Microsoft To Acquire Maker Of Popular Minecraft Game For 2.5 Billion

Microsoft targets Gen Z

Microsoft has acquired Mojang the maker of Minecraft for $2.5bn [see AFP article below]. Minecraft is a game with very simplistic graphic and game play but it has managed to garner a player base numbering in the millions spread across
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The sports car that runs on SALTWATER

The sports car that runs on SALTWATER: Vehicle goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds – and has just been approved for EU roads Quant e-Sportlimousine’s top speed is 217mph – equal to a McLaren P1 The car uses
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Seven insights to help you become a great leader

The contemporary challenges facing corporate leaders are well documented. The context for leadership is one filled with complexity, ambiguity, volatility and uncertainty. They are challenges that aren’t going to go away or change anytime soon and if leaders hope to
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Age Quake: A Global phenomenon with two fault lines

In early August 2014 Stats SA released the annual population estimates for South Africa. The report made for interesting reading, especially when our demographic information is positioned against that of the major developed economies of the European Union and the

Millennials in the Workplace: an article on 60 Minutes

This 3 minute intro to a full 60 minute programme does a great job of identifying, and connecting with, some of the challenges that the Millennial generation bring into the workplace. They ARE different, and we will have to shift traditional
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Digital Natives and the new normal of socialising

I was recently in a conversation with a person who recounted an experience with her two teenage Digital Native Children. [Digital Native: A digital native is a person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technologies and
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TomorrowToday Foundation funds a library

As part of our commitment to the development of the next generation, TomorrowToday launched its Foundation last year.  The Foundation raises funds (from our team, our clients and friends, and a percentage of our profits each year), and allocates these
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Change is hard – I’ll be ready tomorrow

Having breakfast with a CEO recently and talking about organisational change, he came out with the memorable line, “change is hard – I’ll be ready tomorrow”. It wasn’t a personal reference but rather the unspoken response he seems to encounter

Technology shifting global workspace mindshift

Click on the link below if you missed the article by Keith Coats that appeared in The Star Workplace today. The Star Workplace – Technology shifting global workspace mindshift – 9 July 2014-KC
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Career Conversations

The world of work provides us with many choices. We can choose our employer and the duration that we want to work for that employer. We can choose to join the entrepreneurial trend and be our own boss. As flexible
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Keeping Generations @ Work

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
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Reclaiming the Village: 4 Lessons from the San Bushmen

In his amazing book Future Primal, Louis Herman, a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii-West O’ahu, articulates how we should respond to our converging crisis of violent conflict, political corruption, and global ecological devastation. Herman’s sweeping synthesis
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Understanding the Gen Y Quarter-life Crisis and what all of it means for you

Quarter life is a stage that runs through a person’s twenties, and possibly into the very early thirties. Some academic writers have aligned it with Erik Erikson’s Intimacy vs Isolation stage in human development theory. Intimacy vs. isolation – This
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The Enemy Within

The best of strategies can be thwarted and undone by the presence of an enemy within the ranks. Even worse, an enemy within can sow the seeds that result in destruction and ultimate annihilation. As a company, you may well
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Making Your Life Just a Little Easier (what we do at TomorrowToday)

“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
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Mentoring and Development – The Enneagram as a development tool

We have been using the Enneagram as an assessment instrument in a Top Talent development programme for a large corporation.  We have been wowed by the insights this tool has given us into the development needs of the 200 participants,
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A Brave New World: But what about my kids?

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
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Leading in a Changing World: Four things leaders can learn from Postmodernism

If the world has changed then we need a new kind of leadership. The world has changed. Much has been said and written about change and the importance for leaders – wherever they might be, to adapt to the changes
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GROWTH Innovation: A practical framework for development

In TomorrowToday we believe from experience and observation of clients around the world, and through reading and tracking innovation trends, that there has been an evolution in Innovation practice just as there has been in most other areas of business.
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Out of Africa: An open letter to all in Africa

‘I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills’… Recently I had the opportunity to visit the home of Karen Blixen, the author of, ‘Out of Africa’ – an autobiographical book penned in 1937 that was
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Surfing the TIDES of Change

One of the central frameworks we work with in TomorrowToday is TIDES where we use this acronym to consider the main change disruptors to be considered in the modern world.  The acronym stands for: T – Technology I – Institutional

Gamification and your life

One of the trends TomorrowToday has been tracking for several years is that of Gamification. Simply put, this reflects that reality that just as social networking, search engines, and online media have changed the way we live, so too has
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Your next step: Thinking like a Futurist in 2014

It is that time of year again when everyone is having their say about the likely trends that will dominate or surface during the course of 2014. Recent editions of Time, Fortune and the Economist have all run lead articles
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A Crystal Ball for Business: 9 Tips for Future Success

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,

Leading Diversity: The Zoo versus The Wild

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,

Reimagining Capitalism – as Principled, Patient, and Truly Social

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
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The year in review

As you may or may not know TomorrowToday does not have a central office where we all trundle off to between 08h00 and 17h00 Monday to Friday. Let’s face it who does do that anymore? TomorrowToday has what we call
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Thoughts of a Mind-traveler

It is Thursday evening and I am tired. I have had a full-on week and it’s not even finished yet. I am sitting at Durban airport waiting for my flight back to Johannesburg. My blogging day at TomorrowToday is a

The need for Social Reinvention

When you drop a mentos mint into a bottle of Diet Coke the rough edges of the Mentos are filled with Diet Coke and a chemical reaction takes place producing CO2 . The CO2 causes the Diet Coke to fizz
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Innovation and the Future Workforce: key trends for the decade ahead

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
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Global Leadership Principles from which to Lead: learning from the Asia Pacific Leadership Program

For the past 10 years I have had the privilege to be part of the teaching facility of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) based at the East West Center in Hawaii. And yes, Hawaii is not too shabby a
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Why Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an imperative for giving and receiving feedback in the New World Of Work.

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle Unfortunately none of us can afford to say nothing, do nothing; and be nothing, which is why we need to learn to manage our
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The Future of Leadership: Authenticity and Adaptive Intelligence

“The problem is not that they are not watching what you do, the problem is they are” is something that Tom Peters once said. He is right. Leaders are under greater scrutiny than they have ever been due to the
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What’s your Why, How and What?

Last week Keith and I completed a 4 day Leadership Development Programme with one of our clients. It was delivered in the form of two 2-day blocks, split one month apart. The 4 days were divided up into: Leadership and

My Top Three Social Media Lessons for Business

I have been involved in social media for the past few years and enjoy looking at new ways that social media can be adopted in business. I am a bit of a dabbler and over the past few months I
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Spam your Mom

I know that giving advice should mostly only been given when asked for (I’m a new mom, never has this statement been more true in my life!), and I also know that us Generation X’ers aren’t necessarily the most accredited
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Because You’re Not a Business School

Not too long ago TomorrowToday was invited to throw our hat into the ring for the procurement of an Executive Leadership Development Programme for an International Developmental Agency that falls under the auspices of the United Nations. I had done

Good leaders should only answer impossible questions

I had breakfast with a friend the other day, who also runs a fairly large company in South Africa. It’s my impression that there’s a conversation that happens behind the scenes in the world of leadership. A conversation that you’re
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Is the information landscape in which we currently find ourselves a wasteland or an oasis?

I set out to write about the current South African education system; and what, in my opinion, is lacking in this space, how it is not serving the youth of today and how business (and ultimately the economy) is suffering

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

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

Social Business Shifts in Recruitment

  As the Internet makes a bigger impact on the recruitment industry we are starting to see recruitment agencies enter into a second state of disruption in South Africa. The first state of disruption that the recruitment industry experienced due

Ted Talk – How great leaders inspire action

I came across the following video clip from TED.com – it’s a guy by the name of Simon Sinek who speaks on How great leaders inspire action. It’s a great video clip that’s worth the 19 minutes of time if 

Books every leader should read

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
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Identifying Talent In A Knowledge Economy?

Identifying Talent is a top priority in any organistion today. Daniel Pink, in his TED talk on The Surprising Science of Motivation, suggests the most valuable people in a knowledge economy organizations are the people thinking about solutions to to

Hearing God Thinking: Journeying Towards the New World of Work.

“In the beautiful complexity of a new universe that Einstein has shown us, I for one, have no doubt I can hear God thinking” – the words of Arthur Eddington, the British scientist, in the wake of him having proved

Recruitment Trend Shifts in South Africa

The recruitment industry in South Africa looks like it is on the rise for the first time in two and a half years. Human Resources South Africa reported “employment grew by 5.6% during March.” As business slowly starts to find

From customer service to customer experience

In July of 2010 I decided I was old enough to buy my first grown-up car. I began by thinking though what my lifestyle was like; and therefore what car I might need. I considered that I lived along a
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This for that – the effect of technology and virtual distance.

