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The Fit For the Future Podcast

As a business leader, thought leader, or business owner, you know the world of leadership has changed. Your organisation or business is changing fast, your team members expect more from you, and you’re expected to build your own personal brand as a leader.

The Fit For the Future Podcast helps you navigate this fast-changing world by bringing you ideas, information, interviews and insights for leveraging your leadership and being fit for the future.

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  • Disruption By Design 20 years ago, Clay Christensen wrote a groundbreaking article about “disruptive innovation”, and that brought the term “disruption” into everyday business use. Hardly a week goes by without hearing about a business – or even an entire industry – being disrupted, so it’s not surprising many business leaders are worried. But we’re all talking about ...
  • The Best Workplace on Earth We all know the workplace of the future will be very different from the workplace of today. It’s more than just technology and automation – it’s about the environment you create for attracting the smart, talented, savvy people with the skills we need for future-proofing our organisations. The bad news is that those “stars” are ...
  • Ask The World In our social, mobile, and highly-connected world, the best people to solve your problems could turn up in the most unexpected places. Don’t just turn to the people you already know. There’s a whole world that’s willing to help. Reach out to them, and you tap into endless talent, skills, and expertise. Overview Here are five key ...
  • There’s An I In Team When my niece Abbey was ten, when she outgrew her Lego Friends toys, she sold them on Gumtree. She kept half the proceeds and donated the other half to a charity of her choice. She set an attractive price, and usually sold a kit within an hour of advertising it. At the tender age of ...
  • Customers On Your Side There’s a lot of buzz about being more customer-centric, but most experts and advisers miss the most important element of customer-centricity. Without it, you will almost certainly be disrupted by competitors inside or outside your industry. Listen To the Episode
  • Think Like a Futurist   Futurists aren’t fortune-tellers! They simply look broader, deeper, and further than most people, and help you find new opportunities to apply what they find. As writer William Gibson said, the future is already here – it just isn’t evenly distributed. In this podcast episode, I’ll teach you nine practical skills you can use yourself to ...
  • The Future of Conferences Videoconferencing, online meetings, telepresence and other collaboration technology are gaining traction. Does that mean the in-person conference is obsolete? No – not by a long way! But its role has changed. In this podcast episode, discover the top trends affecting our professional and personal lives, and how great conference organisers use them to create transformational ...
  • Think Sharper Why do so many change and innovation programs fail? Even with management buy-in, a willing culture, and good ideas, too many innovation programs just don’t get traction anymore. In this fast-changing world, there’s one element missing from many of these programs, and it can doom them to failure. Listen To the Episode Download the Think Sharper white ...
  • The Buzz About Bitcoin Bitcoin is currently valued at $17,057, but it’s volatile and filled with hype. What IS it, and should you invest $15,662 of your hard-earned cash in buying it? Even if you don’t have a spare $16,902 sitting around, take the time to understand the basics of Bitcoin and blockchain technology and know what it means ...
  • Disrupt Yourself You’ve done everything right, played by the rules, and built a solid business, but the world has changed and everything you valued is shaken to the core. So how do you continue to be successful in a fast-changing world? In a nutshell: Disrupt yourself. Listen To the Episode
  • How to Lead From Anywhere The traditional workplace – an office with everybody working the same hours, at the same time, in the same place, and focussed on the same goals – is changing fast, but many leaders don’t know how to apply their leadership skills to these new environments. Leaders who understand the needs of their distributed teams members ...
  • Professional Development for Distributed Teams Members of distributed teams value and expect opportunities for professional development just as much as in-office team members. As a leader or manager, be proactive and innovative to find ways to help accelerate the experience curve for your distributed team members. Listen To the Episode Find out more about the Talent Everywhere podcast
  • Disrupted! Many industries are experiencing disruption – sometimes from inside the industry, but more often from outside. Are you going to thrive and survive in a time of disruption and change, or will you nose-dive and disappear? Listen To the Episode Find out more about becoming more future proof
  • Future Proof – Align Your Business Strategy with Future Trends Disruption has become a bit of a buzzword now – and it’s become so hyped up it’s lost a lot of its meaning. You hear that you’re being disrupted, you know you need to do something about it, but you don’t exactly know WHAT disruption means, and then you don’t know HOW to manage it. ...
  • Managing Conflict in Distributed Teams Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but can be particularly challenging in distributed teams, where team members don’t work in the same office. As a leader, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can prevent conflicts before they occur if possible, and address them promptly when they do occur. Listen To the Episode
  • The Future of Innovation Innovation is everybody’s business now, and doesn’t only come from off-site retreats or an R&D department. It starts with you as a leader, extends to every member of your team, and then expands beyond your team to your customers and clients. Discover how to embrace innovation as a leader, spark ideas in your team, and ...
