The Courage Of Diversity And Inclusion For Winning Organisations

Dealing with the issue of diversity is not easy, but organizations that do, set themselves apart from the pack. Creating a diverse, inclusive organization has far-reaching benefits that cannot be ignored, yet across the world, it is still common to

Book review: Our Iceberg Is Melting

Book review by Zanele Njapha – UnLearning Expert John Kotter, a leadership and change management guru from Harvard Business school collaborated with modern global manager, Holger Rathgeber to write this fable-based book to teach the critical concepts of change management

Tuesday Tip: How to get your team to track future trends

We had a lot of people clicking through the link we sent out last Friday on Why trend spotting is crucial to staying ahead and so it made sense to us that today’s insights from our team look at how you can get

Cracking the unlearning code

The organisations that are still in existence after years of industrial disruption and those that will be standing in the next twenty plus years are those that were able to adapt and respond confidently to disruption. When organisations build learning,

The South African Rollercoaster – we need your help

A 60-minute insightful, realistic and energising presentation.

Tuesday Tip: 7 Boardroom Challenges To Ensure a Future-fit Organisation

There can be no greater strategic imperative for any business or corporation than to be ‘future-fit’.  By ‘future-fit’ I mean, ‘ready, relevant and well-positioned for the context and market of tomorrow’.  It is the readiness to see and respond to
Story Cards

Story Cards – Using pictures to form the words

How our team use Story Cards to contribute to deeper and richer conversations within teams and organisations. The Problem: My team just don’t seem to engage in a manner and to a level that I would like and would expect.

Better Than Free Food

In a talent scarce and innovation critical world companies inspired by the likes of Google are stretching far and wide to out-perk one another in an attempt to attract and retain the best talent. Whilst the Michelin-Star chefs and nap
Improving the quality of your conference

Enhancing your conference experience with valuable feedback

The Problem:Our company conference or any offsite get together follows a predictable pattern and often yields predictable outcomes and provides little value other than having (perhaps) ‘a good time’. Is there a way to ensure we introduce valuable input as
Thinking like a futurist

Thinking Like a Futurist: A future-focused toolkit 

The last two decades have been preparation for what we’re about to experience in the 2020s. We have now developed the key building blocks for deep change, including cellphones and digital communication networks, the Internet (and now the Internet of

How to build Innovation into your DNA

Innovation doesn’t just happen. Sadly, there is no secret sauce or silver bullet. However, there are ten powerful traits you can develop and nurture to make innovation happen. Using the acronym CREATIVITY here are the traits you can focus on:

How our team approaches developing leaders for the 2020s

Here’s a 25-minute detailed overview of what our team can do as part of a Leadership Development Programme. It will give you a great idea of how our team approaches developing leaders for the 2020s by helping them to ‘Think
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

Great ideas to try: A four day week

An article in Fast Company caught my eye recently: “The four-day work week is good for business“, by Adele Peters. Simple version: A New Zealand company experimented with a four day week. It went really well. That makes sense to

The key elements of a culture of innovation

Almost every organisation in the world wants innovation. It’s a natural and important response to the constantly changing contexts they operate in, and for most of them, absolutely essential for survival. That’s why innovation is now listed in vision and

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

Business books and ideas that need to burn

The idea of burning books is horrific to us. So, I am not really advocating that. We learn not by destroying the lessons of the past, but by a process of antithesis and synthesis. We take what we once took

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

New Cabinet positions every government will need by 2030

Dubai recently appointed a minister of AI – read about it here. Sweden became the first country in 2015 to appoint a Minister of the Future to their government – other countries, including New Zealand and South Korea, are seriously

Hiring soon: The top six Executive jobs of the near future

Anne Watson, writing in the UK’s Management Today newspaper, suggested yesterday that five new executive functions will soon find their way onto the Boards and Executive teams of large organisations. I agree and would add a sixth. CHIEF AUTOMATION OFFICER

10 Principles for Leading the Next Industrial Revolution

S+B is one of our favourite resources at TomorrowToday. This is one of their best pieces in recent months, nicely summarised in a great graphic: The article that explains each of these ten points is pure gold. Read it here.

