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:

  • Treat Your Customers Like Partners
    In 2020, Sandra Choi, creative director at designer footwear company Jimmy Choo, launched a competition for fans to design their own fantasy shoes. Anybody could submit a sketch to Choi, who posted her top ten choices on Instagram and asked the community to vote for their favourites. After almost 200,000 votes, five winners were chosen, ...
  • Do You Know Your Cost of Inaction (COI)?
    When you’re planning an important change in your team or organisation, you might calculate the expected return on investment (ROI) before you go ahead. But there’s another thing you should calculate – and most people don’t. I’ll explain this using something we all know. It’s been more than two years since we first heard of a novel ...
  • Five Smart Ways to Double Your Leadership Productivity
    I’m preparing for my next Future-Ready Leaders coaching program, which starts in May, and the first few participants have shared what they most want to get from the three months we’ll be working together. And I’m always curious to see what’s top of mind for leaders. Of course, the topics always include the usual suspects, ...
  • Map Many Scenarios, Choose a Few
    I’m preparing for my next Disruption By Design leadership program, which starts in May, and the first few participants have shared what they most want to get from the three months we’ll be working together. Not surprisingly, ‘leading in uncertainty’ is a common theme! As we’re gradually learning to ‘live with COVID’, we’re starting to ...
  • Be a Possibility Thinker
    Most of us now have heard of self-driving cars, but even a few years ago that wasn’t necessarily true. So when Google, which was one of the pioneers in self-driving car technology, first started developing prototypes, I used to carry a photo of one of their early models on my phone: Credit: smoothgroover22 I remember showing it ...
  • Want to Be a Better Leader? Become An Authority
    We all know leadership has changed, and people expect different things from their leaders. We still face an uncertain future, Generation Z employees don’t automatically respect older managers, hybrid and distributed teams are breaking down traditional hierarchies, and age and seniority don’t automatically imply trust and wisdom. In the past, your authority came from your title, ...
  • Habit Trumps Discipline
    What are the habits in your personal life? Things like brushing your teeth twice a day, getting dressed, a glass of red wine with dinner, washing up the dirty dishes in the sink, putting on your seat-belt when you get in the car, going to the gym, eating everything on your plate, locking the door ...
  • 5 TED Talk Secrets To Revamp Your Online Presentations
    (Picture courtesy of Steve Jurvetson) What’s your favourite TED Talk? If you’re a fan of TED, I’m sure you will have your favourites. Mine include some of the classics, such as: Ken Robinson talking about creativity and education Dame Stephanie Shirley talking about ambitious women (that’s her in the picture above) All of the late Hans Rosling’s presentations – and ...
  • The #1 Thing You Can Do To Amp Up Your Online Presentations
    I was recently speaking at a company’s annnual conference, which they were running online again this year because of COVID-19 uncertainty. The speaker before me was the CEO, who made a brief but highly engaging presentation. The content was what you would expect – summary of last year, top-level ideas about the coming year, and ...
  • How Digital Are You?
    In a presentation last week, I shared some of the challenges Australian business leaders said they will face in the year ahead. It’s based on some research done by KPMG at the start of each year, where they ask leaders, “What’s keeping you up at night?” In the presentation, I looked at the top four challenges, ...
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