  • Leadership Passion Leaders need followers, and followers are crying out for strong leaders. But the best people only follow you if you can give them work with meaning, energy, and purpose. And you can only do that if you yourself have meaning, energy, and purpose – in other words, you bring passion to your work. Leadership expert ...
  • Step Up and Stand For Something Great leaders aren’t afraid to stand for something that matters to them, even if it means being unpopular. They have a strong personal brand based on what they stand for, and built on two things: their expertise (what they know) and their network (who they know). That personal brand drives their decision-making, attracts the best ...
  • Managing External Experts External workers – such as freelancers, contractors, consultants, and workers in the sharing economy – are no longer just fringe workers, but an important part of the workforce. Even if you’re an experienced leader, the rules of engagement have changed when you bring these people into your team. They bring both challenges and opportunities, but ...
  • The Future of Work We now have so many options for doing work – and that brings more flexibility, greater access to talent, and better integration of work goals with personal goals. But this also needs a new mindset around work, for everybody in the workplace – especially leaders. In this conversation with Libby Sander, we explore many of these ...
  • Future Trends For The High-Tech Workplace We have recently seen some interesting purchases, mergers and developments from high-tech companies that will affect all workplaces. In this episode, we’ll look at how they influence the future of work in general, and distributed work in particular. Here are the news and trends we discuss in this conversation: Cloud Collaboration: Microsoft recently acquired LinkedIn Video Streaming: Facebook ...
  • Evolved Leadership Do you have to be a fear-monger to be a great leader – resorting to scare tactics and dire warnings of the future? Sally Anderson of Evolved Leadership doesn’t think so! She talks about a new kind of leadership – Co-Creative Leadership – which doesn’t deal with fear and narrow-minded thinking, but with abundance and ...
  • The Skills for the Future In the 20th century, leaders identified goals for their organisation, described the jobs required to meet those goals, and hired people with the right skills to fill those job descriptions. Over time, people build on their skills and move into different roles, climbing a well-designed career ladder until retirement. That’s no longer the case. Our world is ...
  • The Workplace of the Future For the last 200 years, the office with a permanent staff has been the default work environment of the knowledge worker. But it wasn’t in the past, and it’s not necessarily the best for the future. What would the workplace look like if offices weren’t an option? For example … ​WHERE would work happen? Everywhere and anywhere – including homes, out and about, ...
  • The Halo Effect Your positioning in your marketplace – how your ideal customers and clients view their relationship with you – has a huge impact on your success. If you have low-level positioning, you’re constantly pushing hard to get noticed and get picked. But if you’re positioned as an expert, authority, or partner, the right customers and clients ...
  • Build Their Judgement Great leaders share their wisdom and experience with others, to build their judgement and give them greater power, responsibility and authority. This is more important than ever before, because you can’t do it all yourself, and your team members have unique skills and talents. Listen To the Episode
  • How To Innovate With Distributed Teams Innovation is everybody’s business, and it’s more challenging with a distributed team. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen – it just has to be designed and engineered into your work practices. Some innovation happens by design (in R&D departments, market research, and so on), but much of it comes from individuals in your organisation, just ...
  • Future Brain Staying ahead of the game is not about inventing something new. The most successful people will be those who can see the potential in picking pieces from different areas, and combining them in clever ways. This needs a new kind of thinking – one that’s nimble and flexible, and ready to thrive in our fast-changing ...
  • Global Teams At Work Technology is bringing us all closer together, and physical distance no longer needs to be a barrier to communication and collaboration. But this “End of Distance” also brings its own challenges, especially if you’re a leader working with globally distributed teams. It’s easier than connect to teams in different locations, but that can bring unexpected ...
  • Unwritten Ground Rules As a futurist, part of my job is to help people understand what’s around the corner in their industry. But it’s also about helping them prepare for it – what I call becoming fit for the future. One of the most important things you can do is build the judgement of your team members. It’s ...
  • A Day in the Life of a Future Worker The tyranny of distance is coming to an end. In a few years, teams won’t need to be in the same office. Travel will happen in driverless cars. Drones will deliver goods 24/7. Virtual reality will take us across the world instantly. What will work look like in the near future? In this episode, we ...
  • LeaderSpeak The ability to craft and deliver compelling messages is a key leadership imperative, but many leaders struggle to be influential in a cluttered world. Rohan Dredge teaches leaders the skill of LeaderSpeak. In this interview, he shares what it takes to transform your messages to be truly influential. Listen To the Episode Visit Rohan’s Web site here.
  • Fit For the Future Are you fit for the future? Join Gihan Perera, Ian Berry, Alicia Curtis and Jenny Brockis in this blab as we discuss the key principles you need as a leader to be fit for the future. Listen in and you’ll learn about diversity, neuroscience, change management, self-leadership, and even leadership without followers! Listen To the Episode
  • China On Our Doorstep The world’s power is shifting, and many commentators are calling this The Asian Century. China expert David Thomas explains why Australia is perfectly placed to take advantage of this – and why it’s an imperative now. In this conversation, you will learn: How the world’s economic power is shifting – and which countries will be taking the ...
