. Prahalad and M.R. Rangaswami, are well known for their future focused views, and I think their […]

Online video training on saving energy and saving money

Posted on: August 31st, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

For some years now, we’ve been tracking the issues related to climate change, global warming and the business case for sustainability. We are convinced that these issues are critical for businesses everywhere – not as a nice to have, but for very good business reasons. We’ve put our money where our mouth is. Working together […]

What Microsoft’s “racism” teaches us about ourselves

Posted on: August 28th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The ether is alive with enraged twits, tweeting and blogging on about Microsoft’s racist blunder. If you’ve not heard the buzz, it has to do with MS photoshopping an advert as it transported it from the US (where it features a white woman, older black man, and an Asian man) to Poland (where it now […]

Motivation: Harvard's 'powerful new model'

Posted on: August 24th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Harvard Business Review’s ‘summer reading’ (their big summer edition) has a big piece on motivation. This is obviously because motivation can take a big dip during an economic downturn, when the pressure is on and the incentives are low. They trumpet a “powerful new model” in a piece written by Nitin Nohria, Boris Groysberg and […]

Seeing the world through your customer’s eyes – your key to growing your business

Posted on: August 24th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I regularly write articles for magazines and journals. Some of these really strike a chord, and just “work”. Here is a recent article that has been getting a lot of comment, and has been helpful to business leaders trying to cope with the economic downturn. See the original article at The Entrepreneur magazine SA, or […]

Competing rights and freedom claims

Posted on: August 21st, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In a world of increasing complexity, we will continually need to deal with competing claims and rights (and the flip side, too, of responsibilities). America, as the sole superpower, must currently find a balance between “bringing freedom to the world” and protecting its own national interests. It is internally engaged in raucous debates about the […]

The future of the global economy – see the encouraging trends

Posted on: August 20th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The New York Times website recently carried an amazing interactive graph showing the last 40 years of economic indicators from the OECD countries. It’s fascinating reading…. er, watching. The key point they’re trying to make is that industrial production usually picks up after a recovery begins, whereas indicators like the stock market and consumer confidence […]

The increasing bankruptcy of 24 hour news media

Posted on: August 20th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I enjoy Jon Stewart’s Daily Show – the satirical news program from the States. Sometimes puerile, sometimes just dumb, but quite often genius, it is an (irreverent) look into US politics, culture and media. This past week, Stewart once again poked fun at the US media giants and the dumbing down of mainstream news media. […]

Challenges – and solutions – to Work-Life Balance

Posted on: August 14th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A recent report from the Corporate Executive Board was summarised by Brian Kropp on the Talent Management blog. Read it online at their site, or an extract below: Challenges to Work-Life Balance by Brian Kropp The uncertain economic environment has placed tremendous personal and workplace pressure on employees. Corporate Executive Board (CEB) analysis has shown […]

How (not) to do business like Jack Welch

Posted on: August 14th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Since leaving GE, Jack Welch has refused to retire gracefully or quietly. He has continued to stay vocal and keep his profile in the media, especially by writing and disseminating business advice. I suppose one shouldn’t begrudge him this – after all, he was branded “Manager of the Century” by TIME magazine, after nearly a […]

Nine Reasons Why You Must Improve the Environmental Performance of Your Business

Posted on: August 11th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Whether or not you’re convinced by science and media reports on global warming, there is no doubt that our planet is under pressure at the moment. Things must change, and the governments of the world – not to mention increasingly vocal activists – have started to put pressure on companies and individuals to reduce energy […]

The Bruno Movie – unhelpful cultural analysis

Posted on: July 26th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

OK, so maybe the title of this post is a bit over the top. But the new movie from Sacha Baron-Cohen (aka Ali G, aka Borat), which portrays him as a gay Austrian television presenter, has the stated aim of providing cultural analysis. His goal is to shed light on inconsistent prejudice. Lofty goals indeed. […]

Secrets of success in The Emotion Economy

Posted on: July 20th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The industrial economy was based on ‘make and sell.’ Take, for instance, the massive production of Henry Ford’s cars and his dictum, ‘you can have any colour you like as long as you like black.’ But, back in Henry Ford’s time there was little regard for the customer. The focus was on the production process. […]

Jim Collins on why companies fail

Posted on: July 17th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Jim Collins, author of the best sellers “Good to Great” (buy at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) and “Built to Last” (buy at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) has now turned his attentions to failed companies (he does have a lot to choose from right now). Anyway, his new book is “How The Mighty Fall” (buy at Amazon.co.uk or […]

Getting it very, very wrong! The Spectator on Global Warming

Posted on: July 16th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a fan of The Spectator magazine. I am normally quick to point out that I do not support their underlying political persuasion (which can head in the direction of Conservatism quite quickly) – this is important in the UK, where magazines and newspapers are very […]

Don’t mess with your customers

Posted on: July 16th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

My good mate, Steve Simpson, creator of UGRs (unwritten ground rules – still one of the cleverest management tools I’ve ever seen!), just posted this story on his blog. The new world of work is going to filled with this type of story – especially, I fear to say, in the airline industry where everyone […]

How teenagers consume media (UK report)

Posted on: July 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

How Teenagers Consume Media: the report that shook the City This is the full copy of the research note written by Matthew Robson (aged 15 years and seven months), an intern at Morgan Stanley, which caused a stir after it was published by them. Reported in The Guardian, 13 July 2009 MY COMMENTS first, though: […]

The war for talent is still on – and it’s going to get worse

Posted on: July 11th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a talent exodus as soon as the recession begins to end – your best employees who […]

The war for talent is still on – and it's going to get worse

Posted on: July 11th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a talent exodus as soon as the recession begins to end – your best employees who […]

Can I Clean Your Clock? Why China must wake up to clean power

Posted on: July 7th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Thomas Friedman is one of my favourite authors. He has a knack for a good story, and the insight to help us understand what the story means for how the world is changing. His latest column in the New York Times helps to frame the global energy crisis differently. And it’s very, very clever. He […]

Why my generation mourns Michael Jackson

Posted on: July 7th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

As in life, so in death. I am watching the live broadcast of Michael Jackson’s gaudy memorial service at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, complete with golden coffin. Forgotten – for a moment at least – are the excesses and eccentricities of a very troubled individual. Today, the world mourns one of the greatest […]

The author as performer

Posted on: June 25th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The FT (Financial Times) had a great piece recently on how authors are now using the art of dramatic storytelling to enhance the value they add when doing live presentations based on their books. Specifically focusing on Malcolm Gladwell (who seems to be living my dream life) and TED, it’s a great read if you’re […]

The cost of (dis)engagement

Posted on: June 23rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Research Works recently released a series of reports from the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation. Download them here. Research Works found that about a quarter of all employees are “actively disengaged,” meaning they don’t care about about their jobs at all. These are the people who don’t make […]

Getting Gen Y into your businesses NOW

Posted on: June 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Michael Rendell, partner and global head of human resource services at PricewaterhouseCoopers recently said the following: “With the global economic downturn presenting organisations with serious immediate challenges, businesses need to work even harder to balance short-term pressures with long-term objectives. This means acting now to manage the demographic changes that will impact their ability to […]

Sustainability – how to engage employees

Posted on: June 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

by Ben Kellard, 27th May 2009 Reposted extract from: Forum for the Future How can you embed sustainability in a way that motivates employees? It’s a challenge for many leaders faced with the question of how to maintain the momentum of their sustainability strategy, especially in a recession. The case for using sustainability to motivate […]

HR 2018: Future View

Posted on: June 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

What will human resources look like a decade from now? This is the question asked of HR Execs by Workforce Management magazine. You can read their full report here. The headlines are fairly unsurprising. I really hope that HR is shaken up more than this in the next ten years. But, they are insightful in […]

How to reduce energy at school – world class example

Posted on: June 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I am involved with a project management company called SEDS – Sustainable Energy Design Solution. The focus of this company is to help organisations of all types to save energy, save money and secure our future. They have a very clever four step model for doing this, involving measuring current usage (and establishing targets which […]

Climate change: The biggest global-health threat of the 21st century

Posted on: June 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is what the top flight medical journal, The Lancet, says. In the latest edition, an article entitled “Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change” makes this claim. See this article, and other similar ones here. The article is a collaboration between Lancet and University College London Institute for Global Health Commission. It is a […]

TIME magazine: The Future of Work

Posted on: June 8th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I think they do it every other year, and it makes a great cover. TIME magazine at the end of May 2009 was focused on the issue of ‘The Future of Work’. You can read it at TIME’s website, or below. The article takes the form of ten short insights. The highlights for me are: […]

The Meaning of the 21st Century

Posted on: June 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

One of the most important books I have read in the last year is James Martin’s “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (Buy it at Amazon or Kalahari). The subtitle explains: The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. You can hear me talking about it on a ClassicFM book review show. I recently came across the […]

