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Talent Magnet: 4 Trends To Future-Proof Your Workplace in 2019

 28th February 2019 by gihan

As a futurist, I’m always looking at the trends affecting workplaces and organisations, and I’ve noticed an interesting trend over the last 8-10 years.

A decade ago, we were in the early stages of the technology explosion – with social media, smartphones, and the first discussions around practical uses for AI and robotics. Everybody was excited about the technology, its opportunities and threats, and its impact on their products and services.

Then the conversation shifted from technology to skills – in other words, how we will cope, navigate, and lead in this brave new world that technology will create for us.

Now, the conversation has shifted again. We know there are people – smart, savvy, talented people – with the skills for the future. Because of their skills, they are in high demand. So the question now is: Will they want to work for you?

If you think there’s been a war for talent in the past, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Research by XpertHR says finding high-quality talent will be the top challenge for HR leaders in 2019.

So what do you need to do to create the sort of workplace that will attract, reward, motivate, and inspire these people?

Here are four key trends to help you future-proof your workplace.

1. Prepare for AI in the workplace

This is clearly the 600-pound gorilla in the room. There’s a lot of talk now about AI in the workplace. The report “Australia’s Future Workforce” suggests 40% of jobs in Australia are likely to be automated in the next 10-15 years. So yes, it’s a significant concern for many people.

But as much as we hear about “robots coming for your jobs”, the reality is that the best workplaces will have people and machines working together.

Employer demand for AI in the workplace has more than doubled over the last three years, but (according to Dell research) the majority of leaders expect their employees and machines to work as “integrated teams” in the next few years.

So, work diligently at enabling more AI in your workplace – but in a way that it augments, not replaces, your best people.

2. Offer a more flexible work environment.

The days of in-office, 9-to-5, Monday to Friday, work are dead … or, at least, dying – and technology allows you to provide more flexibility.

The best people want more flexibility in how, when, and where they work. When a 2018 Robert Half survey asked Australian workers what they would be willing to accept a pay cut for, 47% wanted flexible working hours and 40% wanted to work from home sometimes.

This doesn’t mean you have to provide a free-for-all when it comes to flexibility. In many cases, some flexibility will be enough to accommodate a more diverse workforce – for example, people with families, partners moving for their careers, hiring global talent, using freelancers and contractors, and so on.

Speaking of diversity and inclusion …

3. Embrace diversity as a strategic advantage.

No longer do the most senior people have the best expertise, experience, and wisdom to lead your organisation into the future.

According to the recent DCA-Suncorp “Inclusion@Work Index 2018”, employees in diverse and inclusive teams are:

  • 9 times more likely to innovate
  • 10 times more likely to be highly effective
  • 4 times more likely to stay
  • 19 times more likely to be very satisfied with their job

A diverse workforce is not just a “feel good” initiative – it’s a competitive advantage for future-proofing your organisation.

4. Stand for something that matters.

Finally, offer more than a pay cheque and a clean office. The best people today want work that’s meaningful, not just menial; and in a place where they can say they feel proud to work.

In fact, research by Cone Communications says 64% of Generation Y employees won’t take a job if a company doesn’t have strong CSR (corporate social responsibility) values. And this is no longer just a sideline initiative, it needs to be front and centre in the organisation’s mission.

What are YOU doing to be a talent magnet?

Which of these four initiatives can you implement – or enhance – in your workplace to turn your organisation into a talent magnet? I’m not saying they are easy, but the most important things rarely are. But they are essential, because the best workplaces on Earth are doing these things. So, if you’re not doing them, you’ll fall behind.

Want to know more?

I recently conducted a webcast for my clients about the top talent trends for 2019. I covered the four trends above and shared some ideas for you to implement them in your organisation.

The recording is available here:

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The Best Workplace on Earth

 10th January 2019 by gihan

We all know the workplace of the future will be very different from the workplace of today. But what will the workplace of the future look like? 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 in demand, and can choose where they work. Are YOU providing the sort of workplace that will attract and keep them?

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“The quality of thinking and clarity is first class-excellent mentor”

“Reverse mentoring”

“I liked the five from/to scenarios. they are all aligned to becoming agile, but without mentioning agile.”

“The 5 reasons why people love their workplace”

“Different perspectives”

“Reverse mentoring. Of course I had heard about the concept, but what a great provocation. A real “ah ha” moment for me! :)”

“Reverse mentoring.”

“The reverse mentoring is very important. One aspect I have done which is similar is 360 reviews where staff review managers and visa versa. Had a great impact on the management team.”

“Up to date information to pass on to my clients”

“setting up formal mentoring for my team”

“The references you used, some of which I have accessed already, but others I hadn’t and want to do and look them up.”

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The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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Think Sharper

 20th September 2018 by gihan

Why do most innovation programs fail? Smart leaders know they need to change and innovate, but their efforts just don’t get traction. I reckon we’re getting innovation all wrong! In this webinar, you will discover the missing piece that dooms most innovation programs to failure.

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After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“A framework to make better decisions”

“Take action early”

“Foresight vs Hindsight”

“Different models to help us make decisions”

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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Decide!

 13th June 2018 by gihan

When people are uncertain about the future and can’t rely on what has worked for them in the past, decision-making suffers and productivity declines. Instead of making progress, people just try to protect their turf, pass the buck, and resist change. If that’s happening to you and your team (or you want to make sure it doesn’t happen!), learn the skills of better decision-making in an uncertain future.

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“How to structure options to think about the future.”