  • Innovation Kick Start 2016 I have some ambitious goals for 2016, and I hope you do as well. In this episode, we look at how to get your business fit for the future, how to set goals that you can actually achieve, and how to kick-start 2016 with innovative ideas for your business. Listen To the Episode Watch a webinar version ...
  • The Difference That Makes a Difference Differentiation is a crucial factor for success in our fast, flat and free world. But you can’t just be different from everybody else and hope to succeed – you have to be different in the right ways. In this conversation with Ian Berry, we explore change, leadership and the difference that makes a difference. Listen To ...
  • The Future of Conferences With videoconferencing, online meetings, telepresence and other collaboration technology gaining traction, does that mean the in-person conference is obsolete? No – not by a long way! But its role has changed. Here are 10 trends affecting our professional and personal lives, and how conference organisers take advantage of them: Networking is not enough. Your attendees want ...
  • Leadership Peak Performance Many leaders struggle to maintain energy throughout their day, due to tight deadlines, competing priorities, and increasing demands on their time. In this episode, peak performance specialist Julie Meek provides simple and effective strategies for energy, stamina and productivity. Listen To the Episode Visit Julie’s Web site here.
  • Workplace Trends Successful leaders need to know how to lead in modern workplaces, with more flexible work arrangements, technology that boosts productivity, the mix of personal and work lives, and the growth of collaboration and networking. Listen To the Episode
  • Servant Leadership In 1970, Robert Greenleaf published a ground-breaking leadership essay “The Servant as Leader”. Now, half a century later, his ideas still form the basis for leadership in many successful organisations. In this interview, Gary Ryan explains why this is so, and describes the 10 characteristics of a servant leader. Listen To the Episode
  • The Officeless Office The workplace has changed – particularly in where and when we work. Whether you’re a business owner or leader in an organisation, being able to lead in an office-less office and a more dynamic workplace is an essential skill for the future. Listen To the Episode Watch the full webinar here:
  • Using Conflict for Creativity and Action Conflict is inevitable in our fast-paced, diverse, global world. Many people think the solution to conflict is to resolve it, but Matt Lumsdaine believes in using conflict as a positive force and transforming it into creative and constructive activity. Listen To the Episode Visit Matt’s Web site here.
  • Creating Connected Distributed Teams Distributed teams – where everybody doesn’t work together in the same office all the time – are a growing trend, and causes some interesting challenges for leaders and team members alike. Listen To the Episode Read the Harvard Business Review article How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite Distance Key concepts: 1. Show Yourself People connect with people as ...
  • Create a Personal Brand with Impact Personal branding is for everybody, and a strong personal brand has never been as important. In this interview, Jane Anderson talks about the three elements of building a powerful personal brand: clarity, communication, and control. Listen To the Episode Visit Jane’s Web site here.
  • Building a Better Business Some business owners never intend to sell their business, and most aren’t ready to sell it right now. But if you build your business as if you could sell it, it can be more profitable, make it easier for you to take time away from it, and be more valuable in the future. In this ...
  • Using Your Brain For a Change In an uncertain and ambiguous world, the leaders who have a flexible thinking style and growth mindset will succeed and bring out the best in their people. Jenny Brockis explains how to make the most of your grey matter to thrive, not just survive. Listen To the Episode Visit Jenny’s Web site here.
  • Why Are Organisations Still Avoiding Telecommuting? Telecommuting and other Out of Office work continue to grow in popularity (51% of employed Australians are telecommuters, according to ACMA), but there’s still some resistance in some organisations. We address some of the most common objections here. Listen To the Episode
  • The Networked Organisation Traditionally, an organisation has been driven by two hierarchies – the management hierarchy (a.k.a. organisation chart) and customer hierarchy (a.k.a. sales funnel). But that’s not enough anymore. In our connected world, we need the networked organisation, as Ken and Peter Everett explain in this episode. Listen To the Episode Visit the N2N Hub here.
  • Five Myths of Leading a Distributed Team Telecommuting and distributed teams are growing fast. If you’re a leader or manager, it’s likely that you are – or will be – leading a distributed team. That means some or all of your team members aren’t in the office all the time. So what’s different about leading distributed teams? Listen To the Episode The five myths: Myth ...
  • CQ: Cultural Intelligence – with Trisha Carter In our diverse, disperse and distributed world, organisations and teams are increasingly composed of people with differences – ethnic, generational, gender, and others. In this interview, cultural intelligence expert Trisha Carter talks about how to recognise, manage and embrace those differences to create more innovative teams. Listen To the Episode Contact Trisha Carter here.
