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What if, you create a culture where people believe they can make a difference? You could change the world.

What if, through the power of quest – Knowing your destination; inspired by the possibility of achieving the impossible; and, in doing so delivering meaningful benefits; we could empower people everywhere to have the courage and conviction to do their
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Quests have advanced societies since the dawning of civilisation. What are the benefits of the leaders’ quest?

ESPN Coach of the Century Vince Lombardi said: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfilment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good
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Digital Disruption in Unexpected Places

If you attend a few conferences this year, you’ll see this a few times: Uber is the world’s largest taxi company, but owns no cars. AirBnb is the world’ largest hotel group, but owns no property. Alibaba is the world’s

It’s official: We are living in the future

It’s 21 October 2015, and this is the future. At least, it is if you’re a fan of the hugely successful Back to the Future film franchise. In Back to Future II, Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown leap 30
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Video series: Disruptive trends shaping our world

Over the past few months, I have recorded a series of short videos that give bite-sized inputs into the disruptive forces that are shaping our world right now. These videos are 45 seconds to 2 minutes in length, and are

A Thoughtful Response to – Would you use Performance Enhancing Chemicals at Work

A recent article I wrote on performance enhancing drugs in the workplace received great interaction once it was published online. Andrew sent a personal message to me and it was so inline with the engagement that I was hoping for
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Our Changing World: Facts and figures to blow your mind

Our team at TomorrowToday Global tracks the disruptive forces shaping the world right now, and attempts to predict where some of these will take us. We don’t have a crystal ball, but for nearly two decades we’ve been honing our
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Meeting with Jim Dator. Futurist. Legend

Recently I had the privilege to meet with Futurist Jim Dator of the University of Hawaii. Jim is renown in futurists’ circles and has left an indelible impression on the disciple of Futures. He has also appeared (as himself) on
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The Robot Hotel

The hotel of the future is coming. If you’re in the hospitality business, how far behind are you? Speak to one of our team about our Tomorrow’s World Today presentation or workshop to make sure you are prepared for the future.

Dealing with our ignorance of the world – video

One of my favourite people in the world is Hans Rosling. He has a fantastic way of making statistics come alive, and is on a global mission to help us get right data about the world we live in. He

Want to be a futurefit leader? Three Questions to be answered

In a complex and increasingly changing and disruptive world staying ahead of the curve is not easy. This ‘staying ahead of the curve’ is what we in TomorrowToday call being ‘futurefit’. There is not much you can do about the

Top 5 in the Future of Work (29 Aug 2015)

My top five best reads on issues related to the future of work this past week: Inclusive Leadership The Answer To Diversity In The Workplace, by one of our ex-associates, Buhle Dlamini Inc magazine: 3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired
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Perspectives on BIC’s ongoing disasters with women

Last Sunday was National Women’s Day in my home country, South Africa. The public holiday celebrates an anti-apartheid women’s march which took place on 9 August 1956. It was a key moment in South African history, and one that inspired
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Top 5 in the Future of Work (14 Aug 2014)

Here are my top five reads about the future of work from this past week: Ray Kurzweil’s “Law of Accelerating Returns” for the digital revolution Future of the Internet – 8 Expanding Dimensions, by futurist Thomas Frey A Long Read,
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The Economist agrees with TomorrowToday, there are Enemies Within

“The best way to fight the enemy within is to treat your employees with respect. And this third principle is where many firms fail “says Schumpeter, The Economist’s columnist and expert on all things disruptive. At the beginning of 2015

Top 5 this week in the Future of Work (28 July 2015)

Here are my top five reads of the last few days on the topic of the future of work – and these are all superb this week: Elon Musk on How to Innovate: 20 Quotes – What does this brilliant
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Top 5 this week in The Future of Work (19 July 2015)

Here are the top 5 articles I have read in the last few days that shine a light on how the world around us – especially the world of work – is changing: Scientists are on the cusp of these
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The technology ratchet by Seth Godin

I start most of my presentations and workshops these days by stating that I believe we’re living at era-change moment in history, where all the forces of change are combining together to create a time in history when history itself

Top 5 this week in The Future of Work (8 July 2015)

After a week’s break for a family holiday, I am back at work, and doing what I do: researching disruptive change and the future of work. Here are my top five reads from the past few days: McKinsey report: Unlocking
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Do you have ‘enemies within’ holding your organisation hostage and preventing you from achieving legendary status?

Too many organisations believe their biggest threats come from outside but actually the most pressing issues faced right now are internal. Many organisations have out-dated DNA and are not ‘future fit’ or ready for the rapidly changing world. Discover if

Top 5 reads in the Future of Work (16 June 2015)

Here are the top five articles I read on the Future of Work this past week: Companies run by women perform better The fruitless search for extraordinary people willing to take ordinary jobs How Self-Driving Cars Could Radically Transform Cities

Top 5 Reads: The Future World of Work (12 June 2015)

My top 5 reads on the future world of work this past week have been the following: A bit of self promotion first: Our new book was launched this past week, “Leading in a Changing World”. You can get the
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Top 5: This week in the Future of Work

Here are my five top reads of this past week. Each one this week is a classic. Take your time to go through these five – you won’t regret it. A set of slides from a presentation: The Generationally Intelligent

The Freelance Economy is growing

Mary Meeker is sometimes called the “Internet Whisperer”. She and her team do research into the ways in which we’re using the Net, and their annual research reports are packed full of information and insights. You can see her 196
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The Top Jobs in 10 Years Might Not Be What You Expect – Our Input to FastCompany Future Forum

A few weeks ago, our team was asked to contribute to a Fast Company article on the future of work, part of a special future forum feature week. The final article is superb and well worth a read. Read it

The New Lemonade Stand – how to help your kids make piles of money (and what it means for your business and future)