What’s in the Future of Work Academy in April

Our team is putting the final touches on April’s Future of Work Academy content. As always, it’s brilliant. The Academy provides resources to help you be successful in your career in the future of work. Here’s a video Graeme put

Horse Play, Savvy Leadership

For over a decade, our team at TomorrowToday has worked with Carlene Bronner on her farm in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to bring “Horse Play” to our coprorate clients. It involves getting a group of leaders to

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

Three Things Good Leaders Should Be Asking Santa

Looking for some leadership tips from Santa? Of course only good leaders get to ask Santa for anything, bad leaders’ Christmas stocking is likely to be empty! So what would a good leader want from Santa for the journey marked

Tuesday Tip: Fit bodies, fat minds

The Problem: Fit bodies, fat minds My team aren’t reading…which means we might not be learning! “My team aren’t reading and I fear that will impact on our ability and need to learn” said a CEO to me recently. It

Knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do

We know that the world we live in now is not just experiencing an increasing speed of change; it’s clear that change itself has changed. It’s now disruptive, exponential and turbulent, in every area of society from politics to economics,

Google’s Nine Principles for Innovation Can Be Used by Everyone

In his book on innovation, “Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation“, Robert F. Brands, provides many examples of the practices that have led to cultures of innovation in a variety of different companies (see his book on

Tuesday Tips: Leading diversity

The Problem: Leading diversity (difference) is amongst the most complex and difficult of all challenges that leaders face. How can you lead difference in such a way that the benefits of diversity can flourish? The Solution: Difference takes many forms

Humans Need Not Apply (that includes you)

Automation is one of the most important themes in any discussion about the future of work. But just how much of our work can computers actually do. And excellent video was recently released which explores just this question, and supplies

Tuesday Tip: Learning to write…again.

The Problem: My team have stopped learning in ways that I think will impact on our ability to thrive into the future. We seem too content, too complacent and don’t seem willing to challenge ourselves with the learning mind-set and

Tuesday Tips: What to do when the rules just don’t apply anymore

The Challenge The rules for success in the past often don’t apply in today’s world. We’ve built business rules, procedures and policies that worked in the industrial and information age but are no longer applicable in the digital revolution. Many

Tuesday Tip: The Future of CV’s (Resumes)

My oldest daughter has nearly finished her schooling and is looking for some summer work. In the first job that she applied for, they asked for her CV, her resume. She came to me and asked me how she should

6 Characteristics of high-performing individuals who succeed in today’s world of work

A 5 minute overview from Raymond on what it takes to be a high-performing individual in today’s world of work – presented at a recent USB showcase. Ray looks at 6 characteristics of high performing individuals in the modern world

Tuesday Tip: How to keep your top talent engaged with your organisation (even when they’re leaving)

One of the conversations we have with more and more of our clients is around their frustrations and difficulties related to retaining talent in the workplace. How to retain talent when they are always leaving (or never staying long enough). The

3 Essential shifts that leaders need to make to lead effectively in a changing world

In the course of my work I am often asked the question, ‘what do I / we need to do in order to thrive in the future?’ Of course that question comes in multiple formats but essentially that is the
Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tip: Getting your team to ‘think like a futurist’ – to see the bigger picture

The problem: All too often team meetings become routine, centred on the usual operational issues and well…a little boring. The need to get our team members to (what we in TomorrowToday call), ‘look out the window’, to see the bigger

Managing Talent Meaningfully

by Nikki Bush & Raymond de Villiers Talent management, as a discipline, has seen a shift over time to managing resources instead of managing people. In amongst all the processes and procedures surrounding human resources today we have lost the
Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tip: Why you should embrace failure

Historically we have been taught that failure is unacceptable. We have translated this perspective into a view that treats failure in the workplace as a cost or liability. Consequently, we have created cultures where failure is hidden, rather than one

Become a Talent Magnet

By Raymond de Villiers and Nikki Bush We need to start marketing our organisations differently if we want our talent attraction efforts to work because young talent isn’t looking for a job, they are looking for an experience. Recruiting talented,