We are now living in a world where distance and time apart from our loved 
ones is not as challenging as it used to be. Through the use of technology,
 we are not only able to speak to our loved
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Green is the New Black: why sustainable business should be on everyone’s agenda

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
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Back to the Future: The Past is Overrated

Yesterday I had lunch with my wife…not an unusual occurrence in and of itself, but indeed a special and significant one, as we do not get many opportunities to engage around the table of life during a work week. As
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How to stop your staff leaving as the economy improves

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
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2025 – Jobs your kids will be doing. Or perhaps not working at all?

If you’ve recently had a baby, you’re probably not thinking about their career? Mind you, as I reflect back on the birth of my two daughters, I think there was some thought and fantasy given to how they’d impact the

Savvy Leadership: Learning from Horses

As I write this I am once again in the Dargle area located in the picturesque Midlands of Kwa Zulu Natal. It is a place that when created surely must have brought a smile to the Creator; reflection of a
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Business must get serious about Mentoring

According to the article “Winning the race for talent in emerging markets” – by Douglas A. Ready, Linda A. Hill, and Jay A. Conger (HBR), developing world countries have a large shortage of adequately experienced people from lower to middle
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The Most Important Work Leaders Need to Do To Lead Into The Future.

Recently a CEO asked me an interesting question: What did I think is the most important quality or skill that leaders will need as they lead into the future? It is an intriguing question yet I found my answer without
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Women at work, does it work?

Here are some interesting facts: in 2007 Canada became the first country in the world with a majority female workforce. In 2010 the United Sates of America followed suit. Currently, 70% of China’s massive semi-skilled factory workforce is made up
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How social media sold me a seafood platter

Last week we looked into the importance of using clear communication when selling through social media channels. Today I wanted to share an experience that ended very well for me (the buyer) and the seller. I am busy doing some
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Social Media in Sales

Social technologies like twitter, foursquare, MXit, facebook and BBM represent the communication shift from physical to digital. Although this is becoming a well known fact most people are unsure where they stand and how this communication will affect their business.

What’s your digital lifestyle?

I am a firm believer that every person hasa certian level of digital integration in their lifestyle. The is something in almost all of us that uses the digital landscape in someway or another. This is what excites me about

Twitter, FaceBook and Social Media are just like a Fax Machine

The interest in Social Media in the business world is growing. And it’s growing ‘upwards’ in the organisation. I say ‘upwards’ because increasingly I’m engaged in conversations with the Gate-Keepers around whether they should our shouldn’t jump in? The weight

What the Chilean miners’ rescue tells us about online media consumption

Wednesday October 13th, most of the world were watching with baited breath as the rescue mission started for thirty three Chilean miners trapped about 700 meters below the ground. All thirty three men are doing well and it seems that

Calling out to those connecting to – and connected to – call centres

“Call centres are the electronic assembly lines of the new economy” – Phil Jennings, Union Network International The last few months have been a busy and exciting time for Tomorrow Training. We have been up to a lot of good

Are you getting the ROI you need from your conferences?

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

An Open Letter To Boomer Bosses Everywhere:

Dear Wally, (if the name fits or even if it doesn’t…) I need to speak to you on an important issue.  For some time I have been watching a tsunami looming large on the horizon and it seems that the
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Vital Leadership Skills for the 21st Century: A Global Mindset

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

Want a Value Add: What About ‘Story’?

In his book, Eyewitness to Power, David Gergen writes, “I asked Reagan how he wanted to explain what he was seeking there. “ “Let’s tell a story,” he responded.  Reagan, ‘The Great Communicator’, regarded storytelling – or narrative, as one

What if Lance Armstrong wanted YOUR job?

This is a question (What if Lance Armstrong wanted YOUR job?) I ask the participants of the Talent Management day I do around 40 times each year (for the past 4 years) with one of our clients, for their senior

In solving the ‘Talent’ crisis, it’s time for South and North to jointly solve the ‘gravitas’ problem

If you take a look at the state of business education in the world today, you’d have to conclude that we’ve never been in a better position to take our organisations forward to places we’ve only dreamed of. There’s never

In solving the 'Talent' crisis, it’s time for South and North to jointly solve the ‘gravitas’ problem

If you take a look at the state of business education in the world today, you’d have to conclude that we’ve never been in a better position to take our organisations forward to places we’ve only dreamed of. There’s never
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Three simple information technology tools that you can use to dramatically enhance your business

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

The Leader’s Challenge: Knowing What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Author Max de Pree has said that the first task of leadership is to define reality.  For many in leadership today, the reality is they don’t know what to do in a turbulent, complex and dynamic world. Leadership is not

‘Playing the game’ in a connection economy

That’s right, it’s here, you know it, not just the World Cup, but also what we have called a ‘connection economy’, also known as a connective economy, people economy, an EQ-based economy or an emotion economy. We have known this

An Assassin, A Fishing Hook, The Power of Tribes and Two World Cups

The Assassin The sun rose quietly over Dawn Park, a suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was Easter weekend so most people were away on holiday. In many ways it was the perfect African morning. A refreshing

Some (more) gems from our archives – valuable reading!

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

Some hidden gems from our archives – valuable reading!

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
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Social Media Platforms are taking the virtual out of reality

Often those that don’t, a few that have, and one or two that do, criticize social media platforms (Twitter, FaceBook, et al) of being a conceptual experience robbing the depth of authenticity from face-to-face relationships. In their opinion relationships on

LEAD: Leadership principles learnt from Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson

Gary Bailey, goalkeeper for Manchester United on 373 occasions from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s, and also for England before retiring with a knee injury, had the privilege of playing for two of the most successful football managers

Selling Solutions

The world has supposedly only just come out of a recession so our real work is just beginning. The South African economy certainly did not fair as badly as the European and American ones, but we have definitely seen a

The Janitor: A Reason Why The World Cup Will Succeed

Once again I found myself at O R Tambo airport eagerly waiting to get a flight home after yet another week in Johannesburg.  No surprises there! If they could just move the Johannesburg economy and business buzz to Durban, without

Just a Thought: Do conferences have to be so dreadfully dull?

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

5 Practical steps to retain Talent

During 2009 I was asked by a client to come to a meeting where they were going to discuss how to build a better Employee Value Proposition (EVP), to stem the tide of an exiting younger workforce. Retention was their
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Just a thought: Get rid of your IT department

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

Reselling retailing into millennial marketing

If you have followed TomorrowToday’s e-zines, Blogs, Tweets, website and Facebook page, or have attended TomorrowToday’s ‘Mind the Gap’ presentation, you will have been exposed to ‘the generation gap.’ This generally effects our behaviour towards one another, the way we

Bacon baps build buddies – Driving relationships with customers akin to those of friendships

All good stories begin with… Once upon a time, there was a man who ran a small, but very successful bacon bap stall at a village’s farmers market.  He spent time getting to know his customers and everyone knew him.

R-E-T-A-I-L: Six Leadership Practices for Smart Retailers

Here are six reminders to leaders in retail, but in truth, these reminders can serve leaders everywhere. Taking the word ‘retail’, here are six things, which if done, will enhance your business success. 1 Rethink your business. The global recession
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When social media grows up… it will change everything

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

Bacon or Pork: Either Way the Piggy Bank is Toast

Commitment to breakfast means different things to the chicken and the pig. Well unless that is, you’re inclined to favour KFC for breakfast! Nowhere has the shock to perspective that the global recession emitted been more keenly felt than in

Onions or Parfait – Customer relationships no longer need to be a thing of fairytales and pirate stories

For some companies, customers are like onions, full of layers and potential but difficult to identify through watering eyes. For other companies – those with a deep and intimate understanding of their customers – they are like parfait, rich, rewarding

The Anatomy of Strategy – 3 Simple Questions to Test Your Strategy

Strategy formation has been elevated to the realm of the MBA. Curriculum is developed, courses are taught and only the chosen few get to play in this elite playground. Here the air is thin and we have come to accept
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Generations and Culture

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.
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“Terra Incognita – Territory Unknown”: Communication in a new World at Work

By Darren Davies, Founder of Integrity Blue Consulting The global economic downturn has been more than just a recession. It has signaled an era of unprecedented change, and a time of turbulence for organizations, organizational leadership and organizational communication. Robinson

Talent is a Four Letter Word

The title of this post comes from a reply to a tweet I once posted: Does anyone have a better word for ‘talent’? Does business really think it’s a big issue? Is there some other ‘thing’ we should be noticing?

