The Thinking Ahead Newsletter brings you regular updates on how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world.

Here are some recent articles:

  • 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 consultations become as safe as before. This is not a difficult prediction to make because ...
  • 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 stuck with the boat you’re in. ...
  • 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 people struggle to ...
  • Reimagining the Post-Pandemic Workplace Around Australia, people who have been working from home for the last two months are starting to make their way back into offices. Because of the ongoing risk of coronavirus, this is happening in stages, and with some changes – for example: better hygiene, re-configuring offices for social distancing, stricter rules around contact, staggered starting ...
  • It’s Time to Think The Unthinkable On 2nd March, Australia recorded its first death from coronavirus – a 78-year-old Perth man who returned to Australia after contracting the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Even if that feels like a lifetime ago, it’s been only 10 weeks, and in that time Australia has done an amazing job of controlling the ...
  • Leverage Your Assets to Solve New Problems The last decade has seen the growth of “the sharing economy”, with Uber and Airbnb the most famous examples. The fundamental idea driving the sharing economy is that ownership is inefficient. Most assets sit idle most of the time: Most cars spend most of their time parked, houses are left empty when their occupants go on ...
  • Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, by Heidi Grant Halvorson This wonderful little book is the best practical goal-setting book I have ever read. It outlines a goal-setting strategy that’s backed by solid scientific research, and gives you nine simple things you can do to be more productive and achieve your goals. This book goes far beyond simplistic goal-setting advice (like setting “SMART” or “SMARTER” goals) ...
  • Your Future Customer Has Different Priorities In 2015, when I spoke at the Australian Private Hospitals Association conference, I spoke about TUG, an autonomous robot that moves around a hospital, carrying food and equipment to wards. In March this year, when I spoke at the ITAC (Innovative Technology in Aged Care) conference, I shared some other robot innovations, including “Stevie”, the interactive ...
  • How To Prevent Conflict In a Team Working From Home Conflict occurs in all teams, and it’s sometimes healthy, because it creates opportunities to share valuable feedback and constructive criticism. But it also creates problems, so if you can prevent the conflict in the first place, that’s usually better than tackling it when it occurs. This is especially important now, when you might find yourself suddenly ...
  • The 7 New Rules of Social Media Engagement (probably not what you’d think) Many people don’t know how to use social media well, especially in a business or professional context. This is a genuine and valid concern. After all, your mother might have told you which cutlery goes with which course, but you probably didn’t have anybody telling you the etiquette of communicating in the online world. Based on ...
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