We predicted the demise of Yahoo three years ago

One should not indulge too often nor too deeply in “I told you so” moments. But as news that Verizon has acquired Yahoo broke, I couldn’t help but think back to a post our team wrote in March 2013, a
talent engagement

Engaging your young talent

By Nikki Bush and Raymond de Villiers Statistics across the board increasingly indicate that people are disengaged at work. They come to work and do their time. They turn up but they are not invested in what they do. Talent

[VIDEO] How to do meetings better

Almost every client I’ve ever worked with has confessed that they don’t do meetings as well as they would like to. I think this is a universal complaint. We could – and should – do meetings better. But thinking about

Tuesday Tips: Redefining talent and high-performance for our modern world of work

The Issue We need to redefine talent and high-performance for our modern world of work. 30 years ago the most important people in our organisations were defined by the amount and type of information they were custodians of. Information was

What to do with boring, predictable meetings

The Problem: Boring, predictable meetings Your team meetings are the same old, same old. The routine has become somewhat boring, predictable and dull. This is impacting on the content and discussion and something needs to be shaken-up. You sense that a

The holy cows, hamster wheels & not-so-deep dives of staff surveys

One of the things that gets in the way of fostering a healthy culture in large organisations is the very thing we implement to address culture: annual staff surveys. Although well-intentioned (we do after all want to know how our people

They had to know: The most important three words in your organisation

‘Never Again’ is the inscription inscribed in five languages at the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site a short distance outside Munich. A visit to such a place is not easy yet is entirely necessary. This is a place where man’s

Developing Future-Fit Organisations: Four essential DNA focus areas for developing high-performing people and healthy communities

As the world becomes increasingly complex, and people have to handle more and more stress and change, our team at TomorrowToday has been drawn back time and again to a remarkable framework for the development of high-performing people and healthy

The problem with small rules

Very often, in highly compliant environments with a juggle of ‘small rules,’ there is a serious risk of getting the ‘big stuff’, the important stuff, very wrong. Even companies with great processes are vulnerable if they don’t understand how the
Tuesday Tips

Meetings – getting some to talk less & others to talk more

The Problem Losing your marbles: Meetings – getting some to talk less & others to talk more Getting balanced participation in meetings can prove elusive. Some team members like to talk – and do; others hardly talk, but should. How

Talent: Companies just don’t get it and the consultancies are to blame.

I recently sat through yet another mangled explanation as to how a company (let’s call them ‘Company Y’), this time in the financial sector, was planning to attract and retain ‘talent’. It wasn’t the first but I hope it will
Tuesday Tips

The Path to Innovation – Do someone else’s job

  Innovation, Innovation, Innovation – It’s a big word at the moment. If you want innovation you have to give your people space to do different things… to innovate! Some companies give their teams one day in the week to
Tuesday Tips

The gap between the ‘next generation’ of leaders & the current leadership practice.

The Problem – “Has my Boss heard this?” This is a commonly asked question on senior leadership development programmes and one that reveals a serious problem. There is often a disconnect between what the ‘next generation’ of leaders are being taught

Banking: The Real and Present Danger

The future of banking is problematic. Certainly the future landscape when it comes to banking is one that we know will not resemble that already travelled. In most industries this is true but for financial institutions this reality seems to

Developing Futurefit Leaders: Why use outside service providers?

When it comes to senior leadership or executive interventions an often-asked question is, ‘why do we need outside service providers?’ It is a valid question. In many instances the answer is, ‘you don’t’. However, there are situations where paying that

Leadership Development Programmes: Get your head out the sand!

Here’s a thought: when it comes to your leadership development programmes…don’t measure the programme, measure the outcomes. Most programmes require that the participants rate the content, the delivery and in some cases, the ‘stuff’ that surrounds the learning experience. The

On Leadership: How to build resilience in your company or team

What CEO wouldn’t wish for a ‘resilient company’? In the prevailing economic conditions, resilience might just be the most important of characteristics for any corporation or organisation. If resilience isn’t part of one’s DNA then chances of surviving the future

Are your leaders fit to lead?