TomorrowToday’s Top 10 most read blog entries at the end of 2009

TomorrowToday’s blog has been up and running since September 2004. We have over 1750 posts on our blog, filed under 35 different categories. We’ve not done this before, but here are TomorrowToday’s most read blog posts as of 31 December

The Talent Reboot

THE WORD “TALENT” HAS GIVEN BUSINESS A BAD NAME! The 15th September 2008 is a day that shall remain etched in the annals of corporate history. It’s the day that Lehman Brothers went bankrupt lurching the world economy into the
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TIDES of Change: the five trends disrupting business in the next 5 years

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

Back to the Future: Rethinking Strategy

How do you speak in a new way about strategy when an old language dominates the topic? This is a major obstacle standing in the way of thinking about strategy in a new way for a new world. Jamie Dimon,

Navigating this differently connected world – Exploring the impact of social software on business today

The emergence of online social networks (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc) has profoundly impacted the way we communicate, associate and organise ourselves. It has left industries and companies grasping frantically for a response and a strategy that will allow them to

Good to Great… to Gone!

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

Seeing the world through your customer’s eyes – your key to growing your business

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

Nine Reasons Why You Must Improve the Environmental Performance of Your Business

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
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – the essential role of feedback for the Leader

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”  So goes the question embedded in the fanciful world of a children’s tale and a question that hauntingly stalks most of us for the remainder of our adult journey.
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Talent – Manage it by measuring it

My husband is gets really annoyed that I don’t put clothes back in my cupboard after I have worn them.  I tend to pile them up on the table in our bedroom until I create a high pyramid of creased
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You can’t sit this one out

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
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You can't sit this one out

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

ConnectToday ezine (TomorrowToday UK)

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:

The Battle for Innovation

Return to TomorrowToday UK website | Go to our article library | Email this website link to a friend The Battle for Innovation Nelson’s Column is a monument in the centre of London’s Trafalgar Square. A 5.5 metre statue of

Leaderment or Manageship

Since I’ve been in any form of organization, no matter how big or small, there’s always been an attempt to make a distinction between managers and leaders. There are all kinds of definitions that attempt to make the distinction, like

An interview with Sharon Kersten

Return to TomorrowToday UK website | Download pdf version | Email this website link to a friend An interview with Sharon Kersten Sharon is a skilled and experienced business professional having worked as MD at Old Mutual’s retail banking arm
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Detailed Introduction to Generational Theory

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

The Accounting Profession: Power, Pressure, Perfection and People

Return to TomorrowToday UK website | Download pdf version | Email this website link to a friend The Accounting Profession: Power, Pressure, Perfection and People Since 2002, the accounting profession has been rocked by sensational corporate scandals and subsequent strict

See you on the flip side

“It is my contention that in the over 40 years that I have been associated with the JSE, South Africans have always over-reacted emotionally towards the exchange. When there is a bull market people believe it is never going to

The Essential Smoke and Mirror of Leadership

My youngest son Sipho arrived home from school the other day having just negotiated a history exam. “Well, how did it go?” I asked. Without so much as breaking his stride, he replied, “Well Dad, I either got 92% or

Talent – I dislike that word!

Barrie Bramley looks at the preoccupation many companies have with ‘talent’and the confusion it’s causing; as those who are grappling with it struggle to work out what to do with it? Barrie looks at the problem of scarce skills in

Introducing the Generations

- 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

Building Network Alliances – The future for profitability and success in turbulent times.

Business world is facing the dawning of a new alliance age / revolution that will bring about a new business model more symbiotic and substantially different from the business model of today. The competitive and changing economic landscape demands a

So, it is your first day in the corner office…

I received an email the other day inviting me to contribute a ‘thought’ or message to a leader newly appointed to the role of CEO. I was one of several people invited to do so and I thought it was

June 2008 eZine

Available online at: http://www.tmtd.biz/articles This month at a glance… more details below :: So, it is your first day in the corner office… (by Keith Coats) :: Building Network Alliances – The future for profitability and success in turbulant times.

Load shedding lessons (and opportunities)

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

Developing corporate leaders

Explore four trends that are currently changing the face of business as Keith explains how these trends are resulting in the need for a radical transformation in the process of developing leaders who are capable of leading into the future.

The Great HR Paradox: A Thought Bullet for CEO’s everywhere

"Never before has 'HR' (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more critical." In this article, Keith Coats offers a viewpoint on how companies can make the

The Great HR Paradox: A Thought Bullet for CEO's everywhere

"Never before has 'HR' (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more critical." In this article, Keith Coats offers a viewpoint on how companies can make the

Why Ethical Consumption is Taking Off

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

Who’s Looking After Them?

Karin Wellman, co-founder and director of TomorrowTraining, asks, “Who is training your trainers?” Trainers and those in charge of the development of other staff members are often neglected as recipients of training and development themselves. Karin highlights this as a

Who's Looking After Them?

Karin Wellman, co-founder and director of TomorrowTraining, asks, “Who is training your trainers?” Trainers and those in charge of the development of other staff members are often neglected as recipients of training and development themselves. Karin highlights this as a

Do You Know Talent?

What is talent, and do you really want it? If so, how much talent do you want, where will you find it and what are you going to do with the talented people you manage to attract to your company?

Dear Yves… a conversation around Values

Following a presentation on Invitational Leadership at a two day workshop for senior leaders at a prominent multi-national, the CEO of the company and Keith Coats engaged in a chat about values and the role they play in a company.

October ezine

Edition: October 2007 Available online at: http://www.tmtd.biz/articles This month at a glance… more details below :: Why Ethical Consumption is Taking Off (by Graeme Codrington) :: Who’s Looking After Them? (by Karin Wellman) :: Do You Know Talent? (by Barrie

Who you are, not what you sell

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
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Generation Y: Its life, Jim, but not as we know it

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

Beware the Rise of the Ethical Consumer

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

What’s Your First Impression

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

The Soul of Your African: Celebration

Aloysias Maimane asks what makes someone an African. Part of the answer relates to African celebrations. In this article, Aloysias explains what celebrations mean to Africans, and what implications this has for companies and leaders. Anyone who needs to attract,

The Inconvenient Truth for Leaders

What global warming is to Al Gore, so is the issue of control to the leader. However the inconvenient truth is that control is an illusion. Keith Coats, global leadership guru explores the concept of leadership and control in this
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Retiring the Generation Gap: How Employees Young & Old Can Find Common Ground, by Jennifer Deal

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

Articles for July 2007

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

June ezine

Edition: June 2007 Available online at: http://www.tmtd.biz/articles This month at a glance… more details below :: Crowdsourcing – Getting Your Customers and Staff to develop new innovations for you (by Dean van Leeuwen) :: Prisoners of the past (by Graeme

Crowdsourcing – Getting Your Customers and Staff to develop new innovations for you

Crowdsourcing is a technique that progressive companies are using to translate the enthusiasm of their most highly-engaged customers into valuable marketing, branding, or product-development insight. Dean van Leeuwen, TomorrowToday’s UK and European director, who has an MBA and extensive work

Prisoners of the past

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

The New Village: Building Courageous Companies

In this article, Keith Coats, our resident leadership expert, visits one of his favourite themes: the company as a village. He explains the four key requirements for developing successful and resilient organisations: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

Why Strategies Don’t Work

Many people will agree with Pete Laburn, strategy consultant and part of TomorrowToday’s network, that strategy just doesn’t work in most companies. Its either about just getting a plan done for head office, or we actually don’t have the time

Buppies – coming to terms with young black staff

Buppies – Black yuppies. Black young upwardly mobile professionals. Research shows that this is one of the fastest growing demographic groups in South Africa, but many companies and leaders have no idea how to manage them. Aloysias Maimane, a new

Yes, it will cost more

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

Leading the Whatever Generation – the “Bright Young Things”

Leadership in today’s world is not easy. I suspect it has never ‘been easy’ but with the contemporary levels of complexity, connectedness and ubiquitous change these are indeed unique times in which to live and lead. The twin challenges that

Leading the Whatever Generation – the "Bright Young Things"

Leadership in today’s world is not easy. I suspect it has never ‘been easy’ but with the contemporary levels of complexity, connectedness and ubiquitous change these are indeed unique times in which to live and lead. The twin challenges that

They drive me crazy!

Boomers (in their 40s and 50s) and Xers (in their 20s and 30s) have very different communication styles and needs. In the workplace, they can drive each other crazy. Barrie Bramley provides some excellent insights into why this communication gap

Whining, Moaning, and Achieving: Dealing with frustrated talent in the workplace

In sessions that we conduct on Talent management with both those who lead talent and those who are considered talent everything goes brilliantly until the end of the day when we ask: “So, what are you going to do now?”

