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Future Proof – Free Webinar Series

The world around us is changing so fast it’s difficult to know what our future holds. But there are clues everywhere! This regular 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.

When you register, you’ll get automatic e-mail reminders before each webinar, so you don’t miss any. You’re registering for the entire series, but there’s no obligation to attend every webinar (of course).

(When you register, you can also see the webinar time in your own time zone)

Watch Past Episodes

  • Talent Magnet: 4 Trends To Future-Proof Your Workplace in 2019 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 ...
  • The Best Workplace on Earth 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 ...
  • Think Sharper 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. You can watch the recording here: After the webinar, I asked participants ...
  • Decide! 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 ...
  • 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 webinar, I’ll teach you four practical skills that futurists use, which you can ...
  • What Customers Really Want Now 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 ...
  • Bitcoin – What’s the Big Deal? 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 ...
  • Forever Young 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, ...
  • 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 webinar, I’ll show you the trends affecting our professional and personal lives, and how great conference organisers – and speakers – take ...
  • The Six Disruptive Forces That Will Turn Your Business Upside Down 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 ...
  • Accelerate Your Business Many businesses slow down because they stop being nimble, agile and flexible. By leveraging the three pillars of innovative growth, you can accelerate your business growth to stay ahead of the game. 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 ...
  • Disrupt Yourself We hear a lot about businesses and entire industries being disrupted, but smart leaders don’t wait for somebody else to disrupt them. That’s a reactive approach, and you’ll be starting off on the back foot. Instead, these leaders take a “If it ain’t broke, break it!” approach, and find ways to lead the way in ...
  • 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? In this free webinar, I’ll help you understand the three biggest threats to your business (and they apply to almost ...
  • The Future of Training In the past, workplace education was done mostly through training courses. But digital disruption has transformed the education industry, and there are now so many other ways to learn and teach. The best organisations use a combination of learning environments – including in-person workshops, online learning, one-on-one coaching, and more. By tapping into a variety ...
  • 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 webinar, I’ll show you the trends affecting our professional and personal lives, and how great conference organisers – and speakers – take ...
  • 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? You can watch the recording here: After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” ...
  • Authority Selling with Magnetic Messages In a crowded marketplace where sales meetings are getting shorter and buying cycles are getting longer, it’s becoming more difficult to cut through the clutter and sell with impact. In this webinar, I’ll show you how to use the power of magnetic messages to cut through the clutter and deliver a clear value message to ...
  • Published, Not Polished – The Four-Step Secret to New Media Success Social media and other new media channels are an important part of business and the workplace. Younger generations are “digital natives” and take them for granted, but many others – including many leaders, managers and business owners – struggle to master them. Understand the key differences between old and new media, and learn how to ...
  • The Six Disruptive Forces That Will Turn Your Business Upside Down If I asked you to name a disruptive company – quick! – I reckon there’s a pretty good chance you would name Uber. And that’s fair enough. There’s no doubt Uber has disrupted the taxi industry – a long-established, entrenched industry that’s completely been turned upside down by Uber. And hardly a week goes by that ...
  • Bright Sparks – 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 ...
  • Channelling Chaos The old rules of goal setting, productivity and time management don’t work. Our goals become meaningless when the environment changes, it’s difficult to stay productive when we’re constantly interrupted, globally dispersed teams make in-person meetings impractical, and the 9-to-5 workday just doesn’t make sense anymore. Instead of trying to fight against this chaos, harness it ...
  • Virtual Collaboration and 5 Myths About Leading Virtual Teams Many managers admit they don’t know how to manage and lead virtual teams effectively — particularly when it comes to trust, communication, managing deadlines, and achieving consensus in decision-making. Even worse, there are some common myths about virtual teams, which can cause friction within the team or even seriously damage its performance. You can watch the ...
