South Africa Business Events Catalogue now available

For anyone who does conferencing work in Southern Africa, the Business Events Africa catalogue is an invaluable resource, listing providers of conferencing facilities, speakers and related services. It’s just been published and will be available in printed format. But the

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

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

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

‘Tell them what they want to know not just what you want to tell them’

This is an familiar quote to anyone well versed in designing learning and development interventions for executive audiences from any sector in the private or public domain. It relates to ensuring that the designers listen to the client issues before

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

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
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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
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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

Inc.com’s Best Business Books picks

I am a big fan of Inc magazine. It’s aimed at “new world of work” entrepreneurs and small businesses, and always has insightful and useful articles. One caught my eye in particular, as it came from Leigh Buchanan, who, amongst
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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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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.
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Why Sir Alex Ferguson Was Such A Successful Manager

Whether or not you are a Manchester United fan, it would be difficult to argue with the fact that as a business this football club has been massively successful, to say nothing of their success as a sports team. In
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Where have all the jobs gone?

It seems hard to believe that it was a year ago that Britain was excited, but nervous about hosting the Olympic games of 2012. There were many voices of doom that predicted the games would be a disaster and we

The best TED talks

At one level, there is no such thing as “the best TED talk”. When the best thinkers in the world share a soundbite of insight the results are extraordinary, and there’s a reason that TED conferences are almost always sold

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

The Goldilocks Principle: On Learning Leadership

Some years ago I asked a friend who was responsible for some of the most successful TV adverts in South Africa – she was the advertising agency’s account manager for a fast food brand – what made the adverts so
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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
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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
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False Truth Hunting

As a change agent I have come to believe that the most formidable inhibitors to change are our false truths.  Each and everyone one of us have false truths that can sabotage our potential.  And our false truths are widespread
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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
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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

Our colleagues in the UK have formed a partnership with our business television friends at yourBusinessChannel, and they’re pleased to bring you TomorrowToday TV. On this channel, we feature a selection of short video clips from business experts to get

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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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

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
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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

Women take the fast track – and we’re part of the process

The FT yesterday ran a piece about a programme for the development of women leaders at Novartis. The programme was headed by Duke Corporate Education MD, Liz Mellon. The reason this article caught my eye, is that our workshops and

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

Social Media Bootcamps – Joburg Dates

The Social Media Boot Camp is a crash course in Social Media and Web 2.0 with a specific focus on using it strategically for business. According to the Friendship 2.0 report published by MWEB, Social Media has become the main

Social Media Bootcamp – Durban

The Social Media Boot Camp is a crash course in Social Media and Web 2.0 with a specific focus on using it strategically for business. According to the Friendship 2.0 report published by MWEB, Social Media has become the main
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Leadership: What Is Your Training Schedule?

Swimmers take your marks . . . All three of our kids can swim. Two of them, Tamryn and Sipho, rather well. In fact both have won Victrix/Victor Ludorum for their aqua efforts and Sipho has gained his provincial colours.

Does your brand need to get a little more social?

We all know that social media is by no means new, however it’s astounding how many businesses have failed to recognise it as a powerful marketing tool. It’s changed the way brands and consumers communicate and is something companies can
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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

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

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

The Decoding of Contact Pages

You can’t call it a contact page if it’s not – what do I mean by this? So many businesses have an amazing website, which is appealing to the eye, interactive and easy to navigate, yet their contact us page

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
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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

The need for Social Reinvention

When you drop a mentos mint into a bottle of Diet Coke the rough edges of the Mentos are filled with Diet Coke and a chemical reaction takes place producing CO2 . The CO2 causes the Diet Coke to fizz
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Reverse Mentoring: What Leaders Can Learn From The ‘Young Snots’

It did not take very long for me to realize that, in this instance, I had more learn than to teach. It was to prove an accurate assessment. As coffee was served, Mike sat opposite me having requested the meeting,
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Reverse Mentoring: What Leaders Can Learn From The 'Young Snots'

It did not take very long for me to realize that, in this instance, I had more learn than to teach. It was to prove an accurate assessment. As coffee was served, Mike sat opposite me having requested the meeting,
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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

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

Great questions about your self education and development

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure

Great questions about your self education and development

Thanks to Brainpickings for this find. In an excellent and inventive book, “344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment” designer Stefan G. Bucher presents a compendium of flowcharts and lists to help you figure
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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

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
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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

What does Social Media mean to you?

if you’re amongst the many people that are totally overwhelmed by Social Media, who may love and use Facebook for your personal networking or connecting with school friends but haven’t seen or understood the value of using this tool for
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Why People Over 45 Need Mentoring

In a world that has seriously changed and is continuing to change at an exponential rate, lots of ‘unthinkables’ become normal everyday. One of the biggest shifts in social behaviour over the last 30 to 50 years has been this

What type of society stops valuing teachers?

