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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

China: technology, moral and legislative lead in environment

Two years ago, China set itself the target of becoming the world’s leading consumer and producer or solar, wave and wind power. They have already achieved this target. In an authoritarian system, when a decision gets made, it also gets
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Don’t write the U.S. off just yet – How the TIDES of Change model can help assess the future of the world’s largest economy

“Many business leaders will realise, soon, that they are underinvesting in North America” says Joel Kurtzman a leading figure in the U.S. on the future of business. Joel founded the Booz & Co magazine Strategy+Business and is also a senior

Today’s youth: cleaner living, wholesome hobbies, socially conservative… Research

For over a decade now, we have been using our understanding of generational cycles to predict that today’s youth and young adults were likely to respond to social change by becoming more socially conservative. This would include reductions in hard

Getting rid of email – here’s a company that’s done just that

Over the last few months I have begun to include a small section in some of my workshops on the clutter and “stuff” that makes work life a pain. Almost all participants identify meetings and email (and many add managers,
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

What constitutes middle class, a growing global disruption

Today Graeme Codrington and I are part of the London Business School team working with the leadership of a petroleum company from the Middle East. The course is being held in London and we were talking to them about disruptive forces.

Award winning emerging market startups with a global edge

Seedstars World is a Geneva-based company that holds competitions for startups around the world. Their list of competition winners from the last year includes 19 emerging market companies that are innovating products and services with some exceptional promise. We believe
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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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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

A hidden secret of the Ice Bucket Challenge success – and the future of communication

The Ice Bucket challenge for ALS is probably the most successful meme created thus far for social media. Of course, social media experts are now trying to reverse engineer it to discover the secrets to successfully created a viral campaign
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Insights on Beer, Vinegar and Customer Experience

I have come to believe that we are all spinning our wheels in our efforts to change until we learn to understand and embrace our irrationality.  I watched anotherDan Ariely talk this weekend and he shared an analogy that really helps illustrate
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The smart move is not to ignore China

I have the privilege to do repeated work in China. Frequent and regular trips have grown a respect, awe and amazement at what I see and encounter. My ‘Chinese experience’ and continuous education has fueled a deeper curiosity and appreciation
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Don’t trust Deutsche Bank…well when it comes to football at least!

Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, analysts within Deutsche Bank developed a computer model to forecast the results.  The winners? Why, England of course. It should be pointed out that they were after all ‘foreign exchange analysts’ which might just

Recent media mentions

Graeme Codrington has appeared in the media a few times in recent weeks. Here is a sampling of his contributions: Speaking on Gen Y at the British Hospitality Association annual convention, Graeme focused attention on the impact that a younger

I have seen the future – and it only costs $35

A few weeks ago I was doing a workshop with a telecoms company. We were looking at some of their thoughts around global expansion, especially into developing markets and across Africa. Then they showed me something that is going to
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The Mindfulness Circle

Conceptually understanding the Cycle of Self is key to maximizing our potential.  It explains our “why”. Why we believe what we believe, why we think what we think, and why we do what we do.  We can leverage Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle to help

Solar Roadways – disruptive digitisation coming to a street near you?

Standing on a train platform south west of London a few years ago, I felt the whoosh of another fast train rushing past. In the distance I could just see the large arms of a slow-turning wind turbine. I’m not
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Peugeot unveils a new car that runs on air.

We are living during a era of great technological innovation. At TomorrowToday we love technology that has the ability to disrupt not only products but entire industries, even countries. Peugeot Citroën  appears to be doing just that . The car manufacturer has

The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

Last week I was sent a link to an interesting infographic on the ten most important work skills in 2020. It is a graphic respresentation of research done by the University of Phoenix and the Institute for the Future (see

Just for fun: Why you really, really want a drone at home

It’s Friday, and the weekend is here. So, for a bit of fun check out this wonderful use of a drone. Drones are now readily available. My brother, a video producer based in Atlanta USA (see his video channel here)

Sharing Your Secrets: What Elon Musk’s latest move at Tesla means for you

I’ll admit it: I have a huge man-crush on Elon Musk. I like everything this guy does. From his passion for space exploration and madcap vision of a one way trip to Mars, to his recent announcements about building both

A Miracle at the World Cup – and a vision of the future

At tonight’s Football World Cup opening ceremony a minor miracle will occur when the opening game between Brazil and Croatia is started by a young man kicking a football. It doesn’t sound miraculous until you hear that this young teenager

Surprising ideas about the future from TED2014 speakers

At TED2014, the speakers and attendees were asked to think about the conference’s theme, “The Next Chapter” and then suggest what might radically change society, life, technology and the world in the next 30 years. Their insights may surprise you.

The greatest challenge facing the future of business, requires your attention now.

Peter Menzel, is an award winning photographer, takes photographs of people posing next to their possessions taken out of their home and piled high on the pavements. The pictures paint a vividly clear picture – we live in a Material World,

24 “Future of Work” Voices You Should Know About In 2014

Our colleague and co-founder of TomorrowToday, Dr Graeme Codrington, has just recently been included on two lists of business experts worth following. Switch & Shift named him amongst their “Top 75 List of Human Business Champions“. Global Workforce Transformation included
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24 “Future of Work” Voices You Should Know About In 2014

Our colleague and co-founder of TomorrowToday, Dr Graeme Codrington, has recently been included on two lists of business experts worth following. Switch & Shift named him amongst their “Top 75 List of Human Business Champions“. Global Workforce Transformation included him

Africa's new number one economy

Six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies over the past decade are in sub Saharan Africa. The country of my birth and my heart, South Africa, is not one of them. This is a travesty, and a direct

Africa’s new number one economy

Six of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies over the past decade are in sub Saharan Africa. The country of my birth and my heart, South Africa, is not one of them. This is a travesty, and a direct

Apple just entered your market (Healthcare, I’m talking to you)

For the last few years, our team has enjoyed asking our clients a hypothetical question: “What would the impact be if Apple/Google/Facebook announced today that it was entering your market?”. To be honest, I think it should be a thought
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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

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

Graeme Codrington, Richard Brandson, Keith Coats & Jo Malone talk on Stimulating Business Growth (Video)

A short video (2.33min) of interviews with internationally recognized business professionals, including Richard Brandson, Graeme Codrington, Jo Malone and Keith Coats who share their advice and insights. This video was put together by http://www.yourbusinesschannel.com , a great source for online business TV.
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Rewriting the Rules: understanding the era we’re living in

It’s easy to think that maybe all we need to do to survive this crazy world we live in is just grit our teeth a little bit longer and wait for sanity to return. The madness of the election cycle

47% of knowledge jobs are in “High Danger” of being automated by AI and ML algorithms

Within the next decade or two 47 percent of job categories for knowledge workers, that includes: accountancy, legal work, technical writing and a lot of other white-collar professions – could be automated says the findings of a report by Carl

WHERE to look to see the future

Our team at TomorrowToday often presents on future trends and the disruptive forces shaping the world. Our content comes from our ongoing research and analysis, backed up by a full-time research team spread across the world. It’s easy then for
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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

What the UK storms can teach leaders about gaining advantage from disruptive forces

We are living in unprecedented times. The storms lashing the UK coast are the worst in living memory and the costs to the economy are in the region of £14b and growing as the weatherman reports two additional storms approaching.

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”.

3D printing rapidly approaching tipping point

We’ve been watching and tracking the implications of 3D printers and a disruptive force and innovation for over five years now. We’ve observed many exciting developments from the work of Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the

[Video] Keith presenting TIDES of Change

We live in turbulent times – that much is obvious.  We are living at a moment in history when all the forces of change are combining to produce an era-changing period.  The political, corporate, social and personal rules for success
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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,

The Year of the Employee: Forbes’ predictions for 2014 talent, leadership and HR tech

Ian Turner, one of Duke CE’s top MD’s and leadership development programme experts gets credit for finding this interesting article and sending it on to me. There are some fascinating thoughts in Deloittes’ predictions for 2014, published in Forbes, as

A new skyline for Johannesburg

Late last year, a Chinese property company spent a significant amount of money to buy the remaining AECI property in Modderfontein, a massive industrial area east of Sandton and Johannesburg. It’s in the area between Marlboro (a Gautrain station) and

American industries that will boom and those that are doomed in the next decade

Business Insider recently ran an article looking at Labor Bureau statistics and predicting which industries will experience significant decline in the next decade, and another article suggesting which industries will boom. While I don’t agree with their whole list, it

Booz & Co’s Strategy+Business Best Business Blogs of 2013

The editor of Booz & Co’s Strategic+Business magazine and blog site selected his favourite business blogs of 2013. I like this list a lot – there’s some really valuable articles here. It’s an eclectic list, but well worth taking some

Driverless cars and a road revolution

FastCompany recently ran an article which is one of the best analyses of the driverless car revolution that is about to take us by storm. It’s well worth reading in detail here. As the author points out, what stands in
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Looking out the window: Four leadership insights from 2013

Currently I am on my last business trip for 2013. Soon it will be time for a short break before the travel begins once more in early January with a trip to Ecuador. By the time this trip is complete

Changing cycling forever

I don’t enjoy cycling, but my UK colleagues do. Dean van Leeuwen, James Dunne and Wendy Mauchline all regularly hit the roads and cycle tracks of the world in a serious way. So, when I saw this neat little video

Today’sTransformers: Hointer & Nadia Shouraboura

“We write code, play with robots, experiment with tensioned tubes and cables and drink lots of Red Bull,” says Nadia Shouraboura CEO of new start up Hointer a retail store that combines technology and with traditional shopping. It’s the ultimate in high-tech,
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TomorrowToday: Welcome to our world

Imagine a company with no written contracts between the business partners; no offices; no underpinning capital; as much – or little leave as you want; measured by outcomes; no HR policies or any policies really – just sensible agreements on

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow’s Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow's Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Top 7 Trends for Social Media in 2014

Going into 2014 I have spent some time looking into the predicted trends and have highlighted a few that I believe will take place in 2014. Image based content will increase This is a no-brainer but should be said. Image

“Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy

Scanning cameras lock onto John Anderton’s face as he walks through a shopping mall. Using facial recognition technology advertisers clock his presence and begin an invasive barrage of “personalised” advertisements designed to entice, cajole and convince him to purchase the must have
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Preparing for Generation Z (or whatever you’d like to call them)

  They have variously been named the “Homeland” generation, the “Re-generation” and the “Centennial” generation – but at the moment, we know them best (and rather lazily) as Generation Z.   In the US, this generation is often held to have

Film director Joss Whedon on strong female leads

Joss Whedon, according to his Wikipedia entry, is an American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as

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

Five reasons why addressing the “perversions of capitalism” will give you a competitive advantage

“The present state of affairs is really a perversion of the proper working of capitalism. It is all wrong to have millionaires before you have ceased to have slums…If we do not find some way of correcting that perversion of

The growing power of protest

On the 28th August 1963 civil rights campaigner, Martin Luther King, led thousands of people on a march to America’s capital, Washington DC. There he gave a speech that inspired and paved the way for equal rights and changed the

Worldview shifting facts on the future of business

SAP recently released one of the best presentations on the future of business we have ever seen. Freely available on slideshare, it lists 99 facts that should have a profound impact on your view of the future, on what organisations

Video: Summary of TIDES of Change – and implications of disruptions

Over the past few months I have been collecting video footage of the presentations I have done of our team’s “TIDES of Change” presentation. Based on the research our Strategic Insights team has done over the past few years, we
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Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

The famous lyric from the Beatles song of 1967 has moved from an individual plea to a loved one, to a more general appeal to society.  A lot has happened between 1967 and now: man has landed on the moon,

Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

As a team, we are often privileged to be asked to sit through senior leadership meetings at our clients. Right up to Board level, these peepholes into our clients’ workings provide valuable insights into the operations of our clients, but
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African Leadership for Africa’s Future in a Globalised World

For Africa to be successful it needs to find models, methods and approaches that are uniquely suited to the continent and its needs.  As one of the world’s best travelled speakers and researchers (he visited 26 countries just last year),

30 ways technology will change education between now and 2030

While doing some reading to prepare for a workshop with a group of head teachers last week, I came across this very well researched and presented future timeline of potential educational changes we can expect technology to bring in the

Can we really predict the future?

This is the question a British journalist asked me today. Specifically, he wanted to know if it was possible to predict industry trends thirty years into the future. Here is the gist of my brief reply: Looking thirty years into
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Women @ Work

It is the first work day of September, which means it is officially the end of ‘Woman’s Month’. However, I hope this does not mean that questions around how we can best maximise the benefits that the women inside our
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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

Dear CEO, You have to be in it to win it (I’m talking social media, you dinosaur)

You’ll lose 100% of the shots you don’t take. You’ll find this pithy advice in almost every motivational book. But being a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You have to be in it to win it. In the business

Why graduates remain unemployed (and what to do about it)

Yesterday, I presented our team’s most requested presentation, “The TIDES of Change” to a group of top business leaders in Sandton. During the Q&A, someone asked a simple but profound question: “What makes you most nervous?” When thinking of the
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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

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
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The Most Profound Tool For Growing Your Human Capital

Most businesses, organizations and institutions today recognize that necessity and benefit of harnessing their human capital. Due to the fact that the world has changed so much and because we are in a constant state of change, managers have to

Things People Can Still Do Better Than Computers

Over the last hundred years, we’ve learnt the hard way that modern technologies both improve our world and destroy our jobs. Today it is computers (in the form of smart devices), the internet and social media that are both revolutionising

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

The Factory in Your Garage: A review of 3d printing options and implications

A few weeks ago, I bought a 3d printer for use in my home. On the day I installed it, I recorded a video for our team’s Signpost’s YouTube channel (it’s available here or at the bottom of this post).

Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions

“It is clear that policymakers and those who advise them do not have a satisfactory conceptual framework for dealing with [this] disruptive impact” says Alec Ross the former senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and; Jonathan Luff a

All that’s wrong with the media today: A ridiculous example

It sounds like something out of one of those cringeworthy, self-written high school plays. But in reality it is a genuine news report from a Fox affiliate TV station in the United States. And although it is a single anecdote,
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Will you still have a job in 2025? The alarming rate at which jobs are being disrupted

A recent MIT Technology Review reveals an alarming trend. Since the early 2000’s and increasingly since the financial crisis of 2008, the levels of employment have decreased even though productivity has increased over the same period. Erik Brynjolfsson And Andrew
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Learning is changing – and businesses will need to change too

There is a pattern to the disruption of industries – change happens slowly, with a few early-adopters taking a technology and innovating, but not always in the optimum way.  Then it happens quickly – and a whole industry can come
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The Future is China; The Future is Now.

China is like a large building site. Well in truth, China is a large building site. Any visit to a Chinese city (and sometimes not even a city) there is evidence of building activity. From my hotel window in Guangzhou

Digital Trends 2013

I was alerted to the Digital Trends 2013 website a few days ago. It’s a collaboration between Microsoft, IPG Mediabrands and The Future Laboratory (although the domain name indicates that MS is the dominant partner). It looks like this might

Is Google the perfect example of a future focus business?

Google is winning and you don’t have to search very far to find out why, says Fast Company writer Frahad Manjoo. In a world of the tech giants – battling against the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Apple – Google

What is a Disruptive Force?

A disruptive forces is not a force that results in incremental changes, improving products or services one step at a time. Rather disruptive forces result in a breakthrough or a step change that transforms society forever.  Sometimes the disruption is

25 Things You Need to Know About the Future

I was recently browsing through a bookshop’s recommended books, and saw “25 Things You Need to Know About the Future” by Christopher Barnatt (Constable, 2012 – buy it at Amazon or Kalahari.com). It’s a great primer, and I like the

Keep your hands off my genes

And now an entry from the case files of the totally bleeding obvious: Yesterday the Supreme Court of the USA finally agreed – unanimously – that genes cannot be patented. In a stunning example of corporate over reach, a variety

Book review: Makers, The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

A few years ago, then editor of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson built a small plane out of Lego parts with his kids. After realizing that even children’s toys now come packed with advanced sensors and controls, Chris decided to start

Shifting from Social Media Connections to a Connection Economy

Social media exploded a few years ago and developed a desire amoung businesses worldwide to engage with the digital world through social media. Companies started Facebook pages, Twitter Profiles and every kind of social media profile they could think of.
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Is it evil to avoid tax?

Google famously has the slogan “don’t be evil”. They are however embroiled in a worldwide issue – is tax avoidance evil? Not only have Google been dragged into the fray,  but Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Starbucks and even famous individuals

Your career in a new world of work

We know that the world of work is changing faster now than at any other time. Some have called it a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Big industries and large companies are being hard hit with this turbulent

Your career in a new world of work

We know that the world of work is changing faster now than at any other time. Some have called it a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Big industries and large companies are being hard hit with this turbulent
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Really Beautiful Advertising

What I love about ‘new advertising’ is that it is so much more thought-provoking than advertising, sales and latterly marketing, has been in the past. In the the very early days of mass advertising companies focused on the sale of

Technology Innovation thats changing lives

Technology is only as valuable as value that is perceived by its user. The technology that impacts the future are technologies that people adopt and use. These are the technologies to watch.There are many of these technologies on my list
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Generation Jobless: A warning to us all

The April 27th Economist ran a cover story about the ‘generation jobless’ – the global rise of youth unemployment. It is a serious concern for a number of reasons and one that could have long-lasting implications for both the global

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:

Intel's Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:
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What Happens When The Plan Cannot Be Implemented?

Retail is a cut-throat, competitive and unpredictable environment, but it really isn’t any different to all business because generally the rules for success are changing in all industries and markets around the world. I am just using retail as an
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The Passing of an Icon

Whether you liked, loathed or are somewhere in the middle it cannot be denied that Baroness Margaret Thatcher will be known as a major figure in British history. The Britain that she took control over in 1979 was very different

Podcast: The Customer Experience Show – Secrets of Successful Multi-Generational Work Cultures

Dean and myself were interviewed by Michelle Romanica on the Customer Experience Show on Blogtalk Radio. It was a great show, with some fascinating insights into multi-generational workplaces. The blurb of the show says: In their work, Graeme Codrington and
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Let’s Change Our Perspective

Andy Braner, who is the CEO of KIVU, recently wrote a really insightful blog post entitled ‘Tweet, Text or Talk’, which I really enjoyed. He is talking about the effect social media is having on Generation Y in particular (but
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Let's Change Our Perspective

Andy Braner, who is the CEO of KIVU, recently wrote a really insightful blog post entitled ‘Tweet, Text or Talk’, which I really enjoyed. He is talking about the effect social media is having on Generation Y in particular (but

Where to find success now

Seth Godin is one of our favourite thinkers and writers. We share many of his worldviews, especially that we are living in a period of transition from the end of the industrial age to the emergence of a connection economy.

Where to find success now

Seth Godin is one of our favourite thinkers and writers. We share many of his worldviews, especially that we are living in a period of transition from the end of the industrial age to the emergence of a connection economy.

Africa: the last frontier of growth and development

As the BRICS summit is currently underway in Durban, where the leading emerging market players of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (representing sub-Saharan Africa) discuss their strategic agenda for the next five years, it might be a good

Africa: the last frontier of growth and development

As the BRICS summit is currently underway in Durban, where the leading emerging market players of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (representing sub-Saharan Africa) discuss their strategic agenda for the next five years, it might be a good

A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense,
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A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense,

The power behind disruptive business models

It’s not technologies that disrupt, rather it is the business model that the technology enables that creates the disruptive impact. Digital music had been around as a technology before Steve Jobs and Apple leveraged it to create a new business model that completely disrupted
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No more ‘Top Gear’? But how else could the driverless car impact you?

Self-driving cars?  Seems like a million miles off, right?  Like flying cars (which already exist, by the way). When Sebastian Thrun was 18, he lost his best friend in a car accident.  Since then, he has set himself the goal

The Future of Energy and what the Shale Gas revolution means for you

Our team at TomorrowToday Strategic Insights have been watching the developments in the shale gas revolution for a number of years and our earlier predictions of the massive disruptions this energy technology will deliver are becoming increasingly visible. We recently

Video: Principles of the digital age

I was asked by a US based client to record a few videos for them to get their team thinking about change and success in the digital age we are entering. I thought I’d share one or two of these

Video: Principles of the digital age

I was asked by a US based client to record a few videos for them to get their team thinking about change and success in the digital age we are entering. I thought I’d share one or two of these

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest
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Competitive Advantage: What matters most today and how we got here

The Connection Economy – Competitive Advantage:  What matters most today and how we got here By Keith Coats, TomorrowToday International Partner Competitive advantage has always existed and understanding the evolution of what constitutes competitive advantage in today’s context, is important
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What Impact Will Mobile Marketing And On-Line Shopping Have On Stores?

At TomorrowToday whatever we talk about is done so within the context of how the world is changing. There has been much written about this within the TomorrowToday stable.  About how technology, institutional change, demographic change, the economy and social

Witness the death of Blackberry

I don’t know if Blackberry 10 (the Z10 phone with the BB10 operating system) is going to be any good. I hope it is, for the sake of all my friends and clients who’s IT departments force them to use

When will they learn that we live in an age of transparency?

This is a bit of a nerdy blog post. Or as we say in the UK, I am being an anorack. But I’ll declare that I am a fan of Elon Musk, of Tesla, and a media skeptic (all will
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Do you think this is the end for the High Street?

We don’t. Yes, another big UK retailer, Republic, bit the dust today.  It’s been an incredibly tough few years for the High Street, with retailers having to negotiate through the challenges of out-of-town retail parks, online competition and the deepest

Are you a creator or a perfecter?

Seth Godin gets it spot on (as he normally does) with this insight from his blog last year. The question for you is simple: are you a creator, or are you in the business of perfecting what has been created?
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Are you a creator or a perfecter?

Seth Godin gets it spot on (as he normally does) with this insight from his blog last year. The question for you is simple: are you a creator, or are you in the business of perfecting what has been created?

We’ve been suckered! “there is no real difference between work and play – it’s all living” says Richard Branson

Richard Branson recently said “there is no real difference between work and play – it’s all living” How profoundly true this statement is. I spent yesterday speaking at the  excellent Business Leaders Group and the concept of where we work and

Tomorrow’s Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

Our UK Strategic Insights team has recently released a report on “Tomorrow’s Retail” – and it’s now available for you to download. It’s filled with fantastic insights – like this one… What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer

Tomorrow's Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

Our UK Strategic Insights team has recently released a report on “Tomorrow’s Retail” – and it’s now available for you to download. It’s filled with fantastic insights – like this one… What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer
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Tomorrow’s Retail – using data to help customers (not scare them)

What if a retailer could anticipate what a customer needs before they even realise it themselves? US store Target, famously got into hot water when it used analytics to predict when customers were pregnant in order to benefit from their

Global warming deniers need to face the facts (and the heat)

One of the key trends that my team and I track is the environment. There is no doubt that changes in our physical world, and our responses to them, are huge causes of disruptive change right now. When I do

Global warming deniers need to face the facts (and the heat)

One of the key trends that my team and I track is the environment. There is no doubt that changes in our physical world, and our responses to them, are huge causes of disruptive change right now. When I do

New ways of working – the revolution is still rumbling along

It was the early 1990s, and a new generation had started entering the world of work at just the time that personal computers were creating opportunities for significant change to the way the workplace functioned. Within just a few years,

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s

Still the very best thing we could do: End extreme poverty in a generation

For the last few years, I have been involved with The Global Poverty Project, a charity with the goal of seeing the end to extreme poverty within a generation. They support the work of other charities, of advocacy groups and

Still the very best thing we could do: End extreme poverty in a generation

For the last few years, I have been involved with The Global Poverty Project, a charity with the goal of seeing the end to extreme poverty within a generation. They support the work of other charities, of advocacy groups and
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Shale Gas – the greatest disruptive technology facing the world of work

“The shale-gas revolution in America has been as sudden and startling as a supertanker performing a handbrake turn… the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the United States will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, outstripping Saudi Arabia

Video: Five forces shaping the future of business

This is my book project for 2013: The TIDES of Change. This is a look at the five most important forces that are causing disruptive change in the world right now; and, of course, how we should respond as individuals,

Video: Five forces shaping the future of business

This is my book project for 2013: The TIDES of Change. This is a look at the five most important forces that are causing disruptive change in the world right now; and, of course, how we should respond as individuals,

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the ‘war on terror’

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In

If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the 'war on terror'

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In
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If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the ‘war on terror’

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In

Keys to creativity and successful organisational leadership in 2013

These are probably the two issues that will most affect your company’s value in the year ahead: creativity and leadership. You need to find where your company can grow, can improve and can enhance its value. And you need to

Keys to creativity and successful organisational leadership in 2013

These are probably the two issues that will most affect your company’s value in the year ahead: creativity and leadership. You need to find where your company can grow, can improve and can enhance its value. And you need to

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded
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Is It Really The End Of The World As We Know It?