Assessing Wisdom Continuity within your Organisation

Recognised experts in any field often rely on nothing more than a hunch. Time (and hard work by others) typically proves them to be right. Where does that innate gut instinct come from? Can you learn it? Can it be

A is for Apple, BEE is for Business. Part 3: The Solution

In the past two e-zines, John Maxwell has outlined the BEE question and the BEE problem. Now, in this final contribution, he focuses on one of the possible solutions to BEE. He is involved with an innovative Trust that is

Featured articles in March

Archives of our previous e-zine articles available at: http://www.tmtd.biz/category/articles/   This month at a glance… more details below :: Yes, it will cost more (by Graeme Codrington) :: Whatever: Leading the Next Generation – Six essential things leaders need to

What’s lacking in the care of our senior citizens?

Policy makers are reassessing the way our country looks after its aged. This article looks at some of the issues demanding their attention.

Travel and Lifelong learning – an industry growth point in the next 20 years

I have come across a website that I believe understands the market and the thinking of boomers on the verge of a change of lifestyle. Just as the younger generation uses back packing hostels when traveling, this group has identified

Downshifting – Changing the gears

Tired of the constant pressure of corporate life Bruce decided he no longer needed this kind of life. With no dependents he and his wife sold-up house and business and moved into a rustic coastal cottage they now call home.

Baby boomers – are you leaving a legacy?

The front runners of the Baby Boomer generation are turning 60 and entering a whole new phase “life after 60�. But don’t expect them to maintain the status quo.

Retirement vs. Re-Tyrement

The first Baby Boomers will turn sixty this year and they will do what no other generation has done before them: Re-tyre. There are a number of factors that are already causing futurists to look at the effects of this
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The Five Most Important People Trends of the Next Five Years

It is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between competitors in almost every industry in the world. New innovations are quickly copied and improvements in quality, service and price are easily matched. In this globalised world, you can no longer differentiate

Winning the Talent Wars (part 2)

Dr Graeme Codrington continues from last month’s e-zine article looking at creating an attractive culture for talented young people. In this second of two articles on the subject, he focuses the spotlight on four key areas companies have to manage

Defining Talent – objective assessment in the War for Talent

Raymond de Villiers, director of Talent at TomorrowToday.biz, asks corporate leaders to define talent. Its not good enough to answer: “I’ll know it when I see it”. Raymond then provides a framework for understanding who is talented, how to identify

A is for Apple, BEE is for Business (part 2)

John Maxwell, co-founder and administrator of the Nkomazi Community Trust, examines Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and points out some flaws within the current implementation. Telling the story of a BEE deal gone wrong John shows that BBBEE is much

Is Talent Holding the Workforce Hostage?

Aloysias Maimane, TomorrowToday’s resident expert on young talent, especially young black South African talent, questions whether companies truly understand what these young people see as perks and what they just expect to receive by default. Knowing the difference is a

The airport bestseller – the role and emergence of corporate autobiographies

Aiden Choles, an expert in the use of narrative techniques in the corporate world, argues that the rise of the corporate autobiography as bestseller is proof that we need stories, rather than benchmarks, and human connection rather than policy and

Featured articles in October

:: Featured Articles in October Click here to sign up for our free monthly e-zine. AloysiasMaimane – The War for Black Talent One of TomorrowToday’s bright young stars, Aloysias Maimane, helps us to understand some of the unique drivers and

The War for Black Talent

One of TomorrowToday’s bright young stars, Aloysias Maimane helps us to understand some of the unique drivers and motivators of young, black talent. His insights will assist those who are battling to attract and retain these “black diamonds”.

Facing up to problems and their solutions

In this article, Aiden deals with the complex issue of change management, convincingly showing why many of today’s interventions fail. He provides a new starting point, using Organisational Narrative Mapping as a mechanism for profound change.

Winning the talent war

We live in a world where companies are working exceptionally hard to attract, retain, engage and motivate their bright young employees. A new generation of young people has started entering the workplace in the last decade, bringing with them new

Can one size fit all – on the internet?

Jackie Ronson, Managing Director of TomorrowToday in the UK & Europe, uses a recent client case study to illustrate the improvement in online sales that can be achieved from ensuring each customer group (or generation) is catered for on your
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Why People Don’t Achieve Their Goals?

One of TomorrowToday’s close friends and associates, and South Africa’s top practitioner of the psychology of success and motivation, Justin Cohen provides us with some reasons why people don’t achieve their goals. He goes on to make some concrete and

The Attitude and Action of Authentic Leadership

In this thought-provoking article, Keith cuts across many of the myths of modern leadership to suggest one attitude and one action that truly authentic and savvy leaders need to take more seriously than they do. He is concerned that chasing

A is for Apple, BEE is for Business (part 1)

In the first of a three part series, John Maxwell, co-founder and administrator of an exciting new venture, the Nkomazi Community Trust, looks at various responses to Black Economic Empowerment strategies in South Africa. He offers a broad introduction to

Will I retire like my parents?

Lynda Smith, trained Retirement Coach and Wisdom Continuity expert, shares some insights into the options facing those who will reach retirement age in the next 10 years. Its fairly clear that this generation of retirees are not going to give

Are you sure you want your Talent to stay?

Aiden Choles looks at the business critical issue of retaining talent, highlighting some of the mistakes that companies make when trying to manage their talent. He argues that a certain amount of churn is inevitable, and possibly even healthy if

From Marathons to Short Sprints

Aloysias Maimane wonders how we can shift today’s talented young employees from a Sprint mentality to a Marathon mentality. How can we get them to stay for the long haul, and stick it out? He suggest three simple solutions that

Youth – The Same Yesterday Today and Tomorrow?

Dr Graeme Codrington suggest that traditional segmentation models aimed at understanding the youth market fall short because they fail to see the impact of generational value shifts. In fact, he goes further to suggest that by combining lifestage theory, socio-economic

Featured articles in September

LyndaSmith – Will I Retire Like my Parents? Lynda Smith, trained Retirement Coach and Wisdom Continuity expert, shares some insights into the options facing those who will reach retirement age in the next 10 years. It’s fairly clear that this

Crime Doesn’t Pay. Or Does It?

Let me begin by saying that I have never been a victim of violent crime in 25 years of living in South Africa. A Golf I once owned did get broken into overnight. My childhood home in Johannesburg was invaded

Business Continuity in Age of Constant Change

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

Alumni Talent: How losing the retention battles can help win the talent war

At the moment, one of the pains in the Human Capital side of business is the ‘War for Talent’. With the global village increasing the mobility of our top employees, and the increasing skills shortage in certain key areas Organisational

The Gamers are Coming…and they’re changing the world!!!

In the opening lines of the original Star Trek series captain James T. Kirk introduces the episode with the phrase “Space: the final frontier”?. Today there is a new frontier being crossed by society. A frontier no less foreign, intimidating,

The Gamers are Coming…and they're changing the world!!!

In the opening lines of the original Star Trek series captain James T. Kirk introduces the episode with the phrase “Space: the final frontier”?. Today there is a new frontier being crossed by society. A frontier no less foreign, intimidating,

Stories – The markers to our history

For millennia Stories and the telling of stories have been central to human existence. From the Hunter-Gathers who told of the day’s conquests around the fire, to friends who tell of what they were doing in December 2004 the exact

Talk Story: Signposts for Savvy Leaders

Why do we struggle so with telling stories? Kids don’t struggle in this regard, and perhaps nor do we when with friends, around a meal, in a pub or over a braai (or barbeque for the less initiated). The practice

Tracking the World Wide Buzz

Marketing, media and consumer behaviour redefined Standard Bank recently had a few marketing and banking tongues wagging after forking out millions to change their well known and fairly acceptable ‘simpler. better. faster.’ pay-off line to the abstract, Triple-B: ‘inspired. motivated.