I come from a family of teachers. My sister, a few cousins and some uncles and aunts are all teachers. An uncle, an aunt, a cousin and my father have all been head teachers. An aunt founded a school. My
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Dad, what’s a virgin? Leadership and Communication

Keegan’s birthday. The decision is that he can take a select few to a movie and that mom and dad will act as chauffeurs for the occasion. The select few turn out to be the entire rugby team; well, so
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Retaining Talent – a lesson for the Tech Industry [infographic]

Retaining talent has always been an interesting challenge in business. This infographic about the Technology Industry showed this very cleary, albeit not what the graphic was initialy created for. Take a careful look and see that most of the top
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Self-evaluation: the means to enduring effectiveness

I unashamedly love Christmas and all that it brings with it. Deep down I suspect that some mistake was made in the cosmic scheme of things as I would be far better suited to a northern hemisphere Christmas than to
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Because You’re Not a Business School

Not too long ago TomorrowToday was invited to throw our hat into the ring for the procurement of an Executive Leadership Development Programme for an International Developmental Agency that falls under the auspices of the United Nations. I had done
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Is the information landscape in which we currently find ourselves a wasteland or an oasis?

I set out to write about the current South African education system; and what, in my opinion, is lacking in this space, how it is not serving the youth of today and how business (and ultimately the economy) is suffering

Top tips for mentoring the next generation of talent

In tough times, people matter. Ensuring your staff are passionate and focused is a critical leadership task right now. One of the most effective techniques for motivating your younger staff in particular is to provide ongoing development for them, especially
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Ownership 2.0: Expectations from management

“His heart is pounding as he tries to fight off the tension warring in his soul. A good few days have been dragging past now since he delivered his last address to the people. Sleeping and eating hasn’t been the
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Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

On Wednesday 13 April 2011 in Fiksburg, the Free State, South Africa, a service delivery protest turned ugly and an unarmed man named Andries Tatane, a breadwinner and father, was allegedly beaten and then shot with rubber bullets by members
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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

Invitations to see the TomorrowToday team live (April to June 2011)

The TomorrowToday UK key presenters have a number of public events coming up in the next few months. Details are listed below – follow the links to book your seats, and let us know you’re coming so we can connect
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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

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
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The importance of balance

I was sitting in a coffee shop staring out over the ocean in a windy Cape Town reflecting on a debate I had just with a client about the significance of blue chip companies having to accommodate change in order

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,

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.

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

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

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

Calling out to those connecting to – and connected to – call centres

“Call centres are the electronic assembly lines of the new economy” – Phil Jennings, Union Network International The last few months have been a busy and exciting time for Tomorrow Training. We have been up to a lot of good

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

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

Yes, it will cost more

I spend much of my time helping companies to create corporate cultures that will attract and retain talented young people. This involves looking at everything from terms and conditions of employment, remuneration policies and bonus schemes, to office layout, use

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

TomorrowToday UK: why we blog

Some may wonder why we set up this blog, and the partner international blog. After all, in a knowledge/information economy, isn’t it crazy to give away so much of your intellectual capital? Why would you put your internal discussions, creative

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 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

SPAR, Good for You: Real Learning

“Let’s get rid of the tables” came the suggestion.  An innocent enough suggestion but one that signalled a significant shift had taken place. It was the SPAR Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) reunion and the 2009 / 10 cohort had organised
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Graeme Codrington speaking in Johannesburg, 19 August

If you’re in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 19 August, this may be of interest to you… Unique Speakers Bureau presents… A rare opportunity to join Dr Graeme Codrington at a public keynote presentation of “The TIDES of Change“… Thursday 19th

