Some of you reading this would have had to pause longer than you would have liked just to make sense of the heading. Others, I suspect, didn’t even make it past the heading! But, understanding the why and what underpinning

To Be a Future Smart Parent, You Must Change Your Mind

It will very soon be the 2020s – in fact, the children starting school now will only enter university in the 2030s. We’re properly into the 21st century now, and the evidence that we’re “living in the future” is all

The next wave of gobbledygook speak is coming to a deep learning algorithm near you

One of my pet hates is movies and TV shows that attempt to incorporate high-tech by getting the actors to spout sentences littered with technology terms. “We need to find where the terrorists are by reverse-tracing their IP addresses through

Tuesday Tip: Managing Millennials

PROBLEM:  The youngest staff members in my team don’t seem to be proactive or committed to completing tasks – how can I get through to them and explain the importance of doing what I need them to do? DIAGNOSIS:  I

The Future of Casinos

Until a few weeks ago, the future of casinos had not been a topic of interest to me. I don’t frequent casinos, and when I do go to a conference centre linked to a casino, my overwhelming feeling is of

Tuesday Tip: How to avoid ruining your child’s life

When our team at TomorrowToday talks about the future of work, one of the first questions we’re often asked is “what should my child study”? Parents obviously have a particular set of concerns about the future related to their children,

[Video] Virtual Reality really is here (for real this time)

Virtual Reality has been promised to us before. Back in the 1980s tech geeks were very excited about the possibilities of putting screens onto our faces, and immersing us in artificial worlds. The movie, Tron, took a huge step forward

16 Skills for 21st Century Education

In March 2015 the World Economic Forum held a meeting in Dubai with a focus on education. They released a paper that identified 16 critical skills for the 21st century. The skills were clustered into three areas with learning processes

A $1,000 to Do (Almost) Whatever You Want

“Last month, one of my employees invoiced the company $300, plus tax, for French lessons. Another one billed us for a $190 real estate course. And then there was the surprise bill for $82 worth of pottery making classes. I

The emergence of Gen Z and why they might be the most important generation ever

You may think you are just beginning to get a handle on Gen Y or the Millennials, but in this fast paced world it’s time to start getting ready for Gen Z. Cohorts from the world’s youngest generation are entering their

6 Questions That Must Be Answered To Succeed In A Machine Intelligent Future

On 23 March 2016 Google announced that it has released a whole collection of its artificial intelligence software into its cloud-based applications, thereby making them more effective and increasing the rate at which they learn and become more intelligent –

Generation Y and the Quarter-Life Crisis

In this short video, Ray gives an overview of what we mean by the Quarter-Life Crisis… Not the mid-life crisis, but not very different from it either!   If you’re looking for a more in depth overview of Gen Y

Tomorrow’s Jobs Today: Coming, Ready, or Not!!

In 15 years, when today’s children enter the workforce they will be applying for, and accepting, jobs that don’t exist today. Fortune magazine and The Futurist magazine have put out articles highlighting this reality. 11 Really Cool Jobs That Don’t

Reflections on Deloitte 2016 Global Millennial Survey

Since 2013 Deloitte has conducted an annual global survey looking at the status of Millennials in the workplace. These surveys can be viewed and downloaded: 2013 Global Millennial Survey 2014 Global Millennial Survey 2015 Global Millennial Survey The survey for

Digital Natives and Rules

[Transcript] Some older generations often complain that the digital natives don’t follow the rules. There  is a viral video doing the rounds on the Internet of an exam invigilator who has called time on the exam. A young man walks up too late

Digitizing Kids

[Transcript] If you are the parent of a five, six, seven, eight year old child you’re probably spending quite a few minutes a day, hours a week, reading with them. Sitting down making sure that you read to them, and listening

Re-thinking ‘Gap Years’ & the Quarter-life crisis

Gap years are traditionally those brief periods of parental indulgence when we allow post-school adolescents to take a breather before we expect them to enter young-adulthood. With working life now lasting so much longer gap years are going to start

Managing your children’s Internet access

  One of the most common questions after I talk on technology is by parents asking “should I allow my children access to the internet and give them devices to connect with?” First of all  – yes, absolutely! This is the

How to get along with your Boomer boss!