GenerationWatch – May 06

Please – no more! If I have to read one more article about the looming crisis facing the world economy as Boomers prepare to retire, I think I will scream! None of us need reminding about this fact anymore (although

Cross-roads or Crucifixion: A generational view of the Life Insurance Industry

Anyone involved in the life insurance industry knows that it is an industry in crisis. The industry is at a point in its lifecycle where every facet is being tested and prodded. The traditional modus operandi is under attack and

‘Even Chuck has to Change’: Leading in a changing world

In times of change, leaders who are prepared to learn will succeed, while those who consider themselves to be learned will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. We live and lead in a

The community employer – a new employment contract

It is not breaking news that business paradigms are shifting significantly. The difference, in historical terms, is that the shift is taking place on a global scale never seen before. Thomas L. Friedman, in his seminal book The World is

Thoughts on Entropy, Voltage and Learning

Introduction Some people think that there are patterns in existence that can be re-used between various disciplines like Physics, Religion and Business. This article explores the similarity of thought between several domains and tries to see how understanding in one

Inviting People to Grow

A universal truth about a group photo is that, once it has been taken and the picture developed, the photo is only as good as each individual thinks they look. Make sense? Next time you are looking at a group

Leadership Lessons on Teamwork from the Kids

Having written the book, Everything I know about leadership I learnt from the kids, I often get asked if I really believe that leaders can learn about leadership from kids. Yes, I do. And here’s why I believe leaders can

On using overly-simplistic language to describe complex organisational issues…

Dave Snowden of the Cynefin Centre recently said that the relationship between a terrorist and the state, a tax-payer and the tax authority and an employee and the organisation are very similar: they are all complex, a-symmetric relationships and a

GenerationWatch – March 2006

The worm has turned… It seems as if we are reminded on a daily basis – ad nauseum – just how many Boomers are coming up for retirement and the drain they will be on resources. In the US, Leonard

Retirement vs. Re-Tyrement

The first Baby Boomers will turn sixty this year and they will do what no other generation has done before them: Re-tyre. There are a number of factors that are already causing futurists to look at the effects of this

March e-zine articles

Aiden Choles, ‘Emotional Intelligence in an Economy of Connection’ “Companies need to align their recruitment strategies with the power and relevance of EQ. They need to reinvent their organizations around the role of connections with employees and customers. They need

Being Talented

Written by Barrie Bramley, with Vicky Solomon. When we talk about ‘talented’ people, what do we actually mean? The word talent is currently a buzzword and is being thrown about in today’s society but a conclusive definition is hard to

Emotional Intelligence in an Economy of Connection

The shifts taking place in the global economy are changing the way in which a company establishes its value proposition as a competitive differentiator. A few years back a company could bet on their “quality of product� as a sure

How to Get the Most Out of a Job You Hate

I was recently asked to contribute to a magazine feature that focussed on helping people get the most of jobs, even when they hated doing what they did. This is a tough topic for me, as I enjoy nearly every

Understand what your team needs

As a team leader it is important to understand what it is your team needs to optimise its performance. If you can read and understand these needs, you will be better able to respond and help your team to the

Generation Watch

It’s a Boomer Month on the Net. Sex. That’s what the Boomers are thinking about these days. Well, that would be the inference from this month’s GenerationWatch. Do an Amazon search on Sex and Ageing and you will come up

The “Myth of the Mix”

E-ZINE ARTICLE, FEBRUARY 2006 Sign up for free e-zine at: http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/newsletter/index.htm Dr Billy Coop Classic marketing courses still use the traditional marketing mix, or 4 Ps, as the basis for teaching. The critical question, however, is this: how relevant is

Desperately Needed – Leaders of Worth

E-ZINE ARTICLE, FEBRUARY 2006 Sign up for free e-zine at: http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/newsletter/index.htm by Pete Laburn The recent death of renowned business leader Dr Anton Rupert has saddened South Africa and the business world. Here was a man of stature, real substance,

GenerationWatch – January 06

The March GenerationWatch is here – we incorrectly linked to this post from our March ezine. E-ZINE ARTICLE, FEBRUARY 2006 Sign up for free e-zine at: http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/newsletter/index.htm Dr Steve Griffiths offers a light-hearted review on the latest Generational research and

Lessons in Leadership from Steve “Tugga” Waugh: former Australian Cricket Captain

E-ZINE ARTICLE, FEBRUARY 2006 Sign up for free e-zine at: http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/newsletter/index.htm by Keith Coats When it comes to the Australian cricket team there are very few neutrals: You either love them or hate them. However, regardless of which side of

Divide the Income, Not the Profits: A Financial Manifesto for the TomorrowGroup

E-ZINE ARTICLE, FEBRUARY 2006 Sign up for free e-zine at: http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/newsletter/index.htm by Dr Graeme Codrington At TomorrowToday, we are very interested in what companies need to do in order to attract and retain talented staff. We spend a lot of

The Game of Snakes and Ladders in the 21st-Century

Today, your office headquarters could be an impressive office block, your humble study or the local deli. Because the modern office environment has changed (and continues to transform even while you read this), new work opportunities have arisen. Together with

The Other Side of Leadership

For the past four years TmTd have been invited to participate in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) hosted by the East West Center and based in Honolulu. Recently Keith was asked to write something to the participants on how

Chicken or Egg. Talent or Profit

The war A CEO’s performance is generally measured on two things: share price and shareholder value. This is the plight of a business leader in a capitalist society, and most of his/her time is dedicated to these criteria. However there

Guanxi: China’s Common Currency

First published in Convergence Journal, Vol 6 no 4 (South Africa), November 2005, www.axius.co.za It has been nearly 10 years since Francis Fukuyama published his work ‚Trust‛ discussing the possibility that high levels of social trust, especially the kind of

Meet the Millennial Kids

This article was first published in ‘Your Child’ magazine, September 2005 Children are not merely young versions of their parents. This may seem an obvious statement, yet many parents make the mistake of under-estimating the generation gap that exists between

Speed Kills

‚If you ask the wrong questions, you’ll get the wrong answers every time.‛ Travelling to different conference venues means that I get to spend a lot of time in the car. One of the favourite venues of South African conference

Two Socks to Success

Surgeons call it double gloving – one latex glove over another for extra protection in difficult or potentially dangerous procedures. Though not for the same reasons, scientists have now discovered that ‚double socking‛ – wearing two layers of socks could

What part of ‘they aren’t going to stay’ don’t you understand?

In TomorrowToday.biz we have an ongoing debate on the issue of retaining today’s talent (we call them Bright Young Things). Some of us say you can (although not like it used to be) and some of us say you can’t.

What part of ‘they aren’t going to stay’ don’t you understand?

In TomorrowToday.biz we have an ongoing debate on the issue of retaining today’s talent (we call them Bright Young Things). Some of us say you can (although not like it used to be) and some of us say you can’t.

7 Things Savvy Leaders Do in order to Be Great Leaders

They recognise and cultivate healthy habits Savvy leaders understand that character outweighs personality every time. Leadership, as so many presume, is not about personality, it is about character. And character is developed over the long-haul. Developing character is a series

The A – Z Of HyperNetworking In The Connection Economy

From developmental stages to mainstream technology Companies around the world have already begun to experience the power of third-party Web sites (e.g. www.hellopeter.com) and any self-respecting marketing department commits staff to monitoring them. But that’s not enough anymore. Clients want

Designed for life ‌ or Design for LIFE!

It’s pretty obvious that the way we work is changing. Nowadays � the office is that nice comfy chair in Starbucks. With the advent of ‚mobile‛ technologies our office space followed suit and became mobile too. So now you see

Designed for life ‌ or Design for LIFE!

It’s pretty obvious that the way we work is changing. Nowadays � the office is that nice comfy chair in Starbucks. With the advent of ‚mobile‛ technologies our office space followed suit and became mobile too. So now you see

Intimacy or Integrity: Can Leaders Walk Both Paths?

The well-known contemporary comparative and cultural philosopher Thomas P. Kasulis not too long ago published a book entitled ‚Intimacy or Integrity: Philosophy and Cultural Difference.‛[1] His book lays out a compelling argument about how cultural generalizations between Asian and Western

Diversity: So how should we do this?

Written by Jean Cooper and Graeme Codrington. The previous e-zine had a great article by Barrie Bramley and Dr. Graeme Codrington, entitled: Loving and leading diversity. In this article they explain the business benefits of deeply embracing diversity in the

Help I Need to Change My Address

Industry Analysis from an Outsider, #2 � Banking This is the second in an ongoing series that takes the view of a complete outsider into certain industries. Without in any way even attempting to understand the operational constraints and the
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I Have a Dream

I have a dream that in my lifetime, I would see the revolution of the services company as we currently know it. I have a dream that one day our companies will shrug off the inertia of the past, and

Google’s recruitment – The way of the future?

Google’s results have exceeded analysts’ expectations every quarter since their IPO on the NASDAQ exchange. In their most recent results their success was linked to the increase in brand profile,despite 50% less marketing spend than their competitors. This was in

Google’s recruitment – The way of the future?

Google’s results have exceeded analysts’ expectations every quarter since their IPO on the NASDAQ exchange. In their most recent results their success was linked to the increase in brand profile,despite 50% less marketing spend than their competitors. This was in

Succeeding in the future workplace

‚Sir, when looking at future trends and stuff – what should I study?‛ Being a futurist Industrial Psychologist often attracts a questions like this. It is often asked by a late teen/early twenty-something whose parents stand just that little bit

Are you wasting your money on leadership development?

