Think Like a Futurist – Scenario Planning in an Uncertain Future


The coronavirus pandemic has thrown all our future plans into disarray. Most of Australia is doing very well in controlling the health crisis, but the economic crisis will last for longer, and we still don’t know what’s around the corner in the next few months. In an uncertain future, m...

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Future Focus: Scenario Planning for Recovery and Growth


The coronavirus pandemic has affected different industries in different ways, and even within an industry, businesses have felt its impact differently. We’re not all in the same boat; we’re all in the same storm, but in different boats, navigating our way through the storm. The key skill you ne...

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Think Like a Beginner on the Road to Recovery


A few weeks ago, I was working with a leadership team, helping them expand their thinking as they set out their new strategic plan. They weren’t as badly affected by the pandemic as others, so they are now turning their attention to their long-term plans. During the session, I showed this slide a...

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You Might Not See This Disruption Before It’s Too Late


The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the hospitality industry, with many restaurants, pubs, and hotels experiencing their worst times ever. But rather than letting their rooms remain empty, one Swedish hotel, Stadt, in the town Lidkoping, is offering rooms as private dining rooms. Inst...

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change This Forever


Early in our response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian government fast-tracked the use of “telemedicine” – that is, doctors and other health professionals doing online consultations rather than meeting patients in person. I predict telemedicine will continue even when in-person...

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Future Focus: Scenario Planning for a Post-Pandemic World


The coronavirus pandemic has thrown all our future plans into disarray, and we still don’t know what’s around the corner in the next few weeks and months. In an uncertain future, many people fall into the trap of setting smaller goals or making short-term plans. But that’s the wro...

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Are You Making This Mistake on the Road to Recovery?


During the coronavirus pandemic, you might have heard people say, “We’re all in the same boat”. But that’s not true! We’re all in the same storm, but we’re in different boats, navigating our way through the storm. If you’re a leader, you can’t control the storm and you might be stuc...

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Better Decision-Making in a Fast-Changing World


Our world is changing so fast now, and we don’t know what next week holds – let alone next month or next year. Good decision-making is one of the most valuable skills now, because we still need to find options, decide wisely, and act promptly. But when the future is uncertain, many peop...

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The #1 Thing That Breaks Your Digital Transformation Program


For the last three years, KPMG has published an annual report, “Keeping Us Up At Night“, where Australian business leaders rank their top challenges and issues. The same topic has ranked #1 for all three years: digital transformation. No surprise, right? Of course, leaders recognise the...

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Three Practical Tools for Creating Your Future


If you’re making plans for the future, beware! The strategies and tactics that worked in the past don’t work anymore, and they won’t work in the future. In an uncertain future, many people default to setting smaller goals or making short-term plans. But that’s the wrong approach. In...

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