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Tuesday’s Tip: Be Curious

We are often asked what the most important skills that we need to be successful in the future. Our, perhaps unexpected, answer is “to be curious”. The willingness to think about the world, to ask questions, to explore… are all

A $1,000 to Do (Almost) Whatever You Want

“Last month, one of my employees invoiced the company $300, plus tax, for French lessons. Another one billed us for a $190 real estate course. And then there was the surprise bill for $82 worth of pottery making classes. I
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Developing Futurefit Leaders: Why use outside service providers?

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

The Need to Stay Futurefit

Rapid progress is usually accompanied by greater instability. The impact of globalisation on our planet has reshaped, redefined and reordered almost everything. What this looks like and more importantly, what it means are avenues of inquiry that are neither simple

Is Leila Janah the most inspirational and exciting leader in the world?

When Leila Janah was very young she wanted to be an ocean explorer. Her hero was Jacques Cousteau and the exploits of the famed French undersea explorer on board The Calypso captivated her. Fascinated by the ocean and the creatures who lived

Tomorrow’s Jobs Today: Coming, Ready, or Not!!

In 15 years, when today’s children enter the workforce they will be applying for, and accepting, jobs that don’t exist today. Fortune magazine and The Futurist magazine have put out articles highlighting this reality. 11 Really Cool Jobs That Don’t
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Authentic Leadership: 7 Questions to be asking

In TomorrowToday we believe that one of leadership’s most important markers is that of authenticity. Of course most would immediately nod their heads in agreement but on deeper reflection it might be challenged, as surely there are times when leaders
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Websites to make you smarter

Inc magazine just published a really excellent list of 30 websites to make you remarkably smarter. We often talk to our audiences about “switching on the radar” and making sure that you lift your eyes beyond the next horizon. These

Reflections on Deloitte 2016 Global Millennial Survey

Since 2013 Deloitte has conducted an annual global survey looking at the status of Millennials in the workplace. These surveys can be viewed and downloaded: 2013 Global Millennial Survey 2014 Global Millennial Survey 2015 Global Millennial Survey The survey for
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Smart Leadership: Going beyond ‘Just a spoonful of sugar’

“This is what we storytellers do, we restore order with imagination. We instil hope again and again and again” is something Walt Disney said to P.L. Travers in convincing her to sign over the rights to her Mary Poppins in
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7 things you need to know about being the Boss.

So you’re now a ‘Boss’ to someone. Congratulations! It promises to be an interesting and no doubt challenging journey and there are a few things that you should be aware of as you assume this new responsibility. Before you start,
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The Best of Fast Company 2015

One of my favourite magazines/blogs/ezines is Fast Company. Every day I get a feast of reading from their team, direct to my inbox. Fast Company’s staff compiled their “best of” articles for 2015, and it’s a great list. You can

Signposting 2015: Colouring by Numbers

Were I to colour the picture of my year by numbers it would look something like this: 131 flights (45 international and 86 domestic). That equates to 24 days (a ‘day’ being 24 hours) of my year was spent in
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Going Unplugged: A Case Study & A Dare

“The business was still there when I got back” was the ah-ha revelation of John, a senior retail operations leader who dared go on holiday for two weeks without his cell phone. “In fact” he added, “my staff have grown
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Seeing the Invisible: Shedding light on our blindness

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

Reverse Mentoring

One of the ways TomorrowToday has helped senior leaders to make a real connect with the young people in their teams is to suggest a concept of reverse mentoring. ‘Reverse mentoring’ is simple – you ask young people in your team
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How to study at MIT, Harvard, or Stanford for free

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

How to get along with your Boomer boss!

One of the undoubted privileges that we have in TomorrowToday Global is to be invited to participate or to speak at numerous talent programs. These are programs that are filled with young people entering the workplace – highly qualified, very

The Challenge with Giving Feedback

A friend of mine recently attended the Global Leadership Summit and was enthusiastically sharing with me an excellent talk she had heard about giving feedback. It sounded as though the talk had been tailored to the audience and had covered
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Come to work every day as if it were your first day.

