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Six Things you need to know to be a Future-Fit Leader

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by Keith Coats 9 Comments

Currently I am engaged in a series of workshops for chief executives from throughout the United Kingdom. These are business leaders of businesses from a variety of sectors and with annual turnovers ranging from £90m to £4m and with staff compliments from hundreds to 50. The workshops are focused on ‘leading in a changing world’ […]

Future-Fit Strategy: Do you have what it takes?

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Keith Coats No Comments

Strategy has often been confused with efficiency. If your ‘strategy’ is to be ‘efficient’ you have the wrong strategy. Efficiency is today nothing more than an organisational hygiene factor; when it comes to securing a competitive advantage, efficiency is necessary but not sufficient. More is needed. Jules Goddard of London Business School suggests that strategy […]

How to develop greater adaptive capacity in your team

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by Keith Coats No Comments

The leadership challenge is how to ensure that your organisation, your team has a deep adaptive capacity. It is ensuring that adaptability is part of your very DNA as you navigate the volatile, uncertain and complex future. In order to develop this vital adaptive capacity there are certain things that you can do as a […]

Tuesday Tips: Something different to try – in order to grow as a leader

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by Jude Foulston No Comments

In one of the ‘Leadership Lessons’ in our Future Fit Video Series (A series of practical exercises to grow your skills as a future-fit leader), Keith provides some insights around change being the constant context for leadership. Keith speaks about how ‘unrelenting global change will be the operating context of the future’ and how it is precisely this emerging reality […]

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

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by Keith Coats No Comments

In the course of my work I am often asked the question, ‘what do I / we need to do in order to thrive in the future?’ Of course that question comes in multiple formats but essentially that is the nub of what is being asked. As somebody who writes ‘Futurist’ under ‘Occupation’ on any […]

Tuesday Tip: Getting things that matter most done

Posted on: July 12th, 2016 by Keith Coats No Comments

The Problem: Getting things that matter most done Most of us struggle with not just getting things done but getting a balance between the things that have to be done and the things we would like to get done. The ‘like done’ is usually the one that losses out. Almost every time. So, is there […]

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

Posted on: May 27th, 2016 by Keith Coats 1 Comment

‘Never Again’ is the inscription inscribed in five languages at the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site a short distance outside Munich. A visit to such a place is not easy yet is entirely necessary. This is a place where man’s inhumanity and cruelty is laid bare. It is a place that is custodian to a […]

Future-Fit Leadership

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by Jude Foulston 2 Comments

Understanding what it means to be an Adaptive Leader

What it will take to develop futurefit leaders

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by Keith Coats No Comments

Having the opportunity to participate in several international leadership development programmes, I am concerned with the standard approach to leadership development. Much of leadership formation is seen primarily as a progamme rather than a process. The ‘progamme mentality’ drives towards an end result. ‘Complete the programme and you have a leader’ is basically how it […]

The greatest fear in change

Posted on: June 17th, 2015 by Jude Foulston No Comments

You may have seen the first video in our Future Fit Video Series (Leadership lessons for Adaptive Leaders). I’ve just uploaded the 17th video in the series for your viewing. The greatest fear in change. It’s a quick 2.36min video, but Keith manages to gives the viewer something to both think about, and a practical […]

The Need for Leaders to be Future Fit: Why it is important and what it will take

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Keith Coats No Comments

I am guessing that we have all had sporadic but inspirational bursts of the desire to get ‘into shape’- to repel the advancing years and waistline and slay the beast. The outcome is usually to get to the gym or don the less-worn running shoes and get to work. All too often these endeavours prove […]