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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

Millennials in the Workplace: an article on 60 Minutes

This 3 minute intro to a full 60 minute programme does a great job of identifying, and connecting with, some of the challenges that the Millennial generation bring into the workplace. They ARE different, and we will have to shift traditional
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How Generation X Ruined the World

This article originally appeared on vice.com (original on link below). Written by Theis Duelund How Generation X Ruined the World   Reality Bites Screenshot via YouTube user thecultbox Hey, did you hear about the western Antarctic ice sheet? The melting there has
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Loyalty: Red and Blue on Merseyside and what we can learn about loyalty

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

Excuses for Complacency

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

Four lessons in leading people as a young entrepreneur

Three years ago I started DigitLab, and with it I began leading people. I wanted to lead a team instead of manage them.  I believe that people are at their best when they are happy, challenged, inspired and a part
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How Does The Enneagram Help With Self-Observation?

Earlier this week I posted a blog about self-observation. Click here if you would like to read that first. The blog briefly explains what self-observation is and why we would want to use this skill to improve our business productivity.
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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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Leading Teams: Two further considerations

“A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say” seems to be the approach of many a leader. Of course we all know that this is not how it should be but unfortunately, is often how it

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

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

Video: Fujitsu’s 21st Century Leadership series

Recently, I spoke at an evening function hosted by Fujitsu in London. The theme was: “Who’s in charge? Leadership in the 21st century workplace”. Liv Garfield, CEO of BT Openreach, and myself shared the platform and a panel discussion, and
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What Horses Can Teach You About Relationships?

Being good Friday, I wanted to write about Easter. I pondered over how Easter fitted into the world of work and what analogies, parallels or connotations I could draw so as so make this Blog didactic. So I Googled things

I want you in my office. Now. What’s really going on at Yahoo?

The biggest tech news so far this year has been an announcement by Yahoo that they want “all hands on deck” and that all work-from-home is being cancelled as from June. Irked Yahoo employees have leaked the memo that was
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A Leadership lesson from Australian cricket: Do your homework

There have been all sorts of comments around the debacle that is Australian cricket at present. In short we are talking about a cricket nation, for so long accustomed to looking down on all others playing the game, now firmly
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What Winnie The Pooh Can Teach You About Yourself and Your Colleagues

In 1926 A.A. Milne wrote the first collection of stories about a bear called Winnie the Pooh and his friends. The ‘Pooh Bear’ stories became globally known when Disney adopted them and adapted them for a series of very successful
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Join us posting a Photo A Day

Not one of our normal posts today, but then again TomorrowToday isn’t always about the norm are we The TomorrowToday team invite YOU to join us on our photo a day challenge. By no means is ‘a photo a day’

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
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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

A question to leaders everywhere: What questions are you asking?

Most people collect something or other. For some it is stamps, for others it might be model cars or antiques or things that have little significance beyond the passion of the collector. I too have a collection, albeit an unusual
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A Generation in Transit, Generation Why?

A lot of attention is paid to a new kind of workplace. At TomorrowToday we often talk about a changing workplace and a changing workforce from various different angles, be it in leadership, new management styles, mentorship programmes or even

The Best Way to Develop Leaders Yet!

“I have done all the tests,” he said to me, “and the Enneagram is by far the best I have ever done. It really has made a difference in my life. Would you please come and do it for my
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The Best Way to Develop Leaders Yet!

“I have done all the tests,” he said to me, “and the Enneagram is by far the best I have ever done. It really has made a difference in my life. Would you please come and do it for my
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Women and Mentorship Programmes

In celebration of National Women’s Day on 9 August this year, I thought I would write about women and mentorship programmes. There are various business imperatives for why there should be mentorship programmes which especially focus on female talent, despite

Building successful teams is hard work

Everyone has their favourite Olympic event. For many it’s the 100m sprint as the fastest men on earth hurtle down that tiny corridor to victory and fame. But for me, amidst all of the individual events that characterise the Olympics,
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An Open Letter to TomorrowToday: A reminder from Starbucks for all of us!