Adi Dassler, a cobbler by trade, who founded Adidas, once said, “Come to work every day as if it were the first time. This will prevent you being blinded by routine”. Routine and established processes that can be captured by

Dealing with our ignorance of the world – video

One of my favourite people in the world is Hans Rosling. He has a fantastic way of making statistics come alive, and is on a global mission to help us get right data about the world we live in. He
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Leadership is a collective: A thought experiment to try

Leadership is a collective… it happens at every level, with everyone in every action and every activity. As a Leader, you are accountable to exercise leadership properly. Leadership has to be relevant. Leadership has to be willing to change with

Top 5 in the Future of Work (29 Aug 2015)

My top five best reads on issues related to the future of work this past week: Inclusive Leadership The Answer To Diversity In The Workplace, by one of our ex-associates, Buhle Dlamini Inc magazine: 3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired
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Brokers of Hope: Jonah and Joost, a study in life.

I am going to deviate substantially from my ‘usual article format’ and rather try to capture something that, as I watched it, moved me deeply. Something that caused me to reflect about life and life’s purpose; about the strange and unpredictable

On leadership: Wanting to hear

“You are not going to listen unless you want to hear,” said Denis, a friend, former colleague and mentor of mine as we met over a cup of coffee at our usual coffee shop – a convenient halfway point between

Silence: The most important gift for any leader?

The quietest place on earth is reputedly an echo-free chamber in Minnesota, USA. It absorbs 99.99% of sound. It is said that in the chamber one can hear your lungs breathing, you blood flowing through your veins and even you

Top 5 Reads: The Future World of Work (12 June 2015)

My top 5 reads on the future world of work this past week have been the following: A bit of self promotion first: Our new book was launched this past week, “Leading in a Changing World”. You can get the

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

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

The Freelance Economy is growing

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

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

On Leadership and Learning

There is a lot of good leadership advice ‘out there’ and I have found that what tends to happen is the right insights find you rather than the other way around. In other words you may have come across some
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Effective Influence and Connection

Clients regularly ask for tips and tricks on how they can connect with, and influence, Digital Natives. The foundation of this need is that they see a demographic group who see the world so differently to them that they don’t
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An easy way for leaders to learn

It is said that a good or effective blog answers a relevant question. That being the case, here is a question every leader serious about being futurefit ought to be asking: How can I learn? Pause for a moment and

VUCA – four organizational culture touch points for Digital Natives

Digital Natives have grown up in a world that has been called the VUCA world. This is an acronym that covers four areas outlined below. V equals volatile U equals uncertain C equals complex A equals ambiguous There is a

Curiosity and How to avoid the ‘How To’ Seduction

The statistics and our own research conclusively points to the fact that ‘how to’ headlines, titles and literature sells. (This being the case any article with not one but two ‘how to’s’ in the title ought to be a complete

Top 5: This week in the Future of Work (1 May 2015)

Here are the top five articles I have read this week relating to the changing world of work, leadership and disruptive trends. The sword, the printing press and the algorithm: Three technologies that changed the world Cisco’s CEO on Staying

Five reasons why the Gen X – Gen Y divide is the next talent management bridge.

Generation Y are not just younger versions of Generation X. Generation X look at Generation Y and see themselves. Gen X don’t see themselves as old, so when they look at younger men and women they resonate with much of
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Tiny habits to integrate a new generation into the workplace

BJ Fogg has developed a behavior change model that is a useful point of reference to help organizations make the changes required to be effective employers of choice for generation Y and generation Z. The equation B= MAT summarizes the

Sad @ Work

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in collaboration with Hexor, recently released the most contemporary study in Depression in the workplace- the results are staggering[1]. Depression is so often referred to as a “soft” issue, a HR concern

Working in intensity

How are you, Joe? I am SO busy. There is so much going on. I can’t wait for this busy time to be over and we must get together for some lunch and a catch up. Three months pass……. How
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Beyond titles and tag-lines: Bringing out the best in your team