Behaviourist B.F. Skinner maintained that, ‚education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten‛. Much has been written about the need to create learning organisations and more resources than fleas on a stray dog have been spent

Leading and Loving Diversity

Written by Barrie Bramley and Graeme Codrington. There is no doubt that Diversity is playing itself out as a critical factor in business today. In some countries, especially those with histories of institutionalised oppression (like South Africa, or the USA)

Lessons from the Gamer Generation

Have you ever heard of Kim Hyun Wook? I didn’t think so. He is a South Korean professional racing car driver. As with most pro sportspeople, he has his own fan club, merchandise and a host of sponsors. He earns

Sino-U.S. economic interdependence is growing: a savvy response from business owners is needed

Recently the media has been shouting about the aggressive purchases Chinese companies are making abroad, e.g. Lenovo’s purchase of IBM’s PC division, Haier’s bid for Maytag, and the CNOOC’s (China National Offshore Oil Company) push to grab Unocal. Interestingly enough,

Smart Women Don’t Box: Leadership in the Connection economy

A recent magazine, exploring the subject of women and leadership, carried an article titled, ‘Women can beat men at their own game’. My question is, “why would they want to do that?” Trying to ‘beat men at their own game’

Deceptive Public Speakers – or just the blind leading the blind?

A disappointing deception is being perpetrated in the so-called public speaking arena. For years it’s been a ‘norm’ for companies to have a ‘motivational’ speaker at annual marketing, sales and other conferences. Being a veteran public speaker and founding member

Part II: Experience Isn’t What It Used To Be

Previously, in Part I, (http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/content/view/111/40/), we looked at a significant shift taking place in the relationship between employers and employees. The ‚old contract‛ consisted of swapping loyalty for security. A new generation of employees does not accept this old contract

Part II: Experience Isn’t What It Used To Be

Previously, in Part I, (http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/content/view/111/40/), we looked at a significant shift taking place in the relationship between employers and employees. The ‚old contract‛ consisted of swapping loyalty for security. A new generation of employees does not accept this old contract

The Community Factor

I work in a truly virtual organisation. It hit home again the other day, when I thought about our national budget for paper (the white thin stuff found in printers and photocopiers). Let me clear up our size quickly to

Adrenaline Junkie

To those who make the world go round, the achievers, the movers and shakers, the driven, the unstoppable, the determined, those who strive for excellence in all they do, and those who live life to the fullest … a warning:

Leading Diversity: An Invitation to Leaders Everywhere

Understanding and leading diversity is complex and demanding territory for leaders everywhere. It also is territory, which in a global economy, is simply unavoidable. In the face of relentless diversity care needs to be taken that leaders avoid the temptation

Will Brands Create Your Child’s Value System?

Parents and peers shaped the values of previous generations while the most powerful influence on today’s children is most likely to be marketers and the media. The power of the brand and the battle for the individual mindset and values

Will Brands Create Your Child’s Value System?

Parents and peers shaped the values of previous generations while the most powerful influence on today’s children is most likely to be marketers and the media. The power of the brand and the battle for the individual mindset and values

Organising the Future: The Individualized Corporation

The Future of the Organisation: A Compelling Vision Based on “The Individualized Corporation” (Random House, 1997), by Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher A.Bartlett Developed as a presentation,”Organising Your Future” for TomorrowToday.biz, see http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/orgfuture.

Rebellious Revolutionary Leadership

Recently in New Zealand “The Rebel Billionaire” – the Richard Branson “Apprentice” style show – has been broadcast. I have been glued to my TV screen each week, anticipating what crazy twist will be revealed. And while I won’t deny

remember ME

This is not an article about making a difference in the world. It’s not about significance. It’s not about leaving your legacy. It’s far more important than that. It’s about winning the attention of today’s young set (15-35) by giving

Learning a New Dance

Page moved to http://www.tmtd.biz/articles-main-page/articles-leadership-index-page/learning-a-new-dance/.

Aprois moi, le deluge

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

Connecting with your Bright Young customers

We live in a world where the individual has more power than ever before. The traditional super-power is not in control anymore. The power has shifted to an unmanageable network of individuals and the ones that can ride this rollercoaster-network

From Rush Hour with Love

I’ve just spent a week away from home on business – long days, short nights, little shut-eye and maximum productivity. All good, except phone calls to my kids have degenerated to “Hi dad, bye dad”. So I plan to take

Riding on the Information Super Highway

To Google or not to Google

Learning from a Savvy CEO

As I walked in it felt as though I had come home! The CEO’s office could not by any stretch of the imagination be described as ostentatious but the large desk was well ordered and adorned with some impressive looking

Would You Work for Halliburton?

The Devastating Effect of not Taking “Bright Young Things” Seriously. Halliburton History In the midst of all the corporate scandals and alleged shenanigans across the globe in the past few years, the name of Halliburton features quite prominently. This is

Developing people for the future (II): Attention all leaders, trainers and coaches!

If the world is changing faster than ever before, and if we are rapidly moving towards a world where your competitive advantage increasingly depends on your ability to attract, retain and get the most out of the talented individuals in

Triple Bottom Line in the Rainbow Nation

The Rainbow Nation Most of us who are resident in South Africa are proud of the fact that we live in the Rainbow Nation. To the world we are a ‚miracle nation‛ because we went through simultaneous social, political and
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Mind the Gap: Generations @ Work

This is the original submission as published as the Keynote feature in the Journal for Convergence (ISSN 1606-6162), Vol 5 No 4,www.axius.co.za “We can’t seem to keep our bright young things”. This is the common complaint of businesses around the

Looking to Tomorrow – 2005 and Beyond

Synthesized from the futureneering work of the storytellers and organisational alchemists in the Business Intelligence Unit (BIU) of TomorrowToday.biz. – http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz

It’s Not Personal, It’s Business. Or is it?

A few months ago I was working on a particularly complex, frustrating and taxing project and during a conversation with the company CIO he said something that stopped me dead in my tracks and made me re-evaluate a few things.

How to be a Strong Leader

We all admire strong leadership. In politics and religion, we may not agree with the leader’s intent, policies or beliefs but we are still free to admire their strength. In the business environment, strong leadership is not only encouraged, it

Three Areas That Leaders Everywhere Dare Not Ignore

Challenged recently to ‘frame’ a leadership development process has led me to set out the following offering. Having had the opportunity to participate in several international leadership formation programmes I am, for the most part, left with a disquiet that

The Crazy Zone – A case study

Barrie Bramley provides insight into how to harness the creativityof your team by creating crazy zones. This is one company’s story… How do you get 90 employees to double their department’s contribution to the company within three years? If you

Developing people for the future

We know the world is changing faster than ever before. We also knowthat much of this change can be ascribed to the explosion of information andcommunication technologies. But if it is true that information and knowledgedoubles faster than ever before,

Baby Boomer in a Virtual World

For me, life has always been about challenge, passion, growth and making a difference. Working each day without experiencing these things would start to cause a slow death inside. I choose to try and live my life to the fullest,

Gen X Entrepreneurship: Designing a new business model

In the first article in this three article series we identified the fact that generation X entrepreneurs are put off by the perception that a consequence of entrepreneurship is being alone. In this article we will examine the concept of

Turning your employees into the Bright Young Things of tomorrow

Jean was awarded his Masters in Industrial Psychology cum laude in January 2005. This article is based on intensive research for his Masters thesis. More details of how to access his research will be available soon. During recent years the

The Apprentice: Leadership Lessons We Shouldn’t be Learning

Written by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington. The ongoing search for better and stranger reality TV shows has produced many brilliant ideas. When one of the world’s most flamboyant businessmen and NBC got together to create the 2004 hit, The

The Apprentice: Leadership Lessons We Shouldn’t be Learning

Written by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington. The ongoing search for better and stranger reality TV shows has produced many brilliant ideas. When one of the world’s most flamboyant businessmen and NBC got together to create the 2004 hit, The

The goal of diversity is not harmony

Travel the world. It doesn’t matter where you go. People are Diverse. Dictionary.com defines diversity as, “A point or respect in which things differ.” Simple really. So why are we so stuck with it? Why when you mention diversity, or

One more time…what drives culture and why it matters

Great organizations have distinct corporate cultures. There is no ‘ideal prototype’. They have longevity, coping with changing times and different generations effortlessly. Most organisations, however, are mired in traditional thinking and short term focus. How do you change this, and

Leadership in a changed world

If the world has changed then we need a new kind of leadership. The world has changed. Much has been said and written about change and the importance for leaders, wherever they might be, to adapt to the changes that

Why fight the free market?