The end of 2012! How did it get here so fast? Has this not been the busiest year in the history of busy years? I feel like it was only yesterday that I was reflecting on 2011 and here I

Trends to watch in 2013

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas
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Trends to watch in 2013

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas
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The Best Contribution You Can Make: If Not You, Then Who?

As I write this article, it’s the Christmas season, but it doesn’t feel very jolly.  We live in a world filled with uncertainties, and 2013 is vague and potentially scary for many of us.  Can the US stop itself falling

Trends to watch in 2013

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TEDx: The Third Wave of the Digital Age

My TEDx talk has finally been uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel, and is now available to view. I delivered this at TEDx Square Mile in London in October this year. The topic was an introduction to an issue I

TEDx: The Third Wave of the Digital Age

My TEDx talk has finally been uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel, and is now available to view. I delivered this at TEDx Square Mile in London in October this year. The topic was an introduction to an issue I

VIDEO: A free agent nation – disruptive employment

The world is being completely reshaped by five key disruptive forces: technology, institutional change, demographics, environmental and ethic issues, and shifting social values. This video investigates how one company has created a vision of how this might change the world

Microsoft needs reinvention not improvement – and so do you

This past year saw Microsoft post it’s first ever quarterly loss. This was to do with a $6 billion write down of an investment, and wasn’t really a trading loss. But nevertheless it rang some alarm bells. In the digital

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

The Kids Aren't Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and
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The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

VIDEO: Three new leadership skills

In this video, we outline a new ‘ABC’ of leadership: Adaptive Intelligence, a Balcony perspective and Conversations. These are three skills most leaders don’t have these days – and three skills they’d do well to cultivate.   For more on

Video: Digital natives of 1989 entering the world of work

One of the biggest causes of disruptive change in the world right now is the combination of a radical increase in computing power and the arrival of the digital natives in the workplace.   This video of Graeme Codrington was

Video: Digital natives of 1989 entering the world of work

One of the biggest causes of disruptive change in the world right now is the combination of a radical increase in computing power and the arrival of the digital natives in the workplace.   This video of Graeme Codrington was

Video: Big data, infographics and the role of IT in a new world of work

I spoke at a conference for the German company, Haniel earlier this year. The audience was largely German and engineers, so I toned down my normal style (a bit of energy, a bit of humour) to suit them, but the

The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Last Saturday, I spoke at a TEDx conference in London.  The talk I initially scripted would have taken longer than half an hour – not quite TED style!  The talk I planned to give would actually have taken about 19
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The Third Wave of the Digital Age

Last Saturday, I spoke at a TEDx conference in London.  The talk I initially scripted would have taken longer than half an hour – not quite TED style!  The talk I planned to give would actually have taken about 19
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Why I Tweet

Yesterday marked my 10,000th tweet sent (bizarrely it was a tweet commenting on the fact that Penguin have finally joined the digital age and published my books on Kindle – 10,000 tweets, 4 years of asking, but now finally done!).
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The Elevator is Out of Order

I loved Seth Godin’s post this morning, it was the validation I have craved for quite some time.  Ever since I started my own practice I have been asked “what is your elevator pitch?” to which I respond “I don’t really have
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Leadership Self-Awareness

I have yet to meet a leader that can effectively solve problems or conflict by way of assertion. In fact, assertion as a means to resolution is highly toxic to your organizational culture.  Assertion is like holding a beach ball

Video: What we do, and what we’re seeing

A few months ago, one of our clients, a French bank, BNP Paribas had me speak at a series of internal events. To promote these, they did a video of my talking about what I do and the presentation I

Seven big questions and seven big problems business leaders need to address

  Extensive research from TomorrowToday’s Strategic Insights Unit is revealing what makes companies successful in the new world of work. Our latest study illustrates seven big problems, seven big questions and seven big answers to enable leaders to build agile

Women need more than words (and binders) to succeed at work

For women to bridge the pay gap in the workplace and to find their way into boardrooms and senior leadership positions they’re going to need men’s assistance. This is not to patronise women, but simply a statement of the reality

TEDx talk on the Future of Work: your help requested

Next Saturday, 27 October 2012, I will be speaking at a TEDx event in London: TEDxSquareMile, The Future of Work: Power to Make a Difference. Please would you help me with three things. Firstly, if you can attend or know
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How My iPhone Can Help You?

I have the iPhone 4S and I recently installed the software upgrade iOS6. So this is some of what my phone can now do: Make phone calls Send SMS’s (which I can choose to write or dictate with a microphone)

Why Apple introduced maps (before it was ready) and why it’s brilliant for us all

So, the iPhone 5 has been launched along with iOS 6, Apple’s latest operating system for its mobile devices. As always a few users have had hiccups upgrading, and Apple has already released a further update or two to deal

A Bountiful Summer of Business is Predicted

We’ve had the Summer of Sport and it was fantastic! Team GB excelled in the Olympics. Now, business leaders, prepare for the Summer of Business!  We are facing a period of hyper-growth and hyper-change. A once in a lifetime opportunity
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Be mindful not to pigeonhole Millennials

Whether you are marketing to Millennials, teaching them, managing, mentoring or working for one, be mindful that you do not make assumptions about them. They are a very interesting generation, full of contradiction and unexpected (often pleasant) surprises. On one

TomorrowToday TV: Vidcasts on future trends and disruptive change

In addition to our new Internet TV channel, powered by YourBusinessChannel, the TomorrowToday team continues to develop video-based resources. We’re committed to bringing you strategic insights that stimulate thought and conversation. Here are some of our most recent contributions: Dr

11 Things Smart Leaders Know, Do and Live

Charlie Parker, a genius when it comes to the saxophone, once said, “Jazz comes from who you are, where you’ve been, what you’ve done. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” Charlie was spot-on – at least

Future-proof your Organisation: 4 things leaders need to know about tomorrow

“Change is the law of life.” So said John F Kennedy.  He also said, “those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” The ability to change – or what can be referred to
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Future-proof your Organisation: 4 things leaders need to know about tomorrow

“Change is the law of life” – so said John F Kennedy and, “those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”  The ability to change – or what can be referred to as

The Olympics as a Filtered Experience

Have you ever watched the Olympics on television outside your home country? The Olympics captivates every country on earth, especially the host nation where it is unexpectedly poignant, yet our experience of this global event is heavily filtered. Imagine a
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Seeing Beneath the Surface: Innovation and Leadership

These days there is a lot said and written about the need to innovate. Companies are encouraged to innovate and the topic is now a natural part of most MBA’s and leadership education programmes – something that is slightly ironic
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What next for not-for-profits?

Not-for-Profits rely on trust. In an age when the reputation of the banking sector has been crushed and suspicion of corporates is high, customers are demanding ever-increasing transparency from organizations. Charities and social enterprises need to be above reproach in

The Future of the Olympics: who’s the best mutant? or human 2.0?

As the Olympics once again start their quadrennial celebrations of human achievement and athletic accomplishment, we look forward to a few weeks of extraordinary stories and celebrations. On the basis of past experience, it’s likely that some competitors will be
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How To Think Like Generation Why

Why would you want to learn to think like a Millennial? Perhaps because you don’t understand your children? Perhaps because you are a teacher and you have no idea to connect with them, discipline them, or inspire them to want

Some useful resources and thought-leaders on the future world of work

At TomorrowToday we are constantly scanning the horizon for new trends and disruptive forces. Here are some of the books and websites that will assist you in becoming fit for the future: Management Innovation eXchange or MIX invites you to
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Tools for understanding and building a better future

In order to be fit for the future we first need to be keeping our eye on the future. This of course sounds obvious to you and yet it is frightening how many businesses are backward looking or at best
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What do Generation Y want from their workspace?

Generation Y are unlikely ever to retire. They probably won’t be able to afford to, but also they probably won’t want to. As a generation they will enjoy work because they will work at things they enjoy. It is unlikely

Graeme Codrington public events in South Africa in August 2012

Dr Graeme Codrington will be speaking at the following public events in South Africa in August. Sign up now for any or all of them. Discounts for groups are available: 17 Aug in Cape Town: Succeeding in a new world

Two different approaches to Africa from the two big world powers

You cannot generalise about Africa. It’s a big place, and you can find anything and everything you’re looking for (and a lot you’re not) there. But themes are emerging, nevertheless. And it seems as if China and America are choosing

The end of the line…

It’s hardly earth shattering news, but a recent piece of research in New Zealand has indicated that as Generation Y are growing up and becoming home owners for the first time, they’re simply not installing home phones. No landlines at

Lessons in disrupting your business: Lego goes gaming

At TomorrowToday we talk a lot about disruptive change, and we spend much of our time helping our clients develop corporate cultures that are able to handle disruptions. There is a negative side to disruptive change, and it’s necessary to
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The future isn’t what it used to be: Neither at work nor it seems, at home!

In the July-August issue of The Futurist (www.wfs.org) there was an interesting article on the shift from ‘smart houses’ to ‘networked houses’. Authors Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth describe how tomorrow’s integrated, networked and aware home systems will forever change

Some important company annual returns and what they’re saying about the world economy

It’s earnings reporting season in the USA right now, and some of the earnings being reported provide interesting insights into the way the recession in the US is interacting with other disruptive forces to change the world of work. Business

Disruptive Change – How to deal with it for future success [podcast]

Last Friday I was interviewed by Chris Cooper on his Voice America Business radio show. The show is now available in podcast format, for free. It’s an hour long, and a great conversation about how we deal with disruptive change

Disruptive Change – How to deal with it for future success [podcast]

Last Friday I was interviewed by Chris Cooper on his Voice America Business radio show. The show is now available in podcast format, for free. It’s an hour long, and a great conversation about how we deal with disruptive change

Banksters – the most recent crisis explained simply by The Economist

I’m a subscriber to The Economist. This week I am absolutely loving their cover on the banking crisis: “Banksters” is the one word title, with a wonderful image. This week has definitely been a bad one for banks, and Bob

Banksters – the most recent crisis explained simply by The Economist

I’m a subscriber to The Economist. This week I am absolutely loving their cover on the banking crisis: “Banksters” is the one word title, with a wonderful image. This week has definitely been a bad one for banks, and Bob

Management Today: Fortune-telling for business

Management Today, one of the top management publications in the UK, has picked up on some of our ideas about how you can get your teams to work differently and see into the future. Our head of Strategic Insights, Catherine

Management Today: Fortune-telling for business

Management Today, one of the top management publications in the UK, has picked up on some of our ideas about how you can get your teams to work differently and see into the future. Our head of Strategic Insights, Catherine

The Leader’s Role: To bring the future to life

I am often asked what it is TomorrowToday does. Some find the name intriguing or my title amusing (Director of Storytelling). “So what exactly does TomorrowToday do?” I am asked. My stock answer is, “we bring the future to life”.
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Africa’s Future: A glimpse of hope

Colourful, vibrant and alive with possibility. This was the WITS University graduation ceremony that I recently attended. There were responses both formal and informal that could best be described as, ‘only in Africa’. There was joy, celebration, humour and a
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The Leaders Role: To bring the future to life.

I am often asked what it is TomorrowToday does. Some find the name intriguing or my title amusing (Director of Storytelling). “So what exactly does TomorrowToday do?” I am asked. My stock answer is, “we bring the future to life”.

10 predictions on the Future of Marketing

Recently TomorrowToday’s International Partner Dean van Leeuwen was invited to participate as a panel member debating the future of marketing at IQPC’s CMO Exchange held in London. Advances in mobile and smart technologies have fundamentally altered the way consumers approach buying

Fire the Marketing Department | Thought-Provoking ideas

Fire the Marketing Department! Fire the Marketing Department! Fire the Marketing Department! Not because marketing is superfluous, nor because the marketers you employ are inept  (most marketers work hard performing tasks with passion and conviction – you want to keep them).
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Infographic: Is Mobile the Future of Marketing?

It took radio 38 years to reach 50 Million users. TV took 13 years and the Internet took 4 years to reach the same figure. However, it only took the iPhone 2 years to reach the same figure.  In 2011 around
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Leadership is a Conversation, at Least it Should be!

Traditional corporate communication needs an overhaul.  It needs to become less about corporate tone and messaging and more about dynamic and engaging communications.  More over it needs to be conversational.  I got goose bumps as I read Leadership Is a
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What next for Rewards? Exploring the future of Loyalty Programmes

Is loyalty a thing of the past? Generations X and Y are naturally less loyal, believing in instant gratification. At most, these generations are concept loyal, not brand loyal, and they have grown up cynical and jaded by the attempts
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Visualising the retirement age crisis around the world

Most countries in the world are in the process of gradually pushing up their retirement age. France’s new President is doing the opposite right now, but that won’t last and the French will soon have to increase retirement age once again. There is
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Women and Mentorship Programmes

‘Women in Leadership’ has probably been a focus of discussion for decades and no doubt it has looked different in different eras through out history. However, I think that now, in the new world of work, more than ever that

Forecasts for the next 25 years

A few of our team are members of the World Futures Society, an association bringing together the world’s leading thinkers about future trends. One of the key resources produced by the WFS is a journal and a regular set of

Forecasts for the next 25 years

A few of our team are members of the World Futures Society, an association bringing together the world’s leading thinkers about future trends. One of the key resources produced by the WFS is a journal and a regular set of
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Still scrambling for energy solutions

Talking about the environment has perhaps fallen down the agenda since the Banking Crisis and Great Recession have changed many of our immediate needs and motivations somewhat.  The problems, of course, haven’t gone away and it remains vitally important for businesses
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Why we need more “data scientists”

Businesses already have a vast amount of information about their customers – some use it well, some less so. The vast growth in computer processing power has lead to the ability to crunch data on customers like never before. Big retailers
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How Important Are First Impressions?

We are all taught that first impressions are important; and that is because they are! When I train on this subject I talk about creating first and lasting impressions that differentiate you, because in a world where there is so

How Artificial Intelligence can save the markets (and our jobs)

Keith Holdt, one of our newest contributors, has posted a video on his personal blog that was developed by our friends and content partners, your Business Channel. It’s 5 minutes really worth watching: Some interesting thoughts on what Artificial Intelligence

Targetting the (ageing) Boomers: South Africa as a retirement destination

My good friend and colleague, Lynda Smith, sent me an article recently that got me thinking about how companies and countries need to have strategy for the ageing Baby Boomers. Lynda runs an excellent consulting firm, The Refirement Network, that
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A Woman’s World Beckons

Steve Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, famously wrote that ‘behavioural science is not for sissies’ and I agree. Although I wish somebody had alerted me to this fact before I embarked on a four-year long Sociology degree aged 19.
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A Woman's World Beckons

Steve Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, famously wrote that ‘behavioural science is not for sissies’ and I agree. Although I wish somebody had alerted me to this fact before I embarked on a four-year long Sociology degree aged 19.

TomorrowToday launches our own TV channel: TomorrowToday Business TV

In partnership with our business television friends at yourBusinessChannel, we’re pleased to bring you TomorrowToday TV. On this channel, we feature a selection of short video clips from business experts to get you thinking further about various aspects of the
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Required: a revolution in retail

The retail sector has undergone immense upheaval over the last 20 years as sales have moved online and new, hugely successful entrants have changed the way we shop. Add the impact of the recession to this and the result is

Choosing your child’s name

My colleague, Mike Saunders, had a baby yesterday (technically, it was his wife, but you wouldn’t know it from his reporting of the event ). Congratulation, Mike. Here’s a quick thought for him as he makes a very important early

The Communication Revolution

My colleague, Saffron Baggally, runs our training company in South Africa. She recently had some excellent insights on the information and communication revolution we’re living through. I know you’ll enjoy her thoughts: In the 21st century I think we are

How to attract Gen Y into engineering – a case study from MOL

I am sitting in a presentation by Gabor Varjasi, Head of Competency Development and Strategic HR at MOL Group. This is at Stamford Global‘s Talent for Tomorrow conference in Vienna. MOL have a similar problem to many companies around the

Strategic Insights on the Future of Cities

The global economy is set to quadruple over the next 30 years as the impact of burgeoning cities is felt on the global economy. Most of this growth will come from cities in the BRICS nations. Are you ready for

When advertising gets personal (and conversational and fun)… it can be brilliant

Updated on 25 April 2012. South Africa has a long history of clever TV advertising, with some outstanding brands and campaigns. Probably the stand out brand, though, is Nando’s, the chicken restaurant, who have a reputation for pushing the boundaries

When advertising gets personal (and conversational and fun)… it can be brilliant

Updated on 25 April 2012. South Africa has a long history of clever TV advertising, with some outstanding brands and campaigns. Probably the stand out brand, though, is Nando’s, the chicken restaurant, who have a reputation for pushing the boundaries

BRICS: The Building Blocks for the Future – and five things smart leaders understand!

It was Jim O’Neill, Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who some 10 years ago, coined the acronym, ‘BRIC’ – a grouping of emerging economies namely, Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Then, in a more recent move in 2012, South

Business TV comes to TomorrowToday

Recently Cisco predicted that video will make up 90% of all internet traffic by 2013. Indeed watching video is the #1 web activity, followed by Facebook and then Internet banking. These are some of the reasons why we are excited

The Social Revolution: Embrace it… or face extinction

This blog is the first from a new contributor, Keith Holdt, Head of Global Sales at Swiss Post Solutions. Keith is a world leading expert on the digital revolution, and how digital data will transform the world of work. We’re

Next steps for the future of women’s equality

I was watching some women’s sport last weekend, and then followed the controversy around women in the heart of golf at the Masters this weekend. There were a number of stories that intertwined to remind me again of how unequal
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Understanding the Social Agenda: what every leader needs to know about tomorrow

The Social Agenda will define the future of your company. It is that big, it is that important and it is that unavoidable! Let me explain what is the social agenda and why it is that important. The social agenda

Africa’s Chance to Leapfrog the West

A few weeks ago, a Ghanaian entrepreneur wrote an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review blogs about Africa’s potential. You can read the full article here, or an extract below: Africa’s Chance to Leapfrog the West HBR Blog Network,

Cloud service predictions – coming fast, coming soon

Recently, Graeme Codrington was asked to comment on how cloud computing services are changing the way we work. The journalist used their conversation to generate a number of press releases which can be seen below. Our overall message is quite
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Hinduism Provides Business Model for Forward Thinking Leaders

What you don’t see online with HBR’s article The CEO’s Role in Business Model Reinvention is my favourite part of the article in the print version.  The online version provides a forward looking business model framework designed to “manage the

Show me the science: the weird world of climate change

We live in a world where even straight forward facts are disputed, distorted and used in fantastical ways by those with political agendas. The 24 hour news cycle seems capable of turning sound bites into facts, and then running with
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The Future World of Education

Education is perhaps not central to TomorrowToday’s focus on the future world of work – but tomorrow’s businesses are surely reliant on today’s students! An article by Larry Summers in the New York Times caught my eye recently. Summers served

New approaches to journalism in a digital, connected, social media world

There are many industries battling to come to terms with the new digital, connected, social media world we live in. Books, music, retail stores and agents of all kind spring to mind. And so do journalists. It’s not just that

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

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

One billion Chinese mobile phones

Today, 3 March 2012, marks the moment that the one billionth Chinese mobile phone contract is taken out. India are not far behind, with just about 900 million contracts. Together, these two countries account for one quarter of all mobile

The Revolution Starts Where? A presentation for the meetings industry

A few weeks ago, Graeme Codrington ran a workshop at EMEC2012, the conference for Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in Budapest. He was asked to speak on technologies that are going to shape the meetings industry in the next few years.

The Revolution Starts Where? A presentation for the meetings industry

A few weeks ago, Graeme Codrington ran a workshop at EMEC2012, the conference for Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in Budapest. He was asked to speak on technologies that are going to shape the meetings industry in the next few years.
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Manchester and London showcases: ‘Leadership Under Pressure’ – 26 and 27 March 2012

Leadership Under Pressure Your are invited to an inspiring event with five international speakers from the world of sport and business, focusing on the necessary mindsets needed for doing business in tomorrow’s world. The events will take place on the

Capitalising on the future face of consumer demographics

My previous blog identifies three trends driving the future face of consumers: Older, Female, Urban – It is important that business leaders understand the impact of these three disruptive forces. We have identified three critical steps to serving the needs

Watch a Fascinating Short Film On How Cities Will Drive Global Change in the Future

Cities are changing rapidly and they are going to have a greater influence on businesses in the future than even countries. Business leaders need to be understanding now what the implications are and what they need to be doing to

Three major trends reshaping the face of tomorrow’s consumer

Following a study of customers attitudes and behaviours, CitiBank declared that 75% of their customers had changed as a result of the economic turbulence of the past few years. The report’s finding was correct in one sense; the economic uncertainty
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Future workplace: O2’s flexible working pilot ahead of Olympics

Businesses have not changed much over the past 100 years, the structures of work – including the office itself have remained stubbornly old fashioned, even though the nature of work has changed significantly. Most people today work in what is
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Nine trends defining the Future World of Work

Increasing global integration: Due mainly to explosive growth in many emerging markets, the world will experience massive economic growth over the next thirty or so years. It is predicted that by 2050, global real purchasing power will quadruple. As BRIC and N11

Nine trends defining the future world of work

  Increasing global integration: Due mainly to explosive growth in many emerging markets, the world will experience massive economic growth over the next thirty or so years. It is predicted that by 2050, global real purchasing power will quadruple. As BRIC and

Capitalism in Crisis

The FT has launched a provocative new series called Capitalism in Crisis. At TomorrowToday we’ve been pointing this out for the past ten years and helping leading companies find solutions. We are excited that the general mass media is at long
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Generation Why And All Their Potential

Every generation thinks that the one that comes after them are somehow going to ruin the planet, the business or the ‘system’ by causing chaos, disrupting the way things ‘have always been done’ and generally making everybody ‘who knows what’s
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X’s, Y’s and a T-shape of Skills

I’ve read two great articles by The Fast Company in the last week.  The first, “Generation Flux” talks about so many things that fascinate and excite us at TomorrowToday – the pace of change in business (and everywhere else as

Making the most of IM in your business

Our team in the UK have recently been involved in analysing the results of a new survey released earlier this week by Symantec. It focused on the issue of instant messaging, and discovered that although many people understand the benefits

Making the most of IM in your business

UK firms are missing out on the business benefits of Instant Messaging (IM) because of security concerns, according to research released yesterday by Symantec Corp. This is despite the fact that 75% of office workers who use IM for work

Exploring the Future: What Leaders Need to Learn

Sitting with two of my kids the other day I asked them, “so what can we learn from the great Explorers of the past?” – a probing question fueled by something I was reading at the time. “Like the guys
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Exploring the Future: What Leaders Need to Learn

Sitting with two of my kids the other day I asked them, “so what can we learn from the great Explorers of the past?” – a probing question fueled by something I was reading at the time. “Like the guys

This changing world demands we redefine leadership

Pete Laburn recently sourced this excellent article by journalist, Judith Ancer. The original source has now been removed, for some reason, so I have included it in full below. Although primarily directed a parents raising children, this piece epitomises what

Why people follow brands on social media – insights for social marketers

I was watching a video by one of Microsoft UK’s top digital marketing strategists (you can too, it’s available on YouTube, courtesy of Digital Surrey). In it, he shows research about why people follow brands on social media. It’s very
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Why people follow brands on social media – insights for social marketers

I was watching a video by one of Microsoft UK’s top digital marketing strategists (you can too, it’s available on YouTube, courtesy of Digital Surrey). In it, he shows research about why people follow brands on social media. It’s very

America in 2012 – an important, and scary year lies ahead

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” I am not one of the doomsayers about America’s future. I think
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A Call for Audacity!