It is an idea so simple, a suggestion so commonplace, it is hard to believe it can be something so overlooked or neglected. In their book ‘Organisations’ authors Bryan Bonner and Alexander Bolinger write about how to get the best
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The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory

The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory’ is a Chinese proverb that I recently stumbled upon and is one that I believe captures an important point for leaders. It is a good reminder to leaders for two

Three Critical Things You Need to Focus On in 2015

Many people and businesses focus on the wrong things. What will your business be measuring in 2015? If your focus is on your competitors, your market share and internal efficiencies you may miss significant changes coming your way. In a

Deep Games – Video Games for Grown Ups

Imagine a game where there are no evil monsters, deranged zombies or blood sucking aliens, no high-calibre weapons and most surprisingly no scorekeeping of any sort. Rather the game is an allegorical adventure that explores how we might understand and

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

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

Career Conversations

The world of work provides us with many choices. We can choose our employer and the duration that we want to work for that employer. We can choose to join the entrepreneurial trend and be our own boss. As flexible
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Are your companies’ mentoring efforts adding enough value?

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

Three ways to deal with failure, by Seth Godin

Seth Godin is one of my favourite authors and business thinkers. I find his daily blog inspirational and insightful. Here’s one from a while ago that has really stuck with me. I think Seth is spot on with this insight,

Mentoring and Development – The Enneagram as a development tool

We have been using the Enneagram as an assessment instrument in a Top Talent development programme for a large corporation.  We have been wowed by the insights this tool has given us into the development needs of the 200 participants,

Surfing the TIDES of Change – part 1

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

The 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

What teachers really want to tell parents

As southern hemisphere schools start up a new academic year, and teachers and pupils head back to school, the single biggest complaint I hear repeatedly when speaking to teachers has to do with parents. Over the past decade or so,

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

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make (HBR Blog)

As we head into a new year, an article on the Harvard Business Review blog network caught my eye. It went beyond those pithy list type emails and Facebook status updates you get at this time of year, with some

Two important questions every leader should be asking.

Over the past month I have been writing a series on how to be a great leader – how to become an adaptive leader. In today’s context there is an urgent need to rethink the approach and practice of leadership.

So you want to become a great leader?

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

How Does The Enneagram Help With Understanding Others

Once you have had time to ponder over the accuracy of the Enneagram through using it for self-observation, you can begin to use the Enneagram to observe other people. Not like a voyeur might, but rather as a mechanism through

The Enneagram: A Tool To Understand Diversity

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

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.

Creating a Living Legacy

Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States of America wrote; “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those

The Enneagram, A Tool For Self- Observation

The French philosopher, Marcel Proust, said that the true journey of discovery does not consist of searching for new landscapes, but in having new eyes I loved that quote and agree with him. We have all heard that saying when

Book review: The Exceptional Speaker

Public speaking is a vital skill for anyone anywhere to master. I do it professionally – and it’s a privilege to do so. But I do realise how daunting and difficult public speaking can be, and I do what I

Why Once-Off Training Is Not Sustainable

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

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

On leadership: Your next 10 moves, think carefully!

What is your ‘next move’ as a leader? Well, of course that would depend exactly on what it is we are talking about, but here would be a variety of topics – and some suggestions as to your ‘next move’.

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

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

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

What The Trophy Kids Need Most From Their Place Of Work

Last month I wrote an article entitled ‘The Trophy Kids Have Arrived For Work’, which talked about some of the characteristics of Generation Y in the workplace. In that article I also gave some tips on how employers could manage

Three Reasons Why You Should Mentor Someone In Your Organisation

Mentorship is not a new concept. The word Mentor comes from the Ancient Greek writer Homer’s epic story called The Odyssey. The story is of a hero, called Odysseus, who takes ten years to return home from the Trojan War.

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

Reasons Why Good Presentation Skills Are A Business Differentiator

Never before in social history has it been more important to learn how to package information in such a way that it is palatable for your audience to hear; and easy to remember, in other words, learn how to present

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.

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

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

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