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What Will Technology Look Like in 2050?

 25th May 2017 by gihan

podcast-thefutureofworkI’m a big fan of Jacob Morgan’s regular podcast The Future Of Work, and I particularly enjoyed listening to his recent interview with Daniel Franklin, the executive editor of The Economist and author of the new book Megatech: Technology in 2050.

In this episode, they explore a range of future scenarios for the next generation, including energy, agriculture, augmented reality, and more.

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How Millennials Will Lead in the C-Suite

 18th May 2017 by gihan

The Knowledge@Wharton podcast, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, features interviews with speakers, academics, researchers, consultants and other experts.

In this episode, former Aetna CEO Ron Williams and The Conference Board’s Rebecca Ray discuss some of the surprising and unexpected findings of their report into Millenials taking on senior leadership positions.

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Managing Disruption Means Doing Two Things At the Same Time

 27th April 2017 by gihan

Disruption – by definition – hits existing businesses the hardest, so you would expect boards and senior leaders to create effective plans for managing disruptive forces in their industry. Yet, time and time again, we hear about established players – even the biggest in an industry – seemingly caught unawares when disruption hits.

One reason is that established businesses are too busy focussed on their current work, so they get blinkered and narrow-minded. But this isn’t the full story. Scott D. Anthony, Innosight managing partner, has a different idea: He suggests that established businesses know they could be disrupted, and think they are planning for it, but create unintentional barriers that could thwart their efforts. He argues that leaders must take a different approach to balancing the competing demands of existing business and new business, and outlines this idea in an episode of the Harvard Business Review podcast, Ideacast.

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Each episode of this podcast from Harvard Business Review features an interview with a Harvard academic, the author of a new book, or some other authority on some aspect of business. As you would expect from the Harvard Business Review, the interview guests are leading authorities in their field, and the topics are covered in depth and with appropriate levels of evidence and academic support.

That said, the interviews are presented in an engaging and accessible way. As with the HBR magazine, many of the topics are most relevant in larger organisations. Even so, many of the topics covered in this podcast apply equally to leaders and managers in smaller businesses as well.

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How to Use the Secrets of Great TED Presenters in Your Online Meetings

 20th April 2017 by gihan

The world-famous “TED Talks” have set a new standard in presentation skills. Many of the techniques of TED presenters can be adapted for online use, even in shorter presentations as part of online meetings. Learn from the best TED Talks, and adapt these techniques to make your next online meeting zing!

Join me in this webinar, hosted by Logmein (the people behind GoToWebinar, GoToTraining and GoToMeeting), as I share the secrets of the best TED speakers, and show you how to use them in your online meetings.

In this live, interactive webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Build rapport with a remote audience
  • Use your webcam effectively to provide a more personal connection
  • Shift the energy regularly with interactive engagement techniques
  • Design attractive slides (fast!) when presenting data, facts and other detailed material

All of these techniques apply just as well to in-person presentations. So if you make any presentations at all, come along to this webinar and learn how to take your presentation skills to another level.

When: Tuesday 25th April, 11am BST (U.K.), 7pm Perth, 9pm Sydney/Melbourne

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Recommended Podcast: Between Worlds

 10th March 2017 by gihan

Australian futurist Mike Walsh interviews interesting people from his travels around the world. The audio quality isn’t always the best, because some of the interviews are in a noisy cafe or conference hall, but the content is usually interesting.

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How to Build a TED-Style Online Presentation in One Hour or Less – Free Webinar Tomorrow

 27th February 2017 by gihan

The world-famous “TED Talks” have set a new standard in presentation skills, and many audiences expect far more now from presenters. This can be a challenge for online presentations, because some of the techniques that work for a TED Talk don’t work in online presentations. But you can still learn from the best TED Talks, and use or adapt these techniques to make your next online presentation zing!

Join me in this webinar, hosted by Logmein (the people behind GoToWebinar, GoToTraining and GoToMeeting), as I share the secrets of the best TED speakers, and show you how to use them in your online presentations.

In this live, interactive webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Build rapport with a remote audience
  • Design attractive slides (fast!) to enhance your message
  • Selectively use your webcam to provide a more personal connection
  • Shift the energy regularly with interactive engagement techniques

All of these techniques apply just as well to in-person presentations. So if you make any presentations at all, come along to this webinar and learn how to take your presentations to another level.

When: Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11am BST (U.K.), 7pm Perth, 10pm Sydney/Melbourne

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The Next Step in Nanotechnology

 27th January 2017 by gihan

George Tulevski researches the use nanomaterials for the next generation of computers. In this TED Talk, he talks more broadly about the power and potential of nanotechnology. If you don’t know much about nanotechnology, it’s a good introduction. And if you do know about it and want to know what’s next, watch this TED Talk.