“The world needs invention and daring now more than ever. Now is the time for audacity, not austerity.” This month’s HBR is spotlighting being happy and being audacious.  Why are we not exploiting the power of happiness and why are

The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa in 2012

Trevor Manuel was moved our of the Treasury some time ago and has spent much of his time in a new entity called the National Planning Commission (NPC) of South Africa. The NPC is tasked with identifying and responding to

Christmas card etiquette in a digital age

It used to be an art form. Sending Christmas cards, that is. You had to select just the right card to portray the right message: not too wintry if you’re southern hemisphere, not to secular if you’re religious (or vice

New Fracture Lines on the Middle East – commentary from Sir Jeremy Greenstock

Our friends and colleagues at Gatehouse Advisory Partners do constant analysis of the changing geopolitical landscape we live in. As ex-diplomats, they’re well connected and have deep insights not only into what is happening on the surface but also some
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Retailers innovate in an attempt to tempt

We are well into the Christmas shopping season and most foresee a tough time for retailers in the UK.  Visa reports spending for last week was down 6.2% against the equivalent week last year, and 2.3% down over the past
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The sharing spirit

One of Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas that Will Change the World”, Collaborative Consumption is a term first coined by Ray Algar back in 2007, in response to the explosive growth of Wikipedia, TripAdvisor, eBay and Dynamic Pricing.  Today, the term

Education for the new world of work (vidcast)

Last week I was asked by the great team at Enviable Workplace.com to experiment by doing a video podcast for them instead of something written. So, here’s a 12 minute discussion on the role of education in the new world

Education for the new world of work (vidcast)

Last week I was asked by the great team at Enviable Workplace.com to experiment by doing a video podcast for them instead of something written. So, here’s a 12 minute discussion on the role of education in the new world
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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

100’s of innovative ways to reinvent management. Join the management hackathon now!

How do we reinvent management & capitalism? How do we make people’s jobs more inspiring and meaningful? How can companies deliver more value to society and their customers? These are just some of the questions that my colleagues and myself

Everything you know is wrong (Or is it?)

Here’s a superb thought experiment for you and your team. What if everything you think you know is wrong? Just in case you think this is too big a thought experiment, let me tell you about an event that is

Strikes in the UK: ‘You promised! We demand! Our children will pay!’

This coming Wednesday, possible millions of public sector workers will go on strike for 24 hours to protest against changes in their pension provisions. Many will join marches around the country (quite a few will probably also go Christmas shopping,
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What You Don’t Do, Can Hurt You!

I full heartedly agree that we need more Courage in The C-Suite and I second Rosabeth’s call for leadership courage.  Lack of courage is an invisible mistake and acts of courage are certainly not absent of fear.  Furthermore, lack of
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Using Social Media To Market Your Brand: The Ups and Downs

The Twittersphere is a buzz with comments on the tweets put out my @DurexSA last week, which at best were lame and thoughtless and at worst were incredibly insulting to both men and women; and all this on the eve

A Warning to Leaders: Turbulence is not the Danger

Flying into the small South African regional airport of Port Elizabeth recently I was reminded why it is I hold to the wisdom, ‘the bigger the plane the better’! As we were tossed around by the not-so-clear-air turbulence in the
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A Warning to Leaders: Turbulence is not the Danger

Flying into Port Elizabeth recently I was reminded why it is I hold to the wisdom, ‘the bigger the plane the better’! As we were tossed around by the not-so-clear-air turbulence in the small SAA Express plane, flying seemed so

Living Up To Expectations: Understanding Generational Expectations in the Workplace

Not only are expectations subject to personal nuances, they can be further understood by looking at broad generational values that underpin behaviour. Generational Theory as originally promoted by Howe and Strauss, two Yale and Harvard trained political economists, suggests that
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Rethinking the Future of Education Workshops

Over the years TomorrowToday has had the opportunity – the privilege, to be involved in educating educators.  This has been both in South Africa as well as internationally.  For the past three years TomorrowToday, in partnership with Varsity College and
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Leadership in the New World of Work

One of the biggest challenges Leaders face is an understanding that the wisdom and leadership practice that has brought us to this point, is unlikely to get us to where it is we need to be in the future.  The
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Making Profits with Purpose Gains Momentum

While many skeptics still battle the notion that not all profits are equal, great companies continue proving that Creating Shared Valuereaps significant enduring benefits.   This movement is at front and center stage with many of our brilliant thought leaders and
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75m of us will mean death of NHS, benefits…and your dining room

This week Oxford University demographics professor David Coleman predicted that the UK’s population would soar to 75 million by 2050, 15 million higher than it is today. UK co-founder Graeme Codrington has pulled off a ‘first’ for TomorrowToday by having

The need for Social Reinvention

One of our colleagues in South Africa, Mike Saunders, is a leading expert in digital media and the emerging world of social business. To explain what he means by this, he wrote an excellent blog entry which we’re thrilled to

Talent is About to Change – Surprising thoughts on a new world of work for talent

This post was first published in the WITS Journal, June 2011. The “Great Recession” of the past few years has been more than merely an economic downturn. As this decade unfolds it will become increasingly clear that it also acted
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Talent is About to Change – Surprising thoughts on a new world of work for talent

This post was first published in the WITS Journal, June 2011. The “Great Recession” of the past few years has been more than merely an economic downturn. As this decade unfolds it will become increasingly clear that it also acted
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What difference does one man (or woman) make?

Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Hitler, Stalin, Queen Elizabeth I, Alexander the Great, Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle, Shaka Zulu, Napoleon III, Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussein,

Michael Porter presenting on the new role of business

Creating Shared Value represents the most exciting new thinking to come out of Harvard Business School since the 1980’s. Michael Porter’s work in this area has the potential to reinvent capitalism. You can watch an video of him below being
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A brief primer on #occupy and the 99% – what’s going on, and why it matters

I am sure you’ve been following the news of protests around the world. The OccupyWallStreet protest that started a few weeks ago spread this past weekend to other capitals with protestors clashing with police in places such as London and

A brief primer on #occupy and the 99% – what’s going on, and why it matters

I am sure you’ve been following the news of protests around the world. The OccupyWallStreet protest that started a few weeks ago spread this past weekend to other capitals with protestors clashing with police in places such as London and

A brief primer on #occupy and the 99% – what's going on, and why it matters

I am sure you’ve been following the news of protests around the world. The OccupyWallStreet protest that started a few weeks ago spread this past weekend to other capitals with protestors clashing with police in places such as London and
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What horses can teach us about ourselves; and how we can apply this at work

I am a horsey person; and I come from a long line of horsey people. I ride as often as I can; and each time that I do I am inspired and amazed at the magnificence and humility of my

Let’s build a better world: Clem Sunter the futurist on Karl Marx the visionary

A few weeks ago, Clem Sunter, South Africa’s most well known scenario planner, wrote a very interesting article for News24. It got me thinking, and I have come back to it again and again, so thought I’d share it with

Let's build a better world: Clem Sunter the futurist on Karl Marx the visionary

A few weeks ago, Clem Sunter, South Africa’s most well known scenario planner, wrote a very interesting article for News24. It got me thinking, and I have come back to it again and again, so thought I’d share it with

Let’s build a better world: Clem Sunter the futurist on Karl Marx the visionary

A few weeks ago, Clem Sunter, South Africa’s most well known scenario planner, wrote a very interesting article for News24. It got me thinking, and I have come back to it again and again, so thought I’d share it with

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail

Facebook highlights the new generation gap

Lucy Kellaway, a columnist in the Financial Times, wrote a brilliant piece some time ago about how older generations engage with social media, and why the battle to understand the value of Facebook. I think she has hit the nail

Better events – for Generation Y

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are
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Better events – for Generation Y

I spend two or three days a week at conferences and formal, large group meetings. And it’s ever more obvious that this part of our business lives is out of date. Most of this is because events and conferences are
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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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The best way I know of to connect in a connection economy.

I spent from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening every day last week wallowing and delighting in an incredibly inspiring workshop on coaching using the Enneagram. For those of you who are not yet familiar with the
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Trust Cannot be Taught, it Can Only be Experienced

The popularity of the word “trust” is at an all time high.  While I celebrate the wide spread appreciation for the significance of trust in business, it is important to recognize that trust cannot be learned through a book or
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How Beer Can Offer Insights into Gender Difference

Saffron Baggallay is head of our South African TomorrowToday Training company. She has great insights into the new world of work, and has written this very interesting piece on women and the beer market. It reminded me of how important
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How Beer Can Offer Insights into Gender Difference

I read a few months ago I came across a YouTube advert from Carlsberg Copenhagen which portrays their latest beer offering to the market – especially the female market, a beer called ‘Copenhagen’. With the number of women who drink
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The “C” in the new business SCRIPT stands for Collaboration

This article is third in a series of seven articles that TomorrowToday International Partner Dean van Leeuwen is writing for Motivated Magazine and; is based on our latest presentation and framework SCRIPTing your Future. For more information on booking one of
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TomorrowToday has an Infographic

I’m not sure there can be anyone left on the planet who hasn’t been exposed to an infographic? Wikipedia describes them as: Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information
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How the World Has Changed…

I am sitting in Hackney, London, writing this Blog, two days before it shall be published. Why, because on Friday when you read this I shall be on an airplane flying somewhere between Dublin, Amsterdam or Johannesburg (yup that’s my
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How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule

David Korten is an amazing thinker. His book, “The Great Turning” (Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) is a remarkable vision of where we find ourselves in history, and what we should be doing in the next century. He, and a whole team

How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule

David Korten is an amazing thinker. His book, “The Great Turning” (Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) is a remarkable vision of where we find ourselves in history, and what we should be doing in the next century. He, and a whole team

Where are the jobs you promised: Universities sued by Gen Y graduates

This is a story I should not have enjoyed. I have many friends and family in higher education, and many colleagues whom I respect and admire, including two who have founded colleges. I know it’s a tough gig, and generally

Where are the jobs you promised: Universities sued by Gen Y graduates

This is a story I should not have enjoyed. I have many friends and family in higher education, and many colleagues whom I respect and admire, including two who have founded colleges. I know it’s a tough gig, and generally

The new network of emerging markets

We all know that emerging markets are important for any company wanting to develop a global footprint and grow internationally. But what might be less apparent is that emerging markets are not just waiting around for the titans of the

Nostalgia: a key to creating great customer experiences

Maybe it’s because the Baby Boomers have started to turn 65, or maybe it’s because we are living in an historical epoch where we expect things to just keep changing. Whatever is causing it, nostalgia is as big as it

3D printer made out of Lego and a bike printed using a 3D printer – the future is now!

In our presentation TIDES of Change we point out that 3D printers will revolutionise the world. This prediction is sometimes met with a degree of scepticism. I mean it is wild to imagine that in the future should you want
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Measuring the Wrong Things the Wrong Way in Health Care

HBR has done it again, September’s issue does not disappoint!   One article in particular is near and dear to my heart and to the heart of many of my clients, How to Solve the Cost Crisis in Health Care.  Michael
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Manipulation Vs. Cultivation

As the relevance of psychologyin business strategy continues to gain momentum I am most struck by how predictably irrational we are responding to this new found level of awareness.  There has been so much talk over the past year about

Why Gen Y isn’t buying from you

Last year, I was sent this extract from an article entitled: “Why Generation Y isn’t buying your products”. I think it was originally published in the “Retail Customer Experience” magazine. It is a reasonably good insights into how we need
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A Person Who Listens to Horses Can Talk to People

In an age where we have to be able to talk to people; and all sorts of people, my feeling is that we can learn a lot from horses. Most people find them intimidating, because of their physical strength, but

Gary Hamel on Generation Y

Gary Hamel, the best selling author and global guru on innovation, has turned his attentions to the impact that the next generation of young people is having on the workplace. Hamel’s latest book is on the Future of Management, and
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Creating Thicker Customer Experiences

With the emergence and growing momentum of Customer Experience as a strategic imperative, companies are becoming more and more passionate and polarized. At one extreme, we see companies failing to invest enough resources. At the other end we see some
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Generation Y and the Performance Review

Meet Kyle Lagunas – He is the HR Analyst at Software Advice, and blogs about trends and technology in the exciting world of human resources. I’m introducing you to him because he wrote this post and sent it to me to

Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image
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Why ignore Africa when looking at emerging market telecoms?

Euromonitor International, a research company recently released a study into Internet access and usage in emerging markets from 2011 to 2020. They focused their attentions on 25 countries, which include only one sub-Saharan African country: South Africa. (See the image
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Have you ever scanned a QR Code? Do you even know what a QR Code it is?

Apparently there’s a 58% chance you’ve never scanned a QR Code (see here for Wikipedia info on a QR Code). That’s if the research done by Lab42 is universal in it’s findings. For those of you who’ve never scanned one,

Why the entire world economy is about to change

A few weeks ago, Business Insider ran an excellent article/slideshow sharing insights from a report by Societe General entitled “A new world order, When demand overtakes supply” (Exec summary here). The point of the report is simple: we’re nearing the
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Turning the page on book stores

In much of the discussion TomorrowToday has especially in the line of customer experience (Turning the PAGE on Customer experience) we have emphasized the need for companies to be ‘more human’. What we mean by this is that companies need

Workforce trend 2012: Interim and contingent workers

The use of interim managers has been growing throughout the recession. The reasons for this are from both the supply and demand side. Companies realise that in an increasingly complex world in which they operate they need specialist, experienced and

Workforce trend 2012: Interim and contingent workers

The use of interim managers has been growing throughout the recession. The reasons for this are from both the supply and demand side. Companies realise that in an increasingly complex world in which they operate they need specialist, experienced and
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When a bank has an app and you don’t, you gotta know you behind the curve

Last week First National Bank (FNB) launched smartphone apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry. This first bank in South Africa to do so. Kobus Elhers had this to say on BWTH: Technologically FNB really has no equal in the South African banking space. They
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When a bank has an app and you don't, you gotta know you behind the curve

Last week First National Bank (FNB) launched smartphone apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry. This first bank in South Africa to do so. Kobus Elhers had this to say on BWTH: Technologically FNB really has no equal in the South African banking space. They

Your future boss may be a robot

I came across a very neat article The Boss Is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You By JOHN MARKOFF in the New York Times which paints fascinating picture of how telerobotics and robotics could become a useful leadership tool. As

What the 21st century needs

In 1943, the Chairman of IBM, Thomas Watson said, ‘I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.’ Thomas Watson was wrong. He wouldn’t recognize the world as it is today. Trade liberalization, globalization, advances in technology, the
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To Shape or be Shaped!

I am profoundly struck by the urgency for us to elevate our mindfulness. Regardless of what you do or what your interests are, we all need unimaginable clarity. If we allow technology to understand how our minds work better than
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My very own personal ‘Barrie Bramley infographic’

Infographics in my opinion are items that fall under the category ‘things we should have been using to present data 400 years ago’. How my world of education would have been different if I’d had more of them to study
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My very own personal 'Barrie Bramley infographic'

Infographics in my opinion are items that fall under the category ‘things we should have been using to present data 400 years ago’. How my world of education would have been different if I’d had more of them to study
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Happy Birthday Madiba – 93 years old today

Today is Nelson Mandela’s Birthday. 93 years old. The only person that the United Nations has dedicated a day to. 18 July is known as Nelson Mandela International Day. How does one even begin to reflect on who he is,

A powerful example of how technology is changing the retail industry

I love it when clever people come up with simple ideas that change the way the world works. This example we will look at today is a subway advertisement that turned a South Korean subway into a supermarket. The execucution
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My Public Apology to Chris Anderson

This is a formal and public apology to Chris Anderson. Chris has a sense of humour, and I got caught out. Chris is one of the main drivers behind TED, and he’s also a co-author of The Email Charter. A week or

What women want – The future of leadership

A few years ago, I reflected on an article in the February 2004 fast Company magazine about why women have not rushed into the top bosses positions. In the last few years, that reflection has not changed. Women still have
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Unimaginable Clarity

It is often the case that highly sophisticated knowledge exists long before it’s significance in a broader context begins to resonate and be acted upon.  There lies enormous brilliance hidden in cross fertilizing knowledge; a conscious effort to rethink our
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Organic Strategies Drive Thicker Value

Organic food is the fastest growing sector in the food marketplace, growing at a rate of 17-20% per year versus 2-3% for conventional foods.  The demand for authentic food has been on the rise for many years primarily driven by

The New World of Work – Utopia for Women?

Our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought hard for us. The equalities gained by the feminist movement have resulted in a steady rise in the proportion of women working in the UK; 70% at the last count. However, all is not

The Talent Exodus still looms large

Last year, I wrote on our South African sister company’s blog about a looming talent exodus. Nothing has happened in the preceding twelve months to change my mind. The recession is going to last longer than I thought it would

Kaiser Chiefs new album takes a step up in social business

UK Indie Rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, have taken a step up in the social business world with their latest album, The Future is Medieval. They’ve made twenty tracks available to their fans. You listen to the tracks and select

Kaiser Chiefs new album takes a step up in social business

UK Indie Rock band, The Kaiser Chiefs, have taken a step up in the social business world with their latest album, The Future is Medieval. They’ve made twenty tracks available to their fans. You listen to the tracks and select
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Talent Assessment – is this really the best we can do?

Every now and then, as we do, I ask Google to fetch me some interesting stuff to look at and ponder. Last week, the topic on my mind was, Talent Assessment? Was anyone doing anything interesting with it? The short

A recovery can’t fix everything that’s broken

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog, Umair Haque (author of The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business – buy it at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net) wrote a provocative piece. I agree with his underlying premise: the economy
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Rethinking Capitalism – paring profits with purpose

Michael Porter, the Harvard Business School strategy guru says that strategies of the future will be led by companies that serve communities and understand the deep underlying needs of the communities that buy their products. Coined Creating Shared Value (CSV)

Seth Godin on the free-gap

In his daily blog entry today, Seth Godin provides an amazingly insightful analysis of what he calls the “free-gap”. Many of us who produce intellectual capital for a living (authors, speakers, consultants, but also musicians, artists and the like) battle

Seth Godin on the free-gap

In his daily blog entry today, Seth Godin provides an amazingly insightful analysis of what he calls the “free-gap”. Many of us who produce intellectual capital for a living (authors, speakers, consultants, but also musicians, artists and the like) battle

10 recommendations for a 100% renewal future

The WWF in collaboration with Ecofys has created a brilliant report presenting a provocative scenario, set in 2050, of a world run entirely on renewable energy resulting in incredible global cost savings and improved standards of living. By 2050, we
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Technology’s influence on our performance in the new world of work – part 1

The illiterate if the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn Alvin Toffler I think Toffler’s words are insightful and profound; and I agree with him. According to
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Technology's influence on our performance in the new world of work – part 1

The illiterate if the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn Alvin Toffler I think Toffler’s words are insightful and profound; and I agree with him. According to

Think Different – Five new scripts for competing in a world turned upside down

Script 1… The recent recession and financial crisis has been more than just an economic downturn, but a tipping point between the old and the new world of work. There is no going back and different times require a different
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The New World of Work – What does it look like?

The New World of Work. You can’t go a week reading this Blog without reading the phrase once, twice and even thirty seven times. It’s what we do at TomorrowToday. It’s what we’re about. We eat, read, sleep and do

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
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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

Latest media – future trends, the Enneagram and a profile

Over the past few weeks, Dr Graeme Codrington has been featured in a number of media interviews and profiles. Here is a selection: “I’ve Got Your Number” – The Enneagram for Sales People, cover story in ThinkSales magazine, March-April 2011

Latest media – future trends, the Enneagram and a profile

Over the past few weeks, Dr Graeme Codrington has been featured in a number of media interviews and profiles. Here is a selection: “I’ve Got Your Number” – The Enneagram for Sales People, cover story in ThinkSales magazine, March-April 2011
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Are we eating ourselves to death?

More and more individuals today are heavier than their moms or dads or even their grandparents at what time they were the same age. It might be realized that obesity is a worldwide problem and it is indeed a very

How expensive should Kindle books be?

A simple question today: how expensive should an electronic book be? I don’t mean books written for the e-book format; I am thinking of electronic versions of books originally published in either soft or hardcover. Should the electronic books be

How expensive should Kindle books be?

A simple question today: how expensive should an electronic book be? I don’t mean books written for the e-book format; I am thinking of electronic versions of books originally published in either soft or hardcover. Should the electronic books be

Social buying takes flight… literally

A fantastic story in the FastCompany ezine today illustrates the tremendous potential of social buying. Groupon has already proved that using the power of the Internet to connect people with similar goals and desires together makes business sense. The company

Social buying takes flight… literally

A fantastic story in the FastCompany ezine today illustrates the tremendous potential of social buying. Groupon has already proved that using the power of the Internet to connect people with similar goals and desires together makes business sense. The company
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Here There Be Dragons – HC SVNT DRACONES (#TBD)

HC SVNT DRACONES (hic sunt dracones) translated as Here are dragons, is part of the legend that early sailors would mark their maps with this latin phrase to indicate unexplored or dangerous territory. Roman and Medieval map makers used HIC SVNT
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One last word on Hyundai

For those of you who read my Blog post at www.tomorrowtoday.co.za written on the 22 April on customer service, which referred specifically to my experience buying an ix35 from Hyundai, I thought I would provide you with an update three

The Future of the Organisation: A Compelling Vision

In their book, The Individualized Corporation[1], Sumantra Ghoshal[2]and ChristopherA. Bartlett[3] (Random House, 2000) (Buy it at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com) present an alternative view of what the future of the organisation might be. Their intent is not to provide a detailed
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Which countries the young and the educated want to go

Here’s a great InfoGraphic from Good, around some research done by Gallup that tracks the movement of young people with and without education.It raises some important questions for countries included in the study, and for those that aren’t. In a
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The Big Shift – in how companies deal with information

I was recently sent a review of the 2010 book, “The Power of Pull“, by John Hagel III (buy now at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). I believe he collaborated with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. I have not yet

Parents know that the net generation is coming soon to an office near you

Earlier this year, one of my clients shared a personal story with me. It relates to both parents and employers of the future, and is a great story for this holiday weekend. Arthur Goldberg is one of the founders of
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All little girls grow up dreaming they will marry their prince

One little girl got to grow up and marry her prince who is also a real Prince. That little girls name is Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. I think Prince William and Kate’s (as she is affectionately known by the global media)

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa’s oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these

Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa's oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these
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Why the world wants (sub Saharan) Africa’s oil

In his 2007 book, Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil (buy from Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net), John Ghazvinian suggested that there were at least six reasons why Africa’s oil is really “good” oil. Of course, any oil is good oil these
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The connection economy made real by connected consumers

For nearly a decade the TomorrowToday team has been predicting the emergence of a “connection economy”. An economic era driven by the interconnectedness of entities (as opposed to being powered by the entities themselves). The most obvious realisation of this

Seth Godin on what’s changing now – and the opportunity it presents

Seth Godin’s blog today provides a great insight into what it will take to be successful in the new world of work. It’s well worth reading. And then writing a note to yourself… where do you want to to be?

Why a little discrimination might be useful

On the BBC news this morning there was a short report about concerns that the UK tax agency (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) has sent threatening letters to elderly people demanding that they pay their overdue taxes. The letters say
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What’s happened to customer service and what is a good customer experience

Last Friday I became the proud owner of a Hyundai ix35, which was very exciting; and I am absolutely LOVING the car. I therefore cannot fault Hyundai on their product and I want to make it abundantly clear that my
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What's happened to customer service and what is a good customer experience

Last Friday I became the proud owner of a Hyundai ix35, which was very exciting; and I am absolutely LOVING the car. I therefore cannot fault Hyundai on their product and I want to make it abundantly clear that my

TIDES of Change – The five disruptive forces changing every business today

The world is entering a very exciting period in history with predictions of unprecedented economic growth.  Here are some headline predictions of the brave new world we are hurtling towards The global population growth, is decelerating, however, it will still

You can’t buy social media hype, and you can’t have it now either

I read Seth Godin’s blog religiously. His short and insightful take on the world is a tonic in my day. Every now and again he hits the nail so firmly on the head that I come back to his insight
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The End of Control

Recently I was part of an innovative process design to explore how a business could either make or save money through the use of using social technology. The participants were put into groups and the process involved incubating and hatching

Disruptive business models – look east

I recently got back from a business trip to Singapore, where I spoke about the TIDES of Change – five disruptive forces changing businesses and industries across the globe at the Sea Asia conference. Two things amazed me while I
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How much time do you spend on Social Media? Probably not enough!

