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Are you getting the ROI you need from your conferences?

Posted on: October 20th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

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 many companies, probably necessary in order to cut back on costs and focus on surviving the downturn.  But as the economy picks up and conferences are once again being scheduled, there is a nagging doubt in the minds of many business leaders about the real return of investment from these meetings they are planning.

Many companies spend a large amount of money each year running conferences designed to grow their businesses – either internal staff events or conferences for their business partners, channel or sales teams.  ROI on a conference is notoriously hard to isolate, but there is no doubt that companies normally have very clear objectives for their conferences – normally to catalyse business growth or change behaviour in some way.

Teams of people, both internal and external, swarm around the planning and preparation for conferences.  Most of the effort is put into crafting a great experience for the delegates including the sourcing of interesting and entertaining venues, approving of the various menus for food, selecting themes and appropriate décor, and slotting in various speakers who have been designated to deliver specific messages.  As an added extra these teams will also attempt to source some external speakers to add a little bit of pizzazz, motivation, edutainment and expertise to the event.  All of this gets thrown in a pot, stirred round for a bit and out pops something that, truth be told, is remarkably similar to what you did last year and what your competitors are going to do next month.

This is a problem.  It can get a short term response and a good feeling from delegates.  But …
•    Does this type of event do anything more than a video conference might have achieved?
•    Or a well thought through incentive that would cost you a fraction of the price and energy?
•    Are conferences just an excuse for your team to have an expensive few days out of the office?
•    What is the return on investment?


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

Posted on: June 21st, 2010 by admin-kablooey No Comments

Graeme Codrington’s website describes him as:

an expert on the new world of work and multi-generational workplaces. He is a keynote presenter, author, futurist, facilitator and strategy consultant working across multiple industries and sectors. He blends cutting-edge research, thought leading insights with humour, a conversational style and multimedia-driven presentations to create unforgettable experiences that add real value.

I’ve worked with Graeme for 8 years now, and without too much duress, acknowledge 99% of the description : )

He’s always an interesting person to speak to as he continues to bring new and interesting thoughts to the table. Not just in his subjects of passion, but in almost anything you’re talking about. It was therefore great to be able to track him down while speaking at a conference in Spain to ask him to talk more about the New World of Work.

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TomorrowToday Breakfast presentation – 6 May 2010, JHB

Posted on: March 25th, 2010 by Jude Foulston 4 Comments

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. Organisations and Leaders who understand the implications of each of these trends, will gain significant competitive advantage as they anticipate the changes and thrive in an ever changing world.


Keith Coats -a futurist and recognised expert on leadership development. Strategic Leadership is a critical component for any successful business. In order to lead effectively, we need to rethink leadership and strategy at every level. To do this Keith asks the question: What is leadership in this new world of work and how do you learn it? Keith has formally taught, written and consulted on the topic in settings such as the USA, China, Japan, Sweden, Vietnam, UK, Thailand, Russia, Brazil and Africa, He will offer some recent thoughts and insights on this vital question gleaning from his vast international experience.

Barrie Bramley has a passion for understanding and developing talent, while also leading our team as the social software activist, assisting organisations to understand and work with this phenomenon. Barrie will share his latest insights on the remarkable new world of social media and communications technologies, as well as institutional changes in the world of work ‘ how the ‘rules of the game’ are changing.

Dr Graeme Codrington, now based in London, England, will be joining the breakfast session live and in person. Graeme’s international work, based in the financial and cultural heart of Europe and travelling to 15 countries every year, gives him a valuable perspective on the new world of work. Graeme has a passion for understanding how the changing world impacts on people and how they live, work, relate, interact and thrive. Graeme will talk about demographics, the environment, business sustainability and shifts in social values.

Collin Smith is an associate of TomorrowToday South Africa, with expertise in BEE, business development and generational interactions. His current key focus is ‘Generation Y’, the new generation of young people currently entering the world of work.

TomorrowTraining – Being experts in societal change, generational clashes, people adaptability and communication. TomorrowTraining can offer you and your colleagues a wealth of information, skills transformation and applications tailor-made to suit your line of work in the context of the new world of work. Essentially we can provide your workforce with skills that will enable them to do things differently in order to increase productivity. TomorrowTraining will give a brief overview of their course portfolio, and be available to interact with you at the breakfast.

Date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Time: 08H00 for 08H30 – 11H00
Venue: Pembi Woodmead Conference Centre
Building 21C, The Woodlands, Western Service Road, Woodmead, Sandton
Cost: R550 per person

To secure your place at this exclusive event:
Send your RSVP to Vicky , Jude or Laura by 30th April 2010
Deposit your R550 into the bank account listed below: using your company/name as reference
Standard Bank Edenvale
Branch Code ( 01-63-42-00) Current account 220 105 065

PodCast Update – Radical Proposal for Executive Pay

Posted on: March 23rd, 2010 by admin-kablooey 1 Comment

Graeme Codrington recently wrote about a ‘radical proposal for Executive pay‘.Here’s an exert from the post:

A century ago, executives earned anywhere between 3 and 20 times what the average worker in their factories earned. According to research by global human capital and risk management firm, Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), in 1965, CEO pay was 26 times that of their average worker. This is looking at the total packages, rather than base salary. By 1980, this had risen to 40 times. In 1989, it was 72 times. In 1999 it had risen to 310 times, and by 2004 CEO pay had reached 500 times that of the average worker in their firm. In some companies by 2010, this had jumped to over 1,000 times. (In pure salary terms, in 2008, US executives took home 319 times more than the average worker, according to a report linked to the Guardian’s salary survey).

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PodCast – Collaboration and Alliances

Posted on: June 18th, 2009 by admin-kablooey No Comments

PodCast Update – Graeme Codrington interviews Dean van Leeuwen (Director of TomorrowToday UK) around his MBA thesis on collaboration and alliances.

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