A massive public debate has erupted in the last few months in South Africa, and its now in the courts. Its over the control of the price of medicines. In particular, the price at which pharmacists can sell medicines and

Yo-Yo Dieting for Companies

Really, no matter which way you cut it – business is about money. Sure there are lots of other “trimmings”, but at the end of the day a company that isn’t making a profit doesn’t last very long in the

The New Intellectual Communism

Management science has been around for some time, traditionally starting with the work of Fredrick Winslow Taylor, being brought to new heights by Peter Drucker, and popularized by Tom Peters. Strategy also has a long history, with Michael Porter probably

Leadership and storytelling: Like a horse and carriage

For many the ‘horse and carriage’ part of the article title has been met with dumbfounded blank stares and a (hopefully) silent ‚huh?‛ But for others, you are already humming the tune. ..and the chances are you will find it

Gen Xers: Entrepreneurship & the (a)loneliness factor

This is the first article of a three article series that will discuss generation X entrepreneurs. The first article will look at one of the key ‘pains’ gen X entrepreneurs feel and place this experience within the context of the

Gen Xers: Entrepreneurship & the (a)loneliness factor

This is the first article of a three article series that will discuss generation X entrepreneurs. The first article will look at one of the key ‘pains’ gen X entrepreneurs feel and place this experience within the context of the

25 Sentences that define a generation

The worst thing a doctor could do is to prescribe a ‘one size fits all’ to everyone who walks through the door, without a prior examination. We’d suggest that a similar approach would be equally problematic when working across generations.

Developing virtual teams

One of the biggest trends in the world today is the rapid development of communications technologies. There have been booms and busts a plenty, promises and failure to deliver, as well as major advances and revolutions. As we enter the

Overturning Generational Karma

In his book, Mind the Gap, Graeme Codrington states, ‚it is cultural events, cataclysmic happenings and so on that affect a generation‛. In order to better understand generational theory, he goes on to comment, ‚‌countries need to work out significant

Are we really only ‘Human Resources’?

Why are we struggling so much to keep our bright young things? Why do all our efforts aimed at coaching and mentoring programmes just not seem to produce the benefits we hoped for? Why is our BEE programme failing? Where

Are we really only ‘Human Resources’?

Why are we struggling so much to keep our bright young things? Why do all our efforts aimed at coaching and mentoring programmes just not seem to produce the benefits we hoped for? Why is our BEE programme failing? Where

Fatherhood, Leadership and Organisational Dynamics

Despite decades of emancipation and supposed equality for women, we still live in a world dominated by the patriarchal worldview of preceding centuries. One of the consequences of this situation is that our leadership models and structures in organisations are

Downshifting – Changing the gears

Tired of the constant pressure of corporate life Bruce decided he no longer needed this kind of life. With no dependents he and his wife sold-up house and business and moved into a rustic coastal cottage they now call home.

Part I – Loyalty and Security

‚We can’t keep our bright young things‛. This is the common complaint of businesses around the world at the moment. Today’s new generation of employees and customers seem to flit around from company to company, with no sense of loyalty

All I wanted was a hug

Seven lessons from a BYT resignation letter

The Great HR Paradox: A thought bullet for CEOs everywhere

Never before has ‘HR’ (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more needed.
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Generations and Culture around the world

Updated on 1 December 2009 TomorrowToday is one of the world’s leading generational consultancies. An important part of our suite of services to clients is an understanding of the generation gap, especially focussing on how to attract, retain and nurture

From dust to dust

This has been a subject that I have wanted to write about for some considerable time. Somehow though, I have been procrastinating as it seems, well‌ so mundane. I mean let’s face it, an article about the role and execution

Bring back the 60’s (or not)

In a speech on 19 July 2004, the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, blamed the 1960s for many of the social ills besetting Britain at the moment. As he announced his government’s renewed efforts to deal with crime, he declared

Volunteers not employees – Watch this space

Written by Graeme Codrington, Barrie Bramley and Keith Coats. It stands to reason then that those people who work in, and have a clear understanding of, the volunteer-based organisation, are in a unique position to be able to provide resources

Seven bribes for severance brothers

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Savvy Leadership

‘Savvy’ is described as ‘knowing what to do, when to do it and why you are doing it’. Seeking then to preface the term ‘leadership’ with ‘savvy’ becomes something of a no-brainer. With this understanding of savvy, which leader today

Stress is not the enemy

Some people thrive under pressure, others wane � why? Sustained high performance demands physical, emotional and mental strength. To keep all three in peak performing condition, executives need to learn what world class athletes already know: Recovering energy is as

The problem with team building

Written by Barrie Bramley & Keith Coats. Most leaders have failed to recognise the real value of ‘team building’! It’s not that they’ve taken their teams to the wrong places or engaged in substandard activities, it’s that they’ve allowed their

Newspapers meet the web

So, there I was… wondering whether I was in a well known daily newspaper or not (a friend said he swore he had seen me in the Workplace section on Wednesday). So I went online to the newspaper’s online website

Information Abstraction

Introduction The biggest impact that technology will have on business is how technology will be used to break the rules of the old game, and to create a new value proposition to the client that is based on a radically

Leadership – Riding Dead Horses

When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. This ancient Sioux saying seems obvious enough; I mean who in their right mind would try to ride a dead horse, right? Well maybe not.

A brave new world (for women)

When it comes to leadership in the world, women have always had a rough deal. But the tide is turning. As we head into the uncharted waters of the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly apparent that a new set

The world of tomorrow, today

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

How are you and the internet doing?

The internet is getting old. So old that there are very few people who haven’t heard of it, although there are still many who’ve never used it. You know it’s getting old, not when young people talk about it, but

Welcome to the era of electronic abundance

“Survival dictates that human beings develop an ethics and aesthetics that favour exploiting fully those recourses that exist in abundance and economizing on those items that are in short supply.” - Taichi Sakaiya (Gilder, 2001). Corporate strategy is always focused

Extending your advertising reach

As professional speakers, workshop facilitators and business strategists, we use a multimedia and edutaining approach to our presentation. This means that we are constantly looking for new multimedia clips, including music and especially adverts. Adverts attempt to lock into current

What women want – The future of leadership

What woman want in business is not the corner office, or so maintains Linda Tischerler in the Febuary 2004 edition of FastCompany.

Ubuntu – The advantage of the new economy

For most of the last century, the Industrial era dominated the corporate landscape. The most famous and iconic example of the power of Industrialisation was Henry Ford’s production line, and its most famous output, the Model T Ford motor car.

Old wives tales

Feed a cold, starve a fever Or is it starve a cold and feed a fever? It really doesn’t matter, since both are wrong. Whether you’re burning up or nursing a cold, good, ample nutrition always aids in the healing

TomorrowToday.biz Hometalk – Understanding the Beast

We are in the process of building a great company. Well that is how I feel anyway. As I have been thinking about TomorrowToday.biz I would like to share some thoughts concerning how we are configuring in the hope that

Nano – Quo vadis

Written by Pieter Geldenhuys and Manfred Paeper. (An abstract of the soon to be published article ‚Strategic Implications of Nanotechnology in South African Textile Manufacturing‛ in the South African Business Review) Everything we see around us is made up of

Why should it be free?

The use of multiple connection points with consumers, and an understanding that consumers are now more savvy than ever and are much more active and discerning participants in the brand building relationship. A few examples have come to mind that

Gen X is approaching 35

The oldest Gen Xers are fast approaching 35 years of age. One outcome is that they’re starting to find themselves being included in some influential forums inside of their workplaces, as they continue to challenge current structures, values, cultural norms,

The first-last principle

If you’re responsible for the strategic direction of your business, then I’d like to suggest that you spend a little time memorizing it, because it’s possibly one of your biggest challenges.

Changing the grip – The emerging challenge for leaders everywhere

What will be the next great shift in leadership? What will represent the next Rubicon for those in leadership? What will leadership 21C require?

Defining the internet

The traditional viewpoint of describing the Internet is fundamentally that the Internet is a utility. Just as electricity and water are described as utilities, the Internet is seen as the new utility. The implication of a utility is that an

A lesson in cellular biology

As a child, my mother led me to believe that if my ears glowed, someone, somewhere was talking about me. More recently though, I came across the real reason for red ears (which now makes me wonder about the validity

The girl next door won’t go to the movies

Industry Analysis from an Outsider, #3 � Movies This is the third in an ongoing series that takes the view of a complete outsider into certain industries. Without in any way even attempting to understand the operational constraints and the

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough

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

Forget the Taliban – Ban the tan

Introduction More and more companies are doing it. Just the other day I sat in a conference with one of South Africa’s multi-nationals and they were doing it. Chances are, if your company hasn’t started doing it, it’s going to

Information symmetry in the era of transparency

The era of transparency is built on the invisible future. The only problem is – the invisible future is already here. We’ve said goodbye to our telephone answering machines. Now say goodbye to CDs, DVDs and phones. And what next?