How much time spent on your social media space is enough, too much or not enough? It’s the magic million dollar question, if there even is such a number. Certainly it helps to assess whether you even can do it
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Making Profit with Purpose for a Better Customer Experience

This podcast is expanding on our previous discussion on Customer Experience Driving Profits with Purpose. We need to continue to examine the impact the creating shared value movement offers those of us that are helping shape customer experience transformations.  One

Cities of the future

Urbanisation will be a massive demographic and powerful trends over the next decade. The world population growth is decreasing but it is still going to peak at around 9 billion people by 2050. In that time our cities will double

Exploitation of Natural Resources

Pete Laburn, one of this blog’s contributors and an associate of TomorrowToday, is one of the clearest thinkers on strategy we know. He’s developing a new talk on the key issues facing the world and business leaders today, and what

A deeper consciousness: What Knut’s death might teach us about the life choices facing us soon

Just a few days ago, one of the world’s most famous animals died. Knut was a polar bear who was born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden. Rejected by his mother at birth, he was raised by zookeepers. He
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Hello to the new boy (and girl) network

How do the new boy (and girl) networks coexist beside the old boy network that has historically existed and flourished for so long? This question is especially relevant in South Africa, which is an emerging economy and transitional society. I
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Personal Mail from CEO of LinkedIn to me

It was all over the new last week. LinkedIn hit 100 million users (the majority of whom sit outside of the US). As part of that milestone achievement, the CEO of LinkedIn (Reid Hoffman) sent a personal(ised) mail to the

Introducing the ‘Tides of Change’ one day workshop

I was recently asked by a chairman of the Institute for Management Studies to do a 20 minute video introduction to my one day programme that I run for them. This is the ‘Tides of Change’ programme that looks at

The next big things: The top boom countries and cities of the next few decades

Citi Bank recently released a report on the global economy and their projections of growth potential. I was interested in their thoughts on the which regions of the world would experience the fastest – and most sustained – growth over

The next big things: The top boom countries and cities of the next few decades

Citi Bank recently released a report on the global economy and their projections of growth potential. I was interested in their thoughts on the which regions of the world would experience the fastest – and most sustained – growth over
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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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Social Business: Just Another Oxymoron or the Future of Business?

I have always enjoyed the often subtle and inherent humour embedded in an oxymoron, a term which could be described as two contradictory words that find themselves as unlikely bedfellows. Several immediately come to mind: plastic glasses, jumbo shrimp, airline

Eight trends shaping the future of Asia

Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently published a report outlining eight trends that will shape the future of Asia in the next decade. I read about it on Business Insider – and they provided no link to the report itself.
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Gen Y’s response to the economic crisis

Millennial Marketing has an interesting post looking into research done on Gen Y in the US, and how they’re responding to the economic downturn. There are plenty of fresh observations being made around this younger set of people, growing up
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Gen Y's response to the economic crisis

Millennial Marketing has an interesting post looking into research done on Gen Y in the US, and how they’re responding to the economic downturn. There are plenty of fresh observations being made around this younger set of people, growing up
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Popsters versus Hispters: the Millennial divide

As sub-cultures pose a potentially serious threat to the long-term survival of traditional culture (along with cultural imperialism, immigration, the loss of language and various other global phenomenons) it is important to consider the growing divide that is, well, growing

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there’s an app for that

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there's an app for that

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a

Sharing our lives – in pictures and videos – there’s an app for that

Today saw the release of another new iPhone app. I wouldn’t normally comment on such a thing, but this one has captured my imagination, and seems to take collaboration / crowdsourcing to a whole new level. It certainly is a

Pete Laburn on Global Trends: The Road to 9 Billion

This is the first of a series of posts syndicated from Pete Laburn’s website, in which Pete discusses what he believes to be the important global trends occurring in the world right now. This series will form part of a
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Fundamentally Changing the Shape of Education – Khan Academy

Ever since I heard about Sal Khan I’ve been wanting to write about him and his organisation, The Khan Academy. Until recently he was a Hedge Fund Trader, and packed that in to run a non-profit organisation using YouTube to
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Customer Experience Driving Purpose and Profits

While I celebrate that Customer Experience is Gaining Momentum, I believe that the intention and perception of the majority of those participating in this movement remains outdated and needs to be addressed in order to sustain and harness the untapped
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What we can learn about Millennial Kids from Justin Bieber

This article is by one of our South African colleagues, Saffron Baggallay: If you are over 30 and battling to understand the mind set of your pre-teen child, or post-teen employees, then I strongly suggest you check yourself in to
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What we can learn about Millennial Kids from Justin Bieber

If you are over 30 and battling to understand the mind set of your pre-teen child, or post-teen employees, then I strongly suggest you check yourself in to your local cinema for a couple of hours and watch ‘Never Say

The Meaning of the 21st Century

One of the most important books I have read in the last year is James Martin’s “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (Buy it at Amazon or Kalahari). The subtitle explains: The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. You can hear
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Seven revolutions that will shape the world by 2025

The Seven Revolutions Initiative is a project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to identify and analyze the key policy challenges that policymakers, business figures, and other leaders will face out to the year 2025. It is
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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

The Future of Health Care Customer Experience

Watch this is a powerful illustration of the Decisive Advancement in Customer Experience Methodology via Motivational Design.  Chris Mahoney, Cynergy’s Director of Health Care, helps us visualize the future of physician and patient experience.  Motivational Design is a methodology for
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TAG Reader will revolutionise our ability to seamlessly connect real life with the digital world

Most of us will have seen an advert, a TV programme or read an article with a web address which we wanted to visit, but then forgot the web address or just never got around to it because we are

What Bill Gates says about the New World of Work

This is an excerpt taken from Microsoft Organisation’s executive emails and covers Bill Gate’s thoughts on the new world of work ( #newworldofwork ) Over the past decade, software has evolved to build bridges between disconnected islands of information and
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6 Most Brilliant Leadership Strategies

Last month Geoffrey James provided me with the rare honour of guest posting my 5 Most Dimwitted Leadership Strategies on BNET’s Sales Machine.  Geoffrey is a prolific writer with a highly provocative and cynical nature reflected in his outspoken readers. 

Africa’s mineral wealth – The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

Originally published on our South African company blog in August 2010, and updated here in March 2011 One of my personal passions is trying to work out how developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their

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 management

An interview on the Internet of Things

A journalist recently interviewed me on the topic of “the Internet of Things” (IoT). I thought you might be interested in some of the questions and answers. The IoT is definitely going to be one of the biggest trends in
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FaceBook’s fastest growing continent is Africa

MemeBurn is one of my regular ‘watering holes’ for information I find interesting. They featured a post today detailing Africa’s rise on FaceBook (Africa is the fastest growing Facebook continent)   Last year I posted ‘FaceBook’s new Mobile Site’ which
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FaceBook's fastest growing continent is Africa

MemeBurn is one of my regular ‘watering holes’ for information I find interesting. They featured a post today detailing Africa’s rise on FaceBook (Africa is the fastest growing Facebook continent)   Last year I posted ‘FaceBook’s new Mobile Site’ which

5 Minds for the Future – A Summary

This post was first published on Pete Laburn’s blog in Feb 2011 In his book, ‘5 Minds for the Future’ (buy it now at Amazon.co.uk and Kalahari.net) Howard Gardner concerns himself with the kinds of minds that people will need

How to prepare for the Connected Generation’s transformation of the consumer and business landscape

One of the questions I’m often asked is “what comes after Generation X & Y” Well thankfully it’s not Generation Z (Although there are references to a “Z” generation) it’s GENERATION C. A generation of people who have grown up
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Where is the line between media and reality?

I read an article this week, ‘At 50, Ken is Sexy Again‘, from Time. It reminded me of my fascination with Barbie since I was at university doing gender studies. As a child I wanted a Barbie and thought of

Battling cultural imperialism (a critical issue in the new world of work)

I was both amused and amazed to see this tweet a day or so ago: When will China become civilised? Chinese court confirms sentence on US man http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12502111 The news report referred to is about a Chinese-born American citizen, Xue

Battling cultural imperialism (a critical issue in the new world of work)

I was both amused and amazed to see this tweet a day or so ago: When will China become civilised? Chinese court confirms sentence on US man http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12502111 The news report referred to is about a Chinese-born American citizen, Xue
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Cross-Fertilizing Ideas in a Fact Based World View

I’m becoming obsessed with cross-fertilizing brilliant ideas.  There are so many clever ideas, concepts, solutions and people in our magnificent world but on their own they seem to yield very little impact.  In order to solve the complex, persistent problems
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A Question of Trust?

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) I love Penelope Trunk’s blogs at the Brazen Careerist. They contain great thoughts and advice about
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Fox or Hedgehog? How you think will shape your future.

In 1953, well before the information revolution seized the planet, philosopher Isaiah Berlin divided thinkers into two basic categories: the fox and the hedgehog.  The difference is that hedgehogs know ‘one big thing’ whilst foxes know ‘many things’. A hedgehog
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What will today’s children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under
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What will today's children do for work in 2022?

Recently I was invited onto 702 to be interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on her show. The subject of conversation, as per this post’s title was what today’s children might be doing in 2022 for work. The show was recorded under

Is this the Arab World’s “1989”?

The world changed forever, in the space of just a few months, in 1989. Decades of unrest and uncertainty burst into action around the world. In a few short months the world had changed – political, economic, social, cultural, corporate

Rides the Tides: Five disruptive forces shaping the future of the speaking industry

I am one of the co-founders of TomorrowToday, an international strategy consulting company. We track the trends that are shaping the new world of work, and help our clients understand the strategic implications for their people: leadership, teams, talent, customers,

Ride the Tides: Five disruptive forces shaping the future of the speaking industry

I am one of the co-founders of TomorrowToday, an international strategy consulting company. We track the trends that are shaping the new world of work, and help our clients understand the strategic implications for their people: leadership, teams, talent, customers,

Are trends ending trends?

I came across the article The End Of Trends: If It’s Hot, It’s Over by LINTON WEEKS because of the kind tweet from Carol Phillips In the article for npr Linton argues that because of the obsession and focus of

Marketing in the future will be like sex – only the losers will pay for it!

The title of this blog comes from a quote out of Fast Company’s excellent article on the future of marketing titled Mayhem on Madison Avenue. As explorers and adventurers in the New World of Work, my colleagues and myself at
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Has technology gone too far?

I am all for technology, please don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t live without my mobile phone or my Internet connection. I love the fact that I can watch DVD’s in bed on my laptop and my favourite is being

Generation Mom X

How many Gen X women do you know well into their 30’s who are still completely focused on their careers, some married and some who don’t even have the time to entertain dating as they leave the office after 9pm,
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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

Is AI driving the future of the stock market?

The Artificial Intelligence revolution is taking a new turn. Rather than trying to get machines to emulate people, today’s AI researchers are devising a new raft of technologies that are decidedly not modelled on human intelligence. Normally when we think

Space Junk – a very real future problem

A growing problem is pollution in space. Not only is the junk itself an issue – even more concerning is that no-one seems to want to clean it up, and no-one is taking responsibility for it. This could have catastropic

Three key future trends in retail

I was asked to contribute to an article on the future of retail. My task was to think of the three key issues retailers should be thinking about for 3 to 5 years time. Here’s what I submitted. But what

25 Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Business

This is a post that my colleague Graeme Codrington @workforcetrends wrote on our sister blog site in 2007. I was searching for some information and found this an interesting read. Even though it was written over three years ago and

China is going green

I am very confident in my prediction that China will be considered to be the greenest nation in the world by the end of this decade. Too often, the “middle kingdom” is seen as a smoky dragon, intent on industrial

China is going green

I am very confident in my prediction that China will be considered to be the greenest nation in the world by the end of this decade. Too often, the “middle kingdom” is seen as a smoky dragon, intent on industrial

What you might have missed over the holidays

While most people were away on holidays, the TomorrowToday team was busy blogging – throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays, we continued to scan the new world of work for news, reviews and signs of change. We can’t help
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For Gen Y, God and work (amongst others) are a choice

The subject of this post doesn’t seem, at first glance, to be a very paradigm shifting statement. In fact, it seems quite normal. Take a step back, go and find people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, and you’ll

UK’s Bribery Act and taking the moral high ground

This past week, the UK government said that they were putting on hold the introduction of the UK Bribery Act, which would make it illegal for UK companies to offer bribes when dealing with foreign companies. The Act was due

Book Summary: From Strategy to Execution

I was recently sent a summary of a 2008 book, “From Strategy to Execution: Turning Accelerated Global Change into Opportunity” by Daniel Pantaleo and Nirmal Pal (Springer). It is ridiculously expensive, but you can buy it now from Amazon.co.uk or

Book Summary: From Strategy to Execution

I was recently sent a summary of a 2008 book, “From Strategy to Execution: Turning Accelerated Global Change into Opportunity” by Daniel Pantaleo and Nirmal Pal (Springer). It is ridiculously expensive, but you can buy it now from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

The Difference: 2000 & 2010

This post was first published on Pete Laburn’s blog in Dec 2010 10 years ago, futurists were saying that ‘In five to ten years 80% percent of of what drives the world will be driven by continuations, 15% of what

Ideafood’s top 11 marketing trends for 2011

Dan Wallace is the founder of Ideafood, a consultancy that focuses on increasing sales and profitability. I was interested in two things he put yesterday. Firstly, he did a quick online poll of his clients and colleagues about how they
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Mobilitate – a great ‘better South Africa’ web 2.0 initiative

@chazzie001 sent me this link to Mobilitate via Twitter over the weekend. It’s a South African initiative aiming to form communities to give feedback to various layers of government in a multitude of categories. Both positive and negative. It’s run
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Mobilitate – a great 'better South Africa' web 2.0 initiative

@chazzie001 sent me this link to Mobilitate via Twitter over the weekend. It’s a South African initiative aiming to form communities to give feedback to various layers of government in a multitude of categories. Both positive and negative. It’s run

Kindle, digital rights management and clippings limits

My business partner, Barrie Bramley recently wrote a report about how digital readers are changing his reading habits. I too started using a Kindle in 2010, and have enjoyed it. Much more than I thought I would. There are frustrations,
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Customer Experience Leaders

A number of weeks ago I was having a discussion about the relevance of customer experience in business strategy and I was struck by my own sense of bewilderment regarding the simplicity and clarity of this discussion.  Yet many companies

Great example of Collaboration: Fujitsu Turns Traditional Approach to Innovation on its Head With New “Open Innovation” Service

Our research and presenations often identify Collaboration as one of the big trends in the New World of Work – collaboration with customers, vendors, suppliers and even employees! I’m a big supporter of Crowdsourcing or Open Innovation as a tool

Seth Godin on How to organize a retreat and a meeting

Seth Godin has some really excellent thoughts on how to change the way we run our businesses. Recently, he wrote about how we could change retreats (away days) and meetings.
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Changing the way I Read

For those of you who follow the TomorrowToday blog regularly, you’ll know that one of my interests during 2010 was the shifting landscape of reading. All kinds of reading. Books, Newspapers, Magazines. What we were reading on? How we were

10 Digital media trends that will influence 2011

2010 was an exciting year for digital and mobile media and it can be defined as the year in which digital media came of age with Apps and Tablets leading the way. 2011 will build on this trend with competitors
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The biggest global challenges in 2011

As I look ahead to what 2011 might hold for the global economy, there are a number of key threats that need close watching. Some are known and fairly predictable threats: war in the Middle East continued evidence of state

The biggest global challenges in 2011

As I look ahead to what 2011 might hold for the global economy, there are a number of key threats that need close watching. Some are known and fairly predictable threats: war in the Middle East continued evidence of state

Summary of a decade, a century and a millennium

back at the turn of the century and millennium, CNN did an excellent summary of the previous thousand years, summarising the major achievement of each century. They gave each century a single entry summary, and then drilled down in huge
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My top story of the year: The reaction to the reaction to Wikileaks

This is the week for all of the “reviews of the year” features on UK TV and radio. They can be a bit tedious. But every now and then one of them captivates me, and in a few minutes reminds
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Global economic outlook 2011 – diverging fortunes

The leader of The Economist magazine last week suggested that there are three key economic regions that will influence the world in 2011. And each of the three is taking different paths. The danger is that these do not synchronise

My top story of the year: The reaction to the reaction to Wikileaks

Updated on 30 December 2010 This is the week for all of the “reviews of the year” features on UK TV and radio. They can be a bit tedious. But every now and then one of them captivates me, and

Global economic outlook 2011 – diverging fortunes

The leader of The Economist magazine last week suggested that there are three key economic regions that will influence the world in 2011. And each of the three is taking different paths. The danger is that these do not synchronise

Why do firms exist?

This is a question we constantly ask ourselves and our clients at TomorrowToday. The firm is a relatively new model in society and with the growth of multi-national corporations over the past fifty years, the firm has become the business

The M-commerce Challenge – coming to a store near you in 2011

The next few years are going to see mobile commerce becoming more and more important in the retail space. Smartphones are already changing how we shop. Savvy and tech-ed up consumers want a very different interaction with their shops. Keep

A crisis of short-term minded leaders: 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

How big are the BRICs? by Sir Jeremy Greenstock

We are delighted that Sir Jeremy Greenstock of Gatehouse Advisory Partners has agreed to be a contributor to this blog. We highly recommend Sir Jeremy and his associates for anyone looking for deep understanding of global political issues and for

So, we think we know everything

We live in the 21st century. By now, we feel, we should have solved life’s mysteries, understood the functioning of the universe and made sure that the only surprises we face are those created for us by other human beings.
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Avoiding the E-mail Avalanche: Practical strategies for dealing with the deluge of digital communication

How are you doing with managing your email load?  With the profusion of tools and technologies, it’s supposed to be getting easier for us to manage our digital communications – but that does not seem to be the experience of
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Which strategy would give you the greatest right to win?

I’ve just read an excellent article in Strategy + Business (S+B) called “the right to win” it raises an number of excellent questions about strategy in the new world of work. Walt Shill the head of consulting at Accenture believes

Building and delivering the benefits of friendships with customers

You can download a pdf of this article here 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

Researching the Millennial Mind with @carol_phillips

Carol Phillips is someone I follow on Twitter. If you’re looking for insights and great thoughts around Marketing and Generational Theory, then she’s definitely worth following. This week she uploaded a presentation onto Slide Share titled, ‘Researching the Millennial Mind‘.

To be square or to be Foursquare that is the question.

One of the more intriguing social media platforms and new loyalty programme shaping paradigms is Foursquare. The concept is simple: Download the Foursquare app to any smart phone and “check in” to let friends know where you are. By combining

The new frontier for business – Intrepid explorers

Business leaders have recognised that in 2011 there will be no going back to normal, in fact there is now a new normal that involves a world where change is the new constant and complexity is the biggest challenge. The

The ‘Next-Future’ is the Smart-Phone

Through TomorrowToday, there are two presentations I do that speak to the future of Mobile Phones, Aftershock and Beyond the Hype. In both of them I’m fairly clear in my own mind on one trend around Mobile Phones – that

The 'Next-Future' is the Smart-Phone

Through TomorrowToday, there are two presentations I do that speak to the future of Mobile Phones, Aftershock and Beyond the Hype. In both of them I’m fairly clear in my own mind on one trend around Mobile Phones – that

50 Facts That Should Change the World

The book by this name, by Jessica Williams was published in 2004 (Sep) – you should not be able to read these facts and stay the same. How you choose to respond is up to you – but you can

Why Gen Y is Better at Your Job Than You Are

A number of people have sent this article to me. It’s a excellent piece posted on BNET, by Penelope Trunk, the brains behind the Brazen Careerist website. She suggests that some of the characteristics of today’s youngest workers will stand

Why Gen Y is Better at Your Job Than You Are

A number of people have sent this article to me. It’s a excellent piece posted on BNET, by Penelope Trunk, the brains behind the Brazen Careerist website. She suggests that some of the characteristics of today’s youngest workers will stand

A Unique Period of History

In their book, “The Individualized Corporation”, Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher Bartlett (buy at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) try to help readers understand the emerging reality of a connected new world of work by doing a brief historical review of some of

The future for profitability and success

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

Relearn to Relate

This article was first published by Graeme Codrington in 2004, and has now been updated to reflect the post-recession realities of our new world of work. The world is changing. We all know that. But what is it changing to?

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

Beware What You Tweet!

On my way back to SA yesterday I read an interesting front page story in the New York Times. Titled, ‘Rand on Twitter Turns Briton Into a Criminal, and a Cause’. It is the account of how a certain Paul

Surprise! Creating experiences for your customers

For many years now, we’ve been telling our clients that one of the keys to connecting with younger customers (Generations X and Y) is to add an experience to your offering. No longer are the traditional “Ps” of marketing (product,

Tracking Your Brand on TV and the Radio with text

With so much TV and radio out there, I’ve always imagined tracking what is said about your brand must be an expensive task. Unless you have voice recognition software monitoring every channel, the only other way to get real time

Crowdsourcing pays dividends and builds customer partnerships

Every business has customers who are convinced they can design a new product that is better than the product they are being sold. So the question is why not let them? Crowdsourcing is an innovative research methodology that allows customers
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Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

How the next few years will shape the future of the workplace in unprecedented and astounding ways. I was recently asked to contribute to a discussion about the most important forces that will shape the next decade of work. I

Herding Cats: Building customer partnerships, not customer loyalty.

This is an article I was asked to write for a conference organiser in support for our keynote presentation by the same name Herding Cats. My business partner Graeme Codrington will be presenting this presentation at Loyalty World in London
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The Potency of Mass Collaboration by guest blogger Dawna MacLean

This is a post by Dawna MacLean, a person of immense talent and passion. She has repeatedly developed and implemented successful business strategies that have resulted in sustained revenue growth, increased margins, decreased operational costs and improved customer experience. We

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

Secrets of success in The Emotion Economy

The industrial economy was based on ‘make and sell.’ Take, for instance, the massive production of Henry Ford’s cars and his dictum, ‘you can have any colour you like as long as you like black.’ But, back in Henry Ford’s

The mess that airlines are in

In today’s S+B newsletter, there is an excellent article highlighting the structural and institutional changes that the airline industry is facing over the next few years. You can read the original in the S+B newsletter or an extract below. The

It’s time to get rid of appraisals

Forced rankings and other merit ratings that breed internal competition are bad management because they undermine motivation and breed contempt for management among people who, at least at first, were doing good work. These systems require leaders to label many

It's time to get rid of appraisals

Forced rankings and other merit ratings that breed internal competition are bad management because they undermine motivation and breed contempt for management among people who, at least at first, were doing good work. These systems require leaders to label many

Diminishing differences between East and West businesses

Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, and writes regularly on the future world of work at her blogsite. She does a lot of work internationally, and is currently completing a global research project on key

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

Is Tesla the car company of the future?

Meet Elon Musk, care-of Wikipedia: “Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at

How intelligent forecasting can lead to better decision making

Earlier this year, the S+B newsletter of Booz & Co ran an excellent article on forecasting and decision making. The headline summary is simply that in a world of uncertainty, managers are constantly required to make predictions about the future.

The biggest technology revolution of the next five years

The most significant technology that will emerge in the next five years is… ? I wonder what you think it will be. There are many contenders: advanced alternative energy creation and uses, genetics, personalised medication, nanotechnology, even space travel with

The biggest technology revolution of the next five years

The most significant technology that will emerge in the next five years is… ? I wonder what you think it will be. There are many contenders: advanced alternative energy creation and uses, genetics, personalised medication, nanotechnology, even space travel with

Successful CEO’s make customer intimacy their No 1 priority

As we crawl out of an energy sapping recession it is interesting to identify how leaders are responding to the new competitive and economic environment. IBM has completed a global study of over 1500 CEO and their excellent report “Capitalising

Dawna MacLean’s How to Benefit from Radical Change

Dawna MacLean is a customer experience and business strategy thought leader, She is also a breath of fresh air and a source of original and innovative thinking. One of her latest posts on benefiting from radical change has deep insights

We live in a VUCA world

Last week I presented to the Proctor & Gamble Alumni Chapter in Geneva. The chairman for the event was Kevin Roberts the worldwide CEO for the advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi. In one of his comments he said something brilliant.

Free stuff you have to pay for: Rupert Murdoch’s (mis)adventures in new media

It is plain to see that certain industries are being hard hit by the rise of digital media. The music industry is pretty much clueless as to how to respond – so much so, that Apple (through it’s iTunes store)

Google Instant: The Future of Search?

