Last week I attended the World Futures Society Conference, in Chicago. At this conference I connected a few dots together about the role of ‘Big’ in the future. And I am not just talking about Big Data (Big Da). There were clear signs that there is more to big. As leaders, we need to understand BIG and its role in changing the way we work. Big is the future. There are four main ways in which this can be considered. Meet the Big Family:
How would you like a video about your organisation and your leadership of it, to be seen by millions of people? Sound exciting? What about if the message was negative rather than positive? Still so keen?
Organisations are struggling to find, engage and keep talent. In order to meet the increasingly diverse needs of staff we must get feedback on a regular basis, not rely on once-a-year engagement surveys. High performance talent is grown by high performance cultures.
Organisations that attract and retain people have some key features. There are some clear signals… Read blog post >
Future leadership requires new thinking. 3D Printing sends some clear signals to leaders. What can we learn? Customisation is key. Collaboration is king (and queen). Immediacy is expected. Ethics matters more than ever. If we are to thrive in the future, we need to take these signals into account.
In the last two blogposts I have focused on the Here’s What aspect of 3D Printing. While this is interesting, it is of no real value unless we do something with the information. This post shares some of the themes that I see arising as a result of 3D Printing. So what?
In my last blogpost, 3D Printing: Disruption or Hype? I posed some questions about 3D printing and encouraged you to explore some of the vocabulary and understandings around 3D concepts. In this post I want to link to some of the definitions. There are experts in this field so rather than duplicate their explanations I have provided links to the relevant sites and experts…
3d printing. It has become one of the buzz words of 2013. It has been described as the next big disruption. This series of blog posts will explore 3d printing in more detail, particularly in terms of its links with leadership for the future. What is it a signal of? How should leaders respond?
A new generation of leaders is already impacting on our world. Many of these are not yet in their teens. Many are still at school. These examples, in Storify, are just the tip of the iceberg. We need to nurture this new breed of leaders, and to start preparing for them now. What you will see will blow you away!
There are new opportunities – are you willing to lead in new directions? To think differently? To mix together two ideas that seem not to fit? 2013 is the year of courageous leadership, where we all look to the future and stop holding onto those cherished ideas that have no place in today’s thinking. What are some ideas to let go of? Here are some suggestions:
As technology continues to grow rapidly we will be faced with some interesting dilemmas as humans. In order to develop leaders to cope with these challenges we will need to instil a high degree of ethical leadership in them. As computers begin sensing things for themselves, predicting your needs and interacting with their environments, it will be increasingly difficult to determine the boundaries between humans and machines.