  • Remarkable Leadership – with Ian Berry For decades, long before social media and the rise of the individual, Ian Berry has been promoting the idea that the key role of leaders is to identify and develop the gifts and talents of their people. In this interview, we discuss why this is more important than ever, how it leads to measurable business ...
  • Leadership Wisdom – with Gary Pittard Leading a business has become more complex than ever, because of increasingly savvy customers, highly motivated but demanding team members, and a need to remain competitive in a fast-moving world. In this interview, Gary Pittard shares his wisdom from decades of experience leading teams and coaching leaders. Listen To the Episode Contact Gary Pittard here.
  • MOOCs and Online Learning MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have had their share of publicity – both good and bad. How can you use them as part of your organisation’s training programs? In this conversation, Chris Pudney shares his experience as a student in a MOOC, and offers valuable advice about how organisations can use MOOCs as part of ...
  • Blended Learning for Employee Learning and Development The corporate training course is not dead (nor should it be), but smart organisations are enhancing it with blended learning. In this conversation with Phil Gott, we discuss how to use blended learning for more powerful growth and development of your team and organisation. Listen To the Episode
  • Smart Thinking – Innovation and Strategy for a Fast-Paced World In a fast-paced, chaotic world, we need new ways of thinking, not just better ways of doing. Join me as I talk to The Ideas Architect Geoff McDonald about how to have better ideas, embed learning, and create a compelling vision for your organisation’s future. Listen To the Episode
  • Nine Things Successful People Do Differently Traditional goal setting doesn’t work anymore in our fast, flat and free world. Instead, use this system to design – and achieve – compelling goals in 2015. Listen To the Episode Watch a webinar version of this topic here:
  • Leveraging Content – Turn One Idea Into Multiple Content Marketing Pieces One of the challenges of content marketing is having to keep creating and publishing new content. But you don’t have to always do that. It can be just as effective to convert one idea into multiple content marketing pieces. In this episode, I share with you an extract from Winston Marsh’s Business Marketing show, where ...
  • The Leader’s Way Both leadership and management are vital skills in today’s organisations. The best organisations are full of talented, bright, motivated people – who want leaders who inspire them and managers who empower them. In this episode, featuring guest expert Dr. Nicky Howe, we explore how to build better relationships with those you lead. Listen To the Episode
  • The Go To Guide for Online Collaboration Online collaboration is a hot topic, and the Internet has made it both easier and harder. In this episode, we’ll look at the principles and tools of online collaboration, so you can do it more efficiently and effectively. Listen To the Episode
  • Ideas With Legs – Innovation for Employee Engagement Innovation is an employee engagement strategy. Learn how to harness the innovation in your people to develop and future proof your organisation. Most organisations have struggled with the idea of employee engagement – especially now, because employees have more choices, greater flexibility, and less loyalty. What’s more, the rules of engagement have changed. Maybe you remember a time ...
  • Leading Change This month I’m interviewed by survival, change and adaptability expert Mike House about how the Internet has changed the way we work, lead, and live our lives. Listen to the episode here:
  • Creating the Best Workplace Culture on Earth On Expert Gold Radio this month, we look at what it takes to create the best workplace on Earth, drawing on inspiration from the Harvard Business Review and Corporate Anthropologist Michael Henderson. Listen to the episode here:
  • Happy, Healthy, Productive and Profitable In this episode of Expert Gold Radio, we look ahead to 2014. David Beard shows us how to be fit and healthy in a fast-paced world, then we look at how to be productive and effective when working “out of office”, and finish with nine things successful people do differently. Listen to the episode here:
  • Making Things Happen In this episode, we focus on getting things done and making things happen. Interview with Tony Fountain, segment from Eagle Waves Radio, and Chris Pudney on how to get focussed. In this episode, we focus on getting things done and making things happen. Listen to the episode here:
  • Enterprising Thought Leadership In this month’s episode, we look at thought leadership in large organisation, BYOD and online courses. In this month’s episode, we look at thought leadership in large organisation, BYOD and online courses. Listen to the episode here:
  • Intentionomics How do your intentions affect your personal and professional success, and that of the people around you? This month, we look at the principles of Intentionomics, as well as 25 tips for Out of Office workers. Listen to the episode here:
  • What Works In this episode, Ross Clennett talks about the changing world of work, employment, and the search for talent. Chris Pudney then interviews Gihan about outsourcing – pros, cons, and how to do it effectively. Listen to the episode here:
  • Selling In The Internet Age The Internet has changed the way we buy – which means all businesses need to change the way they sell. Listen to the episode here:
  • Positioning In this episode, we look at the importance of positioning: How to be seen as an authority in your field, so you can attract business easily and effortlessly. Listen to the episode here: The Positioning Matrix – with Matt Church The Positioning Matrix is an elegant tool for creating a flexible way of positioning yourself in many situations ...