Keith Coats profiled – Global trends shaping the world of work

Posted on: June 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Keith Coats, director and co-founder of TomorrowToday, is speaking in Sweden soon, at the invitation of the King. His topic is on the Global trends shaping the new world of work. Keith has been profiled on a number of websites. Check out this profile in the latest Speakers of Note ezine. See his full profile […]

What on earth is going on

Posted on: June 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

As you know, TomorrowToday tracks societal trends. We help our clients to understand the implications of shifts and changes in technology, demography, institutions and societal values. Every now and again, we come across people who are doing an excellent job in both tracking and visually communicating the types of information and trends that we think […]

Graeme Codrington suggests books on Classic FM

Posted on: May 29th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Graeme Codrington was recently interviewed on Classic FM’s “JSE Direct” show. It is a book review show, and Graeme highlighted two books he feels everyone should be reading, if they are interested in tracking key trends that will be shaping the world of work over the next 10-20 years. They are: Ken Dytchwald, “Age Power” […]

Top tips for mentoring the next generation of talent

Posted on: May 17th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

In tough times, people matter. Ensuring your staff are passionate and focused is a critical leadership task right now. One of the most effective techniques for motivating your younger staff in particular is to provide ongoing development for them, especially providing access to senior leaders and mentoring. Here are some tips to help you make […]

Forbes says recession will be over next month

Posted on: May 6th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

The research team at Forbes.com reckon that the signs are good that we will have a sharp V shaped downturn, and that we’re now at the bottom. Read their justification for this bold view at their website, or below.

Green shoots of hope

Posted on: May 4th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Times are tough, and it’s easy to feel down when thinking about business at the moment. I know that in hard times there are opportunities. I know that it’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it (this lesson from my friend, W Mitchell). But there is a recession on, and it […]

PWC “Millennials at work” survey

Posted on: April 27th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The “Millennials at Work” research to be published by PricewaterhouseCoopers later this year is based on survey responses from over 4200 graduates in 44 countries (click here to see last year’s survey). The headline results include some interesting insights into how this younger generation thinks about ethics and their company. Young members of staff especially […]

The Budget 09 – what we really want is not what we really need

Posted on: April 22nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Alistair Darling will announce the UK budget today. What most people are looking for is stability, discipline, precision and control. Together with reliability and efficiency, these are precisely the traits that Max Weber, the renowned German sociologist, listed as the pinnacle of social organisation and the basis of excellence business structure and strategy. It might […]

Reducing carbon by charging companies in the UK

Posted on: April 12th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Are you prepared for the Carbon Reduction Commitment? This is the title of an article about Britain’s plan to force companies, organisations, institutions and authorities to reduce their energy usage over the next few years. Many organisations don’t know that they will be required to report to – and pay significant amounts of money to […]

A billboard made of money – it cost a billion dollars!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Zimbabwe has been so messed up by Bob Mugabe that their currency is worth nothing. Literally. For the last year or more, bank notes have had expiry dates on them. When these expire the money is useless. Actually, because of hyperinflation, the money is mainly useless anyway. A Zimbabwean newspaper used a billion of these […]

The green industry and the recession

Posted on: April 3rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The “green” industry – a catchall phrase that refers to alternative energy creation, environmentally friendly products and low carbon upgrades to infrastructure – is growing. With some setbacks due to a low oil price, the sector nevertheless offers great business opportunities. The European Commission is to invest €105 billion (£97 billion) in green projects in […]

Where Leaders of Talent Get Their Edge

Posted on: March 28th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A business colleague, Julien Salvi, owns an excellent company, Teneo, that runs European talent management and employee engagement conferences. You can see details at their website – especially see their upcoming conference on employee engagement. He sent me the following information recently. It’s really interesting what some top talent managers are focusing on at the […]

A new way of looking at inheritance is needed

Posted on: March 26th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you read this blog regularly, you might have spotted that last week’s Spectator magazine has been on my reading list. It just happened to be a fairly thought provoking edition. Here is another thought it sparked for me. When the world changes, we need to change too. As demographics change, the institutions of the […]

Gary Hamel on Generation Y

Posted on: March 25th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

Gary Hamel, the best selling author and global guru on innovation, has turned his attentions to the impact that the next generation of young people is having on the workplace. Hamel’s latest book is on the Future of Management, and he believes that the recession is simply adding force to some major changes already underway […]

How to get kids to look at great art (and enjoy it)

Posted on: March 24th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A good friend of mine recently asked me why a self-professed social liberal reads The Spectator magazine. It’s simple really – as an author, I enjoy reading great writing, and I don’t think there is better use of the English language in popular print than The Spectator. I also don’t believe you should only read […]

Incorrect Thinking in the Financial Crisis

Posted on: March 24th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

You can’t sit this one out

Posted on: March 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Originally posted at TomorrowToday UK’s article library, and distributed in their March ezine As the recession deepens, with customers dwindling and staff morale dropping, strong leadership is required. Too many companies, and the individuals in them, are falling into a trap of trying to keep their heads down and hoping the downturn ends soon. They’re […]

You can't sit this one out

Posted on: March 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Originally posted at TomorrowToday UK’s article library, and distributed in their March ezine As the recession deepens, with customers dwindling and staff morale dropping, strong leadership is required. Too many companies, and the individuals in them, are falling into a trap of trying to keep their heads down and hoping the downturn ends soon. They’re […]

The day I saw the future of the News

Posted on: March 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This is synchronicity. I had just finished posting my previous blog about Bernie Madoff and the biggest fraud of the downturn (although that’s debatable, really). Then, I watched the recording I had made of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show from earlier this week. Two things struck me. Firstly, how the whole financial system is sick. The […]

The other side of the Madoff scandal

Posted on: March 15th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

This past week, Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty to one of the largest frauds ever perpetrated. It is estimated to total $ 65 billion. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars each, and many have lost their life savings. Even as he read his guilty plea, it seems as if Madoff was more intent on […]

South Africa is most economically at risk emerging market in the world

Posted on: March 13th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For the past 5 years or so, South Africa’s central bank governor, Tito Mboweni, had been publicly concerned at the high levels of credit in the economy. Consequently, he raised interest rates every few months. Prime interest rates are now at 14%. He did this in order to slow down borrowing. He did this specifically […]

7 ways forward (strategies for now)

Posted on: March 12th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I subscribe to the online version of Booz&Co’s “Strategy + Business” magazine. I think it’s brilliant. And it’s free. Their latest edition is entitled “7 Ways Forward” and has their best and brightest collaborating to provide short, sharp insights for seven key industries. It really is worth reading. The industries they deal with are: Manufacturing: […]

ConnectToday ezine (TomorrowToday UK)

Posted on: March 11th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The latest ezine from TomorrowToday UK is now available online here. You can subscribe to the ezine by clicking here, or in fact, just filling in the form below… All fields are required   First name: Surname: Email address: Country: Please select from list—————United KingdomSouth AfricaUSA—————AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua And BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia And HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean […]

What is shaping the next leaders of Britain

Posted on: March 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At TomorrowToday, we study the past to track the trends that help us predict the future. In last week’s Spectator magazine, there was an excellent article on the influences currently shaping the Conservative party, and particularly David Cameron and his inner circle. The article hints at the influences that shaped Margaret Thatcher, and how these […]

Lessons from the best companies to work for in the UK 2009

Posted on: March 9th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Published yesterday in the UK Sunday Times, this article highlights a theme that runs through much of the work in HR these days. This article is linked to the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For survey. I am not generally a fan of these types of surveys, but this is worth a read anyway. […]

What Gen Y Really Wants – And Why We Should Care

Posted on: March 7th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A nice post from some young people who really do know what their peers would like at the workplace. Read the original here. Or an extract below: While conducting research on the work-life balance outlooks of crème de la crème Gen Y-ers (highly educated young people around the world, what we like to call Gen […]

Talent: consider cost AND benefit

Posted on: February 23rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I read two articles this morning that confirmed a few thoughts in my mind: In a downturn, talent management is MORE important, not less important. The difference between companies that will succeed and those that will fail in these tough times will very often be nothing more than the quality – and engagement – of […]

Engaged employees are worth the effort

Posted on: February 22nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I recently was sent this summary of some research into employee engagement. It’s worth the quick read. When employees are highly engaged, their companies enjoy 26% higher employee productivity, have lower turnover risk, and are more likely to attract top talent, according to a report by Watson Wyatt, a consulting firm. The survey found the […]

Motivating your senior staff (remember, they're Boomers)

Posted on: February 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A lot is written about how to attract and retain talented young staff. And, right now, in the midst of a global recession, even more is being written about how to get them engaged and passionate about what they are doing. But a recent survey from CEB (the Corporate Executive Board) reminds us not to […]

