I’ve been working with the HR function of a large organisation lately and the engagement has been two-fold.  One is teaching principles of systems thinking, change management, team development, facilitation, coaching and strategic planning.  The other side is coaching and mentoring various...

Following on from my last blog, Future of YOUR work I have been thinking about the massive size of the scope of a project like “Future of work” for an organisation.   Scope is always a problem generally in managing change, particularly when the opportunities for improvement in many...

Whether you are a morning person (early bird) or an evening person (night owl) it’s likely that you still have to show up to an office or workplace according to routine hours.  And for about 80% of us, it's expected to be a 9am to 5pm work day.  I know many of you now are reading this and...

There’s a new radio ad from MYOB that keeps grabbing my attention, as it’s a play on the old “what advice would you give your younger self”.  The ad has someone taking a phone call from their future selves, telling them that business is booming and they should make the decision to get onto MYOB...

Professional services firm, Ernst & Young UK recently announced that having a graduate degree was no longer on the list of pre-requisites to be considered for employment.  Their rationale was that a degree was no indication of skill, knowledge or ability.   I have worked with professional...

I seem to have attracted lots of articles recently into my various social media feeds about the notion of 30 hour work weeks, or 5 hour work days (or even 4 hour work weeks!).  And they say this is the future of work. However, I reckon it’s the NOW of work, but we aren’t reaping the benefits of...

I write a lot about the future of work and a recent article caught my eye regarding the future of living. Much has been said about co-working spaces and the versatility and cost savings it promotes for small (or large) businesses.  With the increased ability for most of us to work anywhere...

So much has been written about the future of work that has a somewhat bleak angle. The idea that robots will take our jobs is not a new one. However whether this future is presented as Utopian or Dystopian depends entirely on the current social, cultural and political climate.   All of our...

I think we have always come at this from the wrong angle.  Instead of accepting that no-one is indispensable, I think we should be asking ourselves “How do I become indispensable?” With the amount of media coverage currently being given to AI and Robotics, it is more important than ever to...

    I have been reading and researching for my next book “The First Two Hours” and have come across many articles around the notion of how we are slaves to our smart phones and other technologies. We are technically addicted.   Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to test a few...

How good are we at storytelling?  Or at describing a compelling future or vision of success for a task or project?   People are motivated by having a sense of purpose about their work.  In his book Drive, Daniel Pink says there is a trifecta of intrinsic motivators: Autonomy, mastery and ...

By definition, a rainmaker is “a person whose influence can initiate progress” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).  What this means for the future of work is that irrespective of what technology throws at us, we will still need to navigate workplace politics, influence with integrity and find ways to...

This is about harnessing and leveraging diversity and inclusion in an increasingly global world.  If you aren’t already working across cultures or boundaries, you soon will be. Your ability to tolerate, include and leverage diversity will be a key to future success.  Acting as a diplomat not...

I’m a member of a fantastic tribe of Thought Leaders.  We get together every quarter to share tales of success and failure, support each other and work on our thought leadership and building our businesses.  Apart from the obvious benefits from hanging out with like-minded people, I also have...

In the report Future Work Skills 2020, the Institute For The Future nominated Sense Making as the number one skill required for the future.  They defined it as “the ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.”   We are bombarded with information in...

Whilst technology will always influence the way in which we do our work, and there are a plethora of articles around at the moment about how robotics and technology will remove a number of jobs of the future, I believe people will always be working with people, and there are skills we will...

I read an article recently about how it’s likely that most of us born after 2000 will live until we are 100. Having just turned 50 myself, this means I’m at my half way point and I feel excited about the possibilities of the next 50 years. Good health permitting, I intend to work in some...

My daughter said to me recently that she couldn’t believe how productive she could be in the last hour of the day.  There was something about the looming (self imposed) deadline of 5pm that gave her a motivated rush to get stuff done between 4pm and 5pm.   I often feel this rush at the...

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