I recently wrote a post posing the question “Is Google becoming a former supermodel“. Here is an excerpt from that post “In the rapidly changing world of the Internet, Google has become one of its superstars…Growth though is slowing and
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CEOs lose faith in strategic planning, they should look to yacht racing for answers

The Great Recession has made CEOs rethink strategic planning. Walt Shill, head of the North American management consulting practice for Accenture believes that: “Strategy, as we knew it, is dead…Corporate clients decided that increased flexibility and accelerated decision making are

Forces shaping the future of meetings

I have started writing a column for the MPI (Meetings Professional International) One+ magazine. I’ll be writing monthly on the issue of the future of meetings. The column itself will be set up in October, but for now you can

Forces shaping the future of meetings

I have started writing a column for the MPI (Meetings Professional International) One+ magazine. I’ll be writing monthly on the issue of the future of meetings. The column itself will be set up in October, but for now you can

Crowdfunding

You’ve heard of crowdsourcing – using the minds of many to work for you in coming up with new ideas and implementations. Now there’s crowdsourcing – accessing the wallets of many people to raise money for almost any (and every)

Forced saving – a solution to the looming pensions crisis

TomorrowToday’s UK team has started a new blog, focused on UK and European issues specifically and trying to understand and respond to issues related to the new world of work. We’ve called it, “The New World of Work” and it

A solution to the pension crisis – force people to save

Dan Ariely is a behavioural economist, specifically focused on why people make irrational decisions (and the implications thereof). His work is always thought provoking and very practical (and of the type where you say, “doh, why didn’t I think of

Mobile phones in BRICI countries

When we talk about “bricks” in relation to cell phones, those old enough to remember the introduction of mobile phones in the the early 1990s immediately think of those big, chunky hand held phones of the early days. But the

Challenging conventional customer loyalty wisdom

This is a cut and paste of an article I wrote on our sister blog site connectioneconomy It received fantastic comments and certainly stirred up the kind of debate I was hoping for. It forms part of a series that

Blockbuster Bankrupt! Not a surprise, but still a shock

The news came as a shock today: Blockbuster videos filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA today. I say it’s a shock – not because it’s a surprise, but because it is another deeply disturbing sign that the world of

Blockbuster Bankrupt! Not a surprise, but still a shock

The news came as a shock today: Blockbuster videos filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA today. I say it’s a shock – not because it’s a surprise, but because it is another deeply disturbing sign that the world of

How to make the most of crowdsourcing

I was really interested to pick up a fairly simple piece on the Harvard Business Review blog about how to get the most out of crowdsourcing. This is a growing technique, but many businesses have no formalised processes for doing

The forever recession, by Seth Godin

I like Seth Godin. I like his style (see some videos of him in action – 1, 2 or 3), and I like how he does a daily thought bullet on his blog. Yesterday he made a really important point

The Liberal Democrats conference and UK public spending cuts

As the Liberal Democrat’s conference unfolds in Liverpool, and Nick Clegg enjoys unprecedented media coverage as the UK’s deputy prime minister, I must admit to a little bit of self-congratulation. On the day that Gordon Brown called the election (6

The Liberal Democrats conference and UK public spending cuts

As the Liberal Democrat’s conference unfolds in Liverpool, and Nick Clegg enjoys unprecedented media coverage as the UK’s deputy prime minister, I must admit to a little bit of self-congratulation. On the day that Gordon Brown called the election (6
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Build a talented business – the genius of Nelson Mandela

This a a white paper and introduction chapter of the book that I’m writing, I’d value your views and comments greatly. The Assassin The sun rose quietly over Dawn Park, a suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. It

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

Do conferences have to be so dreadfully dull?

Conferences seem to have taken a backward step during the economic downturn. Boring presenters, out-dated content, cheaper venues and food, and old-fashioned technology are all contributing to dreadful experiences for delegates. Dr Graeme Codrington spends a lot of his time

Women and the New World of Work

I have read two articles recently, both in the Times (and thus you need to pay for them – but I attach the links at the bottom of this post anyway. The first is a piece about Generation Y Mothers

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
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Standing room only: the future of air travel?

A few weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about a photo that showed a new form of seating being tested for airlines (see below). It’s called the Sky Rider, and is a “saddle” rather than a seat. It
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Reflections on Grameen Bank

A friend of mine, Samantha Braithwaite, just returned to South Africa from an adventure in many parts of the world. The last stretch spending time with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Her final update of her trip arrived this morning
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A revolution in how we read: Stephen Fry’s memoirs show the future of (some) books

Stephen Fry released his memoirs today, and he has done something remarkable with them. In addition to the book, “The Fry Chronicles” (buy it here at Amazon.co.uk), he has released a smart phone version called myFry (download the iPhone App
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A revolution in how we read: Stephen Fry's memoirs show the future of (some) books

Stephen Fry released his memoirs today, and he has done something remarkable with them. In addition to the book, “The Fry Chronicles” (buy it here at Amazon.co.uk), he has released a smart phone version called myFry (download the iPhone App

Improve your business by deliberately creating chance encounters

Jim Dator, a professor in the Futures Department of the University of Hawaii shared an interesting model with a colleague of mine (Keith Coats) recently. It’s about where futurists go to develop their scenarios for what is shaping the world
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The changing work habits of young people

Johnson Controls, a company specialising in “optimising the energy and operational efficiency of buildings”, has been conducting global workplace research into what type of work environment today’s young people are looking for. It’s called the Oxygenz Workplace study and is

How industry destroyed labour (OR we need some passion back)

Last week, on the US Labor Day holiday, Seth Godin’s blog carried an interesting insight into how labour changed as the industrial revolution reached its zenith. You can read an extract below. If you follow the thought through, then it

Africa votes more, but struggles to grow democracy

Thabo Mbeki proudly announced at the start of his presidency of South Africa that this century would be “Africa’s century”. That may or may not be true (and China and India would have something to say about it, too), but

Google Instant: The Future of Search?

Last week I wrote a post posing the question “Is Google becoming a former supermodel“. Here is an excerpt from that post “In the rapidly changing world of the Internet, Google has become one of its superstars…Growth though is slowing

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

Banks come full circle and recognise the importance of customer experience

There appears to be growing recognition by retail banks that to compete in the new world of work they need to focus not only on processes and efficiencies but more importantly on customer experience and service, so says the Financial
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The printed Oxford English Dictionary is no more

The times are truly changing. In a press release earlier this week, the Oxford English Dictionary announced that it may never again be released in print. This is not as bad as it sounds – it relates only to the

Is Google becoming a former supermodel?

In the rapidly changing world of the Internet, Google has become one of its superstars. Within little more than a decade Google has risen to be a giant in the industry with almost 20,000 employees, revenue of $23.6 billion and
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Declining Job Markets everywhere – even chicken sexers are changing

I had to check that it wasn’t April Fool’s Day when I read an article yesterday. It tells the story of an industry that is changing. On this blog, we try to provide the reasons why the future of world

Constant Change must be a Continuous Business Process

At TomorrowToday we are convinced that the decade ahead will be the most turbulent that any of us have ever experienced. The change will not be spectacular (in the sense that there will be world changing changes), but rather that

Gartner Says the World of Work Will Witness 10 Changes During the Next 10 Years

I was recently sent this list by email. A quick Google search points to the source at Gartner. It’s a quick read and has some useful insights and thought provokers. The world of today is dramatically different from 20 years

A new normal – a new reality – for the economy

This is an excellent interview with Mark Anderson, the editor, publisher, and chief correspondent of the Strategic News Service newsletter. It was conducted by S+B (Booz & Co’s ezine) in July, and gives one view of the “new normal” that

Mind Games – games where thinking REALLY counts

Got sent a link from Faaiez (twitter username : ) Very short article from The Los Angeles Times profiling some new games that require you to really engage your mind in order to play them. Engage as in, in order
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How much Klout do you have on Twitter?

I mainly use two online apps to run the Twitter accounts I run. And I use these two because they do very different things. There are some things I need to do from time to time where the one trumps

Precious – a bicycle that Tweets!

Have you ever heard about Tweetjects? – objects that Tweet, It’s a term coined by Dr Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM’s Master Inventor (that has to be the coolest title out there!) and he is on a quest to enable objects to

Cell C may need more than (Trevor) Noah’s Ark to get them out of this one?

I’m sure it started out as a great idea at CellC Marketing HQ? The mobile phone industry has a mostly terrible name when it comes to customer service. Lines drop all the time, prices cripple you, data crawls regularly and

Flattr Update – How paying for content is shifting and changing

A while back I wrote about new models for paying for content online. One of the new developments I wrote about was Flattr. It’s a ‘closed system’ that allows you to pay people for the content they produce, as long as they’re

Where are the markets going? No-one really knows, and that's the 'new normal'

One of the strong messages of our work on future trends is that this recession has been more than just a financial downturn. In almost every industry we work in, the past two years have seen the acceleration of forces

Where are the markets going? No-one really knows, and that’s the ‘new normal’

One of the strong messages of our work on future trends is that this recession has been more than just a financial downturn. In almost every industry we work in, the past two years have seen the acceleration of forces

Men your time is up!

I came across a very interesting and well written article in The Atlantic which examines the world in which women have now emerged as the majority workforce for the first time in US history. This is an incredible milestone and

Do we Twitter because we’re human, and are we human because we Twitter?

Last year I read ‘Born to Run‘. If you’re a runner, or would like to be, and haven’t read it, then do yourself a favour, it’s a goodie. At the end of the book the author suggests that Homo Sapiens

Do we Twitter because we're human, and are we human because we Twitter?

Last year I read ‘Born to Run‘. If you’re a runner, or would like to be, and haven’t read it, then do yourself a favour, it’s a goodie. At the end of the book the author suggests that Homo Sapiens

Men your time is up!

I came across a very interesting and well written article in The Atlantic which examines the world in which women have now emerged as the majority workforce for the first time in US history. This is an incredible milestone and
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The most important development opportunity of the next two decades

One of my personal passions is trying to work out how to help developing countries, especially in my home continent of Africa, can help their people out of debilitating poverty. I believe it is possible. It is certainly desirable at

Quotes from the digital edge

I have been doing some work preparing for a workshop session with an advertising agency. They want me to help them think through the implications of social media for their agency. We’re using our framework, “Beyond the Hype” as a
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Are Most Big Corporates Really Psychopaths?

RANT ALERT. Most times I try to be a dispassionate researcher of the new world of work. But sometimes I just can’t take it anymore. Today is one of those days… Almost every day I pick up a story on
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The Talent Exodus looms large

We’ve been talking almost since the recession began about a talent exodus. Our view has been that as soon as the economy begins recovering and companies start hiring again, there is going to be a tidal wave of staff movement.

Visualisation: An ageing world

I really enjoy clever visualisations of data (see previous blog entries on this here). So, this is the shortest of blog entries to alert you to one I just discovered. Brought to us by GE, it’s a visualisation of how
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Nine key workforce trends for the next decade

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 offices to find out

Simba’s inclusive social media taste strategy – clever

Social media is a very new platform to play on, no matter what country you find yourself in. Certainly some have played harder, risked more and invested more money, but I’m not certain there are very many who can claim

Simba's inclusive social media taste strategy – clever

Social media is a very new platform to play on, no matter what country you find yourself in. Certainly some have played harder, risked more and invested more money, but I’m not certain there are very many who can claim

Managing chaos

We all need to learn how to manage chaos these days. We live in turbulent times of disruptive change, and it’s not going to get any easier over the next few years. The first step in managing chaos is to

Ebooks outsell hardbooks on Amazon – another marker of signficant change

For the first time in history (I seem to using that phrase a lot at the moment), ebooks now outsell hardcover books on Amazon (read the report here). You can also listen to an excellent speech by Seth Godin to

Can your company deal with your self-promotion

A while back I wrote an article about Tweeting yourself out of a job. The point I was making was simply that business is going to have to get it’s head around the growing trend of self-promotion amongst their employees. Social
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Markers of change in US Labor Statistics – 2010 is turning out to be quite historic

I think we might look back on 2010 as quite an important watershed year in the world of work. Since mid 2009, our team at TomorrowToday has been saying that the global financial downturn has been more than a financial

BP might fix their well, but big industry is still broken

As I write this, BP have capped their gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico (although they still need to complete tests on the cap – read the news here). At last! But the crisis is, of course, nowhere

Cheaper desalination – water for the world

I wrote recently about potential water wars. One reader got into conversation with me, and questioned my assertion that desalination was expensive and therefore not yet a viable solution to the world’s water scarcity problem. Well, I did a bit

Women and the New World of Work

As it’s my very first post (ever, anywhere!), I thought it would be apt to come at it from a woman’s angle.  I have read two articles recently, both in the Times (and thus you need to pay for them

I’d like to Flattr you by paying for your content

Last week I posted an article around the much needed innovation and creative thinking in the pay-for-content space. One of the new additions in this space that I profiled was Flattr. Care of Wikipedia: Flattr is a project started by

I'd like to Flattr you by paying for your content

Last week I posted an article around the much needed innovation and creative thinking in the pay-for-content space. One of the new additions in this space that I profiled was Flattr. Care of Wikipedia: Flattr is a project started by

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

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

The Silver Tsunami – managing older workers

One of the most important upcoming workforce trends is going to be companies’ ability to attract, retain, engage and effectively manage older workers. Multiple demographic trends are all pointing in this direction, and companies from many different industries would do

The Silver Tsunami – managing older workers

One of the most important upcoming workforce trends is going to be companies’ ability to attract, retain, engage and effectively manage older workers. Multiple demographic trends are all pointing in this direction, and companies from many different industries would do

Freelancers, eLancers and Cloud workers

We have long been predicting that a significant employment trend in the years ahead will be online freelancers. We have used analogies of the movie industry to prove that it can work. We’ve done book reviews of authors who lay

An online store that sells one different thing each day – Now that’s Woot!

Woot! – I came accross them by accident. Clicked on a video link, not knowing what I was in for, and ta da – Woot.com They sell one thing each day. And each day it’s a different thing. Once they

An online store that sells one different thing each day – Now that's Woot!

Woot! – I came accross them by accident. Clicked on a video link, not knowing what I was in for, and ta da – Woot.com They sell one thing each day. And each day it’s a different thing. Once they

Barack Obama rants against technology and releases Apps at the same time

Just a few weeks ago, America’s President ranted against technology. This surprised me because he is the first President to keep his mobile phone (it’s a Blackberry), made extensive use of the Internet (including social media) in his election campaign,

Reaching the Tipping Point in the shift from books to e-readers

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The  Tipping Point, explores the idea that products, ideas, values, etc can be tipped, or do tip when certain criteria are ‘activated’. Wikipedia describes a Tipping Point (sociologically) as: In sociology, a tipping point or angle of repose is the event of a
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A Looming Crisis: World Water Wars

People go to war when their way of life is threatened. I have written before about the many issues we face in the coming years that threaten our way of life. These include global warming/climate change, pollution, pandemics, nuclear bombs,

America reinvented – as a hub nation

The American response to the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a sad sign that the promise of the Obama presidency is unlikely to be fulfilled. Obama promised change – specifically he promised that he would change how

McKinsey report on Africa – and it's good news!

Global consulting company, McKinsey, have just released a report entitled, “Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies” (June 2010). It was part of a larger “package” of reports on Africa (click here to view them all).

McKinsey report on Africa – and it’s good news!

Global consulting company, McKinsey, have just released a report entitled, “Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies” (June 2010). It was part of a larger “package” of reports on Africa (click here to view them all).

PODCAST – Graeme Codrington speaks to some trends around the New World of Work

Graeme Codrington’s website describes him as: an expert on the new world of work and multi-generational workplaces. He is a keynote presenter, author, futurist, facilitator and strategy consultant working across multiple industries and sectors. He blends cutting-edge research, thought leading

America’s (ongoing) dependence on (foreign) oil

The BP oil spill provides an opportunity for America to turn inward and think about it’s dependence on oil to make its economy work. Environmentalists have been saying for years that this is a cause of great harm to the

America's (ongoing) dependence on (foreign) oil

The BP oil spill provides an opportunity for America to turn inward and think about it’s dependence on oil to make its economy work. Environmentalists have been saying for years that this is a cause of great harm to the

PODCAST – Mike Saunders on Social Media trends and shifts

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. Mike Saunders (a social media expert) is thinking about the next wave of social media and the next evolution of the Internet. We talked to him about how important research is in

Where do you find your music? There’s a game for that!

We all know that the music industry is in huge trouble. Their fight against the music “pirates” is only going to end in tears – they need to work on new strategies. Luckily, some of the players in the industry

Where do you find your music? There's a game for that!

We all know that the music industry is in huge trouble. Their fight against the music “pirates” is only going to end in tears – they need to work on new strategies. Luckily, some of the players in the industry

Will we ever pay for content again?

Anyone following the conversation around ‘pay for content’ understands it’s murky ground. It’s the Holy Grail of anyone with content to offer in a world in which it seems that free is the trend and the world as we know

BP’s record – not just an oil spill – and a lesson for us all

In March 2007, a blog entry I wrote received quite a lot of attention in the South African press. In it, I suggested that certain industries had the potential to get themselves into a lot of trouble if they chased

BP's record – not just an oil spill – and a lesson for us all

In March 2007, a blog entry I wrote received quite a lot of attention in the South African press. In it, I suggested that certain industries had the potential to get themselves into a lot of trouble if they chased
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Ten emerging technology trends

Technology Review recently suggested ten key emerging tech trends. I’d also add a few of my own below. You can see their original list here, with links to the details (as well as links to the similar list from the

Don’t look now – it’s China, but not where you expect her

Whenever people talk of China’s role in the world, there are normally two thoughts that spring to mind. China is fast ‘colonising’ the developing world, building key strategic relationships with resource countries around the world. And, manufacturing jobs in the

Don't look now – it's China, but not where you expect her

Whenever people talk of China’s role in the world, there are normally two thoughts that spring to mind. China is fast ‘colonising’ the developing world, building key strategic relationships with resource countries around the world. And, manufacturing jobs in the

Free video course: Global trends shaping the new world of work

The team at SuccessTV do a great job of providing “bite-sized” video resources on hundreds of different topics. And all for free. Check their website out, and use the resources they make available. I recently recorded a short video course

They know where you’re going, and will reward you for where you’ve been

Those of you old enough may recognise my borrowing of a Talking Heads song for the subject line of this post : ) Of course I’m talking about location-based social networking platforms. The likes of FourSquare, Gowala, Loopt, etc. It’s not the first, or

They know where you're going, and will reward you for where you've been

Those of you old enough may recognise my borrowing of a Talking Heads song for the subject line of this post : ) Of course I’m talking about location-based social networking platforms. The likes of FourSquare, Gowala, Loopt, etc. It’s not the first, or

Why supermarkets will fail, and other nonsense predictions

I am sitting in a Leadership Conference in Beijing, China (details here), and listening to Dr Jenny Darroch, a Huffington Post columnist and Professor of Marketing at the Peter F Drucker School & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. She
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‘Here come the girls': How the recession has impacted men (and women) at work

At least three advertising campaigns are currently using the song, “Here come the girls” (remixed by the Sugarbabes) in the UK. Besides being slightly confusing, it is a reminder that indeed, women are coming to the workplace. They have been
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'Here come the girls': How the recession has impacted men (and women) at work

At least three advertising campaigns are currently using the song, “Here come the girls” (remixed by the Sugarbabes) in the UK. Besides being slightly confusing, it is a reminder that indeed, women are coming to the workplace. They have been

What’s driving Africa’s growth?

The McKinsey Quarterly has just published a fantastic report highlighting what is driving Africa’s growth. There are a number of perceptions about Africa’s economic growth and investment potential which are blown wide open. Interestingly they note that the rate of

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

Words of wisdom from Peter Drucker

Mr. Drucker’s greatest impact came from his writing. His more than 30 books, have sold tens of millions of copies in more than 30 languages, came on top of thousands of articles, including a monthly column in The Wall Street

What CEOs really want from their top leadership team

If you ask CEOs what they really want from the people they lead, their answers will indicate the imperative of the age in which they live. If you’d asked that question in the 1950s, for example, they’d probably have answered

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

Best blog posts of the last month

It’s been a long time since I have done a “best of” list, and today I plan to do two. The first is the best blog entries of the last month. It’s a been a good month for this blog,

Seth Godin dreams about how technology can enhance meetings

I enjoy Seth Godin – he writes short, sharp blog entries almost every day in which he just gives you a slight shove in a new direction. It’s always refreshing. Today, he is dreaming about how we could use technology
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Delivering Happiness… a path to profits, passion and purpose

I’m very excited! I’ve just received two advanced copies of Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) new book called Delivering Happiness. And best news of all I’m giving away a free copy to a member of our blog community. All you
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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

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

Sir Ken Robinson – 30 minutes of inspiration about learning and the future of education

I am a huge fan of Sir Ken Robinson. He has spoken twice at the TED conferences – once in 2006, and again earlier this year. His two talks follow on from each other, as he talks so brilliantly about

Synthetic Life created – this changes everything

I have been predicting it for some time, and today it was announced! J. Craig Venter runs the company that first sequenced the human genome. Now, his team has created what they’re calling synthetic life. They’ve actually created an entirely

PodCast Update – Nine Business reasons to go Green

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. Graeme Codrington discusses Nine Business Reasons to go Green for your organisation. Not only are we impacted by an environment that requires us to change our behaviour, but we have a younger

Personal Details – Are we opening up or locking down?

I’ve come accross a couple of interesting articles in the last week. They’ve not all focussed exclusively on ‘privacy’, but they’ve mentioned it somewhere. What has me interested is that they’re not all saying the same thing. In fact they’re

Book review: Orbiting the Giant Hairball

I am becoming increasingly interested in company structures that are trying to use quantum mechanics (as opposed to Newtonian science) as the basis of their design. The simplest versions of these are linked to the concepts of cloud computing and

Content farms – the future of journalism

Newspapers and magazines are going through a tough time. Not because of the recession, but because they don’t seem to know what to do with the Internet and the rise of free content. Some are choosing to try and sell

Right Brain people will be a-head in the future

Ted.com is one of the best internet resources I’ve ever come across for short, powerful and interesting inputs on a broad cross-section of topics that loosely fall into the categories of Technology, Environment and Design (TED). Most inputs have a

PodCast Update – When Retirement Stops

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. Graeme Codrington explores what happens when old is no longer considered old and people change the retirement paradigm completely. There are implications across the board. If you’d like to listen to this

Crowdsourcing comes to Hollywood

I was recently introduced to Peter Vesterbacka, who heads up an innovative company called Wreckamovie. The concept is simple: use social media concepts to facilitate the crowdsourcing of movie making. Or (without the web 2.0 jargon): use the Internet to

Square – accept credit card payments via your cellphone

You heard about it here first. My colleague, Dean van Leeuwen wrote about this trend at the beginning of March (read his post on the Future of Money). Something he just mentioned in that post was launched officially today (and

LinkedIn shakes it up

With 60 million profiles, LinkedIn is shaking things up. A lot. The recruitment industry is certainly feeling it, but LinkedIn is more than just about finding employment, as the article ‘How LinkedIn will fire up your career‘ from Fortune suggests: Facebook is

Surviving the recovery – fast times require speed and adaptability

I enjoy reading the weekly insights put together in Strategy + Business (the ezine of Booz & Co). Their latest edition carries an excellent article entitled, “Fast Track to Recovery” by Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan. They argue that organizations

To be square or to be Foursquare that is the question.

One of the more intriguing social media platforms and new loyalty programme shaping paradigms is Foursquare. The concept is simple: Download the Foursquare app to any smart phone and “check in” to let friends know where you are. By combining

PodCast Update – The change driver of Technology from After Shock

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. We took an exert of Barrie Bramley, speaking at a Business Breakfast, talking about Technology, from TomorrowToday’s latest presentation called After Shock. If you’d like to listen to this audio track please

Geoengineering – part of the solution for a warming planet?

I am convinced by the science: our planet is warming up. This appears to be part of a natural cycle that has flowed through the planet’s history. But it also seems very clear to me that human activity on the

Remembrance: C.K. Prahalad one of the wisest and influential management strategist of our time

I first became familiar with the works of C.K. Prahalad when I was studying my MBA in the early 2000’s. He greatly influenced my thinking and I made numerous quotes and references to his work in my thesis on network

Partnering with customers

Partnering with customers is a trend that I’m a huge advocate of. The new world of work demands that companies actively engage with and enter into mutually beneficial relationships with customers. Companies that create and encourage channels allowing customers and

Why the Recession wasn’t worse

Fareed Zakaria is the editor of Newsweek International, and wrote an excellent editorial for the magazine’s Davos Special Edition last month. The special edition was entitled, “Is That All?” and looked at the global recession from a number of different

Why the Recession wasn't worse

Fareed Zakaria is the editor of Newsweek International, and wrote an excellent editorial for the magazine’s Davos Special Edition last month. The special edition was entitled, “Is That All?” and looked at the global recession from a number of different

Shaping Ideas, 2020 from Ericsson

Ericsson have created an absolutely awesome resource. They are interviewing some of the world’s top thinkers about the world in the next decade, and they’re making the videos available for free. These are some of the world’s top communicators, trend

Reinventing customer service

The Great Recession has had a lasting impact on consumer behaviour and attitudes. Citi announced that 75% of people researched in a recent survey believe their attitudes towards savings and loans have changed forever. Combine this with social media providing

Volcanic ashclouds, conferences and keynote speakers

The disruption to flights in Europe gives us an unprecedented opportunity to innovate at conferences. I speak/facilitate regularly at conferences and away day strategy sessions. Some might think it’s a strange way to make a living, but I love it.