Career Development: Understanding that you are paid to KIS

“You’re getting paid for your knowledge, intelligence and skills” was the message I heard a Director share with young staff that were on a two-year entry-level management development programme. He was encouraging those present to accept responsibility for their own

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

‘Playing the game’ in a connection economy

That’s right, it’s here, you know it, not just the World Cup, but also what we have called a ‘connection economy’, also known as a connective economy, people economy, an EQ-based economy or an emotion economy. We have known this

How various industries are using Twitter

Mashable, the social media guide website 10 Ways Universities Are Engaging Alumni Using Social Media Click the title above to access the full story and all the details. The author suggests the following ten uses of social media uses to

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

Change, Change, Change…Context, Context, Context!

At the Global Leaders Conference I listened to an American professor speak on change. It was his first trip to China. What I heard, which at face value made good sense, was your typical ‘change theory’ proposition. There were two

101 Great YouTube video resources for teachers

I came across an excellent site earlier today, which offered a categorised list of YouTube video resources for teachers. The site seems to have come and gone (and now come back again). It’s such a great resource, I don’t think

Gen Y are coming soon to Business Schools

In January this year, Business Week magazine did a short but insightful piece on how the next generation of today’s young people might impact higher education – especially business schools. It’s not comprehensive, but it certainly is enough to start

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

Selling Solutions

The world has supposedly only just come out of a recession so our real work is just beginning. The South African economy certainly did not fair as badly as the European and American ones, but we have definitely seen a

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

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

How We Do Leadership Development Needs To Change

Traditional leadership learning programmes are in need of revision. In spite of a massive emphasis and investment in leadership education, the return on this investment has often disappointed. This in part can be explained by traditional models of developing leaders

Technology to connect us: A story before bed (dot com)

For most of our lifetime, technology has been accused of driving us apart – of separating us. And we railed against this as human beings. Computers have brought efficiency, but also sterility. They’ve allowed us to communicate, but not connect.

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

Speakerrate – tell that speaker what you thought of him

For a while now, we’ve been talking about going “beyond the hype” of social media (see an article I wrote about this, and our presentation/workshop of the same name). Our argument is that the concepts behind social media will shape

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.

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
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TomorrowToday Breakfast presentation – 6 May 2010, JHB

You are invited to an informal business breakfast on the 6th May, in Woodmead Johannesburg. Join the TomorrowToday team as they share their latest research, which uncovers the 5 key drivers of disruptive change found in almost every industry today.

Are you wasting your money on leadership development?

Behaviourist B.F. Skinner maintained that education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten. There has been much written about the need to create learning organisations and more resources than fleas on a stray dog have been

Presenting TomorrowTraining

If you have been following Keith, Barrie, Graeme and Dean’s informative, intriguing, interesting and investigative antics via ezine over the past while, you are no doubt becoming familiar with what the New World of Work implies. You have probably been

Knowing What You Don’t Know is Important

Yes it’s true. I’m getting coached in ‘Social Media’. “About time” some might say but it’s not just about how to engage in the various kinds of social media available – it’s about learning how to, ‘connect the dots’. It

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 –

Which movie does that come from? (Wonder know more!)

I picked up a tweet recently which talked of a great new resource called MovieClips. Simple concept – you can remember a line from a movie, but cannot for the life of you remember which movie it’s from. You could
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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

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

Help! Linking Theory & Practice

I am attending a leadership symposium titled, Indigenous Knowledge and Leadership in Africa Colloquium: Leading in Africa hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Leadership Centre and Africa Ignite. Gathered here are some of the Continent’s most impressive minds when it

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’

Was I only dreaming?

Last night I had the wierdest experience. I woke up in the early hours of the morning, wakened by a disturbing moment in a fairly vivid dream (the contents of which are not important for this story). My throat was

How, when and why I Tweet and Blog

I’m often asked how I use social media, so I thought it might be helpful to do a quick blog about it. Not because you really care about me, but because it might help spark some thoughts about how you

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

From Hawaii: What Survives?

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten (Skinner). The real test of any educational programme can only be truly tested after a significant period of time. This makes a mockery of the way in which

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
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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 –

What makes for good learning?

We have all been in ‘the classroom’. For some a refuge and brief respite from the turmoil of the office; for others a world they have never left for the reality of the outside world; and then for many, a

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

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.

