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Leaders of the future will need to remix their capabilities, pivot like never before and embrace new relationships. Why? Because we are experiencing an exponential growth of knowledge; the explosion of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the increased capabilities of virtual and online experience; a concern for the widening equity gap; and the increased diversification of our workforces. How do we attract and keep talent? How do we keep an outwards mindset while still working in today’s world?

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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:

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Future leadership in 3D

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.

 

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Never before has influence been more important. Influence creates ripples that can gain momentum and make waves. We know that influence can also be negative. Future leaders must be clear – influence must be about changing the world for the better….bit by bit….

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Time and time again the importance of dialogue is reinforced as an important tool for future leadership. It is dialogue that aids understanding and helps people to connect with others in the organisation and beyond. The following video provides a good example of this in practice.

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My thinking for 2012 is very much focused on ‘future leadership’ trends. Of course there are some aspects of leadership that remain just as important. But I’m particularly interested in what I see as the emerging patterns, weak signals and new expectations. The following themes seem to be dominant: Read blog post >

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Professor Stephen Heppell has challenged Christchurch to be the first city in the world that is focused on learning tourism. Indeed, where the whole of the Canterbury plains, as a whole system, focuses on learning. Read blog post >

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