Flexibility can offer alternatives to downsizing

Posted on: February 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Cali Yost, author of Work+Life, and Fast Company blogger, contends that “using strategic work+life flexibility can help organizations avoid at least some layoffs. Reduced schedules, sabbaticals, telecommuting and flexible scheduling are not just isolated, downsizing tactics. They are part of a broad, coordinated growth and cost-cutting business strategy with multiple benefits that include, but are […]

Learning from History

Posted on: February 6th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am a student of economic history, and love seeing the patterns that a study of history reveals. Amadeo Peter Gianini was born in 1870 in California, the son of Italian immigrants. His first occupation was as a produce dealer for farms in the Santa Clara Valley of California. He found established banks unwilling to […]

What 21st century business needs

Posted on: February 5th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A few weeks ago, I was discussing changes in the workplace with a member of my team, Julie Surycz. She went away and wrote this: In 1943, the Chairman of IBM, Thomas Watson said, ‘I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.’ Thomas Watson was wrong. He wouldn’t recognize the world as […]

Being a "Best Company to Work For" helps during a recession

Posted on: February 2nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here’s an interesting piece of information: According to the UK 2009 Best Companies to Work For survey only 37% of employees in three-star accredited companies – the top award for engagement – are worried about the impact of the current economic climate on their organisation’s future. The proportion grows to two-thirds of staff in companies […]

Being a “Best Company to Work For” helps during a recession

Posted on: February 2nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here’s an interesting piece of information: According to the UK 2009 Best Companies to Work For survey only 37% of employees in three-star accredited companies – the top award for engagement – are worried about the impact of the current economic climate on their organisation’s future. The proportion grows to two-thirds of staff in companies […]

Leo Burnett's take on trends in 2009

Posted on: January 27th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Leo Burnett is the world’s 9th largest ad agency. They have produced two resources looking at trends they expect to see in 2009. The first is a YouTube video that is a bit flashy (I mean literally flash-y) and focuses on advertising trends in 2009. The second was sent to me from a Facebook page, […]

Leo Burnett’s take on trends in 2009

Posted on: January 27th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Leo Burnett is the world’s 9th largest ad agency. They have produced two resources looking at trends they expect to see in 2009. The first is a YouTube video that is a bit flashy (I mean literally flash-y) and focuses on advertising trends in 2009. The second was sent to me from a Facebook page, […]

A Lesson in managing (potentially) irate customers

Posted on: January 22nd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Last Tuesday was my busiest so far this year. Departing home by taxi just after 4am, I took the 5.27am train from Paddington to Taunton, arriving by 9am to set up for an opening keynote. After lunch, I was back at the station, heading back to London to lecture at the London Business School. I […]

Will Gen Y be loyal (if they get what they want at work)?

Posted on: January 14th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Young generation may be demanding but they’re willing to stay in one place for their entire careers – at least that is what a survey conducted by DECODE, a Toronto-based research firm, said The survey is http://www.decode.net/fromlearningtowork/. More than 57% of the 27,000 post-secondary students surveyed across Canada said they were looking for an organization […]

Graeme Codrington and Paul Bridle interviewed for MPI

Posted on: January 14th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Graeme Codrington will be speaking at Meeting Professionals International European conference in Torino, Italy, from 1-3 March (see event details here). See an interview with Graeme and fellow speaker, Paul Bridle, talking about the impact of the current economic downturn as well as the arrival of a new generation of young people into the industry. […]

A question of Trust: Most Trusted Brands – really?

Posted on: January 12th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Honesty, integrity, trust, respect and probably customer service. Ask any corporate company what their “company values” are and you’ll almost certainly get this list (assuming the person you ask even knows). It’s so generic as to be useless, and certainly does not guide the behaviour or attitudes of the staff on a day-by-day basis. Of […]

Good news amidst the UK gloom

Posted on: January 10th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The UK media is an interesting animal. Some of the best journalists in the world work here, especially in the better newspapers and news magazines. The opinion pieces are often masterpieces of insight and analysis, as well as being written in provocative prose. But the 24 hour news channels and the tabloid-type “rag” newspapers tend […]

Cancer free baby is born

Posted on: January 9th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. For some time now, we have been predicting that it will become the norm to attempt to use our growing understanding of DNA and genetics to control the genes our children inherit. Instead of just leaving […]

Online video – Graeme speaking about Millennial generation and school leadership

Posted on: January 8th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Graeme Codrington recently spoke at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust conference in Birmingham, England. The audience was over 2,000 head teachers of secondary schools in the UK. He was asked to adapt his “Mind the Gap” presentation for a 20 minute keynote on the implications of the Millennial generation for leaders in schools. The […]

Employee Engagement a key to success in a recession

Posted on: January 8th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am not a big fan of “the best company” type surveys. They can be so easily manipulated and quickly become an end rather than a snapshot they’re supposed to be. Nevertheless, they’re out there, and they can give some insights into trends, so I do watch them. The Canadian “50 Best Employers” 2009 has […]

A poem about the state of the world

Posted on: December 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

hieroglyphic stairway by Drew Dellinger it’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do while the planet was plundered? what did you do when the earth was unraveling? surely you did something when the seasons […]

Generation Y studied by Economist Business Intelligence Unit

Posted on: November 19th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the most common criticisms of generational theory is that it is nothing much more than pop psychology. While it is true that many people use generational theory in its crudest forms, applying it when all they know about it is what they heard in a one hour keynote session at a conference, this […]

In Turbulent Times, People Matter

Posted on: November 19th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Now more than ever you need well trained, passionate staff, focused on delivering consistent, high quality service and products. Yet, just when you need them to be most passionate and focused, many companies are finding that their people are demotivated and distracted, especially their younger staff members. Getting the most out of them requires a […]

Trends affecting the future of work

Posted on: November 19th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I found an excellent blog entry that goes into some detail about the process of developing scenarios for the future. It is entitled: “A Framework to Forecast the Future of Working“. (PS, my friend, Clem Sunter is one of South Africa’s top scenario planners, having spent most of his career being paid to do this […]

The Net Generation: The kids are alright, OK?

Posted on: November 14th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In the latest edition of The Economist, there is a news of a massive research project recently completed on how the Net impacts kids.  It’s well worth reading, and supports the conclusions my co-author, Nikki Bush and I put in my latest book, “Future-Proof Your Child“.  The net generation The kids are alright Nov 13th […]

What Consumers Really Think of Green PR

Posted on: November 7th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here’s a great little entry from BNET Insights – read it here. Here’s a quiz: which of the following environmental terms resonates most strongly with consumers: a ) Conservation b) Green c) Energy Efficiency d) Sustainable If you answered “b) Green” — you’re wrong! The answer is c) Energy Efficiency. That’s according to Suzanne Shelton […]

President Obama – a surprise?

Posted on: November 5th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At our company, TomorrowToday, we track trends and try and make informed predictions about the future of work.  Recently, my colleague, Keith Coats, was traveling through the USA and was asked what “the world” thought about the elections.  His answer was that most international observers were surprised and concerned that Senator Obama was not predicted […]

New Book: Future-Proof Your Child, by Graeme Codrington

Posted on: October 28th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Book Launch: Future-proof Your Child by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington Penguin Books is pleased to invite you to the launch of Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington’s Future-proof Your Child, an essential book for 21st-century parents. “Stop the world, I want to get off!” is the regular refrain of time-pressured parents today. “Give me an […]

Another – new – reason to take Generation Y seriously

Posted on: October 18th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

There is a mountain of media wordage about “generation y” at the moment. This group of young people has been variously defined as those born from 1978, 1984, 1989 and 1990 until present (or year 2000). However you define them, this is the youngest generation of employees and customers impacting the world of work at […]

Navigating Through the Financial Crisis, by Booz CEO

Posted on: October 18th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

TomorrowToday has done some work with Booz Allen Hamilton over the years, so I was really interested to be send an email containing a letter sent to all Booz staff by their CEO, Shumeet Banerji. Here is what I was sent (a quick Internet search shows this has been duplicated a lot of times, but […]

Managers, ethics and a commitment for the future

Posted on: October 17th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In the wake of the world financial crisis, the analysis of “what went wrong” has started. Not surprisingly, one of the first groups of people singled out is managers. Here are some excellent thoughts from The Economist and the Harvard Business Review. First, do no harm Oct 7th 2008 From Economist.com Do bosses need their […]

Let the crowd decide (if you have a bestselling book or not)

Posted on: September 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Founded by HarperCollins, Authonomy is a new community that invites unpublished and self-published authors to post at least 10,000 words of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript for visitors to read online. Visitors can review and recommend books, and can showcase their five favourite submissions on a virtual bookshelf that’s viewable from their profile page. Authonomy […]