Journal Entry #1, January 2004. Learning from Marcus Aurelius

For leaders everywhere there was a significant but subtle scene in the blockbuster movie, Gladiator, one that would have been easy to miss but from which we can learn a great deal. The scene has Emperor Marcus Aurelius, encamped with

With or without you – we’re moving on

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop smiling at the South African Post Office’s current radio advertising campaign. If you haven’t heard any of them, then let me do my best to describe the gist of what they’re

With or without you – we’re moving on

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop smiling at the South African Post Office’s current radio advertising campaign. If you haven’t heard any of them, then let me do my best to describe the gist of what they’re

From Russia with love – Kicking away the pillars

I am sitting in a little cafe looking out onto the main square in St.Petersburg, Russia. The snow is pilled up outside and the clear skies allude to a warmth that simply isn’t there. Not to this African at least!

Keeping your Bright Young Things

-bright Refreshingly different; full of passion; street smart; not easily fooled; ready for anything (rfa) -young Somewhere between 21 and 34 (more about mind than body) -thing

Relearn to relate

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 TomorrowToday.biz, offers his view on how to outshine your competitors and

Permission to innovate

One morning 2 weeks ago my daughter came down stairs dressed and ready for school with a very interesting design on top of her head. She had combined an alice-band with a scrunchie to be used with that days hair

Everything I need to know about leadership I learnt from the kids

‘Everything I really need to know about leadership I learnt from the kids’ is a book in progress. A process that my partners note somewhat wirily is proving to be as long as the title! But kids, like wine and

Minding the gap – Introduction to the generations

Why is Thabo Mbeki a PR’s nightmare? Why can’t you get your teenagers motivated to take on new business opportunities? Why does your father still wear a suit and tie everywhere? Why do today’s young people feel the need to

Hunting Season

One of the big debates in Britain at the moment (overshadowed recently by the Hutton Enquiry and Iraq) is whether or not to ban fox hunting. New legislation is progressing through Parliament to outlaw this ancient activity in rural England.

A few trends that will shape our future

Corporate strategy is always focused on the realities of the future, yet when strategic planning sessions get underway, the mindsets are still mired in the past. A fundamental break with the past is required, as the most important lessons we

Converge: Beyond the technological paradigm

Contemporary thinking regarding the Internet is currently founded firmly in the client-server paradigm. The current-server paradigm can be defined as the reigning mindset where the World Wide Web and access to it via Internet Browsers, is seen as the mainstay

Learning from the fairies of the magic hill – A leadership challenge

The magic spoken of, lies in the hill itself. It is an innocuous enough looking hill, seemingly no different from the many that precede it and not distinguished in any remarkable manner from the many that would follow. It lies

A glimpse into the future – Good news / Bad news for leaders

We are heading towards a ‘relational economy’. But the smart leaders already know this and it is reflected in the way they think about the world and in particular, the way they lead and do business.

The rocket science of leadership

In the current series of Survivor one of the participants has the unenviable career description of being a ‘rocket scientist’. ‘No really’ must be something he is quite used to saying having had to repeatedly answer the stock question we
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Change has changed

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

Best beats good every time – Something smart leaders know

It was Peter Drucker who first coined the expression, ‘knowledge worker’ � and that was back in the 1960’s! Today it has become a cliche to talk about business as being in the ‘knowledge era’ and that the greatest knowledge

The channel that changes everything

The news that has dominated South African newspapers in recent weeks has been the reports about a hacker who has targeted a number of people in the Western Cape area of Bellville. The hacker has been able to access and

Inviting your customer in: the next level of customer service

Over the last few days I heard two stories about customer service in the car industry. These two stories have highlighted for me the fact that customer service is no longer just about providing a quality product – its about

Learning from the poison chalice – Understanding leadership in an information age

Physicist, John Wheeler suggests that information may be the basic ingredient of the universe itself. In an ‘information age’ it certainly becomes a key indicator for both organisations and leadership alike. Recently there have been a few high profile stories
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The death of an agent

The following article has received thebiggest response of the articles we’ve written so far. The style of the article is forthright and challenging, and its possibly the style, rather the content that has got people hot under the collar. We

Thirteen things smart leaders know – How to thrive in a relational economy

Leadership is about who you are. It is about character. It is about looking inwards in order to lead outwards. The best leaders are those know themselves, know their strengths and play to those strengths. They understand something of the

I can see clearly now

In a relational economy (and that is where are heading!) transactions are less important than relationships. Businesses are arriving, albeit in drips and drabs, at the understanding that pushing around notes and coins is less useful than developing and sustaining

In search of the marketing holy grail – Generations and Advertising literacy

Many models (gender, income, cultural groupings, age) do a great job. Each has a place and each describes an important aspect of the market. But is there room for yet another model or framework that significantly adds to our understanding

Signposts for success – Learning from the journeys of others

During 2002, Keith Coats, of TomorrowToday.biz, wrote briefly about the merits of a Concept Caf� in business today.(http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz/article/article_003.htm) He suggested that it could be used to, ‘discuss leadership and some of the more personal / inner aspects to leadership, which

Leadership for tomorrow

It is hard enough coping with the current demands of leadership so why worry about tomorrow? At first glance this seems like a reasonable question and may well get several heads nodding in agreement‌including yours. The notion that today’s leaders

A lesson in spam

We hear that the world is changing all the time, and yet often we don’t see any significant shifts taking place. Well let me tell you about one that rocked my world for a day or two. It happened to

Will the real champions please stand up

Right Said Fred’s catchy song, Stand-up for the Champions has been used to powerful effect by MNet to capture Joe Publics attention. The champions are portrayed as those sportsmen and women whose heroics leave us enthralled, entertained and at times

10 Skills for future success

The Economist magazine ended a survey of e-business with a review of the skills necessary to successfully manage an e-world business. Now before you discount what is to follow because you might argue that you are not involved in an

Finding the 10th planet

Quaoar! What a discovery. Isn’t it amazing that in 2002 we can find another planet? If you’re anything like some of the people I interviewed this week, then you’re probably aware that something was discovered, and you may even know

Relationships – The economic return of the future

Of course in today’s cynical, hard-pressed business environment, swallowing the prediction that relationships will be the economic return of tomorrow is a little like asking you to believe that bullets will one day bounce off vests made from the mixture

Dumb moments in business

A dozen Burger King marketing execs suffer first and second-degree burns while walking over hot coals as part of a teambuilding retreat in October. One of the injured, a VP for product marketing aptly named Dana Frydman, tried to put

Avoid being hit in the temple – Leadership challenges into the future

Written by Barrie Bramley & Keith Coats. As a leader within any industry, one of their key result indicators surely has to be a concern and interest in the future. Leaders are often the ones who carry the responsibility of

Why companies fail

By: Ram Charan & Jerry Unseem Fortune Magazine (Europe Edition) #11 Charan & Unseem explore the critical question of corporate failure and come up with, ‚Ten Big Mistakes‛ that they maintain are the ‚standard stuff of corporate folly‛. The article

Concept Cafe

Concept Cafe is a creative way to accomplish a variety of goals in the workplace, from developing and mentoring staff to brainstorming ideas and concepts.

The future of leadership

In our last issue we said that we’d begin to review how leading thinkers today are re-looking at the concept of leadership. As you consider your own models of leadership and some of the thinking that has influenced you thus

A New Model of Leadership

The 21st century model is all about, collective thought, invitation and relationship. It’s about trust, respect and optimism. It has everything to do with connections, whether they are visible or not, and a fundamental belief that all people, no matter

Jack Welch on being CEO

From Jack Welch’s new book, entitled ‘Jack’, we’ve taken exerts from his chapter ‘What this CEO thing is all about.’

Keeping Top Employees

One might be considered blind if you didn’t recognise the importance of ensuring that ‘turn over’ of staff remains at a minimum. The cost of losing a staff person is high, when one considers; recruiting expenses, training costs and reduced

China may not be the real ‘sleeping giant’

The current events in Iraq have been looked at through almost every conceivable lens; economic, political, human tragedy, humour, spiritual, to name a few. Perhaps a lens that’s been overlooked is that of a generational perspective. In the April 7,