PodCast Update – Relationship without Investment

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. In February 2010, Graeme Codrington wrote an article around relationships, social networking and some change we’re seeing. This is the audio track of that article. Here’s a short exert from his introduction:

Surfing the silver tsunami or crash and burn!

One of the biggest and yet least talked about shifts is the challenges and opportunities that an ageing population presents to business and society. Few political or business leaders are facing up to this Tsuami that is beginning to break

PodCast Update – Trends shaping business in the next few years

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed. It features a conversation between Dean van Leeuwen and Graeme Codrington about some trends facing business during the next few years. Amongst other things, they talk about talented companies as

The future of digital-inspired fashion clothing

There is no doubt that clothing designed with new digital accessories in mind will have a definite place in the market in the future. Jeans that are designed with purpose-built pockets for mobile phones (with flaps that close tight), or
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The Global Wraps FourSquare last mile flop

When FourSquare opened it’s ‘borders’ to include South Africa, I think I might have been in the 20 first users. I worked hard to learn the culture and energy around this social media positioning platform that I was reading so

CNN’s 6 job market trends for 2010

CNN Living recently carried an article by CareerBuilder.com’s Matt Ferguson. In it, he suggests that there are six key workplace trends that employers should be watching. Read his article here. I like his list: 1. Hiring contract workers — Be

CNN's 6 job market trends for 2010

CNN Living recently carried an article by CareerBuilder.com’s Matt Ferguson. In it, he suggests that there are six key workplace trends that employers should be watching. Read his article here. I like his list: 1. Hiring contract workers — Be

M-Pesa. Here she comes…

In November 2009 I suggested you should watch M-Pesa, Vodacom and Nedbank. I was right (according to 702). I guess it could be said it was fairly obvious? With all the cross-over in board members, owners, and the move of

Cars that talk to each other – the future of driving and road safety

Since seeing a presentation by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM on “Tweetjects” – objects that tweet. It’s not just tweeting though. The promise of “augmented reality” is that objects around us will be able to capture, store, transmit and even analyse

Forecast: Stormy skies but golden opportunities

We’ve started a discussion group in Linkedin called the Future of Work. One of the questions I’ve asked is what business leaders believe will be the big challenges over the coming years. Please click on the link here and join

Generation Y young people – NOT coming soon to a bank near you

In a report released in February 2010 by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) (download the PDF here – 2.8Mb), the needs of a younger generation of banking customers was investigated. It makes for interesting reading. Some of the highlights

Do you value intuition or experimentation?

This a great question posed in this months HBR. In the article Dan Ariely wonders why so few companies experiment. He comes up with two reasons: Firstly, experimentation requires short term losses for long term gains and secondly, managers are

The Amazing Baby Boomers (and why they refuse to grow old)

Over the years, I have done some work with YPO – the Young Presidents Organisation. They are an invitation only network and peer mentoring organisation for successful entrepreneurs with the goal of personal and business improvement – for themselves and

The Future of Work

We’ve started a new discussion group on Linkedin with the aim of facilitating ideas, experiences, dreams and aspirations on the future of work. The Future of Work Group aims to encourage discussions on the new world of work. The Great

The coming revolution in microinsurance

There has been a lot made of microlending in the past few years – most notably in the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to Grameen Bank founder Mohammed Younis for his work in Bangladesh. Now, throughout the developing world,

New gas markets are opening up

One of the major issues we are all facing is the looming energy crisis. Dwindling oil supplies, pollution from dirty energy sources (such as oil and coal) and growing fears around global warming are all combining to create a fairly

PodCast Update – Radical Proposal for Executive Pay

Graeme Codrington recently wrote about a ‘radical proposal for Executive pay‘.Here’s an exert from the post: A century ago, executives earned anywhere between 3 and 20 times what the average worker in their factories earned. According to research by global

Who might be the big winner in cloud computing and virtualization

It’s not who you think… But, then it never is, is it? Video games didn’t come from Mattel or Waddingtons. Horse and cart manufacturers never really got into motor cars. Fountain pen manufacturers didn’t come up with the ballpoint. And

After healthcare reform – quick predictions for the path ahead

This started as a note on my Facebook status update last night, as I watched the historic vote in the US in favour of healthcare reform. I truly believe this is a step in the right direction for America. But,

Airport security is a sham

My team and I travel a lot. We have literally millions of air miles between us over the past decade. And we all hate airports and airlines. We mainly hate them because they lie to you. It can’t be that
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Forget creating customer loyalty and focus on building friendships with customers

I’m not talking about the glib friendships companies try to encourage by inviting their customers to be friends or fans on Facebook, but rather intimate and deep relationships that come from having a vested interest in the people that make

You're going to have to change your management style

I spend a large part of my year in conversation with managers working hard to try and understand today’s younger workforce. The pain they’re feeling is palpable. The evidence of change is overwhelming. Making the necessary changes, at times, seems

You’re going to have to change your management style

I spend a large part of my year in conversation with managers working hard to try and understand today’s younger workforce. The pain they’re feeling is palpable. The evidence of change is overwhelming. Making the necessary changes, at times, seems

A Radical Proposal for Executive Pay

Everyone agrees that something must be done about executive pay. One of the major contentious issues emerging out of the financial crisis is the way that senior executives and manager, especially in the financial industries, are remunerated. These days, executive

The future of money

For years banks and credit card companies have held a strangle hold over the movement of money and charged exorbitant rates for doing so. Now this is changing and fast. Michale Ivey the founder of Twitpay has devised a system,

Twitter 10 Billion – quality not quantity

In the last few hours the 10 billionth tweet was tweeted on Twitter. As one would imagine there was all kinds of hype and excitement, as Tweeps with the necesary skills attempted to predict the time it would happen, and
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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

Cars that talk to each other – the future of road safety and driving

Since seeing a presentation by Andy Stanford-Clark of IBM on “Tweetjects” – objects that tweet. It’s not just tweeting though. The promise of “augmented reality” is that objects around us will be able to capture, store, transmit and even analyse

Gen Y are not a pushover

Miranda Devine is a Sydney Morning Herald columnist, and recently wrote an excellent piece on Australia’s Gen Y (young people now in the teens and early 20s). She had just witnessed a group of 400 of them grilling Kevin Rudd,

The Internet? Bah!

Many years ago, in a South Africa finding it’s way to it’s first democratic election, a friend of mine would often say, “Don’t be a victim of your own words.” He of course was referring to saying things that might come back and

20 Inspiring Women To Follow On Twitter

I’ve become a big fan of twitter. For me it is a great example of how people want to share ideas and connect, it’s a huge social triumph. Every day I find new and interesting content and connect with very

Relationship without investment – the example of online dating sites

My business partner, Barrie Bramley, has come up with a fantastic phrase to describe one of the foundational principles of social networking: “Relationship without investment“. I think he’s spot on with this. That’s why the Oxford Dictionary voted “unfriend” the

School sport as an indicator of Talent

Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers has been one of my break-through books of 2009 in the area of ‘Talent’. If it does anything to the reader, it will surely have them asking deeper questions around what talent is and how we

Learnings around working from home

One of the emerging requests/trends in today’s business environment centers around the mystery of ‘working from home’. Many people talk with much  gravitas about the ‘ins and outs’. However, in my experience, once you dig under the surface a little,

Gen Y in Japan not consumerising

Interesting article from CNN Go Asia on 8 Feb 2010 about Japanese Gen Y simply not buying. How times have changed. Japan’s Generation Y have become famous for hating to buy anything. They were first reluctant to buy cars. And now we

President X – a one year review

Author, Tammy Erickson, does a nice job in a Harvard Business Review post taking a look at President Obama through the filter of Generation X. President Obama is arguably the United States’ first President who is a member of Generation

I don’t trust you

I don’t trust you! Well it’s not exactly that, it’s just that I trust you less, if the Edelman TrustBarometer is accurate in it’s 2010 report. As The Next Web summarises: Mainly that the trust in global business has risen

I don't trust you

I don’t trust you! Well it’s not exactly that, it’s just that I trust you less, if the Edelman TrustBarometer is accurate in it’s 2010 report. As The Next Web summarises: Mainly that the trust in global business has risen

Tesco launches world’s first zero-carbon emission store

Tesco sometimes takes a few knocks in the press. Most recently for not allowing people wearing pyjamas into their stores and another for asking a father, for safety reasons, to leave a store because he was balancing his six-year old

Tesco launches world's first zero-carbon emission store

Tesco sometimes takes a few knocks in the press. Most recently for not allowing people wearing pyjamas into their stores and another for asking a father, for safety reasons, to leave a store because he was balancing his six-year old

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

My colleague in the UK, Graeme Codrington, posted “3-d TV is here” a week or so back. It’s a short post about Sky News launching 3D TV.  When Graeme writes he’s normally very definite in his opinion, and he’s not

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

My colleague in the UK, Graeme Codrington, posted “3-d TV is here” a week or so back. It’s a short post about Sky News launching 3D TV.  When Graeme writes he’s normally very definite in his opinion, and he’s not

Will the next generation live to be 1000 years old?

Anthony Atala asks, “Can we grow organs instead of transplanting them?” His lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is doing just that — engineering tissues and whole organs (bladders and, soon, kidneys) using smart bio-materials and cutting-edge

CEOs lose faith in strategic planning, they should look to yacht racing for answers

The Great Recession has made CEOs rethink strategic planning. Walt Shill, head of the North American management consulting practice for Accenture believes that: “Strategy, as we knew it, is dead…Corporate clients decided that increased flexibility and accelerated decision making are

Rethinking Marketing and the age of consumer capitalism

In this months Harvard Business Review, Roger Martin writes that “modern capitalism can be broken down into two major eras. The first, managerial capitalism, began in 1932 and was defined by the then radical notion that firms ought to have

3-d TV is here

This weekend, Sky TV in the UK will become the first to broadcast a live sports event in 3-d. This is a preview of regular channel that will be launched by Sky in April. It will be available at no

How to keep your staff as the recovery begins

The UK is officially out of recession, as are most countries around the world. You couldn’t call it “bouyant” yet, but the recovery has started. Over the next few months and years, it will gain momentum. One of the unintended

America must act now to set up the next 50 years of economic growth

I first saw Elizabeth Warren about 6 months ago on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. She is the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to monitor TARP (The Troubled Asset Relief Program – central to America’s bailout). In the

A banking revolution?

Accenture recently put out a report entitled, “Banking 2012: Preparing for a revolution”. How I’d love to believe they are right. The executive summary says that the banks that will succeed are those that focus on transparency, simplicity and renewed

Are you working for a TALENTED COMPANY, or do you know of examples?

I’m on a quest to find companies that are extraordinary, companies that not only achieve good financial results but also contribute positively to society as a whole. I’m intrigued at how many companies have fallen down in the past few

A Conversation around Google and China

I began a brief e-mail conversation recently with my colleague in the UK, Graeme Codrington, around the China v Google story. Or Google v China, depending on who you side with : ) I thought I’d take it online with

Get used to the cold and blame global warming

This is just a short comment on something I can’t believe I keep hearing in the media. Well, to be honest, I only hear it from those that hold ludicrous beliefs to start with. But I have heard a few

Five upcoming changes in the way we work

Tammy Erickson, Harvard Business Review contributor and author of multiple books, including Retire Retirement and Workforce Crisis, has written about the five key changes she is expecting in the workplace in 2010. What do you think? Do you agree with

A looming retirement crisis for Boomers (with lots of opportunities)

We have argued many times on this blog that the Baby Boomers are going to redefine retirement (for example, here, here and here). In fact, we even thought we were very clever using the phrase “retyrement” to describe what we

It's 2010 – where are the flying cars? (OR how you predict the future)

Here we are. It’s 2010. In 1968, Stanley Kubrick brought us “2001: A Space Odyssey“. In 1984 (yes, Orwell would have been proud), Arthur C Clarke’s “2010” made it to the cinemas. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, “near future” movies

After Shock interview podcast

One of our most read blog posts of all times has been “After Shock” – a look at the five forces that will cause disruptive change in the next decade. Since we posted it in December, it has received huge

IBM’s annual “Five in Five” list

Every year since 2006, IBM has released a “five in five” list. It’s their top five innovations they expect to see impacting the world in the next five years, according to a poll of their customers and staff. They are
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IBM's annual "Five in Five" list

Every year since 2006, IBM has released a “five in five” list. It’s their top five innovations they expect to see impacting the world in the next five years, according to a poll of their customers and staff. They are

2010 will be an important – but bad – year for green business

Cop15, the global conference in Copenhagen last year, produced about as much as anyone could have expected (a lot less than was hoped) – a fudged solution that requires much further discussion and negotiation. And in the UK, the CRC

Why unemployment will rise as the economy recovers in 2010

This is a simple insight, but might help a few people as they think ahead to 2010. At this time of year it is fashionable to make all sorts of predictions for the year ahead – since I am a

Who owns the moon?

This is not a frivolous question. China is making great strides towards a presence in space – as is India. Russia, the UK, the EU and the USA are already there. And it’s not all about national pride and the

Capturing the Asian Opportunity

S+B (Strategy + Business) is a great ezine from Booz & Co. This week’s edition focuses on where multinational companies might want to focus as the recession draws to an end and an upturn begins. And the place to look

In a Web 2.0 world, business has it’s head buried firmly in the sand

I’m curious. Curious about business’ lack of engagement with Twitter  / FaceBook / Tumblr / Google and everything else Web 2.0. I would have thought that any communication channel getting the sort of traction, focus, attention and subscription that these

In a Web 2.0 world, business has it's head buried firmly in the sand

I’m curious. Curious about business’ lack of engagement with Twitter  / FaceBook / Tumblr / Google and everything else Web 2.0. I would have thought that any communication channel getting the sort of traction, focus, attention and subscription that these

A lesson in personalisation – your very own font

One of the trends we’ve been tracking for some time at TomorrowToday is the growing desire for personalisation. This is more than mere customisation. It is about creating something completely unique and tailored specifically for a particular individual. Nike was

Book Review – Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Chris Anderson is the editor of Wired, one of my favourite magazines. He has written two great books based on HBR articles. The first was “The Long Tail” – an awesome concept (Google it). Now, he has offered us another
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S+B’s Best Business Books of 2009

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If
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S+B's Best Business Books of 2009

Booz & Co’s Strategy + Business ezine is one of my favourites, and one I always make time to read. Last week’s edition looked at the best business books of 2009, selected by their top team, and helpfully categorised. If
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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

M-Pesa, Vodacom, Nedbank and Rob Shuter

Earlier this year Rob Shuter (head of Nedbank Retail) resigned from Nedbank and joined Vodacom as Financial Director. It was an exciting move from my perspective as I watch mobile phone companies (and technology in general) redefine how we do

The age of cheap oil

I’ve just watched a brilliant presentation by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement on TED. He reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out, and proposes a unique solution to this problem — the

The James Martin 21st Century School – understanding the future

I am a huge fan of James Martin. Not the celebrity chef. Nor the inventor of the aircraft ejection seat. Nor any of the other famous James Martins. I am a huge fan of James Martin the futurist and author

Nike’s considered sustainability programme

Nike has some aggressive sustainability targets. Nike CEO Mark Parke believes that corporate responsibility is no longer a staff function at Nike. It’s a design function, a sourcing function, a consumer experience function, part of how we operate. Lorrie Vogel

Nike's considered sustainability programme

Nike has some aggressive sustainability targets. Nike CEO Mark Parke believes that corporate responsibility is no longer a staff function at Nike. It’s a design function, a sourcing function, a consumer experience function, part of how we operate. Lorrie Vogel

To degree or not to degree, that is the question!

We’ve been noticing a distinct shift in the perceived value that a university degree brings. It’s largely accepted that a degree from an university, especially an ivy league one such as MIT, Harvard or INSEAD can improve expected earnings significantly.

Is the bubble set to burst again in 2010?

A few weeks ago I commented on whether or not the recession would be a U or a W (see blog Is the economy in for a V, a U or a W? HSBC Chief thinks it’s a W) Our

The future for banks and a better way to pay bankers

POSTED 10 November 2009; UPDATED 11 November 2009 One story is going to run for the next 3-5 years at least: how to fix the banking system. The big media headline grabbing story is how to regulate bankers’ pay. It

1989 – a year that changed everything (everywhere)

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. In just a few weeks, we’ll also celebrate twenty years since the Velvet Revolution (Prague, 17 November), the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu (Bucharest, 25 December), the release of Nelson

The Twitter interview

I was recently interviewed by a journalist on the issue of Twitter and social media, and how it might impact traditional media. It was a fairly focused interview – not broad ranging – but you might be interested in some

A Sandpit to Entice

Just been part of a conversation that happens all too infrequently. You know, one of those conversations that leave you buzzing, unable to sleep or concentrate on the ‘next thing to be done’. A conversation that ‘gets the juices going’

The World of Tomorrow (If The Internet Disappeared Today)

This is a great read (look) at what the world would look like if the internet disappeared today. A photo contest by the readers of Cracked.com. Some really fun stuff to think about how much the world has changed :

Vacation 2023 – I don't want to go

I just read a fairly depressing forecast (from FastCompany) for the future of vacations. Specifically the year 2023. It’s based on the fuller article from ‘Forum for the Future‘ where they’ve developed four scenarios for 2023 in the tourism world

Vacation 2023 – I don’t want to go

I just read a fairly depressing forecast (from FastCompany) for the future of vacations. Specifically the year 2023. It’s based on the fuller article from ‘Forum for the Future‘ where they’ve developed four scenarios for 2023 in the tourism world

The Recession Generation

Each generation is defined by the economic experience of its youth. The generation now finishing university and entering a dire job market will be shaped by this experience forever. This generation is what we call the cusp between Generation X

This is not your father's Mail strike

I am sitting in a hotel in Birmingham, watching the live press conference where the CWU is announcing that the planned UK postal strike will go ahead from tomorrow (Thursday, 22 October 2009). There is the typical bluster of Unions

This is not your father’s Mail strike

I am sitting in a hotel in Birmingham, watching the live press conference where the CWU is announcing that the planned UK postal strike will go ahead from tomorrow (Thursday, 22 October 2009). There is the typical bluster of Unions

Space Tourism is 18 months away

Last Thursday, Sir Richard Branson updated shareholders in Virgin Group on “Virgin Galactic”, the company that has taken $200,000 deposits from over 200 people for seats on the first commercial near-orbit flight. However, his announcement indicated that the first flight

Entrepreneurial Edge – CNBC Africa

If you’re watching CNBC Africa this evening (15 October) at around 20:30, you can catch Entrepreneurial Edge (hosted by Chris Bishop), with at least one of it’s guests being me : ) The focus of the programme is future trends

Power of Mobile Money

In the early 1990’s I started work for one of South Africa’s largest banks. The most innovative project I worked on was the use of smart card/chip technology to enable people to purchase items using the smart chip inside their

Big news in Outer space and Cyber Space

Over the past two months there have been a number of huge developments in both outer space and cyberspace. Developments which could change the world we live in forever. Outer space first… On the 24th September it was officially announced

Stop Tweeting about these…

Had to smile as this post from The Oatmeal this morning. It it Monday morning, and if anything it’s bound to give you a little smile. 10 Things you need to stop Tweeting about. It’s a large and often question

Is the economy in for a V, a U or a W? HSBC Chief thinks it's a W

There is a lot of talk about recovery from the recession, greenshoots and even a new bull market. So I’ve been talking to a few heads of business about how business is going. There are a few outstanding results. A

Building your own healthcare community

Many years ago when I was in community development, some of the cutting edge thinkers were promoting the idea of less professionals and more community involvement in ensuring the growth, development, safety, etc of family. It was a simple but

Newspapers and Blogs. A great conversation

It’s not often I get sent a read like this one. And I follow a truck load of ‘reads’ everyday. Twitter, RSS, e-mail links, etc, etc. There is a lot of stuff that flows through my browser (is anyone else

Social Networks and how we communicate

On Friday 2 October 2009, I was interviewed by Rueben Goldberg on Classic FM on his show, The Internet Economy. I’d not met him before we recorded the show. He’s a good guy, fairly active on Twitter, and interesting and

Star Workplace Article

I was published in The Star (South African newspaper) earlier this week on ‘diversity’. I’ve had a few requests from people who wanted to read it, but couldn’t find it online. Our PR company (SimonSays Communications) scanned a copy and

VWV Red Plug on Generation 2.0

VWV is an interesting company, that I still don’t know enough about. Take a visit to their web site to see some of the ‘interesting’ I encounter when I meet with their people (wherever they may be). Tomorrow I’m spending

How will history view Labour's and Brown's legacy?

“It is the fighters and believers who change the world. We’ve changed the world before and we will change it again.” I’m listening to Gordon Brown’s conference speech in Brighton, using the wonder of internet streaming. Brown has come out

Two innovations that will change the world

Two technological innovations are giving me great optimism for future sustainability, reduction in our reliability on fossil fuels (and therefore hopefully less conflict in the middle east) and lower emissions of hothouse gasses. They are the exciting developments of Honda’s

Now it gets interesting – music industry, file sharing, Lily Allen and Dan Bull

For a while now, we’ve been using the music industry as an example of an industry that has not understood the radical shifts taking place in the new world of work. Our new presentation, After Shock, focuses on the five

A Talent Exodus ahead? Surviving the upturn

I am becoming increasingly concerned for my top corporate clients. As we rumble past the bottom of the business cycle and begin the long upwards climb towards recovery, many companies are starting to congratulate themselves. “Well done, we survived a

UK retirement age stays at 65 (for now)

For a few years now, we have been predicting that the Baby Boomer generation (born after World War II, into the 1950s and 60s) will not retire. In fact, we think we’re quite clever when we say they’ll more likely

12 ideas that’ll have you thinking a little differently

I picked this link up off of Twitter (@tomorrowtodayza if you’d like to follow us). It’s from Wired and it’s a list of 12 counter-cultural ideas from various ‘experts’ in a variety of fields. If anything else it’ll certainly have

12 ideas that'll have you thinking a little differently

I picked this link up off of Twitter (@tomorrowtodayza if you’d like to follow us). It’s from Wired and it’s a list of 12 counter-cultural ideas from various ‘experts’ in a variety of fields. If anything else it’ll certainly have

The emergence of Neuromarketing

Traditional market research has it’s limitations when one considers the influence of the ‘observer’ on the ‘observed’ when attempting to understand people’s true thoughts and feelings on the product/brand/service being researched. If we could just get into their heads to

Proof we had a Billboard

At the beginning of September I wrote of the billboard we got through a barter with INM Outdoor. Edward’s comment made me smile as he asked what we were doing with ‘old technology’ being a company that explores an emerging world

Mom’s are big

Every now and then I discover thoughts from marketing experts exploring the value of women between 35-55 and in this example mom’s. Their research and observations remind the marketplace of the value of the people who match the criteria of

Mom's are big

Every now and then I discover thoughts from marketing experts exploring the value of women between 35-55 and in this example mom’s. Their research and observations remind the marketplace of the value of the people who match the criteria of

Conferences of the future – more online / more connecting

New and ever improving telecommunication technologies have improved how we communicate. From the first telegrams to virtual reality holographic conference rooms, we’ve come a long way. The key now is not so much the technology (we have the technical ability

Online video training on saving energy and saving money

For some years now, we’ve been tracking the issues related to climate change, global warming and the business case for sustainability. We are convinced that these issues are critical for businesses everywhere – not as a nice to have, but

The Proof is in the People

We in TomorrowToday have been saying for a long time that the biggest global strategic challenge is what has been called the, ‘war for talent’ – or what is essentially the attraction and retention of talent. There has been some

TomorrowToday is getting a Billboard

TomorrowToday South Africa is getting a Billboard for 2 weeks in September. We did an exchange with INM Outdoor earlier this year. We did some work for them, and they’re doing some work for us. So a swap of sorts.