  • Light Up – Innovate Now Our world is changing rapidly, and businesses and entire industries are being shaken, disrupted and toppled. This is a huge opportunity if you can take advantage of it, but a massive threat if you don’t. Will you thrive or survive? You can watch the recording here: After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful ...
  • Survive and Thrive in a Customer-Centric World The customer is not always right, but the customer is always there! Customers have more power than ever before, and smart organisations are tapping into that power to design better products and systems, prevent problems before they occur, and future-proof their success. You can watch the recording here: After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Power Up: Get More From Your Rising Stars You have smart, talented, savvy people on your team who can do more than their job description – and want to do more! In this webinar, I’ll show you the top 10 skills we need for the future, and how to match team members with these skills. You can watch the recording here: After the webinar, I ...
  • Authority – How to Stand Out in a Crowded World As markets become more competitive and customers have more options than ever before, it’s essential to stand out from the crowd. Advertising doesn’t work anymore, unless you have very deep pockets. Instead, learn how to build credibility and establish yourself as an authority. You can watch the recording here: After the webinar, I asked participants “What was ...
  • The End of Distance It’s a small world after all. We’re breaking down barriers between people, companies, and even countries. Things that used to be far away are now closer than ever before, and smart organisations are taking advantage of the end of distance. In this webinar, we look at five key technologies helping to shrink the tyranny of distance, ...
  • Great Minds Don’t Think Alike Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. I’m no Einstein, but it’s obvious that is a key insight into becoming fit for the future. Many organisations, leaders, and teams are still stuck in old ways of thinking – sometimes BECAUSE they have worked so well in ...
  • There’s an I In Team Modern teams are different. Employees have a voice and want it heard; they want work that gives them meaning, not just money; they want mentoring, not just training; and they want to express their individuality and bring their unique skills into the workplace. I covered this topic recently in a webinar, which had these key takeaways: What ...
  • The Future of Learning Accelerate the experience curve. In the past, the most common development choice was a training course, but now there are many other options. By tapping into a variety of ways to accelerate learning in your organisation, you cater to individual needs, build on existing knowledge, and create exponential learning. I covered this topic recently in a ...
  • The Future of Work The workplace is changing – in where we work, when we work, and who does the work. This creates challenges and opportunities for leaders, who have to achieve their goals with distributed, global and fluid teams. Here are the five key questions leaders need to ask about the future of work: WHERE does work happen? HOW does work ...
  • Slow, Bumpy and Expensive Are you worried about your business being disrupted? You should be! But you can see this as an opportunity, not a threat. There are three key questions to ask about your business to identify weaknesses, prepare for change, and lead the disruption. I covered this topic in a recent webinar, which will help you discover what ...
  • The Big Deal About Big Data There’s been a lot of buzz about “big data”, but there’s also a lot of confusion about what it is, what it means, and whether it applies to your business or industry. Here are some examples of Big Data in action: My supermarket loyalty card allows Woolworths to track my buying habits and make specific recommendations for ...
  • The Future of Healthcare Every industry is facing change, but none more so than healthcare. Big data, predictive analytics and the consumerisation of healthcare are just a few of the trends affecting the way we will look at healthcare in the future. For example: What if your doctor could e-mail images (like X-rays) to you, instead of you having to go ...
  • Customer-Centric Innovation When most organisations think of their customers, they think only of doing things for them. That’s good, because it means you focus on serving them. However, customers now have more power and influence than ever before, and are happy to help you as well. Involve your customers and clients in your innovation programs, so you ...
  • The Officeless Office For most of the past 200 years, the workplace of the knowledge worker has been an office. But that’s changing – and changing fast. Modern teams include full-timers, part-timers, contractors, interns, telecommuters, and job sharers. We also have extended work teams, using outsourcing, crowdsourcing, and other similar work practices. Many leaders and organisations struggle with ...
  • This Asian Century The power in the world has shifted, from Europe in the 19th century and the USA in the 20th century. Now we’re in The Asian Century, and it will change our world in profound ways. Organisations who tap into it will see great opportunities, while those who don’t will fall behind. If you want to ...