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:

  • Offer Three Types of Learning To Your Employees … Or Else!
    This pandemic is a perfect storm of three crises: a health crisis, an economic crisis, and a social crisis. Australia has done an incredible job of managing the health crisis, but the economic crisis is far from over. If you’re a leader or manager, one of the biggest challenges you will face is people worrying ...
  • Want To Boost Your Team’s Performance? Be An Avocado Leader
    I had a conversation recently with a client who was talking about her team’s performance reviews. For some organisations, this is the “dreaded annual performance review”, but that isn’t the case for my client. They have a healthy approach to performance reviews (feedback culture, no surprises, not just a “ticking the box” exercise, etc.), but ...
  • Clear Planning for an Unclear Future
    In the early days of a crisis, everybody is scrambling just to survive. But the most successful people move beyond just survival to create opportunities – even when facing an uncertain future. The old way of setting goals doesn’t work in an uncertain, fast-changing world. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for the future! ...
  • Map Many Scenarios, Choose a Few
    I remember a couple of years ago when I had my first dangerous close encounter with a kangaroo when driving on a country road. We were enjoying a quiet weekend away in Yallingup, in the beautiful South-West region of Australia, driving on a road near the beach, when a roo jumped out from bushes in ...
  • What Will Be Your Theme Song for 2021?
    Remember the devastating bushfires around Australia at the start of 2020, when we thought that was the worst possible thing that could happen to us this year? Last week, I spoke at a conference for 750 of Western Australia’s firefighters and marine rescue workers. Some of these people and their colleagues had to deal with ...
  • Build Trust Differently in a WFH Team
    I’ve had many conversations recently with leaders and managers about their WFH (working from home) team culture, and one topic keeps coming up over and over again: trust. This could be in a team that’s all working from home full-time, or some people are back in the office, or they are alternating shifts between home and ...
  • Warning: If You Use This Phrase, Your WFH Culture is Doomed!
    Early in this pandemic, organisations scrambled to allow their office staff to work from home (WFH). As we’re seeing restrictions being eased in some places, organisations are gradually moving their staff back to the office. I’m noticing some consulting groups, government departments, and other advisers writing reports about how to make this transition safe. That’s good, ...
  • Start Before You’re Ready
    If you’re one of the more than 500 million users of the file sharing service Dropbox, you know how convenient it is for managing files across all your devices and with other people. For Dropbox founder Drew Houston, who started the service in 2007, it was anything but obvious that it would be a success. He ...
  • Our Fast-Changing World Needs Fast-Moving Teams
    I was recently working with a leadership team in a financial services business. Their business, and their industry as a whole, hasn’t been badly affected by the pandemic – at least not directly. But, of course the pandemic – and its health and economic impact – affects us all in different ways. So, even though ...
  • Ask Your Customers (It’s Lucky the Boston Symphony Orchestra Did)
    If you were a symphony orchestra that wanted to boost audience numbers, what would you do? The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) had this problem, and tackled it with the most obvious solution first: Get more people through the door, let them enjoy the orchestra experience, and that would turn that into enthusiastic fans. Well, that was the ...
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