Managing Temporary Companies

Posted on: September 9th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was sent a text copy of an article entitled, “The Dawn of the E-Lance Economy: Are big companies becoming obsolete?“, written by Thomas W. Malone and Robert J. Laubacher. A quick online search shows that it was published in the Harvard Business Review in Sep-Oct 1998. In the article, they talk about companies developing […]

The Millennials in Journalism

Posted on: August 21st, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was recently sent this article by email. I tracked it down to a journalism website, The Communicator. It’s a pretty good summary of the Millennial generation, with some insights into how they are changing media newsrooms. Interesting. Cover Story: The Millennials From: The Communicator, September 2007 Members of the next generation are graduating college […]

The Power of Imagination

Posted on: August 21st, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

JK Rowling gave the 2008 graduation address at Harvard. You can read and watch it here. I think it’s excellent, focusing on the benefits of learning from failure and imagination. This section is the best for me: Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think […]

Detailed Introduction to Generational Theory

Posted on: August 6th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

Return to TomorrowToday UK website | Download pdf version | Email this website link to a friend Detailed Introduction to Generational Theory “Baby Boomer”, “Generation X”, the “Millennial generation”, “Generation Y” – these and other similar terms to describe groups of people of different ages have become fairly well known and well used in recent […]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Posted on: August 6th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was sent this short email about Russian writer and Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who died on Sunday, aged 89. I thought I’d share it. His outspoken criticism of communist totalitarianism earned him many years of imprisonment in Stalin’s infamous Gulags and many more years in exile. His rare courage was underpinned by an unshakable […]

The Future of Publishing’s History

Posted on: July 31st, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am not the greatest fan of the publishing industry. The first paperback book, a massive innovation in the industry, was published this week in 1935, and sometimes it seems that was the last innovation the industry has seen. As a published author, the lead times in the industry are seriously frustrating and the processes […]

The Future of Publishing's History

Posted on: July 31st, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am not the greatest fan of the publishing industry. The first paperback book, a massive innovation in the industry, was published this week in 1935, and sometimes it seems that was the last innovation the industry has seen. As a published author, the lead times in the industry are seriously frustrating and the processes […]

Introducing the Generations

Posted on: June 12th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

- First published in the April 2008, Mortgage Solutions magazine The era in which you were born has an extraordinary effect on your value system, your expectations of the workplace and how you approach life. In this article, Dr Graeme Codrington, one of the world’s leading experts on generational theory, gives an introduction to the […]

Accenture’s Multi-Polar World

Posted on: June 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Accenture released an excellent report last year entitled “The Multi-Polar World”. In it, they argue that right now we live in a world going through major transitions, caught between different “poles” of focus, interest and power. I think they are spot on the money. You can read the full report online for free. Just go […]

Dwindling global electricity supply

Posted on: June 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I live and work between Johannesburg and London. For the past few months, South Africa has been plagued by the short supply of electricity. This is due to lack of planning for the sustained economic boom we have experienced over the past decade. As early as 1998, forecasters were warning that South Africa would run […]

The Age of the Millennials – a CBS video

Posted on: June 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

CBS have released a really excellent video of a special insert they did on the Millennial generation. I cannot find a way to extract the video from their website – so you have to go there to see it. It is really worth doing so. Find it here.

Activists and companies can co-operate

Posted on: June 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Economist recently ran a fascinating little piece on how activists and companies need to work towards a common outcome and goal. Read it here (subscription may be required) – or an extract below. It may be idealistic, but it is a wonderful goal to have, and certainly is a requirement if we are really […]

The Next Empire/s

Posted on: May 24th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The latest edition of Strategy+Business has a great article on a new book looking at USA, Europe and China. Here is an extract: What can the U.S. do to maintain its competitive position against the E.U. and China? Foreign policy scholar Parag Khanna believes the answer lies right under our noses. Only 30 years old, […]

The Future of Mobile

Posted on: May 18th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

We all know how ubiquitous mobile phones have become. In poorer countries, where communication technologies have been slow to arrive, the take up of mobile telephony is nothing less than breathtaking. But, the future brilliance of mobile phones lies not in their communication ability, but in the add ons that can be made to these […]

Developing a good business culture is like making fine wine

Posted on: May 14th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I recently read a fantastic interview with Management consultant, Ralph Sink. He has been a lifelong believer in high-performance systems, also known as self-organizing teams and participative management. These require employees to take ownership of their jobs, to collaborate with one another to establish control over their work, to be innovative, and to deliver results […]

Generation comparisons

Posted on: May 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am a huge fan of Eric Chester, an American author, speaker and consultant who focuses on understanding what he calls “Generation Why” (what a cool title!! I wish I had thought of that first). You can see his excellent work at http://www.generationwhy.com. He has a nice summary of the three generations now in the […]

Research into Generation Y

Posted on: May 9th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Someone sent me the executive summary of a report by the Bank of America, entitled “Generational Differences: Managing the ‘Gen Y’ Associate.” Here are some of the findings: They’re not hungry. They are not ambitious for advancement if it comes at the expense of their personal lives and goals. They expect more control. They expect […]

Targeting the Boomers

Posted on: May 5th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Springwise recently carried the following report on a new concept targeting the 50+ Baby Boomers, who don’t want to accept they are getting old. Brain Gymns for Boomers Our brains resemble our muscles in one key respect: don’t exercise them, and they’re likely to lose strength. Conversely, many experts now believe that brains stimulated in […]

Millennials as Social Citizens

Posted on: May 5th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I subscribe to Google alerts for a number of issues, including discussions on “Generation Y” or the Millennial generation. In today’s alerts, I received a link to a post about how the Millennials are volunteering around the world. Read it here (or a summary below). There are some great links to reports on this. This […]

Wired Politicians

Posted on: April 30th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A week or so ago, Dean noted that the Tories in the UK were trying to target (or needed to try and target) a younger generation of voters. In the same week, I read an article in The Economist about how British politics was using (or not using) digital communication technologies and Web-based tools. Read […]

Solving the Ten Most Common Generation Y Workforce Challenges

Posted on: April 30th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was pointed to a website recently that offers a place for people to post free content for reprint. In between the rubbish on the site, there are some real gems. Here is one related to the Millennial generation at work. It’s fairly obvious stuff, but succinctly written, and a nice starting point for discussions […]

Talent management as a competitive differentiator

Posted on: April 30th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Adecco Institute does ongoing studies into the Future of Work. Last week, they released the following study (see the Executive summary below). Study: Talent Management to become key differentiator for companies competing in global marketplace Globalization boosts demand for skilled labor – growing skills shortages require new role of HR to succeed in competition […]

Competing for Eco tourists

Posted on: April 25th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Strategy+Business blog and website always has insightful content. It’s the online moutpiece of consulting giant, Booz Allen Hamilton, so that should be no surprise. Subscribe to their e-zine here. This month’s “Leading Idea” was about eco tourism, and how to maintain a competitive advantage in this space. There are lessons for every business trying […]

Load shedding lessons (and opportunities)

Posted on: April 23rd, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

Dr Graeme Codrington offers insight for South Africans (and others) on how not to be left in the dark when it comes to strategic planning as well as attracting and retaining talented young people with creativity – particularly when traditional solutions aren’t working. Consider how you could use the current load shedding to your advantage!

The Multitasking Generation

Posted on: April 17th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Every now and again, TIME magazine has a seriously excellent, long and in depth, feature article that grabs my attention. I am not a subscriber, but always check TIME editions out on the newstand. These features are well researched and worth keeping. I missed one about 2 years ago, and was recently given a copy […]

A great carpark innovation at Joburg airport

Posted on: April 16th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I spend a lot of time in carparks, specifically at airports. Normally, I am rushing to park and get checked in. And, at most airports around the world, there are not enough parking spaces, and it can take a lot of time to find an empty bay. But, at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, […]

Answering the climate sceptics

Posted on: April 9th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The BBC News website recently carried a great article about climate change and answers for the sceptics. It is available online here, or read a summary below. What are some of the reasons why “climate sceptics” dispute the evidence that human activities such as industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and deforestation are bringing potentially dangerous […]

Five Ways Generation Y May Reinvent IT

Posted on: April 9th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was sent a link to Baselinemag recently, that took an interesting look at the Millennial Generation from an IT industry perspective. Read the original article here, or see a summary below. They’ve been called everything from narcissists to “Generation Me,” but those wily post-Gen X employees might just show their elders how to revamp […]

A Place for Mom to Work

Posted on: April 9th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This was sent to me by email yesterday: In the same way that freelancers are flocking to shared working spaces, stay-at-home moms are happy to find a third space that accommodates both them and their offspring. In London, private members clubs like Maggie & Rose and Cupcake Mom, offer mothers a place to convene and […]

Olympics, controversy and you

Posted on: April 8th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Olympic torch has left Athens, Greece on its traditional torch run around the world until it eventually arrives at the Beijing Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony. Right from the first day, it has been met with something that the Chinese officials did not anticipate: protestors. In an unprecendented move, the torch was actually […]

V-day

Posted on: March 27th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today is the tenth anniversary of the little purple pill. Although I personally think that big pharmaceuticals should spend more time trying to cure diseases that are part of the scourge of poverty (like malaria and TB), it is noteworthy that one of the biggest money spinners over the past decade has been Viagra – […]

Need a mission statement?