Are your leaders at every level of your organization able to engage, develop and inspire their teams and people? We suspect they know the theory but are poor in implementing it. We notice that leadership programmes do a good job

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

It Won’t Happen To Us – Learning from Failure: 2 case studies

From the 1955 Fortune 500 list, only 71 companies still have their doors open for business. Given the status and entrenched success that goes with being listed in the Fortune 500, that is an alarming attrition rate. Big companies fail.

Talent Retention for the Millennial Generation

Talent retention is a frequent conversation with many of our clients asking ‘How do we keep our young people staying in our business so that we can get the most financial benefit out of their presence?’ That’s the wrong question! You
Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible: Shedding light on our blindness

It has been said that we ‘don’t see the world as it is but rather we see the world as we are’. This is very true and it also happens to be the first step along the pathway towards emotional

New Business Book – Leadership & Strategy: Quest – Competitive Advantage and the Art of Leadership in the 21st Century, written by Dean van Leeuwen

What if we could empower people everywhere to have the courage and conviction to do their small bit or big bit to change the world? What if through the power of quest we created a culture where people believed they

Reverse Mentoring

One of the ways TomorrowToday has helped senior leaders to make a real connect with the young people in their teams is to suggest a concept of reverse mentoring. ‘Reverse mentoring’ is simple – you ask young people in your team

How to study at MIT, Harvard, or Stanford for free

One of the macro trends in today’s world is that people are living longer. This has a number of implications in a variety of areas, including our careers. When we lived into our 70’s or 80’s we ended up working

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

Adaptive Leaders Mind the Gap between Rhetoric and Reality

According to author Richard Dobbs (No Ordinary Disruption) in 1950 a company occupied its place on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) for an average of 60 years. By 2011 that span had dropped to 18 years. More

We have totally screwed up

“We have totally screwed up,” said Michael Horn the American boss of Volkswagen in a public apology. “We must fix the cars to prevent this from ever happening again and we have to make this right. This kind of behaviour

Back to the future: Lessons from Adidas and the John Lewis Partnership

We live and lead in a world where there is a relentless urge to be ‘future focused’ and futurefit. The need to understand and be ready for disruption in a ‘VUCA’ world – one that is volatile, uncertain, complex and

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

Want to be a futurefit leader? Three Questions to be answered

In a complex and increasingly changing and disruptive world staying ahead of the curve is not easy. This ‘staying ahead of the curve’ is what we in TomorrowToday call being ‘futurefit’. There is not much you can do about the

Starting with A, B, C to better Leadership

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…and for the older amongst you, you will now have images of Julie Andrews tripping through your head and that tune bouncing around that same space for the next

Get rid of ‘best practice’ before it gets rid of you!

Business is not about best practice. The notion of best practice that has become accepted without question as conventional ‘management wisdom’ needs to be, well…questioned. As Dan Pink states, management was invented for a purpose and as such is not

Do you have ‘enemies within’ holding your organisation hostage and preventing you from achieving legendary status?

Too many organisations believe their biggest threats come from outside but actually the most pressing issues faced right now are internal. Many organisations have out-dated DNA and are not ‘future fit’ or ready for the rapidly changing world. Discover if

Beware Leadership Colonialism: 5 ways to avoid it.

Over the past 10 years many companies have aggressively expanded their global footprint. If they haven’t, they are certainly thinking about it as the need to grow and create a presence in emerging markets becomes unavoidable. Many who have explored

The greatest fear in change

You may have seen the first video in our Future Fit Video Series (Leadership lessons for Adaptive Leaders). I’ve just uploaded the 17th video in the series for your viewing. The greatest fear in change. It’s a quick 2.36min video,

Recording of our Live Google Hangout – Leading in a Changing World

TomorrowToday Global hosted a ‘Leading in a Changing World’ breakfast in Johannesburg on the 10th June 2015. The topic for conversation was ‘Leading in a Changing World’ and the team, consisting of Keith Coats, Graeme Codrington and Nick Barker, did a

The fruitless search for extraordinary people willing to take ordinary jobs – by Seth Godin

Seth Godin is one of very few unmissable daily reads for me. His blog is great. And today he absolutely nailed it. The fruitless search for extraordinary people willing to take ordinary jobs When I write about linchpins and people

