5 for Friday – 29 November

The Courage of Diversity and Inclusion for Winning Organisations [Article by Buhle Dlamini] From Manager To Leader: 6 Most Important Skills For The Future [Forbes article] Self Awareness and the Enneagram [Short video by Keith] How to develop soft skills
5 for Friday from TomorrowToday

5 for Friday – 22 Nov

Flat Earth Thinking and some practical suggestions for what you can do to avoid it Why diversity can supercharge your business Replay of our ‘Cracking the Unlearning Code’ Webinar The Gen Z Reckoning A story from Keith on why we

5 for Friday

Don’t miss your opportunity to jump onto the SA Rollercoaster [Video] Flying Cars, Aerial Ridesharing, and the Not-Too-Distant Future of Transport [External article] Use our free News Bulletin from the Future (Driverless cars) resource for some scenario building with your team to
Resources for the Future of Work

5 for Friday

Keith Coats on Adaptive Intelligence and why he believes it’s more important than business efficiency. [2min Video] Microsoft’s CEO Knows How to Run a Meeting. Here’s How He Does It [Inc.com article] How to get your team to track future teams [Graeme Codrington]
5 for Friday resources

5 for Friday – 25th October

Cracking the unlearning code (Video from Zanele Njapha) Why trend-spotting is crucial to staying ahead (Duke CE article) YMCA175 Keynote Speech (Video – Graeme Codrington) 21 Jobs of the Future (External article) Sign up for our free 7 part video

5 for Friday – 18th October

Here are our teams top 5 for Friday! Dramatically improve your next presentation by telling a better story [Graeme Codrington] Stanford psychology expert: This is the No. 1 work skill of the future—but most fail to realize it [External article]

The South African Rollercoaster – we need your help

A 60-minute insightful, realistic and energising presentation.
5 for Friday

5 for Friday – 4 October

A mindset of constant upgrades:  3-Minute Video. [Graeme Codrington] Why It Is Critical to Prepare Now for The Jobs of Tomorrow [External article from Inc.com] 7 Boardroom challenges to ensure a future-fit organisation [Keith Coats] The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For

5 for Friday – 13 September

8 Skills for the Future of Work – 12-Minute Video from our recent showcase.[Graeme Codrington] How to prosper with disruption in your life – The story of a cancer slayer [Dean van Leeuwen] The Best CEOs Have Mastered the Art of Learning.

The 3 things great leaders do to drive an innovative culture

Studies reveal that fewer than 20% of leaders have a strong sense of their own and team’s purpose. Even fewer can distil their purpose into an outcome-focused, action-oriented statement. Some leaders are able to clearly articulate their organization’s mission: Think

What Keith is reading this week

A book that our colleague Keith Coats has recently read (and recommends) is Prisoners of Geography: Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics by Tim Marshall. The title instantly attracted his attention and as

Webinar replay – South Africa in the 2020s

Many have asked for the replay, and as much as we would love to make the webinar content free for all to access (we know what an important message it is), for those who joined us on the webinar you’ll

How The World’s Leading Companies Are Using Blockchain To Get Safer And More Accountable

Blockchain technology is helping companies like Walmart trace their entire supply chain effectively and accountably. As the world hurtles toward “the singularity”, the effects of globalization are taking their toll on a daily basis. Large corporates are hacking their way

On Racism: CEO’s it is time to get out from behind your desk and do something!

The dominant story in the UK, besides the fiasco around Brexit and the Conservative Party leadership, is that surrounding Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling. Sterling’s abuse at the hands of some Chelsea fans and his subsequent pointing out

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
read the future

The costly mistake of failing to read the future & what to do about it

History is littered with personal and corporate examples of those whose failure to read the future proved costly and in some cases fatal. One example of a costly failure was the post War owners of Arsenal Football Club, the Bracewell-Smith
Unlearning to ride a bicycle

Keith Coats – Unlearning Diaries part 2

Update 2 from Keith Coats unlearning (and then relearning) how to ride a bicycle. You can also follow these updates over at the TomorrowToday Facebook page… (You can also watch part 1 here.)

Dragging the Future Forward

5 things Future Smart Leaders need to know We need to protect our core but go to the edge. Every (smart) business is working now on what will be their business of tomorrow. Assuming that tomorrow’s business will simply be

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 importance of screwing-up and the critical lesson of the inflatable fort

Cartoonist Gary Larson’s genius is to reveal life from unusual perspectives. His work turns everyday situations inside out and in doing so, gifts us with both a smile and an insight all at the same time. One of my favourite

“Take a leaf from Mr Codrington” – Ramaphosa

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, quoted our colleague, Graeme Codrington, this week while answering questions in Parliament on land expropriation. Ramaphosa pointed to the words from a recent Facebook post where Graeme urges his fellow white South Africans to step

The Intelligence to Adapt: A lesson from the Peter Beardsley story

Ian Herbert writing in the Daily Mail said, “The old culture is obstinately hard to remove from coaches who lack the intelligence to adapt”. The context was the stories that had surfaced concerning former professional footballer Peter Beardsley who had

The value in thinking moonshots

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead In a world of exponential change, we are all explorers. Those who are not, risk

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

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