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You can watch other talks like this at TED.com, but it’s a time-consuming process to watch them all on video. I prefer to subscribe to the TED Talk Audio podcast, because I can listen while doing other things. Even though most of the talks are very visual, they are just fine without the visuals. And of course, if the audio alone isn’t enough for a particular talk, I can then choose to watch it later.

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How to Lead From Everywhere – Free Webinar Next Week

 24th January 2017 by gihan

The workplace – and what employees want from it – has changed over the years. The standard workplace of the past was an office with everybody working the same hours, at the same time, in the same place, focussed on the same goals. Modern workplaces are different, with distributed teams working from different places, in different time zones, and with different motivation. Leaders who understand the needs of their distributed teams members will increase productivity, retain the best talent, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Join Gihan Perera, futurist and author of “The Future of Leadership”, as he shares the key principles for nurturing talent in a distributed team.

In this live, interactive webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Build a team culture, even when team members don’t work in the same office
  • Increase productivity and collaboration in your distributed team
  • Align everybody’s personal and professional goals
  • Involve remote team members fully in day-to-day operations

When: Tuesday 31st January 2017, 11am BST (U.K.), 7pm Perth, 10pm Sydney/Melbourne

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Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

 4th January 2017 by gihan

My dietitian friend and client Julie Meek helps busy executives and leaders maintain their health, fitness and energy. This is an important issue for these leaders, because they often have chaotic, unpredictable lifestyles, so it’s difficult for them to get into a routine of regular meals, regular exercise, or regular down time.

So Julie doesn’t give them routines. Instead, she gives them rules – like this: “No drinking alcohol alone on a business trip” (for example, in flight, in the airline lounge, from the hotel mini-bar).

The beauty of this rule is that it’s not open to interpretation and doesn’t rely on the person making a judgement call. It’s simple to understand, simple to apply (I said simple, not easy!), and simple to measure.

It’s exactly the kind of rule authors Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt describe in their book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World.

Simple rules are shortcuts to simplify the way we process information.

At first glance, they might sound hopelessly inadequate in our complex world. But the right rules applied correctly can cut through the complex clutter.

For example, Julie’s rule for her clients won’t magically fix everything in their diet. And it’s easy to circumvent the rule so it isn’t effective (for example, by increasing your alcohol intake at other times). But that’s not the point. The rule isn’t intended to solve every problem; it’s intended to address one common problem.

The authors say simple rules work for three reasons:

  1. They allow for flexibility, particularly in non-routine situations.
  2. They can match or even outperform more sophisticated decision models, especially in uncertain environments.
  3. They are easy to remember, so it’s more likely people will use them – and, as a result, they promote collective behaviour.

In the book, the authors not only explain why simple rules are effective, but also break them down into different types, help you create your own simple rules, and advise on how to make them work in a team.

Throughout the book, they tell many stories and case studies from a wide range of fields, including: How Tina Fey produced the hit comedy 30 Rock, how judges decide whether to grant bail, how the United States Federal Reserve Board fixes interest rates, and more.

It’s an easy read, and full of practical strategies that will help any leader who needs help dealing regularly with challenging decisions in a complex world.

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Free E-Book: Expect More From 2017

 13th December 2016 by gihan

At the start of each year, I invite my clients to contribute a short article to an e-book full of tips and strategies for success in your personal and professional life.

This is what you will find in this year’s edition:

  1. An Alternative Point of View to Expecting More! – David Penglase
  2. Step Up and Stand For Something – Gihan Perera
  3. Powerful Year – Dr. Amy Silver
  4. Ensure That 2017 Is Your Best Year Yet – Ian Berry
  5. Learning How to Be An Effective Learner – Dr. Nicky Howe
  6. Flip the Switch To “TRUST” – Ann Rolfe
  7. Your Role Is to Guide, Not To Control – Bryan Whitefield
  8. The Best Leaders Do Less, Not More – Ross Clennett
  9. The Power of Story – Justus Lewis
  10. The Best Advice, Ever – Clive Murphy
  11. The Secret to Managing Sales Performance – Paul Archer
  12. 4 Steps to Motivate High Performance in Your People – Dr. Maree Harris
  13. Your New Way of Lifting Your EQ – Christopher Golis
  14. Modelling Civility In 2017 – Dr. Ann Villiers
  15. Resiliency: Bounce Back from Challenges – Rob Salisbury
  16. How to Transform Your Coaching In 2017 – Maree McPherson
  17. Finish What You Start – Shelley Dunstone
  18. Inspire Leaders to Change The Game – Brian Donovan
  19. Why Plans Matter In 2017 – Dr. Richard Huysmans
  20. Mindfulness and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) – Trisha Carter

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