Your Culture: More Important Than Marketing

Creating a winning culture is a secret weapon that successful organisations utilize to gain a competitive advantage in the market. Creating a conducive environment for people to grow, bring the best of themselves and excel at what they do, results

Leading Difference: Your Most Important Challenge of 2018

There is an inescapable and increasingly frenetic cacophony around the issue of diversity or ‘difference’. Issues around race, gender, age, sexuality, class and many other ‘categories’ dominate the news and media. The ‘issues’ are surfacing everywhere, from politics to the

Bill Gates says the world is getting better not worse. Should you believe him?

“I woke up this morning,”  writes Bill Gate “and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far more. Mexico is recovering from its most powerful earthquake in a

Organisational Culture: The secret that is hidden in plain sight

The capacity to lead depends on trust. As a leader keeping trust alive is your primary responsibility for without it, you cannot lead. Trust is the air in a healthy organisational culture; it is the very currency of leadership. This

Cutting through the Bitcoin and Blockchain Hype

Part 1: How do they work? 2017 has seen an explosion in the growth and awareness of Bitcoin and Blockchain. Unfortunately, while many people have heard of the words few really grasp the concepts, and fewer still understand their business

Every person should read: Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way

Whichever company’s vision wins out will shape the future of the economy Precursor to what is an absolutely essential read for the future The dilemma for the C-Suite at the helm as they look towards a rapidly changing future is

How to be a learning organization that provides meaningful leadership development for the future of work

Some years ago I asked a friend who was responsible for some of the most successful TV adverts in South Africa – she was the advertising agency’s account manager for a fast food brand – what made the adverts so

Are you ready to catch the next innovation wave? (Part 1)

Innovation can be viewed as a process involving a series of discrete break-through inventions followed by incremental improvements which eventually leverage the full potential of the initial invention. It goes like this: Entrepreneurial start-ups experiment with their energy, time and capital, they

Six Values to Future Proof yourself From Robotic Replacement

Studies by Oxford University suggest robotics and automation will replace 47% of knowledge worker jobs over the next two decades. So if you are not planning on retiring in the next ten to twenty years, and let’s face it with

HR Executives: Preparing the Organisation of the New World of Work

What does the modern HR executive need to have on their radar in order to prepare their business for the new world of work? This article doesn’t pull its punches, and in places is consciously “up your nose”. For too

Sleepwalking Through Leadership: Neglecting Story

  Margaret Wheatley has said that leadership is the simple act of stepping forward. Leading in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world – or what is commonly referred to as ‘VUCA’ requires a leadership response, unlike anything we have

Death comes for us all…. Or, does it?

Future trends don’t happen in a vacuum they fit within a social context that is complex and dynamic. Navigating this complexity is at the heart of ethics. Ethics causes us to ask “Should we do this?”, not only “Can we

Cybercrime is real – Don’t be a victim…. a few practical considerations

The recent WannaCry ransomware attacks have pushed cybersecurity to the forefront of people’s and organisation’s awareness and concerns, again. For many of us who weren’t affected it sounds like an inconvenience, but also like one of those things that impact

A Conversation – Ongoing Learning

A conversation on how to sustain learning… So tell me why you think learning is so important, I mean it is not like I don’t have enough to do right now? I’m part of this TomorrowToday Future of Work Academy

The Future is Now…and it is called Sarah!

Sitting on an early morning flight recently I overheard a fascinating conversation between the two gentlemen sitting next to me. As we descending into a misty and overcast Brussels, having left an equally misty and overcast London, my fellow passengers,
The Future of Driverless Cars

Case Study from the Future : Driverless Cars

Our brains are designed to think about incremental change – one small step at a time, taking us into a foreseeable future. But some changes are exponential, dramatic and impact whole sets of systems around us. When we learn to

Achieve Remarkable Things – A thought-provoking paper by TomorrowToday Global

This century should be rather remarkable but it will not just happen, you have to create it. Ancient Greeks had two concepts of time, chronos and kairos. The former referring to the sequential progress of time; and, the latter, opportune

The Quest for a Great Computer in a Book

Every blog needs a story about Apple and here is one of ours, but it is not your average account. This is a story of a very young man, presenting his crazy idea at the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen,

Creating a billion new farmers using a robot in a box.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Not these old geezers. How the quest to create a billion farmers will disrupt and revolutionise how we think about and grow our food. Do you know how old the average apple

Six Things you need to know to be a Future-Fit Leader

Currently I am engaged in a series of workshops for chief executives from throughout the United Kingdom. These are business leaders of businesses from a variety of sectors and with annual turnovers ranging from £90m to £4m and with staff

Experiment more

Transcript If we live in times of deep disruptive change where what happened yesterday is unlikely to be repeated tomorrow, then one of the key things we have to do is to experiment more. Most organizations that I work with

Future-Fit Strategy: Do you have what it takes?

Strategy has often been confused with efficiency. If your ‘strategy’ is to be ‘efficient’ you have the wrong strategy. Efficiency is today nothing more than an organisational hygiene factor; when it comes to securing a competitive advantage, efficiency is necessary

Three reasons why This Remarkable Century Needs You

There are three reasons why you might want to invest 5-minutes reading this article: The world is at a crossroads, the outcome of this century will be determined over the next 2-3 decades and will depend on the action of people like

Value – the FinTech litmus test

When we a transaction is conducted between two parties, the key to a positive response from each is their perception of the value transfer inherent in the transaction. Today that value is reflected by the amount of money that changes

Enabling Foresight and Strategy: Spotting the Disruptors Before They Arrive

      Enabling Foresight and Strategy: Spotting the Disruptors Before They Arrive It has always been the task of the leader to think strategically and spend more time than their team looking at the horizon. That is still the
Adaptive Leadership

How to develop greater adaptive capacity in your team

The leadership challenge is how to ensure that your organisation, your team has a deep adaptive capacity. It is ensuring that adaptability is part of your very DNA as you navigate the volatile, uncertain and complex future. In order to

10 Leadership Lessons from Santa

Ho, Ho Ho…it’s that time of year again when the tinsel comes out, trees get decorated and dietary regimes along with turkeys get stuffed. The old guy with the impressive beard comes out from his reclusive lair to both delight

The Cashless Bank of 2020

Ray was recently meeting a client at one of the large national banks local head office.  While ordering a cappuccino from their coffee shop he was told that they don’t accept cash as payment. The bank’s coffee shop only accepts cards and

Leading Difference Differently

Understanding the journey of different ‘from’ to different ‘for’. In the past, similarity worked. This was how the world worked. Teams, even entire organizations, worked based on people who were like you. It was easy; it felt comfortable. You began