“Way of categorising future threats”

“Your best asset can be a liability too”

“Dont discount the value of Analytics and Big Data – even if I dont think it will apply to my organisation”

“The 9 technology trends of immediate impact and how to relate these to my business assets”

“Majority of competition is likely to come from outside usual competitors and need to think about business opportunities from their perspective. “

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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Think Like a Futurist

 15th May 2018 by gihan

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 webinar, I’ll teach you four practical skills that futurists use, which you can use yourself to enhance your personal and professional life.

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After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“be open-minded even in what seem obvious areas”

“4 things to improve decisions”

“Interesting ways of looking at the future”

“To widen your scan”

“Broaden the scope of thinking – widen the possibilities”

“The “Yes, and ” way of thinking!”

“Steps to better decision making

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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What Customers Really Want Now

 8th March 2018 by gihan

In the past, business was easy: Find out your customers’ problems and figure out how you can help solve them – better than anybody else. But that has changed, because customers have changed. Customers today expect far more from you than just solving their problems! To be fit for the future, understand the different kinds of things customers expect now, and innovate so you can meet these needs and build a future-proof business.

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After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“To know what the purpose of my business is, as opposed to my mission and vision”

“Purpose is one way to be future-proof”

“I reflected on and want to work further on how to shift clients from problem to purpose. For me it is about mindset. ”

“keep learning”

“6 key areas of what matters to customers ”

“Nice refresher, and reminder to articulate the “shared journey” with prospects and clients”

“Framework for feedback and involvement with visible comments ”

“Several new approaches to business operation”

“Mission education Goal”

“How precise and thought provoking the presentation is,Excellent”

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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Bitcoin – What’s the Big Deal?

 15th February 2018 by gihan

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? All the hype about the bitcoin bubble might be taking attention away from the powerful “blockchain” technology powering it, and what that could mean for almost every transaction we conduct in the future. But is blockchain itself all it’s hyped up to be? Even if you don’t have a spare $16,902 sitting around, take the time to understand the technology and know what it means for you and your business.

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“very precise and well balanced. Enjoyed it”

“That there are a finite number of Bitcoins”

“I have a greater understanding of the technology”

“That I don’t have to worry about bitcoin!”

“Clear explanations about bitcoin, the blockchain and potential”

“Understanding what bitcoin and block chain is”

“Bitcoin explained in easy to understand language”

“I’d read a lot, have a daughter dabbling in a small way and making money, but it was good to get the overall view of it all. I am more interested in understanding the blockchain technology behind it an the various ways it is being used and will impact on business.”

“i have a (beginner’s) understanding of why bitcoin potentially has a value; why it is rare; why that makes it a tradeable commodity. Thanks!”

“The fact that I don’t need to think I have missed a good opportunity. I can forget about investing in Bitcoin.”

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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Forever Young

 16th January 2018 by gihan

Our current life expectancy is around 80-90 years. But what if that doubled – or more? How would that affect your personal life, your professional life, your business, and society as a whole? That might sound like science fiction, but life extension science is making that more likely.

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“Ageing trends”

“Potential for even more different generations of people living and working together and how different life and business will be.”

“the uphill/downhill 6 categories of future disruptors”

“Thinking of possibilities for my business to address longer living population”

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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The Future of Conferences

 19th December 2017 by gihan

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 webinar, I’ll show you the trends affecting our professional and personal lives, and how great conference organisers – and speakers – take advantage of them.

This is a MUST WATCH webinar for anybody involved in conferences – including businesses, conference organisers, bureaus, delegates, and speakers.

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“Introduction to the electronic options that are appearing.”

“Your prompt to think about conferences five years from now got me thinking about conferences from 5 years ago, and how outdated many things now seem. It got me thinking that conferences are really like church in many ways. I’m realising, there is virtue in a diverse ‘ecosystem’ of presenters, even if most have trendy topics, and only some are truly insightful .”

“be interactive not just presentive”

“the need to keep abreast of developments.”

“Engaging with on-line attendees”

“responsibilities of conference organisers and presenters””

“Appealing to the different groups and also types of tools”

“The importance of a range of interaction tools to suit the diversity of the audience.”

“MOOC & Open2study.com & Book: Disrupt Yourself. Also the uploading yourself as an avatar to interact in a virtual meeting/conference with others.”

“learning from your presentation style in a webinar”

“i learned about pacing, stories and interaction””

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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The Six Disruptive Forces That Will Turn Your Business Upside Down

 2nd November 2017 by gihan

Uber, Airbnb and Apple are often cited as businesses that disrupted entire industries. But they are not the most disruptive kind of force that can strike a business. They are not even the second-most disruptive. Discover the six disruptive forces so you know how to plan for them, adapt to them and maybe even thrive because you understand them.

You can watch the recording here:

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“Putting my mind to exercise thinking about how those specific technologies will affect my businesses future, along with/after your great example of Driverless..”

“Reminder of the different types of disrupters”

“That you got us to ‘see’ snapshots of our future, and that people love that, which is why fortune tellers are so compelling. So I can become more interesting if I make people ‘present’ to their futures. (this is not something you taught directly, just a kind of meta-message)”

“Different types of competition in business”

“Thinking of what the future looks like”

The Future Proof Webinar Series

The Future Proof webinar series will keep you in touch with our future – what’s ahead, what it means for us, and how to stay ahead of the game.

In each webinar, I’ll cover an important topic about the future – for example, the shift of power to Asia, the changing workplace, healthcare technology, the shift to customer-centric business, big data, and more. This is not just theory; I’ll also give you practical examples and ideas for you to future-proof your organisation, teams, and career.

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