The Freelance Economy is growing

Mary Meeker is sometimes called the “Internet Whisperer”. She and her team do research into the ways in which we’re using the Net, and their annual research reports are packed full of information and insights. You can see her 196

Leading in a Changing World available on Kindle

The much anticipated leadership book, co-authored by two global leadership experts and founding members of TomorrowToday, Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington is now available on Amazon. You can purchase the book here on either or Perhaps a bit cheeky,

Top 5 Reads this week on The Future of Work (22 May 2015)

Here are the top 5 articles I read this past week on the forces shaping our world right now, and how we should respond to them: The four global forces breaking all the trends – McKinsey on: The world economy’s

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

New eBook: An Introduction to The Enemy Within

Our latest ebook has just been published digitally. It’s a short book, and an easy read, but presents the results of our research team’s strategic insights into the key issues teams and organisations are currently facing. The book is called:

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

Top 5: This week in the Future of Work (7 May 2015)

Each week, I list my top 5 articles, websites, blogs or online resources of the past seven days. These are not always brand new items on the Net – some come from a few months or years back, but they

Five workplace trends impacting the future of work in 2015

1. Increasing global integration and growing diversity The outlook for global growth is strong for 2015 and will continue to accelerate for the remaining decade and more. This is due to sustained growth in emerging markets, the falling cost of

What coffee are you offering? Engaging your workforce.

According to a worldwide study by Gallup [1], only 13% of workers, internationally, are considered to be “actively engaged” in their workplace. This leaves a staggering 87% either not engaged or actively disengaged in their work environment. Actively engaged workers, are

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

The question every CEO needs to ask HR

There is the well-worn clique that, ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast every day’ but the reality is, it is spot-on. Organisational culture matters. It is within your culture – the way ‘we do things around here’, that your organisational DNA

Change: The Marching Tune for Leaders

In TIDES of Change TomorrowToday identifies five major disruptive change drivers shaping the new world of work. Understanding change is important if we are to engage with both the threats and opportunities that change invites. A brief synopsis of the

Why is storytelling important in business?

What is your competitive advantage in the connection economy? In this 1 minute video clip, Keith (TomorrowToday’s Director of Storytelling) explains why storytelling in business is such an important element in forming relationships, connecting with people, and ultimately giving you a competitive advantage.

Play Well: A lesson for leaders when it comes to serious play

Who is the biggest tyre company in the world? You might be tempted to say Goodyear or Bridgestone but you would be wrong. In fact the biggest (or maybe the smallest) tyre company in the world is LEGO. Today, LEGO

Leader Fit

With all the demands that are placed on leaders in today’s World of Work, most are still struggling to cope with the complexity and change impacting their business, managing their own career and health as well as balancing their family

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

Followership: How to act the other 98% of the time, when we aren’t leading.

Companies and individuals around the world spend billions on courses, books, conferences, and symposiums to develop leadership skills. One thing every single person is though is a follower – everyone is responsible to someone else, or a group of others.

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

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

On Change: Blue cheese, tastier than ever!

In response to a client’s need to assist team leaders grasp and engage with some required internal change an old story was retold. The underpinning framework guiding the work that was done in Hong Kong and Singapore was that of

Succession Planning: 5 lessons from a fallen giant

Something had to stop Manchester United from continuing their dominant ways and it came from what many thought would be the most likely direction: when it came time to change the leader (manager). We all knew that Sir Alex Ferguson

Loyalty: Red and Blue on Merseyside and what we can learn about loyalty

As I write this I am sitting in quaint little coffee shop on Liverpool’s main street, one minutes walk from The Cavern where it all started for The Beatles. As I watch people walk by on what is a rare

Are your companies’ mentoring efforts adding enough value?

A cornerstone of almost all business strategies is the need to get more out of people. It’s because of this that mentoring remains a key component of many development programmes. Especially in South Africa at this time there is a

Excuses for Complacency

It’s no secret that we at TomorrowToday are fans of Seth Godin, the author and business thinker. We often share his daily blogs internally and discuss them – they’re inspirational and insightful. Here’s one from a while ago that made

Partnership Working – What Habits Really Work?