Sustainability – how to engage employees

by Ben Kellard, 27th May 2009 Reposted extract from: Forum for the Future How can you embed sustainability in a way that motivates employees? It’s a challenge for many leaders faced with the question of how to maintain the momentum

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

Life Training: Training that develops effective people VS effective employees will hold the fabric of your organisation together

Traditional skills programmes can’t be applied to everyone within a workforce as they more often than not are very job specific. In years gone by, one gained the skills necessary to complete ones work through on-the-job training. People Skills (Soft

Top tips for mentoring the next generation of talent

In tough times, people matter. Ensuring your staff are passionate and focused is a critical leadership task right now. One of the most effective techniques for motivating your younger staff in particular is to provide ongoing development for them, especially
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How to get kids to look at great art (and enjoy it)

A good friend of mine recently asked me why a self-professed social liberal reads The Spectator magazine. It’s simple really – as an author, I enjoy reading great writing, and I don’t think there is better use of the English
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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.

Online video – Graeme speaking about Millennial generation and school leadership

Graeme Codrington recently spoke at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust conference in Birmingham, England. The audience was over 2,000 head teachers of secondary schools in the UK. He was asked to adapt his “Mind the Gap” presentation for a
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Generations and Training

Generational theory is for all intents and purposes deceptively simple yet the effects of intergenerational differences on training within the workplace are anything but simple and increasingly are having a profound effect on the roll-out of training in organisations. This

The Power of Imagination

JK Rowling gave the 2008 graduation address at Harvard. You can read and watch it here. I think it’s excellent, focusing on the benefits of learning from failure and imagination. This section is the best for me: Unlike any other
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Training the Millennial Generation

A new generation of students – those born Internet-ready – is working it’s way throught the school system, and is about to hit the workplace, with all of its training rooms and courses. This “Millennial generation” (sometimes called “generation Y”)
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Where’s my silver bullet?

I am sitting in a full day session with Gary Hamel. I didn’t pay enough money to be alone with him, so I am sharing the hall with a few hundred other people, representing many of South Africa’s top corporates
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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.
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Hokule’a sets sail

According to Wikipedia: HÅ?kÅ«le’a is a full-scale replica of a wooden sailing vessel (Polynesian voyaging canoe) used in ancient Hawaii. Its name means “star of gladness” in Hawaiian, and the name refers to the star Arcturus, a guiding zenith star

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
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Great presentations need great impact moments

Here’s one example from David Siegel – writer, speaker, strategist in the US: The scene: a meeting of the Direct Marketing Association that took place last October. In a banquet room in Toronto, before an audience of roughly 2,500 people,
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Women studying MBAs

It is a worldwide trend that women do not pursue MBAs as much as men. A recent Stanford lecture gave some insights. Pursuing an MBA is a career choice. Its no use doing the degree without a plan for the

Inviting People to Grow

A universal truth about a group photo is that, once it has been taken and the picture developed, the photo is only as good as each individual thinks they look. Make sense? Next time you are looking at a group
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Unconferencing

Dave Winer has come up with the idea for an unconference out of sheer desperation – conferences are malignantly boring. Here’s the full text, or you can read his post here. “The idea for an unconference came while sitting in

Bridging the generation gap: A High School Sociology assignment

For all the teachers who read this, and are interested in generational theory, here is a great lesson plan that helps children develop a multitude of skills, and at the same time learn something about the generation gap. There is
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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

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.

South Africa's prospects

Image courtesy of www.lowveldnet.co.za The Economist (14 Jan 2006) carries a report on investment in South Africa. They suggest: “Spend more but wisely” (read the full story here – login required). Simply put, the article points out that South Africa’s

South Africa’s prospects

Image courtesy of www.lowveldnet.co.za The Economist (14 Jan 2006) carries a report on investment in South Africa. They suggest: “Spend more but wisely” (read the full story here – login required). Simply put, the article points out that South Africa’s
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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

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
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Computer Games at School – Your help needed

I do quite a bit of work with my girls’ school, and have convinced them to start a computer games club at the school – as an extra mural option for the girls at the school. But, now, they’ve asked
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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

Defining the "Knowledge Worker"