The world is changing cell phones

Once upon a time cell phones changed the world. They arrived when we didn’t expect them, and allowed us to do things we never imagined possible. We can quite safely say that our world today (where cell phones have had

The future of the global economy – see the encouraging trends

The New York Times website recently carried an amazing interactive graph showing the last 40 years of economic indicators from the OECD countries. It’s fascinating reading…. er, watching. The key point they’re trying to make is that industrial production usually
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How (not) to do business like Jack Welch

Since leaving GE, Jack Welch has refused to retire gracefully or quietly. He has continued to stay vocal and keep his profile in the media, especially by writing and disseminating business advice. I suppose one shouldn’t begrudge him this –

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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A changing global landscape

The RBS Economic Unit in conjunction with The Economist have just completed a report on ‘Exploring the Changing Global Landscape for UK Companies.’ This is an independent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, providing you with insight into the latest
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Affirmitive Action is Dead in South Africa – or is it?

Sipho Ngcobo wrote an interesting article on Money Web this last week, reflecting on the reality the African National Congress (ANC) faces around service delivery, or lack of it, in South Africa currently. He suggests that the pressure the ANC
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Secrets of success in The Emotion Economy

The industrial economy was based on ‘make and sell.’ Take, for instance, the massive production of Henry Ford’s cars and his dictum, ‘you can have any colour you like as long as you like black.’ But, back in Henry Ford’s

88 years old and mayer for 30+ years

Today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday. An international icon. But this is not about Madiba. He’s never been mayor. He has been President of South Africa, and leader of the African National Congress (ANC), but never Mayor. This is a video

Getting it very, very wrong! The Spectator on Global Warming

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a fan of The Spectator magazine. I am normally quick to point out that I do not support their underlying political persuasion (which can head in the direction of Conservatism
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The war for talent is still on – and it's going to get worse

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a
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The war for talent is still on – and it’s going to get worse

At TomorrowToday, we are predicting that the recession is only exacerbating the long term trend of companies needing to battle for the talented and appropriately skilled employees they need in order to be successful. We are particularly concerned of a

Can I Clean Your Clock? Why China must wake up to clean power

Thomas Friedman is one of my favourite authors. He has a knack for a good story, and the insight to help us understand what the story means for how the world is changing. His latest column in the New York
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The Naked Office

I’ve heard plenty of mechanisms to improve team spirit and boost office morale, but never this… “Staff at a design and marketing company in Newcastle (UK) spent a day working together naked after being told it would improve their morale.”

The author as performer

The FT (Financial Times) had a great piece recently on how authors are now using the art of dramatic storytelling to enhance the value they add when doing live presentations based on their books. Specifically focusing on Malcolm Gladwell (who

What’s new in MobileMe

It’s not the normal practice on this blog to be show-casing new technology, for the simple reason that it’s kewl. We rather try and focus on the people impact changes have in the areas of technology, values, demographics and institutions.

What's new in MobileMe

It’s not the normal practice on this blog to be show-casing new technology, for the simple reason that it’s kewl. We rather try and focus on the people impact changes have in the areas of technology, values, demographics and institutions.
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Will Twitter change the way we live?

There’s a lot of hype around Twitter. I hear it all the time. And there seem to be two distinct camps. Those rabidly for and those against. The against camp speak of just another fad. I say that they’re possibly

Getting Gen Y into your businesses NOW

Michael Rendell, partner and global head of human resource services at PricewaterhouseCoopers recently said the following: “With the global economic downturn presenting organisations with serious immediate challenges, businesses need to work even harder to balance short-term pressures with long-term objectives.

HR 2018: Future View

What will human resources look like a decade from now? This is the question asked of HR Execs by Workforce Management magazine. You can read their full report here. The headlines are fairly unsurprising. I really hope that HR is

How to reduce energy at school – world class example

I am involved with a project management company called SEDS – Sustainable Energy Design Solution. The focus of this company is to help organisations of all types to save energy, save money and secure our future. They have a very
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Climate change: The biggest global-health threat of the 21st century

This is what the top flight medical journal, The Lancet, says. In the latest edition, an article entitled “Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change” makes this claim. See this article, and other similar ones here. The article is a
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TIME magazine: The Future of Work

I think they do it every other year, and it makes a great cover. TIME magazine at the end of May 2009 was focused on the issue of ‘The Future of Work’. You can read it at TIME’s website, or

The Meaning of the 21st Century

One of the most important books I have read in the last year is James Martin’s “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (Buy it at Amazon or Kalahari). The subtitle explains: The Megaproblems of the 21st Century. You can hear

Keith Coats profiled – Global trends shaping the world of work

Keith Coats, director and co-founder of TomorrowToday, is speaking in Sweden soon, at the invitation of the King. His topic is on the Global trends shaping the new world of work. Keith has been profiled on a number of websites.

What on earth is going on

As you know, TomorrowToday tracks societal trends. We help our clients to understand the implications of shifts and changes in technology, demography, institutions and societal values. Every now and again, we come across people who are doing an excellent job

The Myth of the Rational Buyer

What if what we understood about marketing wasn’t true? This is how the article from Fast Company, The Myth of the Rational Buyer: How too much thinking can hurt your brand, begins. The author Mark Dziersk suggests that companies spend
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Brrr is kewl in South Africa

Thanks to my friend Bev from SimonSays Communications for this link. The Sunday Times announced it’s ‘Times Generation Next’ cool brands survey results on 28 May 2009. 5000 tweens, teens and young adults between the ages of 8-22 were polled

Keeping it Simple

Reading Gillian Tett’s excellent book, ‘Fool’s Gold: How unrestrained greed corrupted a dream, shattered global markets and unleashed a catastrophe’ (Little, Brown 2009 – buy it now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net) reminded me of a memorable saying of the legendary

Is it wiser to hire people without meeting them?

I’ve just come across a great article from Fast Company. It’s around hiring new people. And we all know that once the economy turns, and business increases, we’re going to need new people. This particular article focuses on how we

Graeme Codrington suggests books on Classic FM

Graeme Codrington was recently interviewed on Classic FM’s “JSE Direct” show. It is a book review show, and Graeme highlighted two books he feels everyone should be reading, if they are interested in tracking key trends that will be shaping
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The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle & Leaders Everywhere

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle throws a large spanner in our quest to know, understand and decipher the future. It states, “If we know the present, we can calculate the future – it is not the conclusion that is wrong but

Forbes says recession will be over next month

The research team at Forbes.com reckon that the signs are good that we will have a sharp V shaped downturn, and that we’re now at the bottom. Read their justification for this bold view at their website, or below.

Green shoots of hope

Times are tough, and it’s easy to feel down when thinking about business at the moment. I know that in hard times there are opportunities. I know that it’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it
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10 rules for effective strategic planning PLUS one more

Strategic planning is becoming the corporate buzzword again. Over the past ten years companies have been obssessed with short-termism and strategic planning was largely ignored for tactical activities based around improving sales and cutting costs for the next quarter or
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How finding your passion changes everything

Sir Ken Robinson is an expert on creativity and innovation.  I highly recommend that you watch his excellent talk on ForaTv, especially if you don’t have time to read his book called The Element: How finding your passion changes everything. 

A new way of looking at inheritance is needed

If you read this blog regularly, you might have spotted that last week’s Spectator magazine has been on my reading list. It just happened to be a fairly thought provoking edition. Here is another thought it sparked for me. When

Gary Hamel on Generation Y

Gary Hamel, the best selling author and global guru on innovation, has turned his attentions to the impact that the next generation of young people is having on the workplace. Hamel’s latest book is on the Future of Management, and
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Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up

. TomorrowToday does extensive research on the impact of changing societies, institutions and technologies on the new world of work and what is called the connection era. There are signs that one of the UK’s largest institutions, its schools, are
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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
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South Africa is most economically at risk emerging market in the world

For the past 5 years or so, South Africa’s central bank governor, Tito Mboweni, had been publicly concerned at the high levels of credit in the economy. Consequently, he raised interest rates every few months. Prime interest rates are now
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7 ways forward (strategies for now)

I subscribe to the online version of Booz&Co’s “Strategy + Business” magazine. I think it’s brilliant. And it’s free. Their latest edition is entitled “7 Ways Forward” and has their best and brightest collaborating to provide short, sharp insights for

What is shaping the next leaders of Britain

At TomorrowToday, we study the past to track the trends that help us predict the future. In last week’s Spectator magazine, there was an excellent article on the influences currently shaping the Conservative party, and particularly David Cameron and his
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Move beyond simply maximising shareholder wealth

It is no longer ‘cool’ to say your company’s mission is to make money and maximize shareholder wealth. Although many companies pretend that they have a more noble purpose, their actions, processes, controls, hierarchy, behaviour of management and treatment of

Leo Burnett’s take on trends in 2009

Leo Burnett is the world’s 9th largest ad agency. They have produced two resources looking at trends they expect to see in 2009. The first is a YouTube video that is a bit flashy (I mean literally flash-y) and focuses

Leo Burnett's take on trends in 2009

Leo Burnett is the world’s 9th largest ad agency. They have produced two resources looking at trends they expect to see in 2009. The first is a YouTube video that is a bit flashy (I mean literally flash-y) and focuses
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Is Google making us Stupid?

For those of you with the time (and it needs some time) take a read of this article from The Atlantic. It’s a great read, written by Nicholas Carr, taking us on a short-ish journey of the impact of technology.
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Cancer free baby is born

The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. For some time now, we have been predicting that it will become the norm to attempt to use our growing understanding
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Generation Y studied by Economist Business Intelligence Unit

One of the most common criticisms of generational theory is that it is nothing much more than pop psychology. While it is true that many people use generational theory in its crudest forms, applying it when all they know about

Trends affecting the future of work

I found an excellent blog entry that goes into some detail about the process of developing scenarios for the future. It is entitled: “A Framework to Forecast the Future of Working“. (PS, my friend, Clem Sunter is one of South
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President Obama – a surprise?

At our company, TomorrowToday, we track trends and try and make informed predictions about the future of work.  Recently, my colleague, Keith Coats, was traveling through the USA and was asked what “the world” thought about the elections.  His answer
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Discover how Generations predicted the financial crisis

The past few weeks in the financial markets have indeed been a rollercoaster of a ride! The ensuing fall out and chaos is well documented so I’m not going to comment about the crisis, but rather what I’ve found it
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On-the-Job Woes

One of my favourite PodCasts is Business Week – Cover Stories. Editor John Byrne interviews the author of that week’s cover story. On 14 August 2008 the cover story was to do with research Business Week had completed on the
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Lucy Kellaway

If you’ve picked up a Financial Times, from time to time, you may have been introduced to Lucy Kellaway. I discovered her while wondering around iTunes looking for interesting PodCasts. And interesting is just one tiny word to describe my
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Tesco Personal Finance has lift off!

Tesco Personal Finance (TPF) was launched 11 years ago as a joint venture with RBS. They have been slowly but surely making in-roads into the financial sector, and this month Tesco plans to take full ownership of the business. This
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Put that in your iPod and er, listen to it

Here’s an interesting battle going on in the music industry, with Apple ‘threatening’ to close doors to iTunes, the dominant force in sales of digital music. (BBC has the full story) If word gets out that music publishers are trying

Let the crowd decide (if you have a bestselling book or not)

Founded by HarperCollins, Authonomy is a new community that invites unpublished and self-published authors to post at least 10,000 words of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript for visitors to read online. Visitors can review and recommend books, and can showcase

Silver divorces – Boomers buck the trend

The Times and The Guardian reported on a very illuminating societal trend this weekend, they noted that divorce rates in England and Wales are now at their lowest level for 26 years. However, recently the number of divorces in the

The Future of Publishing’s History

I am not the greatest fan of the publishing industry. The first paperback book, a massive innovation in the industry, was published this week in 1935, and sometimes it seems that was the last innovation the industry has seen. As

The Future of Publishing's History

I am not the greatest fan of the publishing industry. The first paperback book, a massive innovation in the industry, was published this week in 1935, and sometimes it seems that was the last innovation the industry has seen. As
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Cement Usage

Here’s a link worth following. It contains a few images of cement usage around the world by the big users. China’s usage for the past 4 years is staggering. We all know this, but seeing it in this particular format

Dwindling global electricity supply

I live and work between Johannesburg and London. For the past few months, South Africa has been plagued by the short supply of electricity. This is due to lack of planning for the sustained economic boom we have experienced over

Activists and companies can co-operate

The Economist recently ran a fascinating little piece on how activists and companies need to work towards a common outcome and goal. Read it here (subscription may be required) – or an extract below. It may be idealistic, but it
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The Future of Mobile

We all know how ubiquitous mobile phones have become. In poorer countries, where communication technologies have been slow to arrive, the take up of mobile telephony is nothing less than breathtaking. But, the future brilliance of mobile phones lies not

Targeting the Boomers

Springwise recently carried the following report on a new concept targeting the 50+ Baby Boomers, who don’t want to accept they are getting old. Brain Gymns for Boomers Our brains resemble our muscles in one key respect: don’t exercise them,

Talent management as a competitive differentiator

The Adecco Institute does ongoing studies into the Future of Work. Last week, they released the following study (see the Executive summary below). Study: Talent Management to become key differentiator for companies competing in global marketplace Globalization boosts demand for

A Place for Mom to Work

This was sent to me by email yesterday: In the same way that freelancers are flocking to shared working spaces, stay-at-home moms are happy to find a third space that accommodates both them and their offspring. In London, private members
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Olympics, controversy and you

The Olympic torch has left Athens, Greece on its traditional torch run around the world until it eventually arrives at the Beijing Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony. Right from the first day, it has been met with something that

Perspectives & Forecasts from the Herman Group

I used to receive regular newsletter from the Herman Group. For some reason, I didn’t get it, and then yesterday was sent this newsletter. You sign up for it free of charge at their website. I always found their stuff
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Conferences with no power

Here I sit, at another conference without power. Don’t get me wrong – I am not talking about the content. I am at Gary Hamel’s latest thing: “The Future of Management”, a full day session with the innovation guru himself.

A car for the people of the world

This is how new markets are made, and how worlds are changed! Today, Tata released their latest car. It was a car that all of their rivals said could not be made. About 5 years ago, Tata announced that were

Yuwie – earn cash for playing

The explosion and evolution of social networks on the internet is something I have been watching and participating with a keen interest especially Youtube, Facebook and SecondLife. What is great about these social networks is that around the time of

Looking back to look ahead

One of our colleagues, Raymond de Villiers, is doing formal post grad work in Future Studies. He is particularly interested in future backward scenarios and alternative histories as methodologies of future planning (Google these terms if you’re interested, or contact

Personalised genetic analysis

A report from The Economist, titled: Within spitting distance, from Nov 20th 2007 edition. Read the full story here (I think a subscription might be required), or see extracts below. MEDICINE has long been a mysterious art. Some people are

Face the facts… about ageing workforces

One of the issues we are tracking closely at TomorrowToday is the ageing Boomer generation, and the impact they are likely to have on the workplace, on retirement (we prefer to call it retyrement) and society as a whole. Here

The Lion and the Dragon

This past week, ICBC, the world’s most valuable bank (valued at $319 bn) took a 20% stake in Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets. The deal is worth $ 5.5bn. This is the largest foreign investment by a Chinese

Planet in Peril on CNN

I am sitting watching a documentary series on CNN, by Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Cupta, called “Planet in Peril”. See the related website here. It starts as a list of climate change issues, from melting ice caps to rising sea

“There’s a problem with Facebook”

At least, that’s what my favourite Talk Radio station (Radio 702) said during their half hourly news reports throughout today. As a regular facebook user (see my profile here, and challenge me to Rock, Paper, Scissors here, if you have

"There's a problem with Facebook"

At least, that’s what my favourite Talk Radio station (Radio 702) said during their half hourly news reports throughout today. As a regular facebook user (see my profile here, and challenge me to Rock, Paper, Scissors here, if you have

The Airbus A380 is delivered – but will it deliver?

The long awaited monster passenger plane, the Airbus A380, is now ready for delivery. In fact, Air Singapore today took delivery of their first plane with much pomp and ceremony. Read about it here at the international airlines news, and

British kids showing what the new new things will be

I think the following report was originally from The Economist, 23 August 2007 edition: AT FIRST glance, the annual survey of the communications market by Ofcom, Britain’s telecoms regulator, makes comforting reading for traditional-media executives looking for their future customers.
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MP3 stethoscopes

Earlier this month, researchers at a medical conference on respiratory diseases in Stockholm, reported that MP3 players with built in microphones are better than traditional stethoscopes. In addition to picking up many respiratory noises better than the stethoscope, they have

CO2 Neutral products are becoming “fashionable” but are new product launches enough to target the “ethical consumer”?

ibuyeco, a new eco-friendly car insurance scheme that offsets 100% of customers’ CO2 emissions for the duration of their policy, was launched in the UK at the end of April 2007. The company has just started a strong above the

CO2 Neutral products are becoming "fashionable" but are new product launches enough to target the "ethical consumer"?

ibuyeco, a new eco-friendly car insurance scheme that offsets 100% of customers’ CO2 emissions for the duration of their policy, was launched in the UK at the end of April 2007. The company has just started a strong above the

25 Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Business, Part II

This is Part II of a two part entry. Find the first entry here. I was sent this article recently. It seems to have a few Internet sources, but most reliably comes from the Workforce magazine/website (Subscribe ). From e-mail

25 Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Business, Part I

I was sent this article recently. It seems to have a few Internet sources, but most reliably comes from the Workforce magazine/website (Subscribe ). Its a long entry, so I have split it into two parts. The second part can
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Gap Between Rich And Poor Widens in the UK

Sky News reported on Tuesday that the gap between rich and poor in the UK has reached its highest level for more than 40 years. There has been a rise in the number of households living below the poverty line
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Prince for Free

This Sunday, the Mail on Sunday newspaper in England will hand out free copies of Prince’s (The artist previously known as Symbol, previously known as Prince, etc) new album, Planet Earth. The album was self produced by Prince, and the

Your Child and the Future: Work gets ready for Gen Y

I found a great article at the Teaching Moments website. It is meant to help parents (I think especially home schoolers) to know what employers will be like when their kids leave school and enter the job market. You can

War Games for Business

In the May 31, 2007 edition of The Economist, there was a great article on a topic one of our team, Raymond de Villiers, is doing post graduate studies on: the issue of using gaming techniques to assist business development.

The FUTURIST forecasts for the next 25 years

Recently, members of the World Futures Society were asked to submit and vote on the top forecasts for the next 25 years. You can read the resulting summarised report here. Without any explanation or detail, here is the list in

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

Get your daily Joost

Joost is the new internet TV concept being developed by highly successful entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype which they sold to ebay for $2.6 billion cash! Joost pronounced ‘juiced’ is an interactive software for distributing

The Pope's Limbo

It’s official. After 800 years of being Catholic church policy, the theological construct of “limbo” has been abolished (read the International Herald Tribune on this). This was a place were unbaptised babies were said to go, awaiting some kind of

The Pope’s Limbo

It’s official. After 800 years of being Catholic church policy, the theological construct of “limbo” has been abolished (read the International Herald Tribune on this). This was a place were unbaptised babies were said to go, awaiting some kind of

Getting and Keeping Talent

“The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality.� Funky Business, Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle The Funky Business guys

So just how important is the planet?

It doesn’t matter what your stand is on the planet and our relationship with it, there’s no denying that 2006/7 has seen a dramatic shift in people’s exposure and interest in what we’re doing to this planet called Earth. The

Role of the Media

I heard a comment on the Daily Show a while back (I think they were reviewing ‘Time Magazine’s Person of the Year’). Something about main-stream media turning its back on its responsibility and hence the rise of citizen media in

Why have a “Take your kids to work day”?

This is a really nice piece from the Christian Science Monitor, from the April 27, 2006 edition. Gen Y’s opt-out vision By Courtney E. Martin BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 27) would be

Why have a "Take your kids to work day"?

This is a really nice piece from the Christian Science Monitor, from the April 27, 2006 edition. Gen Y’s opt-out vision By Courtney E. Martin BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 27) would be
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Manager, offshore thyself

A great article in the latest Economist magazine looks at the issue of corporate locations, and where you place your key executives. The subtitle asks: “Does the location of a company’s headquarters matter any more?” Read the article, from the

Religion and marketing

One of the major trends we have been tracking for some time is the rise in the influence of religious beliefs as a driver of people’s values and behaviour. A MarketingWeb article on the issue (extracted from Nilewide) puts it

Joost – a new way to watch TV

First there was KaZaa, a revolutionary file sharing program. Then came Skype – the software that changed telecoms forever. Now, there’s Joost. These three things have one thing in common – they were conceived in the minds of two men:
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One Billion new cars in the next ten years

Drive a car in any major city of the world, and you’ll be forgiven your evil thoughts. And you’ll wonder how it could be possible that the number of motor cars on the world’s roads could double in the next

Links in a chain: How it all fits together

I was asked again the other day what the “theme” of this blog is. It can sometimes seem like a collection of rambling musings on the world. Well… Besides being just that, it is really the place that the network

Top 10 Hottest Jobs in 2007

Fast Company’s annual list of the hottest jobs, taken from a survey of trend spotters and futurists, is as follows: Experience Designer Medical Researcher Web Designer Security Systems Engineer Urban Planners Viral Marketers and Media Promoters Talent Agents Buyers and

WH Smith closes pension fund

Today, it was announced that WH Smith, the UK retailer, would close its company pension fund and restrict it only to existing members. This would mean that over the next few years, the pension fund would decline and eventually die

Apple iPhone

So can Apple really do it? Break into the mobile phone market. They’ve tried once already with Motorolla and failed dismally. Could this be it? Check it out – click here
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YouTube – YouBuscuit

YouTube for many is very old news (almost 12 months now). But I keep getting pleasantly surprised, hence this post. I first clicked on over while in the US reading about a debate as to whether some teenage girl posting

Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

Just before going on leave I picked up a couple of books to read while I was away. I’ve never read a ‘Noam Chomsky‘ (apparently he’s one of those must read human beings before you die) and found this one,
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Fat Cats march on in 2007

The last few years have seen obscene payments made to CEOs. The gap between what the top managers earn and what labourers in their factories earn has never been as wide as it is today (unless you go back to
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Batteries not included

As my three daughters eagerly opened their Christmas presents, my heart sank further and further to the floor. There are two things that stirke fear into the soul of any self-respecting Dad (at least, those with the limited handyman skills
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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

Virtual Earth

Virtual Earth is Microsoft’s answer to Google Earth. Google’s product is free, and download takes just a few minutes. I cannot find out how much Microsoft’s product costs, or where to get it (can’t be downloaded from their site). Well,

Cyber Bullying?

There is increasing work being done looking into the effect games have in the real world. One one level it seems like a waste of time, effort and money. The stuff of Hollywood. Aparently not. South Korea is the most
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We keep asking, ‘how big is blogging?’

This question has been around about as long as blogging has. Is blogging just another fad, another fringe happening, and does it have the momentum to make it into the realm of main stream? Of course anecdotes abound to illustrate
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We keep asking, 'how big is blogging?'

This question has been around about as long as blogging has. Is blogging just another fad, another fringe happening, and does it have the momentum to make it into the realm of main stream? Of course anecdotes abound to illustrate
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World's Biggest Skateboard Ramp

You gotta read about it to believe it. So large pilots apparently adjust their flight paths to take a little look. Approximately 360 feet long, the ramp is 75 feet high at its apex. That is where riders begin their

The Million Dollar Question- Retire early or later ???????

I came across a great site today which I think will make everyone envious. Billy and Akaisha Kaderli decided to retire at age 38. They have been travelling and enjoying life for the past 16 years and still managed to

The Aging Population: The Impact on the U.S. Real Estate Market

This was the title of a recent Deloitte’s conference. A report from MarketWatch can be found here. The focus was on trying to understand the impact of the Boomer generation on the real estate markets over the next few years.
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The Future of Newspapers

We have a few clients who work in the news and publishing industries. These industries have always seemed out of date to me, but I recognise that many of these companies are working hard (scrambling?) to get into the digital

Could this be it?