Posted on: March 25th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

In one of my favourite presentations, “Mind the Gap“, I often do a vignette about how Baby Boomers use away days (or offsites, or visioning retreats, or bush councils, or whatever they’re called in your country) to develop strategy, visions, missions, purpose statements, strategic objectives and KPAs, KPIs and all manner of corporate-speak systems. You […]

Green Homes Concierge

Posted on: March 14th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

At last, some smaller entrepreneurs are beginning to understand that there is a growing market for environmental products and services. One of the easiest and obvious ones is to help people who want to be greener to, well, be greener… with minimal fuss. It’s a simple concept, but not many people are doing it. I […]

Millennial kids – now old enough to be enlisted

Posted on: March 14th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I am not talking about the scourge of child soldiers, ruthlessly recruited by rotten guerrila armies around the world. The Millennial generation are the group of young people born in the digital, wired age. Depending on which definitions you use, these young people were born from 1984, 1989 or 1990 through 2000, 2005 or 2010. […]

Training the Millennial Generation

Posted on: March 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A new generation of students – those born Internet-ready – is working it’s way throught the school system, and is about to hit the workplace, with all of its training rooms and courses. This “Millennial generation” (sometimes called “generation Y”) has a distinctive set of characterizing traits and unique learning interests that presents a serious […]

Learning from Nature (and disaster)

Posted on: March 7th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

“Learn lessons from nature”. That’s what the world’s top thinkers all say. We need to learn from the natural, interlaced connections of ecosystems. We need to learn from the complex communication systems and overlapping symbiotic creatures, and find lessons there for new ways to structure corporate systems. I agree. But the problem is that most […]

Perspectives & Forecasts from the Herman Group

Posted on: March 6th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I used to receive regular newsletter from the Herman Group. For some reason, I didn’t get it, and then yesterday was sent this newsletter. You sign up for it free of charge at their website. I always found their stuff to be short, succinct, and to the point. They may not be earth shattering observations, […]

Where’s my silver bullet?

Posted on: March 5th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I am sitting in a full day session with Gary Hamel. I didn’t pay enough money to be alone with him, so I am sharing the hall with a few hundred other people, representing many of South Africa’s top corporates and leading businesses. Gary has been great. I enjoy his style (his PowerPoint slides are […]

Conferences with no power

Posted on: March 5th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here I sit, at another conference without power. Don’t get me wrong – I am not talking about the content. I am at Gary Hamel’s latest thing: “The Future of Management”, a full day session with the innovation guru himself. “Live and in person”, just as the advertising promised! The guy is good, and probably […]

Lessons in attitude for the talented (or Ricky Ponting gets his just desserts)

Posted on: February 24th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Regular readers of this blog will know that many of the contributors are passionate cricket fans. (For our American readers, that’s the mysterious game that, in its purest form lasts five days and can end in an exciting draw!) Our fanaticism for the game is shared by at least 1 billion Indians. The world’s largest […]

The Most Expensive Oil

Posted on: February 20th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today the world wakes up to the most expensive oil ever. Those who believe in market dynamics of supply and demand will have an interesting time explaining this. The problem with oil is not that there isn’t enough oil around, but rather to do with where the available oil is to be found. Of course, […]

Just Good Business

Posted on: February 18th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

In The Economist on 17 January 2008, this article on corporate social responsibility, “Just good business” appeared. It is one of the best summaries of the current state of play in the CSR world. A must read. See the original article, or read an edited version below. IN THE lobby at the London headquarters of […]

Getting a generation out of debt

Posted on: February 17th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Fast Company magazine of Dec 2007 ran a story that combines some of my favourite topics: young generations, technology and personal finance. It was called “Easy Money”. Read the full story here. Here is a summary: Americans under 35 spend 16% more than they earn, on average. College graduates leave school with an average […]

Greenopolis

Posted on: February 13th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I was sent this PR release today. I signed up immediately – looks like fun! People band together online to date, discuss politics or lose weight. Now a US website called Greenopolis has created a community whose members help each other live in a more earth-friendly manner. After registering on Greenopolis, which is still in […]

Click here to get someone else to do this work

Posted on: February 6th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Pfizer has recently launched a wonderful new initiative for their most talented staff: the outsourcing of the drudge work associated with most jobs. It’s quite a simple concept, really – top end, talented staff spend a fair proportion of their time doing admin or dreary work that does not best utilise their talents. If you […]

Managing Millennials

Posted on: January 27th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines (2002). For more about the work that Claire and her colleagues do, go to her website. I get questions every month from businesspeople looking for something about the newest generation of workers. They’d like an updated version of Twentysomething or Beyond Generation […]

A car for the people of the world

Posted on: January 10th, 2008 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is how new markets are made, and how worlds are changed! Today, Tata released their latest car. It was a car that all of their rivals said could not be made. About 5 years ago, Tata announced that were going to build a car that would cost less than 100,000 rupees, or US$ 2,500 […]

Looking back to look ahead

Posted on: December 18th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

One of our colleagues, Raymond de Villiers, is doing formal post grad work in Future Studies. He is particularly interested in future backward scenarios and alternative histories as methodologies of future planning (Google these terms if you’re interested, or contact me for more info). He got me interested in this stuff, and so my radar […]

More lessons from SAS Institute

Posted on: December 1st, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Over the years I have been doing presentations about attracting and retaining talent, I have watched global lists of “Best Companies to Work For”. Very consistently, SAS Institute, a privately owned software company based in the USA, has been rated as one of the very best. One of my favourite quotes about the role of […]

Small is beautiful – and connected

Posted on: November 29th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Small, rich and stable countries tend to be the most globalised, at least according to an index of 72 countries by A.T. Kearney, a consultancy, and Foreign Policy magazine – to see a graphic of the 2005 index, click MORE below, or follow this link. Their index uses 12 measures which cover economic integration, personal […]

Personalised genetic analysis

Posted on: November 28th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A report from The Economist, titled: Within spitting distance, from Nov 20th 2007 edition. Read the full story here (I think a subscription might be required), or see extracts below. MEDICINE has long been a mysterious art. Some people are more susceptible to disease than others, and the pills and potions that may help one […]

Personal Ethics in the Corporate World

Posted on: November 25th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

How do you confront the moral tensions inherent in corporate life and come out with your ethics intact? Elizabeth Doty writes for S+B (Strategy and Business), and has written an excellent articles on the topic, followed up by an online forum discussion and an extended Q&A article. Read these excellent articles here: Winning the Devil’s […]

Talent management – no one is doing it well

Posted on: November 20th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum’s 2007 Performance and Talent Management Trend Survey was recently released. It polled more than 725 (primarily North American) HR and performance professionals, executives and talent management experts. The basic summary: everyone, everywhere is doing pretty badly on the issue of talent management. For example, the report highlights some interesting […]

Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

Posted on: November 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I met Tim Keel in Uganda last year, where he and I attended a conference. It was about reconciliation, learning leadership lessons from Africa and about postmodern communities of faith. I spent some time with Tim, and really enjoyed his approach to life. At that point, he was just finishing up his latest book. It […]

50 Ways to Green Your Business

Posted on: November 14th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Fast Company is a brilliant magazine. Their website is equally superb. They recently had a massive feature article on ways to make your business more environmentally friendly. From: Issue 120 | November 2007 | Page 90 | By: Mark Borden, Jeff Chu, Charles Fishman, Michael A. Prospero, and Danielle Sacks You can find the online […]

Face the facts… about ageing workforces

Posted on: November 14th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the issues we are tracking closely at TomorrowToday is the ageing Boomer generation, and the impact they are likely to have on the workplace, on retirement (we prefer to call it retyrement) and society as a whole. Here is a great piece I saw recently in an online mag called S+B (Strategy and […]

Boomers Turning 60 – coming into their branding prime

Posted on: November 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Boomers are variously defined as those people born from the mid 1940s to the mid 1960s around the world. Most researchers use the end of the Second World War as a reference point, which means that as of 2006, this group of people has started to turn 60. They are not old, though. Don’t be […]

Graeme & Hannah’s Rules featured on SusBiz podcast

Posted on: November 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you’re interested in that sort of thing, then I was recently interviewed in the UK by Anthony Day – a long time sustainable business advocate. You can hear the podcast of three interviews he did on the day by going to his website. It’s also a nice summary of my latest presentation, Hannah’s Rules.