The New Straits Times (Malaysia) is running a column today on “K-workers key to our survival” by Butt Wai Choon (MD of Microsoft Malaysia). The focus is on developing knowledge workers in the ICT sector of Malaysia. However, it starts

Defining the “Knowledge Worker”

The New Straits Times (Malaysia) is running a column today on “K-workers key to our survival” by Butt Wai Choon (MD of Microsoft Malaysia). The focus is on developing knowledge workers in the ICT sector of Malaysia. However, it starts
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Enact GI Bill for workers

Here’s a thought from the DeMoines Register: Its time for America to enact another GI Bill – to give free education to “veterans”, to upskill them for a new economic reality. The previous time this was done was for veterans
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An update from TomorrowConnecting.biz

?ic@TomorrowConnecting.biz is a blog dedicated to understanding HyperNetworking Technologies (blogs, wikis, RSS, etc.) and their impact on society and business. This week we’ll be running a Blogging 101 series – specifically designed to unpack (in plain English) what blogs are,

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

Watching a Master

I have played the trumpet since I was 11, and even spent two years doing it professionally, including a year as lead trumpeter of the National Serviceman’s Orchestra of the South African Air Force (whilst conscripted in the late 1980s).

Blogging in the classroom

I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking around the plausibility of incorporating blogging in classrooms. The idea first struck me while catching up on my Biology skills with The Learning Channel on SABC 3 just the other day. I
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The TomorrowToday.biz University

Post-graduate Programmes offered: Innovation Storytelling Leadership Diversity Generations Strategy Team dynamics Communication Learning etc. Why not?
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Finding Information on the Web

Original concept by Stephen Wildstrom from BusinessWeek, 25 July/1 August 2005 – (click here – premium content) “Popular wisdom holds that you can find anything on the Web. And if you’re looking for information on products, transportation schedules, or tourist

The New Generation Gap

Digitally savvy students learn differently than their analogue-trained professors are prepared to teach them. How do we bridge the divide? By Susan S. Szenasy Posted at http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/story.php?artid=1521 on July 25, 2005 “If I showed you a 1982 Memphis chair from

The problem with HR doing leadership development

The more I deal with HR departments in various companies the more I have come to understand that if it is HR that is entrusted with leadership development (and it usually is) the more it is likely to fail. Let

A Virtual Coach

A change of schools is usually a bit disruptive for most ten year olds. When it’s from a football playing English medium to and rugby playing Afrikaans one – the change can be traumatic. Playstation can change all that …

What is real education?

This week I have enjoyed several great conversations around leadership as I have accompanied Nick Barker to various meetings. Nick heads up the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) at the East West Center in Hawaii. Here is one memorable quote
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11 Steps to a Better Brain

The New Scientist of 28 May 2005, lists 11 ways in which you can boost brain performance and/or slow the effects of ageing on your grey matter. See the full story here. In short, they are: Smart drugs – drugs

Reverse Mentoring

Every Monday morning, my 92 grandmother sits down at her computer and bangs out an email to all her children (2), grandchildren (7 + 6 in laws) and great-grandchildren (6 at last count), as well as a few nieces and

Amazing opportunity at Tshwane University of Technology

Hi team, I had a great exploratory conversation with Hannelie Minnaar, the Assistant Registrar at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) this morning. I invited her to interact with us on this opportunity via our blogger so that these ideas
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The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence

I have been a fan of Dan Tapscott for years. He was one of the first authors to fully grasp the implications of the Internet technology, and has been writing about its potential and impact since the early 1990s. I

How is this adding value to other people?

A number of things coalesced for me this evening – so I can’t help myself- I should have been in bed twenty minutes ago. I got home a few hours ago, after a great presentation to about 250 parents at

Lessons from where you least expect them

I spent 8 hours driving yesterday, to have a 90 minute meeting. Well an interview actually. I met with Thomas Schmuck. He manages a building supply store that is part of the Build It franchise (Click here for their web

Universities no longer favouring the “sausage factories”

In the past decade, a number of chains of private schools have sprung up around South Africa. They provide a quality education, of course, but one of their primary focuses and certainly one of their primary marketing tools is to

Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.

Updated, February 2010 If you copy and paste this saying into Google you’ll get 3520 hits attributing the saying either to Aristotle, Confucius or some native American wizard. Yet it is just as true today as it was hundreds of