I am reading Howard Schultz’s Onwards.  Schultz is the founder of Starbucks and Onwards is the story of Starbucks post 2007. I loved Starbucks right from the time I first had a ‘Starbucks experience’ and that was deepened with the
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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

Wisdom and insights from Seth Godin

I am a huge fan of Seth Godin, and subscribe to his daily insights blog and emails. So many of his daily nuggets are pure gold, and I find myself wanting to share them (I do this through Twitter @workforcetrends
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Secrets to Success in a New World of Work: High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

The world we live and work in has become increasingly complex in the past two decades. Rapid advances in technology, together with globalization and fast growth all combined to rewrite the rules of success, failure and organizational design. The result
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The Communication Revolution

In the 21st century I think we are all acutely aware of the significance of communication. It is all around us, in so many forms: face to face (both verbal and non-verbal or our body language), written, in various forms
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Light-hearted Leadership Lessons from Wembley & the Red Men

It started as an overheard conversation in Delhi, India and ended up as an unforgettable day in London, England. Specifically, Wembley stadium. The over-heard conversation was between delegates on a leadership programme in which I was involved. They were chatting

Leading Diversity: The Zoo versus The Wild

I was recently asked to write an article for the Switch and Shift leadership blog. I picked up a theme that has been a significant one for our team for many years. It is one that our new business partner,

Leading Diversity: The Zoo versus The Wild

I was recently asked to write an article for the Switch and Shift leadership blog. I picked up a theme that has been a significant one for our team for many years. It is one that our new business partner,

How well do you really know your Gen Y employees?

As Gen Y employees continue to enter the workplace with their own approach and new expectations of what the world of work should be like, research continues to provide valuable insights for employers. Two recent reports were particularly interesting. In
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Teaching Generation Why?

At the start of a new academic year in South Africa, I thought it would be a good idea to give teachers some things to think about for teaching Generation Why successfully. However, many of the observations can be applied

Graeme Codrington at IBM’s Social Business Debate

In December, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by Ogilvy and IBM in London’s Canary Wharf. The purpose of the panel discussion series is to promote the concept that IBM has termed, “Social Business”. This is not to be
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Mind your Manners, Mind your Business

My son moved over to the USA this year and obviously embraced the norms and celebrated the new holidays with enthusiasm, Halloween and Thanksgiving being the most recent. I suppose like all holidays they can mean different things to different
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That Which We Need to Know About Life and Work We Can Learn From Sport

From the United Nations to Schools to Non-Government Organizations sport has been recognized as an extraordinary way for people to learn to become better people. Not only is sport a physical and mental activity, but it is an emotional one

The Future workplace: How technology, globalisation and the environment is affecting the way we work

Predicting the future is not an exact science. However, in these days of rapidly changing technology, it has become more imperative than ever for companies to look ahead and try and predict how technological advances, globalisation, environmental concerns and people’s

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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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

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

Fathers then and now

The world has changed. Fatherhood has changed with it – dramatically. As a father of three, who also researches and speaks on social change, I want to highlight just a few of the changes since my grandfather became a Dad
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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

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
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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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Why Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an imperative for giving and receiving feedback in the New World Of Work.

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle Unfortunately none of us can afford to say nothing, do nothing; and be nothing, which is why we need to learn to manage our
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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

A note to Generation X: Learn How to Manage Up

The concept of “managing up” is well established in management and leadership theory. As someone who reports to a boss, you need to use many different techniques to get your boss’s attention, and influence your boss to act, think and

Tips to Improve Interaction Among the Generations

It seems that just about everyone is talking about generations and how to manage the mix of generations in the office these days. I was sent this interesting summary of generational values from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association Office

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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Managing Millennials

This article is an excerpt from Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines (2002). For more about the work that Claire and her colleagues do, go to her website. I get questions every month from businesspeople looking for something about

A revolution on its way: near field communication

One of the technology advances that is going to slowly but surely revolutionise the way our world works is near field communication (NFC, see wikipedia for more details). NFC is contactless technology that requires a reader and a device to

What's wrong (and right) with "best company to work for" lists

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and

What’s wrong (and right) with “best company to work for” lists

I have never been a big fan of “best company to work for” lists. They exist in many countries, and are normally sponsored by a high profile entity (Fortune magazine in the US, The Sunday Times in the UK and

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

Conflict Transformation

This is from our archives – oldie, but goodie. Inc magazine (August 2005) had a short piece on conflict in the workplace, and a consultant that goes beyond conflict “management” and “resolution” to conflict transformation. Read the full article on

Savvy Leadership: Learning from Horses

As I write this I am once again in the Dargle area located in the picturesque Midlands of Kwa Zulu Natal. It is a place that when created surely must have brought a smile to the Creator; reflection of a

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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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

Graeme interviewed on The Customer Experience Show

Last week I was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio’s Customer Experience Show. The half hour show focused on understanding generations in the workplace, with an emphasis on customer experience. It was a wide ranging discussion, particularly looking at the impact
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Equal opportunities please…not equal outcomes

“People are confusing equal opportunities with equal outcomes” Is this sense at last?? I was blown away at the weekend by this quote from Catherine Hakim, a sociologist at the London School of Economics. She has concluded, in a report

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

In December last year, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work
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When is a Team not a Team?