Ever since I can remember (although in reality its probably only since the late 1980s), I have lived with the grim warnings about the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Futurists have been warning of the dire consequences of having as much as

The Coming Car Crisis

There are more and more cars on the road, and the complexity of these cars is ever increasing. Who is going to service them? Who is going to fix them when they break? Already, you have to book a few

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
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The Pension Crisis in America (and elsewhere)

I was working through some archives recently, and rediscovered this gem by Thomas Friedman (now famous for “The World is Flat”), written during campaigning for the last US presidential elections: Sometimes it’s useful to stand back and ask yourself: If
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IBM Puts Dollars Behind the Crowd

IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano has announced what he calls an Innovation Jam – an attempt to come up with new business and product ideas by leveraging the collective intelligence of IBM’s 100,000-strong ‘crowd‘. According to Yahoo! Business, IBM has “used
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Proof that the Boomers still rule the world

Just in case you still needed proof that Boomers are not just going to slip into retirement quietly, proof comes from the world of Hollywood. A flurry of movies is expected over the next few months – all of them
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A Delicious Fetish

Joshua Schachter once sent me an email. At the time, I had no idea who he was – his response had come from a request I’d sent to the del.icio.us ‘support team’. Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site, I needed

Gamer stats – They're not what you'd expect

A recent survey published by the Entertainment Software Association entitled “Essential Facts” deals with sales, demographic, and usage data within the gaming industry. The full report can be downloaded from 2005 Essential facts. Some of the numbers the report returned

Gamer stats – They’re not what you’d expect

A recent survey published by the Entertainment Software Association entitled “Essential Facts” deals with sales, demographic, and usage data within the gaming industry. The full report can be downloaded from 2005 Essential facts. Some of the numbers the report returned

Its nice to be right (sometimes)

As consulting futurists and strategists, part of our job involves making predictions about trends that we see coming. We track societal trends, especially looking at technology, demographics, institutions and value shifts in the world. But, we also touch on politics,
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A 'Hawking View' of us getting to space

Straight from BoingBoing… Humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years, the British scientist told a news conference. “We won’t find anywhere as nice as Earth
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JetBlue storytelling

More often than not the accussation of “telling tales” reminds us of our childhood when our parents would admonish us for being naughty and use this phrase in a far-from-covert ploy to get us to tell the truth. Well, JetBlue

A whole new meaning to High Society – Dinner in the sky

Just when you thought there could be no new trends, the high society (high being the operative word here!) have found a new way of spending their extra cash…..by having dinner in the sky. No, its not dinner in a

Trillion Dollar Industries: The Next Big Things?

I could back this up if I needed to, but my gut and all the evidence points to the fact that the “next Google” (the next big company that takes the world by storm) will come from one of the
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Technology Needs for Aging Boomers

An excellent article with a range of Technology opportunities that will open up as Boomers age. Policymakers must now go beyond discussions of health and economic security to anticipate the aging boom and the role of technology in responding to

Ageing Gracefully – not likely

From the SeniorJournal.com (Nov 2005): Australian society’s obsession with looking younger is set to collide with the reality of aging, a University of Queensland researcher warns. The current fixation with trying to postpone aging is increasing and the current senior

Odour Duplicator

From the New Scientist: Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images. Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of
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Skills shortage may slow Africa oil growth

A Reuters report indicates something that most Africans already know: “Africa, an increasing supplier of global energy, may be unable to expand its output as fast as expected in coming years due to a shortage of industry skills. Inadequate schools

Dutch Cabinet want to abolish the compulsory retirement age of 65 for civil servants

This article was shared with me today and was extracted from IPE.com, Investments and Pensions, Europe. The Dutch are always known for their progressive thinking on key issues relating to society. They must be feeling the pain and now have
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Bill Gates announces his resignation

Its true, Bill Gates, probably one of the most famous and richest boomers has announced his resignation from Microsoft Corporation. Whilst this will only take place in the next two years, it certainly is a significant time in the life

The Impact of Retiring Boomers

For a few years now, Robert Kiyosaki (and many futurists and economists), have been predicting that when the Baby Boomers start to access their retirements funds, there will be a huge impact on the financial markets. Right now, Boomers are

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
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Where to now?

I’ve always said that the people who sell bottled water, especially in countries that have perfectly good water in their taps, are genius. They’ve taken what is essentially a very cheap commodity and applied sufficient marketing spin in orer to

Predictable Surprise: China has a labour shortage!

For a number of years, the futurists in TomorrowToday.biz have been saying that although there is some short term pain around offshoring to India and China, that the overall trend was not sustainable. Simple supply and demand logic indicated that
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USAAF and fuel consumption

In an age of expensive petrol and attempts to reduce carbon emissions, it seems that even the US Air Force.has to now do something. According to an article in the New York Times, an F-16 lights up its afterburners, it

Life Among The Dinosaurs

Here is a great article on newspapers. Worldwide, the newspaper industry is in such a complete state of denial that it is almost tragic. Enough of them are having a few successes with some of what they are currently trying

Download the whole internet?

I am sure many of us have wished at times that we could have the “whole Internet” on our hard drives. Of course we know its impossible, the Internet in 2003 weighed in at approx 90 million gigs, a little more than
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Enviromental Advocacy is a good cause for retirees

I found an interesting article about people with skills, vision and passion ready to use their skills to help change society. To quote from the back of David Bornstein’s book called How to change the World we are challenged by
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6 Jobs that wont exist in 10 years time

One of the scarier predictions for someone in a life-long career could easily be Tom Peters suggesting that 90% of white collar jobs wont exist in 2010. Here are Six jobs that Wont exist in 2016: 1) Gatekeepers 2) Bloggers

4 Predictions abut the future of work

FastCompany has an article in their March issue, ‘Fealress Predicitons (and what to do about them)’. These are their 4 predicitons about the future of work: 1) No Benefits, Better Jobs 2) Blue Collar Gets Sexy 3) Everything Global is

The un-CEO

TomorrowToday.biz got a CEO last year. We elected someone within our ranks to take on the title of CEO. Essentially we wanted to know we had one person that the buck stopped at. Outside of that we’ve had a hard

Men should have more say

Should men have more choice when it comes to unintended pregnancy? In the US, the National Centre for Men is filling a lawsuit on behalf of Matt Dubay who has been ordered to pay child support for his ex-girlfriends daughter.
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Project Origami

Microsoft has been tight lipped for some time about its latest offering in the PC realm. They finally took the wraps off this week and presented the latest PC offering at CeBIT. The computer is called the ultra mobile PC,
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Six Jobs that wont be around in 2016

In an article from Fast Company, they have cited six jobs that they think wont exist in 2016. Well, their list is interesting, but lets just think about this for a minute. How many jobs that were critical at the
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Let’s have a drink together….from opposite sides of the world

The latest edition of New Scientist magazine has an article [read it online here] on glasses that have been invented by MIT that allow lovers to drink together from remote locations. The glasses are fitted our with LED’s, liquid sensors,
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Let's have a drink together….from opposite sides of the world

The latest edition of New Scientist magazine has an article [read it online here] on glasses that have been invented by MIT that allow lovers to drink together from remote locations. The glasses are fitted our with LED’s, liquid sensors,

Potholes in the Global Road

This is a great article . Read it here. The blurb says: “Globalisation has been a great liberator — but it also poses a threat to Western professionals”. As a group some of us at TomorrowKnowledge are reading ” The

Google Calendar – Put it in your diary

When I read of all the ‘office alternatives’ there’s one thing in my mind that no-one’s been able to beat Microsoft at, it’s Outlook. The integration of e-mail, calendar, to do list, memo, etc is way ahead of the pack

Future Brief

In the future, with the avalanche of data available (via Google, for example), we will rely more and more on trusted sources of “filtering”. We will allow other people to decide what we need to know on various issues. At

Adultescence – the new young adult

Social scientists have coined a new word to describe the phenomenon many of us have been talking about for some time. It describes the 19 to 30 year olds, who have no desire to leave their parent’s home, get married,
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College Courses – Then and Now

I was chatting to my business colleague, Keith Coats, the other day. His daughter, Tamryn, registered for university this past week. Keith was amazed at the choices of course packages that were available. This sparked a discussion. Keith was at

From the "Any Idiot Could Have Told You That" Department

It was announced today that the new daily Joburg newspaper, Nova, is no more. After just four and a half months, it is closing up shop. (Read more here). The paper was aimed at “upwardly mobile young professionals”. Who are

From the “Any Idiot Could Have Told You That” Department

It was announced today that the new daily Joburg newspaper, Nova, is no more. After just four and a half months, it is closing up shop. (Read more here). The paper was aimed at “upwardly mobile young professionals”. Who are

iPod does it all

If you’re wondering what convergance looks like in the entertainment space, look no further than iTunes, iPods and Apple. It’s not breaking news, but iTunes now allows you to download music, movies and TV (if you didn’t know the latest

Ads on roof tops

Would you invest money in Colin Fitz-Gerald…. “I’m currently launching RoofShout.com with no money, no real experience running a business on the internet, and no real solid business plan,” Fitz-Gerald said. “But I figure there’s a lot of blank roofs

What a market to play in, Boomers turning 60…for the next 20 years

I had a chat the other day to a company involved in the sale of new and resale units in Retirment Villages. They have about 150 of these Villages on their books in South Africa. He says the waiting list

How to Lose Friends and Inflame People

When the Secretary-General of the United Nations makes official mention of your newspaper, its either very good or very bad. For the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, its very, VERY bad. The paper is being protected by security guards and several of
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Samsung gets the power of Narrative

The caption reads, “It’s about a building with 88 stories and a boy with just one”. Samsung built one of the tallest buildings in the world in Malaysia … but their marketing is also about communicating a story – that

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

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

All the seeds in the world

The New Scientist of 12 Jan 2006 reports that The Global Crop Diversity Trust, together with the Norwegian government and a global consortium of nations is planning to create a “Doomsday vault to avert world famine”. The Norwegian government will

Patterns in the data

This was just too good to leave as e-mail mass-mailing humour… Year 1981 1. Prince Charles got married 2. Liverpool soccer Champions of Europe 3. Australia lost the Ashes 4. Pope shot Year 2005 1. Prince Charles got married 2.

For the people, by the people?

Johnnic Communications have launched a new ‘citizen media’ site called reporter.co.za. The website is inviting people to become active participants in broadening the scope of news by reporting on issues that affect their lives. reporter.co.za will be completely free-flowing and

Google Video should go back in the box

Google just launched the beta version of Google Video. It is in beta, and so we can expect something less than the real deal, but having looked at this beta site, one hopes it’s light years away from the real

Narrative: high concept and touch

Dan Pink, in his book, A Whole New Mind (get it at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net), captures nicely what relevance Story (which I prefer to call Narrative) has in our economy. In my own words: The information age was all about
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An Idea: Customisable Music (and movies)

In a previous post, I explained that I collect Christmas music. One of my favourite songs of this year’s crop comes from a compliation album (WOW Christmas – get it at Kalahari.net), and is “Little Drummer Boy”, as done by
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The Brussel Sprout and Christmas – an eBay parable

“All the world’s a stage” eBay, the world’s online auction place, continues to provide amazing 21st century “village square” stories. There are a number of people selling left over, or completely uneaten, Christmas meals. One item caught my attention: a
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Ten practical marketing trends for 2006

The Wise Marketer today, gives a summary of Foxhound‘s top ten marketing trends for the year ahead. Read it here. Its a short read that will get you thinking, and prove again that the focus is moving to connections, rather
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It's tough at the top

I listened to the Vice-Chairman of Johnson and Johnson, Christine Poon, at a GIBS evening a few months ago. While cleaning up my office for the onslaught of 2006 I came accross some stats she talked to during her 60
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It’s tough at the top

I listened to the Vice-Chairman of Johnson and Johnson, Christine Poon, at a GIBS evening a few months ago. While cleaning up my office for the onslaught of 2006 I came accross some stats she talked to during her 60
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People Trends for 2006

Watson Wyatt Worldwide (NYSE:WW) is a global human capital and financial management consulting firm. The firm specializes in employee benefits, human capital strategies, technology solutions, and insurance and financial services and has 6,000 associates in 30 countries. They have released

Store layout for Gen X

We all know why milk and bread is found at the back of food retail store? It’s because they’re two things that everyone needs more often that almost anything else. By putting it at the rear of the store you

Outside of effective media strategies where else do monopolies hurt

South Africa is home to only one fixed-line-operator. It’s name is Telkom and it’s enjoyed this status for long enough to have generated a fair amount of frustrated customers. Screw the public! Do we care? NO! Why? Look how much

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 During December and January every year, magazines and websites are filled with predictions of the future. From one year
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Black Marketing

Not like the name suggests, this is a strand of marketing that is being borne out of how the Smoking Co’s have been cornered by global health legislation (and soon too the breweries!). Now that they’re no longer able to
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“Podcast” declared ‘word of the year’

This could be seen as another post giving you amunition for why you need an iPod for Christmas, or it could be an illustration of just how important social software has become. The New Oxford American Dictionary has declared ‘podcast’
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"Podcast" declared 'word of the year'

This could be seen as another post giving you amunition for why you need an iPod for Christmas, or it could be an illustration of just how important social software has become. The New Oxford American Dictionary has declared ‘podcast’
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Finishing Well – Boomers want to leave a legacy

I was recently recommended a book that sounds fantastic (its on my Christmas stocking filler list). Its “Finishing Well” by Bob Buford (Integrity Publishers, ISBN: 159145395X). (Purchase it online at Amazon.com or Kalahari.net). It is written from a Christian perspective,
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Why you need an iPod for Christmas?

I just had a birthday. My amazing wife bought me an iPod Video. It replaces my iPod mini that’s given me hours of amazingness. I used my iPod mini for mostly travelling by plane to escape the mind-numbing experience of

For the hang of it

It’s a question I get asked often. Sure, the Web is evolving into a platform for ordinary people to share information with just about anyone who’ll look or listen, but why put information out there if you’re not making money

The dawn of the iPub

I’m always on the look out for new ways people are viewing and using the world (paradigm shifts). In a world of discontinuous change they’re happening all around us. It’s in these spaces that we see new innovations as people’s

Get outta the way, here comes Google

Like me, you’re probably bored of another Google ‘the destroyer’ story. But I found a great few paragraphs on Wired tonight outlining some of Google’s expansion and a brief summary of what they’re up to and who’s in trouble if

An idea: Free airlines

I have been on too many planes in the last 7 days. Probably a total of 40 hours actually sitting in the plane, let alone the airports and taxis. While doing so, I was reading an article about how TiVo

Google Book Search – Librarian Revolutionaries

I have just been playing around with Google’s online book search & it is awesome. They have indexed the actual content of millions of pages of books. When you run a search it actually returns the book to you. You

Business Benefits for a new type of employee

The Herman group send out a weekly trend tracker. This week’s deals with the new types of benefits companies will need to offer in order to attract Talent. You can sign up for the weekly newsletter here Herman Group Trends
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The Bottom Half of the Pyramid

Michael Goldman, Lecturer in Marketing, Innovation and Strategy with the Gordon Institute of Business Science, wrote a brief piece about C K Prahalad’s concept of reaching the world’s poor in MarketingWeb. Read it here. The key is a radical rethink
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Interesting Time magazine edition

The 14 November edition of Time magazine contains several interesting articles about future trends and the connection economy.

The best ‘i-something’ so far

Since the birth of the iMac, we’ve seen about as many ‘i’ things as you can imagine, although there are still a few innovative designs coming through, and with the overwhelming success of the iPod I sense we’ll continue to

The best 'i-something' so far

Since the birth of the iMac, we’ve seen about as many ‘i’ things as you can imagine, although there are still a few innovative designs coming through, and with the overwhelming success of the iPod I sense we’ll continue to

A pension deficit disorder

I’ve written about this before: America’s ticking time bomb is its estimated $450 billion underfunded pension schemes. Many Baby Boomers are going to get horrific surprises when the pensions they’re relying on don’t materialise. Finally, the greed of the companies

SALT – here at last

This past weekend, the SALT was finally launched. SALT is the South African Large Telescope, based at Sutherland. It is the southern hemisphere’s largest optical telescope, and has some of the best further technical abilities of any telescope on the

Sony and how NOT to do the customer experience thing!

How does a company who so often has been on the cutting edge of innovation and known for delighting their customers with some of the most amazing gizmos and gadgets get it so wrong? Personally I think they’ve moved a

Online, on tap resources

Imagine this… You’re a manager in a large corporate, and you’re working on an important project. You assess your current team, and you realise that you’re a little short of some skills, and the team is not quite as balanced
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WAY Future

So you think you are a futurist huh? Keep up on these readings and you will stay ahead of the game. http://www.gizmag.com is a blog about emerging technologies, gadgets and gizmos.

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

From ink to audio

Yesterday on the 26th day of the 10th month of the year after last, TomorrowToday.biz went audio in the form of a Pod Cast channel. We’ve jumped in on Odeo and as of a little while ago we had 3
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China’s Generation Y

I don’t often recommend a book before reading it myself, but this book has caught my eye, and I wanted you to know about it. I have ordered a copy, and will review it in detail in a few months’
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China's Generation Y

I don’t often recommend a book before reading it myself, but this book has caught my eye, and I wanted you to know about it. I have ordered a copy, and will review it in detail in a few months’
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The Boomer tidal wave is about to hit old age

The Baby Boomers (born post-World War II and into the 1960s) have been a demographic tidal wave in every life stage they’ve entered so far in life. And now, they’re about to start retiring (or, at worst, re-tyring) and hit
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Is this keeping Bill Gates awake at night?

If you’ve been following the posts on this blog of late, or the tech world news in general, then you’re aware of Google’s charge toward world domination. Recently Google and Sun Microsystems signed some cooperation agreements that made the headlines
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From ring tones to protest tones

We know the world is changing, and the change is being driven by new people doing some new things with new technologies. Convergence is one of the bigger drivers creating all kinds of interesting options and opportunities. Example: Just when
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Tithing is the way to go

The biblical principle of tithing is to give to the work of the church 10% of your increase (your salary). There are reasons why you one is encouraged to do this. But the one I like is to compare tithing

When the Rules Don't Work

The past few years have seen massive accounting scandals and corporate frauds. In order to protect shareholders, mounds of new legislation have been implemented. The key one is the Sarbannes-Oxley Act in the USA, which has had the effect of

When the Rules Don’t Work

The past few years have seen massive accounting scandals and corporate frauds. In order to protect shareholders, mounds of new legislation have been implemented. The key one is the Sarbannes-Oxley Act in the USA, which has had the effect of
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In demand

One of the growing forces that is contributing to the talent wars in South Africa is “demand�. We know that Xers in their early careers aim to increase their marketability by building a portfolio as opposed to a CV. Bigger

More grandparents raising children

One of the major problems of the AIDS epidemic in Africa (and soon in Asia, Russia, China and India, too), is that it hits the middle age people most (mainly because in Africa, AIDS is sexually transmitted between heterosexuals). This
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MI6 online

A sign of the times…. ? The British Government Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, has today launched a website – http://www.mi6.gov.uk. They don’t give any secrets away (doh) – check out the FAQ, where they won’t say how much
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Futuristic Qualification

While many of us speculate, comment and muse on the future, there is a 50/50 chance we could be right, more likely an 80/20 chance we could be wrong, who predicted blogging would be so big?, or that the web
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Australia changes its Labour Laws

This week, the Liberal Australian government has started a massive public awareness campaign for its new labour law revisions, entitled: WorkChoices (read about it at the Labour Party’s website). Its about putting power into the hands of the average worker,
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Can open-source go mainstream

TomorrowToday.biz uses SugarCRM software. After exploring many options that cost real money to but, we came accross this free open source version. We’re reading about Open Source all the time, and the big challenge is, ‘can opensource establish a sustainable
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Knysna to go Wi-Fi

Knysna is poised to become the first South African town to become fully WiFi connected, with the signing of five-year deal with wireless ISP UniNet.

Rocket Racing League

Calling all guys!! Tired of Formula 1? Think that A1 racing is a good thing, but possibly just more of the same? Then, get ready for the greatest racing formula yet… In just under a year’s time, the Rocket Racing
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What on earth is Google doing?

If you’re plugged into current tech news you know the stories around Google taking on Microsoft with net based applications. They’re also taking on Skype with Google Talk. And now have plans to offer free wireless access to San Fransisco.

India is coming…

For those of you who are unaware of it, India is on the rise. I saw this first hand when visiting there recently. Not only is the fact that on average, the Indian guys are reasonably well educated, the also
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Here’s your chance to decide what’s on TV

London – A television drama set in Britain’s urban music scene aims to explore new territory in broadcasting by letting viewers choose how the plot develops. The six-part Dubplate Drama, to be shown on Britain’s Channel 4 in November, will
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Here's your chance to decide what's on TV

London – A television drama set in Britain’s urban music scene aims to explore new territory in broadcasting by letting viewers choose how the plot develops. The six-part Dubplate Drama, to be shown on Britain’s Channel 4 in November, will
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Democracy comes to China

Screaming fans and SMS votelines are more popularly associated with the crazy Western nations who regularly run “Pop Idols” as it was first branded in the UK) and their spin off shows (such as “American Idol” and South African “Idols“).
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They should pay me to watch their movie

A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to the movies (not as easy as it sounds with three pre-school children at home). We saw “The Island” – a fairly good futuristic thriller about cloning (although it bugs me

Beyond National Pride

I was at my daughetr’s school this morning to watch a small play on the Creation (armed with torch and yellow T-shirt, she was part of Day One – when light was created). One of her classmates was wearing a
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Volvo Concept car – for women?

I found this post ( http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050914/lawfns2.html?.v=1) on Volvo presenting it’s first ever car designed by women. My first thought was ‘At last! Someone’s done it’, but as I read through the article I couldn’t shake a nagging thought. We all
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The Future Bank Blog gets it

I think BlogMaps – where blogs meet maps – are fantastic tools (thanks to FeedMap.net for the free service). Using BlogMap you can geo-code your blog using ordinary geographical coordinates, browse already geo-coded blogs and search for blogs. It is
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A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age

Every now & then a book comes out that corroborates certain facets of the TomorrowToday.biz message. Daniel H. Pink a former White House speech writer has recently released a book that he spent several years researching. The books deals with
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Extrapreneurship

An article in the Futurist magazine addresses an new way of developing / running enterprises that uses the best of the outsourcing trend, the connection economy, and connection technologies. The article ‘blurb’ says: “Information Technologies are toppling traditional hierarchical business-management
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Auditing in crisis – and a solution?

KPMG, one of the global “Big Four” accounting giants, has acknowledged guilt in criminal tax frauds, by providing sham tax shelters to wealthy clients between 1996 and 2002. This was announced by the US Justice Department on 29 August, together

Just call me the Oracle

Business2Day Blog reports “Goodbye, Coins. Hello, Digicash“, which, in my humble opinion, adds weight to my predictions at RIP: Newspaper. My genius aside, can you think of one good reason coins and notes should stay in circulation? (ok, besides the
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Working Mothers – the debate still rages

Michelle Conlin wrote in 2000 for BusinessWeek on how the turn of the millennial would not necessarily solve one of women’s age ol dilemmas – how to balance work, marriage and kids. It seems that men just get to carry

RIP: The Newspaper

BBC News (UK Edition) has published a thought-provoking article titled “What will newspapers look like in 20 years?“, on the back of The Guardian’s decision to switch from ‘broadsheet’ format to a more compact, practical ‘berliner’ style. 10 years ago

Where do you get your news from?

I find it fascinating that more and more people are getting their news from “spoof” news shows. The Late Night Shows (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, etc), have always provided light relief, with a few well placed jokes about current affairs

Global talent drought to hit in next five years

The HR magazine, Personnel Today, 13 Sep 2005, cites a survey by Deloittes that indicates globally HR practitioners are most worried about attracting and retaining talent over the next few years (read the full story here – includes graphic summaries).

WOMMA and The Deathmatch

WOMMA is an acronym for the newly-formed Word-of-Mouth Marketer’s Association. It is the official trade association for the word of mouth marketing industry, and according to the site, a collection of “fantastic brands and marketers who know that happy customers

Free phone calls are worth a lot of money

Ever wondered how much free phone calls are worth? Wonder no more. E-Bay is going to pay around $4.1 Billion for Skype. From an article carried on ZD Net “The auctioneer said it plans to pay $1.3 billion in cash

Work/Life Balance – So what does that mean in this fast moving world we live in?

The other day someone commented that they were worried about me because all I seem to do is work. I don’t see it like that at all. I think I do understand the concept and have a definite control over
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Where does the water go?

Today, the pumps in New Orleans started up again. The levees are being repaired, and the USA can start pumping the water out of the 60% of New Orleans that is still under 3 to 6 feet of water. The

Africa Leaps Forward

The Newsweek of 11 July 2005, carried a multiple page on Africa (read it here). It is fairly upbeat, arguing that Africa cannot wait for foreign assistance or aid, but needs to sort its own house out. It goes on

What Skype's doing – way kewl

A previous post by Mike introduced Google’s new desktop search tool (worth getting) as well as Google Talk. Certainly a threat to the likes of Skype who dominate currently. But Skype isn’t sitting back waiting for Google to attack. Check
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