It really does take two to tango! Strawberries and Cream, Lennon and McCartney, Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Robin, Gin and Tonic, Bonnie and Clyde (okay, that one didn’t end so well!) are cited as great partnerships that complement each

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

People are your most important asset! You know this, because your company’s annual statements include this sentence every year. But do companies really believe this? They’d better. Most of the efficiencies your company is hoping to achieve in the next

The ‘Tea Trap’: The correct way to make a cup of tea

Apparently, the ‘correct’ way to make a cup of tea is set out in a 5 000-word report by the British Standards Institution. Of course this is ludicrous for all those outside of Britain itself, where correct tea making, is

Leadership: Five things you need to do?

Writing in USA Today journalists, Alistair Barr and Scott Martin, suggest five things that Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, needs to do. This advice includes, embrace the cloud; free its software from Windows; fix mobile; woo developers and focus. It

Surfing the TIDES of Change – part 1

An introduction to a three part series looking at harnessing the power of the TIDES of change.  The video considers the parallels with surfing and how we can use the surfing analogy and metaphor to “Surf the TIDES of Change”.

The four horsemen of mediocrity, by Seth Godin

Seth Godin’s blog today is superb. He is identified four key reasons that employees are disengaged, that productivity is declining or stagnant, and that companies struggle to innovate and develop. The four horsemen of mediocrity by Seth Godin Deniability–“They decided,

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

As we get the new year rolling, my eye caught an HBR article that reviewed some of the fresh management thinking from 2013 that really made an impact around the world (and in the Harvard Business Revie, of course). There

Talent Management: It’s a three-door problem

The magazine ‘Parade’ had a column ‘Ask Marilyn’ by the person with the highest recorded IQ (according to the Guinness Book of Records), Marilyn vos Savant. In 1990 Craig Whitaker of Columbia wrote in with a question that is known

So you want to become a great leader?

Transforming a good leader into a great leader means becoming an adaptive leader. In facing the future, it is the major leadership challenge that you and your organisation will encounter. Good leaders are hard to come by. Growing good leaders

Reasons Why We Don’t Need Offices

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a

Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a

Memo to leaders: The 3 questions you really need to be able to answer

Of course there are lots of questions that leaders need to be able to answer and really smart leaders know that the essence of leading in today’s context is more about asking the right questions than feeling they always need

The Enneagram: A Tool To Understand Diversity

If you have never come across this business tool before, you might be asking what exactly the Enneagram is. Most simplistically the Enneagram is a 9-point system, which can be used to analyse the spectrum of personality types that could

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

A few months ago, I read the blog post on “7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won’t Die”. I have spent some time thinking about it, and wanting to engage with it. It’s a provocative read, and challenges some

Why Once-Off Training Is Not Sustainable

The hardest part about my job is that clients want me to perform miracles. Whilst I aim to please, sometimes it is just not possible to do in one day what they want. What most clients want is for me

7 Stats that change everything: What to be thinking about as a Leader.

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics”. Of course we know that statistics can be used to support multiple sides of an argument and as Mark Twain once observed, “Facts are

The Future is leaving: how not to get left behind

By 2014, the percentage of companies that generate at least 30% of global revenue from emerging markets will increase by 82%.  The key to that statement is, ‘from emerging markets’. The global economic epicentre is shifting and the future looks

Bag Tossing, Rules and Leadership: A point worth consideration.

Stefan Kraemer is a happy and proud athlete. His throw of 24.21m was enough to see him win the gold in the World Cup in Bottrop, Germany. Right now you are desperately trawling your memory bank trying to locate ‘Stefan

Video: Four levels of institutional change

A brief overview of our team’s view of Institutional Change, one part of our TIDES model of the five disruptive forces shaping our world right now:   This video of Graeme Codrington was recorded by our good friends at Your

Video: Technology replacing professionals in 10 years

If you had told a farmer a century ago that he would not need labourers, and would be able to harvest and manage his farm using machines he would have laughed at you. If you had told factory bosses the

What The Trophy Kids Need Most From Their Place Of Work

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