One of the undoubted privileges that we have in TomorrowToday Global is to be invited to participate or to speak at numerous talent programs. These are programs that are filled with young people entering the workplace – highly qualified, very

A Thoughtful Response to – Would you use Performance Enhancing Chemicals at Work

A recent article I wrote on performance enhancing drugs in the workplace received great interaction once it was published online. Andrew sent a personal message to me and it was so inline with the engagement that I was hoping for

Millennials Rising : The Next Age of Talent Development

For the last 8 to 10 years Talent Development has slipped to a secondary focus in the human capital psyche of organisations. Today, however, the development requirements of a new generation of talent is causing it to once again rise

Would you use performance enhancing drugs at work?

Cognitive enhancing chemical technology in the new world of work. When Lance Armstrong was bust for using performance enhancing drugs through most of his career one of his defences was that it was part of the racing culture of the

Top 5 in the Future of Work (29 Aug 2015)

My top five best reads on issues related to the future of work this past week: Inclusive Leadership The Answer To Diversity In The Workplace, by one of our ex-associates, Buhle Dlamini Inc magazine: 3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired

5 names given to youth under-35 and what they mean.

The upper threshold of when we no longer consider an individual a “youth” is 35. As Generational theory has been accepted and gained understanding we have seen several labels rise that cover this group, and the cohort under them. For

Effective Influence and Connection

Clients regularly ask for tips and tricks on how they can connect with, and influence, Digital Natives. The foundation of this need is that they see a demographic group who see the world so differently to them that they don’t

The New Lemonade Stand – how to help your kids make piles of money (and what it means for your business and future)

For the last few months, I have spent many hours every week researching and writing a new book about the future of work and leadership (see advance information, including free download of chapter 1, here). In that time, I’ve seen

Top 5 Reads this week on The Future of Work (15 May 2015)

Every week, I list my top five reads of the previous few days, all focused on understanding the way our world is changing and how this will affect our lives. Enjoy this week’s list: Unless You Are Spock, Irrelevant Things

4 Factors to consider about CV’s when hiring Digital Natives

Historically a CV, or resumé, has been a useful tool to understand and to assess the ability of a candidate for a role. Increasingly, however, with Digital Natives this may not be as useful a tool. In the past there

VUCA – four organizational culture touch points for Digital Natives

  Digital Natives have grown up in a world that has been called the VUCA world. This is an acronym that covers four areas outlined below. V equals volatile U equals uncertain C equals complex A equals ambiguous There is

Five reasons why the Gen X – Gen Y divide is the next talent management bridge.

Generation Y are not just younger versions of Generation X. Generation X look at Generation Y and see themselves. Gen X don’t see themselves as old, so when they look at younger men and women they resonate with much of

Learning life through the games we play

My son recently asked me about some shares that we have bought as an investment for him and his sister. He asked me why we had bought shares and not just put the money in a bank account. I explained

Tiny habits to integrate a new generation into the workplace

BJ Fogg has developed a behavior change model that is a useful point of reference to help organizations make the changes required to be effective employers of choice for generation Y and generation Z. The equation B= MAT summarizes the

Digital native graduates – managing the next generation

How are you managing your new graduates? It is very easy to fall into the trap of doing things the same way –  doing what has always been done. The reality of today’s modern digital native graduates however, is that

Disrupting the world of everything

“These devices are only going to get smaller and more powerful” say Om Malik of Fast Company. You can buy a Raspberry Pi with a 700MHz processor and 256 MB of memory for about $25. In 2001, a Mac with

5 Lessons learned, the day I was saved by the cloud

The unthinkable happened. While doing my final preparation, the afternoon before I had to deliver a full day of facilitation for the board of an international shipping company, my hard drive crashed and my computer died. It was the second

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

I have mentioned Richard Stacey before – he was one of the people who speaks the most sense in the world about social media. He can verge on being grumpy about it, but he never fails to accurately and precisely

The imminent disappearance of the Internet.

In Davos during Jan 2015, a panel was convened to discuss “The Future of the Digital Economy”.  The panel members were the COO of Facebook, the CEO of Microsoft, the CEO of Vodaphone, and Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google.

Digital Immersion and Social DNA: Eliminating the Immigrant / Native divide?

A recent report from TGI Clickstream presents data that is believed to dispel the perception that people under-30 [Digital Natives] have a higher online presence than Digital Immigrants. Theauthors of the report believe that it is a user’s Social DNA

Digital Natives – The back-story

The development of Digital Natives as a concept can trace its roots through the history of computers. Through the 70’s and 80’s computers went from being the size of your house to something you could have in a room in

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

Digital Natives @ Play – where online and offline merge

I was recently doing some end of winter gardening. My Digital Native children aged 11 and 7 ½ were outside helping. They were soon bored and began to play instead. Soon the game was a good old-fashioned Army game of

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

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