Somehow, after a few glasses of wine on Friday night, I found myself in a discussion about teams. My friend, a very accomplished and successful business owner, believes that there are no true teams in a business context – that

Technology for a better virtual work environment

The following tools are some of what the TomorrowToday team use, which enable us to work more effectively in our virtual office environment. Skype is a well-known tool used by many individuals and businesses to communicate over the Internet. The

Mind the Gap: Generations @ Work

This is the original submission as published as the Keynote feature in the Journal for Convergence (ISSN 1606-6162), Vol 5 No 4. An even more detailed version of this introduction to generational theory is available on our corporate website in
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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

Delivering Happiness… a path to profits, passion and purpose

This post follows on from a previous post that I wrote about Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) new book called Delivering Happiness. The team at Zappos is great and I’ve had the privilege hosting a podcast with the CFO/COO of

John Kotter on Icebergs, Penguins and 8 steps for leading change

One of the best books around on leading change must be John Kotter’s business novel “Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions” (Buy now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). It’s written as a parable about a group of

John Kotter on Icebergs, Penguins and 8 principles for leading change

One of the best books around on leading change must be John Kotter’s business novel “Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions” (Buy now at Amazon.co.uk or Kalahari.net). It’s written as a parable about a group of

Are you getting the ROI you need from your conferences?

A manifesto for the future of meetings As the global economic meltdown struck in September 2008, one of the first things that most companies did was to cancel all their conferences and staff development.  This was an instinctive response for

Are you getting the ROI you need from your conferences?

A manifesto for the future of meetings As the global economic meltdown struck in September 2008, one of the first things that most companies did was to cancel all their conferences and staff development.  This was an instinctive response for

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

Employee engagement – one great question

About a year ago, I MC’ed an event by e3unlimited, a company focused on getting the most out of generation y. Bruce Morton and Emma Reynolds, the founders of e3, have now moved on (Bruce to Sydney and Emma to

Employee engagement – one great question

About a year ago, I MC’ed an event by e3unlimited, a company focused on getting the most out of generation y. Bruce Morton and Emma Reynolds, the founders of e3, have now moved on (Bruce to Sydney and Emma to

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

Boosting productivity in the new world of work

One of the defining features and challenges of the new world of work is the lack of engagement companies receive from their knowledge workers. This is a theme that we regularly speak and research about in order to identify ways

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

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

The meaning of work for different generations

As regular readers of this blog know, one of my passions is trying to understand the generation gap, and help people to make sense of relationships and interactions between people younger and older than themselves. This topic has been something

Talent teams vs Talented individuals

A new report is about to be released in Organization Science, entitled: “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth: How High Status Individuals Decrease Group Effectiveness” (Authors: Boris Groysberg, Jeffrey T. Polzer, and Hillary Anger Elfenbein). Their Abstract says: Can groups
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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.
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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

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
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A note to Generation X: Learn How to Manage Up

The concept of “managing up” is well established in management and leadership theory. As someone who reports to a boss, you need to use many different techniques to get your boss’s attention, and influence your boss to act, think and

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

Creating Raving Fans: Something to learn from Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has long enjoyed manic support from the terraces and I for one include myself in that tribe. It is a club with a rich heritage and traditions that evoke envy and admiration in equal measure. Yesterday
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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

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

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

The 2nd and 3rd billion consumers

There are roughly one billion consumers in the world. That’s one billion people who have some money left over at the end of the month for discretionary spending. They can afford (or have access to finance for) motor vehicles and

Employee Engagement Report 2010

Towers Watson is a global professional services company that does an excellent annual report on employee engagement. Their 2010 edition is available to download here. I have read it through quickly, and was drawn to the section on “Toward a

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,

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

Free video course on Managing Generation Y at work

In December 09, Graeme Codrington recorded a series of short videos on Managing Generation Y at Work. This was done with Success.tv in London. These videos are now available for free: The videos are: The New World of Work –

Tesco, a talented company

I’m always on the lookout for talented companies and I think I found one on my doorstep. The company’s name is Tesco and earlier this week I gave our Mind the Gap presentation at their marketing team away day. I’m

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

From Hawaii: The Real Learning for Teams

Had an insightful conversation today. As with any education programme orientated around leadership, standard practice is to have participants work in groups, teams or in business-speak, cohorts. Where do they come up with this terminology, some of which is part
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Barrie on Talk Radio 702 at 2pm this afternoon – 11 August

Join Barrie Bramley as he is interviewed by Simon Gear on Talk Radio 702 this afternoon, 2pm. The subject is social networking – not a new subject as we’ve been networking since we first spotted each other.  It’s the mechanisms
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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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Generations online… who’s on and who’s not?