Generation Y – the Millennials are coming

Posted on: November 4th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A survey of more than 2,500 employers and managers by recruitment website CareerBuilder.com has identified huge generational differences between Generation Y and their managers. This isn’t anything new to readers of this blog site, but ongoing research is now validating what we have been saying for many years. A lot of generational differences relate simply […]

The world’s worst products

Posted on: November 3rd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The world’s worst products, as voted for by Consumers International. Coca-Cola – for continuing the international marketing of its bottled water, Dasani, despite admitting it comes from the same sources as local tap water. Kellogg’s – for the worldwide use of cartoon-type characters and product tie-ins aimed at children, despite high levels of sugar and […]

The Lion and the Dragon

Posted on: October 28th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

This past week, ICBC, the world’s most valuable bank (valued at $319 bn) took a 20% stake in Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets. The deal is worth $ 5.5bn. This is the largest foreign investment by a Chinese bank anywhere in the world. And it is the the largest ever foreign-direct investment in […]

The Earth has Soul

Posted on: October 28th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I was sent this recently. It was written by an engineer from Venmyn, a big South African mining consulting company. Are Geologists Goofy Enough? By Fiona Harper At Venmyn, when our esteemed, eccentric colleagues come up with mad-cap mining methods or weird deposits, we have the tendency to shrug and exclaim just a goofy geologist. […]

Planet in Peril on CNN

Posted on: October 28th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am sitting watching a documentary series on CNN, by Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Cupta, called “Planet in Peril”. See the related website here. It starts as a list of climate change issues, from melting ice caps to rising sea levels, disappearing lakes to heating islands and malaria. It’s a great litany of the disaster […]

Why Ethical Consumption is Taking Off

Posted on: October 16th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Dr Graeme Codrington’s latest presentation is called “Hannah’s Rules” which alerts companies to an essential emerging trend: the ethical consumer. In this article, he explains WHY ethical consumption is such a growing trend. Why Ethical Consumption is Taking Off By Dr Graeme Codrington Today’s consumers are not just looking for a good product at a […]

"There's a problem with Facebook"

Posted on: October 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

At least, that’s what my favourite Talk Radio station (Radio 702) said during their half hourly news reports throughout today. As a regular facebook user (see my profile here, and challenge me to Rock, Paper, Scissors here, if you have nerves of steel), I was intrigued. Read the story here (not sure how long their […]

“There’s a problem with Facebook”

Posted on: October 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

At least, that’s what my favourite Talk Radio station (Radio 702) said during their half hourly news reports throughout today. As a regular facebook user (see my profile here, and challenge me to Rock, Paper, Scissors here, if you have nerves of steel), I was intrigued. Read the story here (not sure how long their […]

The Airbus A380 is delivered – but will it deliver?

Posted on: October 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The long awaited monster passenger plane, the Airbus A380, is now ready for delivery. In fact, Air Singapore today took delivery of their first plane with much pomp and ceremony. Read about it here at the international airlines news, and read about the financial details at Forbes.com. Some people have said: The plane is too […]

British kids showing what the new new things will be

Posted on: October 6th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I think the following report was originally from The Economist, 23 August 2007 edition: AT FIRST glance, the annual survey of the communications market by Ofcom, Britain’s telecoms regulator, makes comforting reading for traditional-media executives looking for their future customers. Not only are children spending more time consuming media than their older siblings did just […]

Reflections on life without reliable Internet access

Posted on: October 1st, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed the stand still in postings over the last month. This is largely (but not entirely) due to my not having Internet access at my home office. This is entirely due to South Africa’s telecomms provider, Telkom, not being able to supply me with a telephone in my […]

MP3 stethoscopes

Posted on: October 1st, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Earlier this month, researchers at a medical conference on respiratory diseases in Stockholm, reported that MP3 players with built in microphones are better than traditional stethoscopes. In addition to picking up many respiratory noises better than the stethoscope, they have the added advantage of being able to record the sounds they’re listening to. These digital […]

Corporate Chaplaincies

Posted on: August 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As part of the trend towards more transparency and an interesting rise in spirituality (or is it just SQ – spiritual intelligence?), I have noticed companies using spiritual advisors. The Economist has noticed this trend too… Praying for gain Aug 23rd 2007 | WASHINGTON, D.C. From The Economist print edition A fad for piety infiltrates […]

Who you are, not what you sell

Posted on: August 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

First published in Cover magazine in Oct 2006. We all know that change is now a constant reality. But, less obvious, is the fact that the daily changes we encounter are merely symptoms of an irreversible, radical transformation of our society. As we chart a course into the 21stcentury, we discover that consumers are no […]

Generation Y: Its life, Jim, but not as we know it

Posted on: August 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

First Published in Marketing Mix Magazine (2001) STRAP: The age of the customer I dont remember Apartheid, but I know all about AIDS. I dont care who won the Cold War or wonder who shot JFK, but I know the answers are just a click away if I need them. I was weaned on a […]

Home Depot pays out big time – for what?

Posted on: August 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This isn’t new news, but as I was doing research into Executive pay packages, I picked up this info from earlier this year. On 3 January 2007, Bob Nardelli (once in line for GE top spot) left Home Depot, where he had been CEO for 6 years. Just four months earlier he had said (to […]

Its the Internet, stoopid…

Posted on: August 4th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

My sister is a primary school teacher, teaching computer skills in northern suburbs Johannesburg. She told me about an interaction between two kids in her class this last week: Boy: “Ma’am, what is an encyclopedia?” Teacher: “Its a book where you can look up facts.” Girl next to him: “It’s like the Internet, man!!” You […]

A camera for the blogger generation

Posted on: July 27th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Face_it, Beam_it, Blog_it! This is the phrase used to launch Fuji’s latest camera, the Z10fd, which will be focussed on the 13- to 26-year-old demographic – a generation they call “Generation Z”. They have realised that this group uses cameras for social networking, blogging and interactions. The Fujifilm Z10fd is a 7.2 megapixel digital camera […]

Beware the Rise of the Ethical Consumer

Posted on: July 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

A new generation of “ethical consumers” are starting to demand more than just great products and services at fair prices – they also increasingly require transparency, environmental care, social responsibility, diversity and a host of other characteristics in the companies they buy from. They will be demanding these from their employers in the future, too. […]

What’s Your First Impression

Posted on: July 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

You only get one chance to make a first impression. The old cliche could not be more true, or more important, in a world where we compete constantly for customer’s attention and connection. Dr Graeme Codrington looks at some first impressions you may not be considering, and suggests that this is so important that it […]

25 Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Business, Part II

Posted on: July 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This is Part II of a two part entry. Find the first entry here. I was sent this article recently. It seems to have a few Internet sources, but most reliably comes from the Workforce magazine/website (Subscribe ). From e-mail to health care, and from artificial intelligence to the end of HR as we know […]

25 Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Business, Part I

Posted on: July 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was sent this article recently. It seems to have a few Internet sources, but most reliably comes from the Workforce magazine/website (Subscribe ). Its a long entry, so I have split it into two parts. The second part can be found here. From e-mail to health care, and from artificial intelligence to the end […]

Retiring the Generation Gap: How Employees Young & Old Can Find Common Ground, by Jennifer Deal

Posted on: July 25th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A few years ago, some of the TomorrowToday team attended a workshop by Jennifer Deal. She certainly challenged our thinking. Her contention was that all the focus on generation gaps in the workplace was obscuring the fact that there are many similarities between people of all ages. She is right, of course – and it […]

Democracy, cellphones and China

Posted on: July 19th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The Economist recently reflected on the growing use of cellphones in China, and how this is impacting a generation of young people to think about – and get a taste for – democracy. Here is an extract of the article. The original can be found here (subscription required). Mobilised by mobile Jun 21st 2007 | […]

Gap Between Rich And Poor Widens in the UK

Posted on: July 18th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Sky News reported on Tuesday that the gap between rich and poor in the UK has reached its highest level for more than 40 years. There has been a rise in the number of households living below the poverty line over the past 15 years. At the same time, households in already wealthy areas have […]

Prince for Free

Posted on: July 13th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This Sunday, the Mail on Sunday newspaper in England will hand out free copies of Prince’s (The artist previously known as Symbol, previously known as Prince, etc) new album, Planet Earth. The album was self produced by Prince, and the Mail on Sunday hopes to sell in excess of 2.5 million copies of their newspaper […]

Live Earth – great and not so great

Posted on: July 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am on the mailing list of TGIF, a network of small discussion groups in Gauteng, South Africa, that meet ridiculously early every Friday morning. The promotional emails are usually thought provoking, and this week’s is no different. Saturday’s 07/07/07 Live Earth concert series is claimed to have been the largest global entertainment event in […]

URTrmn8d – Sacking employees by text message

Posted on: July 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Here’s an old story that I just picked up. Mainly from the humour list, Top5. See below for the funny side of this. Over 2,500 people learned they’d lost their jobs when the British Amulet Group fired them by sending a text message to their cell phones. This happened in 2003 – read about it […]