It’s great to follow the online trends for each generation. Pew Internet recently completed a report called Generations online in 2009. You can get the full report here but I’ve copied the key highlights for you below: Generation Y, aka
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Facebook, relationships and dream teams

Focused, friendly, inspired, collaborative, outputs-driven, warm, respectful, innovative, wise, reasonable risk-takers, in synch, complementary, assertive, successful, cutting edge, high performance, visionary  I attended a leadership course on Monday evening and we had to brainstorm a ‘dream team’.  The words above

If something is wrong, why are people not proactive enough to fix it?

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent book.  In fact, it was so good that I read all 267 pages in one sitting. In 1964, a young lady called Kitty Genovese was chased and brutally attacked on a

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

ABSA on FaceBook

I know this is old news for most people, but I figured we should at least log it on our blog. Got sent this from a colleague, Jude, a while ago. She got it from BizCommunity, but I can’t find any

Is this the future design for companies?

I came across an interesting article in the Mckinsey Quarterly today which argues that companies need to take the power behind informal networks and create formal networks. Their consultants state that: - Most large corporations have dozens if not hundreds

Building Network Alliances – The future for profitability and success in turbulent times.

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

A lesson from politics…

Politics in America is hotting up and I’ve been curious to note that with all their charisma and pedigree the Clintons have started falling behind and even though Hillary did rally in New Hampshire primary they still trail Obama. Now

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

Phenomenonal, You

I write a regular column for the Intelligence magazine in South Africa. Its the Back Page column, and is meant to be fun, irreverent, interesting. (I have secret ambitions to emulate the back page of the Fortune magazine). I thought

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
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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

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

How about doing an unconference?

We have all been to them, we all know what they are like and yet nothing changes. I’m talking about conferences in general and in some cases the strategy sessions and planning sessions that go on in the corporate world.

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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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

Social Software and Citizen Marketing

PVR was recently introduced into South Africa for the first time. MyPVR.co.za is a website built by an individual (Jason), completely dedicated to glorifying DStv’s new product. According to Jason, he does not get paid for the site or for

A fresh approach to Organisational Development

by Sonja Blignaut, Aiden Choles, Jean Cooper We live in a world where things, people and ideas are better connected than ever before. A world where work can flow across the globe as fast and as cheap as it doesin
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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’

They rule

Amazing web site based on Social Network Analysis

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

Share and play tag on the new web playground

Cool new software - tools that combine search tagging and social networks.
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Get OutFoxed!

In a nutshell, OutFoxed is about exploring ways for you to use your network of trusted friends to determine what's good, bad, and dangerous on the internet.
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Connection Economy Tools

“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.” Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle, Funky Business. This is the

MBA blogging community

BusinessWeek Online, who brought us Blogspotting and other fantastic business blogging resources, have added a new string to their blow. The MBA blogging community (still in beta version) allows users (MBA students, alum or recruiters) to start their own blogs

The Personality of the MD

My colleagues and I spend an awful lot of time in other people’s companies. We often only have a few hours with these companies, as we work with them at their conventions and conferences. These are not “typical” moments in

Microsoft SA launches Women in IT website

I picked up a post (more of a rant) by Rich…! at the always entertaining Jo’blog site referring to Microsoft SA’s recent “Women in IT” website launch. In essence the site is a community platform for SA women either interested

Talent Community: Face-to-Face

This evening marked the first of what I hope will be many insightful, interactive “real people” meetings for what has become known as the TomorrowToday.biz Talent Community. Much has been said and done electronically leading up to this point, as

MyCircle.co.za

You remember Barrie’s The Oracle of Kevin Bacon post? So just how prevalent is social networking in South Africa? (with a truly South African flavour, that is). Yahoo! Groups is a facility that some of us use, and we’re becoming
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CGM: Consumer-Generated Media

CGM “encompasses the millions of consumer-generated comments, opinions and personal experiences posted in publicly available online sources on a wide range of issues, topics, products and brands” and originates from: * Blogs * Message boards and forums * Public discussions

Die spammer scum!

We all hate spam (except for the Monty Python "Spam" skit, but that was, well, completely different). And there's been very little way to fight back...until now! The Blue Frogs are pioneering a way to stop spammers -

The Oracle of Kevin Bacon

You’ve probably heard of the concept that we’re all separated by only six-degrees-of-separation? Scary I know. Especially when you consider who you’re separated from by only six degrees (everybody actually) You can thank Stanley Milgram for the discovery. He ran
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Making the Connection Economy real

Over the past few months, I have been scracthing my head about this “connection economy” thing. Philosophically and intellectually, I understand it, and it makes perfect sense to me that we are transitioning to this new era. As I read

The Great HR Paradox: A thought bullet for CEOs everywhere

Never before has ‘HR’ (Human Resources) been so redundant within the corporation; yet paradoxically, never before has it been more needed.