Sprint-Nextel fires 1,000 clients

Posted on: July 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I heard on the news today that Sprint-Nextel, America’s third largest mobile phone service provider this week terminated the accounts of its 1,000 most annoying customers. It said in the notification to these clients that they were being terminated because they phoned the customer care centers too often – on average about once a day […]

Where Generation Y wants to work (and how to attract their attention)

Posted on: July 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

From Fortune magazine, 3 May 2007. Read it here. Everybody wants to work for Google. After leaping into the No. 1 slot this year on Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the company turns out to be tops with MBA students as well. For the first time on Fortune.com’s list […]

Articles for July 2007

Posted on: July 1st, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Edition: July 2007 Available online at: http://www.tmtd.biz/articles This month at a glance… more details below:: Beware the Rise of the Ethical Consumer (by Graeme Codrington):: The Inconvenient Truth for Leaders (by Keith Coats) :: The Soul of Your African: Celebration (by Aloysias Maimane) :: What’s Your First Impression (by Graeme Codrington) :: Book review and […]

Nedbank’s Power to the People Billboard wins awards

Posted on: June 27th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Congrats to Nedbank. Their outdoor billboard has just won the top rated global advertising industry award in Cannes – the Lions Outdoor Grand Prix. The “Power to the People” billboard was erected on a school property in Alexander township in Sandton (Johannesburg, South Africa). The solar panels built into the billboard supply the school with […]

Your Child and the Future: Work gets ready for Gen Y

Posted on: June 27th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I found a great article at the Teaching Moments website. It is meant to help parents (I think especially home schoolers) to know what employers will be like when their kids leave school and enter the job market. You can find the original here. Your Child and the Future John Bishop This article will give […]

Consultants, Business School professors and leaders

Posted on: June 24th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The 2000’s will be looked back on as the decade of the business school professor as corporate guide. The past few decades have successively (and sometimes concurrently) belonged to big consulting firms (like McKinsey’s), big auditing companies trying to get into “advisory” (Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture), the guru (e.g. Peters), the researcher turned guru (e.g. Collins, […]

Tesco trains their staff in generational talk

Posted on: June 24th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Older supermarket workers, at Britain’s Tesco, are being given a guide to youth slang to help them understand younger colleagues and customers, in the form of a pamphlet handed out to staff. The pamphlet is being tried out in some of Tesco’s 1 500 stores with a high proportion of employees over retirement age. Key […]

Exploring business’s social contract: An interview with Daniel Yankelovich

Posted on: June 17th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A founding father of public-opinion research explains why shareholder value isn’t enough. I found this in my archives recently. It is dated 2007, and comes from the McKinsey Quaterly. I have no idea how I got it. It is an excellent read, and supports much of what we do at TomorrowToday. Enjoy! As a founding […]

Generation Y makes Fortune cover story

Posted on: June 11th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

In one of the most recent Fortune magazine editions, the Millennial generation made the front cover under a great headline: “Manage Us, Puh-leeze”. The subtitle of the article was: “Boomers, you raised them, now manage them!” It is a long article, but really worth while wading through. Get it free at their website, or read […]

IKEA Experience: We make men feel like men again

Posted on: June 2nd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In a surplus world, filled with similar goods and services, sold in similar stores which reside in similar looking strip malls or warehouses, sold at similar prices by staff who swap companies every few years, we need to do more than just offer quality, fairly priced, convenient goods backed up by “customer service”. Its becoming […]

War Games for Business

Posted on: June 2nd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

In the May 31, 2007 edition of The Economist, there was a great article on a topic one of our team, Raymond de Villiers, is doing post graduate studies on: the issue of using gaming techniques to assist business development. The full article is available here (may require subscription).

The FUTURIST forecasts for the next 25 years

Posted on: June 2nd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Recently, members of the World Futures Society were asked to submit and vote on the top forecasts for the next 25 years. You can read the resulting summarised report here. Without any explanation or detail, here is the list in bullet format:

Prisoners of the past

Posted on: May 30th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

The opening line of the best selling business book of all time is as succinct as it is true: “Good is the enemy of great”. Jim Collins’ 2001 bestseller, “Good to Great” explains how most companies never become great because they are already good. They have become prisoners to their past – not feeling any […]

Travel Tips: Power, Phones and Tipping

Posted on: May 28th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

For those who travel regularly to different cultures, you know the nightmare of arriving in a new country and realising that you don’t know some important local customs. I’m not talking about the customs officials at the airport, but rather issues like do you tip the taxi driver, and if so, how much. Do you […]

In flight education – consumer value shifts

Posted on: May 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A nice innovation is being experimented with by Air France, JAL, Singapore and Virgin airlines. They will now be offering in-flight language tutorials on selected routes, helping passengers to learn a few key words and phrases of the language of the country of their destination. This is based on an interactive audiovisual language program developed […]

In the dark

Posted on: May 3rd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

You need to know that I am grumpy. At 1:29am this morning, my electricity was turned back on – after 3 days of being off. I mean completely off – nada, nothing – since Monday night at 3am. Then, as I dragged myself out of bed for a 4am wake up to get to the […]

Being off balance: cricket and organisational development

Posted on: April 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The 2007 Cricket World Cup was a dismal affair for English and South African cricket fans alike. The hosts would also not be proud of their efforts, while Australia has marched on from strength to strength, not even missing Brett Lee and saying a mighty farewell to Glen McGrath. As a die hard Protea’s supporter, […]

The Pope's Limbo

Posted on: April 24th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s official. After 800 years of being Catholic church policy, the theological construct of “limbo” has been abolished (read the International Herald Tribune on this). This was a place were unbaptised babies were said to go, awaiting some kind of final judgement at the end of times. It was “created” over 800 years ago, as […]

The Pope’s Limbo

Posted on: April 24th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It’s official. After 800 years of being Catholic church policy, the theological construct of “limbo” has been abolished (read the International Herald Tribune on this). This was a place were unbaptised babies were said to go, awaiting some kind of final judgement at the end of times. It was “created” over 800 years ago, as […]

Ten Faces of Innovation

Posted on: April 22nd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

I was recently sent the outline of a book, “The Ten Faces of Innovation”, by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman (Profile, 2005) – buy it online at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net. In our work on “Invitational Innovation“, we have been telling clients for a long time that just like there are different types of personality, there […]

Getting and Keeping Talent

Posted on: April 18th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

“The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality.â€? Funky Business, Kjell Nordström and Jonas RidderstrÃ¥le The Funky Business guys have a point. In most industries, the world has been “flattened” and its very difficult […]

Generation Y: They’ve arrived at work with a new attitude

Posted on: April 14th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

An excellent article in the USA Today, 11 June 2006, reports on the Millennial generation’s entrance into the workforce. In the USA, Millennials are defined as those young people born 1984 to 2000, so they’ve been entering the workforce for a few years now, and managers and researchers are starting to get their heads around […]

Dealing with Top Talent – sometimes you need to use a heavy hand!

Posted on: April 14th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

A few months ago, Keith Coats wrote about his disappointment at Ryk Neethling, the South Africa swimming superstar, and his lack of respect for the etiquette and rules of competition when competing in an event in Durban (read his post here). Now the other 3 members of the Olympic gold winning relay team have fallen […]

Phenomenonal, You

Posted on: April 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I write a regular column for the Intelligence magazine in South Africa. Its the Back Page column, and is meant to be fun, irreverent, interesting. (I have secret ambitions to emulate the back page of the Fortune magazine). I thought you might be interested in a recent contribution about Web 2.0 and interactive websites.

Second Life? Get a First Life first…

Posted on: April 11th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you don’t know what Second Life is, check it out here first. Its an online, virtual reality game that has created a completely online world. You select a character, buy into the game, and start “living” a life in the game. You can run a shop, be an explorer, run for political office, or […]

Mount Grace Country House and Spa: how NOT to manage a management change

Posted on: April 11th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

One of our family’s favourite luxury holiday destinations has been Mount Grace. My father was a friend of the founder, and so I have known about this hotel literally since attending its opening many years ago. Before our youngest child came, Mount Grace Easter breakaways were a favourite – as children (not normally allowed at […]

The Luxury Touch

Posted on: April 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In Strategy+Business, recently, there was a great article on “The Luxury Touch” by by Robert Reppa and Evan Hirsh. They suggest four things that luxury brands have to consistently get right in order to differentiate themselves from the also rans: “Although there’s no single process for achieving high levels of customer satisfaction, four principles are […]

Campaigning on the Internet

Posted on: April 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This report from The Economist, 15 March 2007 (may need subscription): Of slips and video clips Candidates for 2008 are racing to master a new medium DURING the presidential campaign of 1800, partisans harnessed high-speed technology to spread their message. Like today, that message was often scurrilous. Unlike today, the technology they harnessed needed real […]

What’s changed in advertising – Shelly Lazarus speaks

Posted on: April 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

As the most powerful woman in advertising, and one of the most powerful business women in the world, Shelly Lazarus, CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, is someone to listen to. Recently, in a variety of different interviews, she reflected on her 35 years in the industry. Her most recent personal intervention in the advertising industry […]

Yes, it will cost more

Posted on: March 20th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I spend much of my time helping companies to create corporate cultures that will attract and retain talented young people. This involves looking at everything from terms and conditions of employment, remuneration policies and bonus schemes, to office layout, use of technology, management styles and team dynamics. One of my biggest frustrations is that very […]

NOT always better on the big screen

Posted on: March 19th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

South Africa’s top cinema chain, Ster Kinekor, uses the tagline, “Always better on our big screen” in their advertising. Well, the last few times I’ve gone out to a cinema, I’ve had exactly the opposite experience. I have previously complained on this blog about the way in which cinemas lie to us. They don’t let […]

Wikipedia: Are you who you say you are?

Posted on: March 14th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 3 Comments

A few days ago, a senior Wikipedia editor was “outed”. Essjay, as he was known, had claimed to be a professor of religious studies. In fact, his name is Ryan Jordan, and he is a 24-year-old college drop-out. An interesting question arises about how Wikipedia works and about the information it makes available. Ryan, although […]

Why have a "Take your kids to work day"?

Posted on: March 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is a really nice piece from the Christian Science Monitor, from the April 27, 2006 edition. Gen Y’s opt-out vision By Courtney E. Martin BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 27) would be a great idea if the contemporary workplace was actually a place where we wanted our […]

Why have a “Take your kids to work day”?

Posted on: March 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

This is a really nice piece from the Christian Science Monitor, from the April 27, 2006 edition. Gen Y’s opt-out vision By Courtney E. Martin BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 27) would be a great idea if the contemporary workplace was actually a place where we wanted our […]

Millennial Kids: Too Confident

Posted on: March 12th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In our presentation on the different generations, “Mind the Gap“, when we talk about the Millennial Generation (born 1990s and 2000s, or slightly earlier in some countries – USA defines them as born 1984 to 2000), we often say, “they’re confident; so confident, they’re almost arrogant”.  When I was a youth worker in the 1980s […]

Manager, offshore thyself

Posted on: March 11th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

A great article in the latest Economist magazine looks at the issue of corporate locations, and where you place your key executives. The subtitle asks: “Does the location of a company’s headquarters matter any more?” Read the article, from the 8 March 2007 editiion, here (subscription may be required). Basically, the answer is that, “Yes” […]

Buffett on Bosses

Posted on: March 11th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Every year at about this time, Warren Buffett, the world’s most legendary (and richest) investor, makes his annual letter to shareholders public. As always, the 2007 letter is a good read (its labelled “2006” because its a report about last year). Now that he knows how many people read the letter (and without any competition […]

IBM to spend $50 million on staff financial education

Posted on: March 9th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

The China Post is reporting this morning that IBM has announced a $50 million staff development initiative specifically aimed at improving their staff member’s financial education. Employees, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, will be offered a series of live and Web-based investment seminars starting this month. Employees will be able to get […]

Religion and marketing

Posted on: March 2nd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

One of the major trends we have been tracking for some time is the rise in the influence of religious beliefs as a driver of people’s values and behaviour. A MarketingWeb article on the issue (extracted from Nilewide) puts it succinctly and clearly. This is an issue marketers need to take seriously. Read this interesting […]

Nature-Deficit Disorder in our children

Posted on: March 2nd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

The title of the book grabbed my attention: “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”. Its by Richard Louv (get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I haven’t read the book, but The Economist magazine quoted it extensively in an article about young people in the US not being interested in visiting […]

Honda Racing F1 goes green

Posted on: February 26th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Honda Racing F1 Team launches pioneering environmental concept The Honda Racing F1 Team today announced a major new initiative for the 2007 Formula 1 season. To help raise awareness of the environmental issues facing the planet, the RA107 F1 car will simply feature a huge image of earth, in place of the advertising and sponsor […]

Green Banking

Posted on: February 25th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

ICICI Bank has started to become an internationally watched brand, since it was featured in “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” (a book by Prahald, available at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It is one of the largest banks in the world, by size of customer base and branches (nearly 90,000 of them!!). Based in […]

Fast Company’s “Fast 50″ – 50 profit-driven solutions for fixing the planet

Posted on: February 24th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Every year, Fast Company releases a list of companies doing good things for the planet. This year, they extend the list to companies, organisations and individuals. The list is an interesting and uplifting one, in a sea of dark news on this issue. See the list here. Eventually, someone was going to step up and […]

How Rich Are You?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

How rich are you? How do you stack up with the other 6 billion inhabitants of the planet? Now, you can find out exactly, and you will be amazed. If you can read this blog entry, then you’re rich. Seriously, you are. Check it out at: http://www.globalrichlist.com/

Internet cricket just got better

Posted on: February 20th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I’ll admit it. I am a cynical, hard to please Generation Xer who is to tough to impress. In one of our presentations (Organising the Future), we compare my type of people to cats – impulsive, follow their own rules, uncontainable (verses older style employees, who are more like dogs – man’s best friend, reliable, […]

Cost cutting for competitiveness – really? What about executive pay!

Posted on: February 20th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

In yesterday’s Star newspaper’s Business Report, there was an article on how Beacon, a sweet making division of Tiger Brands, had had to face up to stiff Brazilian competition. For example, by shaving just 1mm off each sweet’s wrapper, they had saved R 3 million in the last financial year. In addition to a continuous […]

Joost – a new way to watch TV

Posted on: February 18th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

First there was KaZaa, a revolutionary file sharing program. Then came Skype – the software that changed telecoms forever. Now, there’s Joost. These three things have one thing in common – they were conceived in the minds of two men: Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. They were spot on with KaZaa. They were mind blowing […]

One Billion new cars in the next ten years

Posted on: February 18th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Drive a car in any major city of the world, and you’ll be forgiven your evil thoughts. And you’ll wonder how it could be possible that the number of motor cars on the world’s roads could double in the next ten years. But that’s no stretch of the imagination. If you simply extrapolate current trends, […]

The changing of the guards

Posted on: February 18th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

If you’ll excuse a parochial sporting entry, I have to ask what has happened to the gods of sport this weekend. Were they sleeping? New Zealand beat Australia at cricket – twice!! And one of those was by 10 wickets (OK, they have rested four top players ahead of the World Cup, and have had […]

Links in a chain: How it all fits together

Posted on: February 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I was asked again the other day what the “theme” of this blog is. It can sometimes seem like a collection of rambling musings on the world. Well… Besides being just that, it is really the place that the network at TomorrowToday.biz put all their musings on the world. This is part of what we […]

Crime – Where Facts, Politics And Emotions Clash

Posted on: February 7th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 4 Comments

South Africa, a young democracy, is experiencing what almost every young democracy has experienced: an increase in crime, and other issues that threaten hard won freedoms. It often takes a tipping point, and an escalation to almost unbearable limits, in these situations, until society is shaken from its sleepiness and starts to fight back. I […]

Cutting Costs reaches its event horizon

Posted on: January 28th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 5 Comments

A nice article in the Economist, 18 Jan 07, entitled: “Browne out“, looks at the departure of BP’s boss, Lord (John) Browne. He has been in charge since 1995, and his tenure coincides with some huge changes in the industry. These include massive mergers, the “greening” of Big Oil, and at the same time some […]

How not to apply for a job

Posted on: January 15th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

This is too good to be true… It was reported in London newspapers last week, and is just unbelievable. It’s an anti-talent story. The story of a young web designer looking for a job in Dubai. He applies by email, and gets a favourable response. And, then… well, its hard to describe, but the guy […]

The Company of the Future

Posted on: January 14th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

In Fast Company, Dec/Jan 07 edition, there is a short piece about a new type of company, entitled “Ears Wide Shut“. The company is Squeezebox, which sells “a $300 device that lets audiophiles take digital music from their computer hard drives or from Internet-radio streams, and play it with impressive clarity on high-end speakers in […]

Top 10 Hottest Jobs in 2007

Posted on: January 11th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Fast Company’s annual list of the hottest jobs, taken from a survey of trend spotters and futurists, is as follows: Experience Designer Medical Researcher Web Designer Security Systems Engineer Urban Planners Viral Marketers and Media Promoters Talent Agents Buyers and purchasing agents Art Directors News Analysts, Reporters, and Bloggers NOTE, at the Fast Company site, […]

WH Smith closes pension fund

Posted on: January 10th, 2007 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

Today, it was announced that WH Smith, the UK retailer, would close its company pension fund and restrict it onl