For the last few months, I have spent many hours every week researching and writing a new book about the future of work and leadership (see advance information, including free download of chapter 1, here). In that time, I’ve seen

Top 5 Reads this week on The Future of Work (15 May 2015)

Every week, I list my top five reads of the previous few days, all focused on understanding the way our world is changing and how this will affect our lives. Enjoy this week’s list: Unless You Are Spock, Irrelevant Things
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4 Factors to consider about CV’s when hiring Digital Natives

Historically a CV, or resumé, has been a useful tool to understand and to assess the ability of a candidate for a role. Increasingly, however, with Digital Natives this may not be as useful a tool. In the past there

VUCA – four organizational culture touch points for Digital Natives

Digital Natives have grown up in a world that has been called the VUCA world. This is an acronym that covers four areas outlined below. V equals volatile U equals uncertain C equals complex A equals ambiguous There is a

Top 5: This week in the Future of Work (7 May 2015)

Each week, I list my top 5 articles, websites, blogs or online resources of the past seven days. These are not always brand new items on the Net – some come from a few months or years back, but they

Top 5: This week in the Future of Work (1 May 2015)

Here are the top five articles I have read this week relating to the changing world of work, leadership and disruptive trends. The sword, the printing press and the algorithm: Three technologies that changed the world Cisco’s CEO on Staying

Five reasons why the Gen X – Gen Y divide is the next talent management bridge.

Generation Y are not just younger versions of Generation X. Generation X look at Generation Y and see themselves. Gen X don’t see themselves as old, so when they look at younger men and women they resonate with much of

Top five: This week in the Future of Work (23 April 2015)

Starting today, I am going to be writing a weekly blog entry on my top five reads for the last seven days, specifically focusing on disruptive change, future trends and how they’re influencing -and shaping – the world of work.

On Leadership: Disruption – Friendly Fire that doesn’t have to kill you

Friendly fire in a military context is often associated with tragic fatalities. However, it can also serve as welcome reinforcements, shift the momentum and win the battle. Disruption is ‘friendly fire’ and will either be the thing that kills you
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Tiny habits to integrate a new generation into the workplace

BJ Fogg has developed a behavior change model that is a useful point of reference to help organizations make the changes required to be effective employers of choice for generation Y and generation Z. The equation B= MAT summarizes the

What will the future of work look like?

In the future the workforce will be more connected, workers will be virtual, mobile and temporary, they will be global, multi-generational and diverse – older and younger, different sexes, cultures and beliefs working side by side. We know this, it

When Everything Changes: Succeeding in disruptive times 

The world is always changing – it always has been. But every now and again there are moments in history where all the forces of change seem to combine together to produce an era-defining shift. That’s what we study when
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Change: The Marching Tune for Leaders

In TIDES of Change TomorrowToday identifies five major disruptive change drivers shaping the new world of work. Understanding change is important if we are to engage with both the threats and opportunities that change invites. A brief synopsis of the

Disrupting the world of everything

“These devices are only going to get smaller and more powerful” say Om Malik of Fast Company. You can buy a Raspberry Pi with a 700MHz processor and 256 MB of memory for about $25. In 2001, a Mac with
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Robot wars – and it’s a good thing

Later this year (5 and 6 June to be precise), the final stage of the world’s most important robotics competition takes place in California. The DARPA Robotics Challenge (see details here) will see 11 robots compete for the toughest prize
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The Quest for Atomic Fusion: A lesson for leaders everywhere

When talking to Steve Cowley one is aware that you are in the presence of a great mind. Steve is one of the world’s leading scientists and is the CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Professor of Physics at
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The Future is Changing: Bill Gates on the Next 15 Years

The world is going to change more in the next 15 years than the last 50 combined. Considering how much the world has changed in the last half century, that’s quite a bold claim. Nevertheless, more and more indicators are pointing
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Life-Logging – A top ten emerging technology for 2015

Steve Mann graduated from MIT in 1994 and began wearing a wireless camera that recorded images of the world, from his Point of View (POV) and displayed them online. The now professor at Toronto University has been campaigning for wearable

Three Critical Things You Need to Focus On in 2015

Many people and businesses focus on the wrong things. What will your business be measuring in 2015? If your focus is on your competitors, your market share and internal efficiencies you may miss significant changes coming your way. In a

China: technology, moral and legislative lead in environment

Two years ago, China set itself the target of becoming the world’s leading consumer and producer or solar, wave and wind power. They have already achieved this target. In an authoritarian system, when a decision gets made, it also gets

Don’t write the U.S. off just yet – How the TIDES of Change model can help assess the future of the world’s largest economy

“Many business leaders will realise, soon, that they are underinvesting in North America” says Joel Kurtzman a leading figure in the U.S. on the future of business. Joel founded the Booz & Co magazine Strategy+Business and is also a senior

Getting rid of email – here’s a company that’s done just that

Over the last few months I have begun to include a small section in some of my workshops on the clutter and “stuff” that makes work life a pain. Almost all participants identify meetings and email (and many add managers,

Digital Natives – The back-story

The development of Digital Natives as a concept can trace its roots through the history of computers. Through the 70’s and 80’s computers went from being the size of your house to something you could have in a room in

What constitutes middle class, a growing global disruption

Today Graeme Codrington and I are part of the London Business School team working with the leadership of a petroleum company from the Middle East. The course is being held in London and we were talking to them about disruptive forces.

The Concierge: Luxury or Commodity?

‘Get our credit card and we’ll give you free ‘Concierge’ service; sign up for our premium bank account and we’ll help you arrange your life beautifully, buy a VERTU and concierge comes for free … and if you’re in the

Award winning emerging market startups with a global edge

Seedstars World is a Geneva-based company that holds competitions for startups around the world. Their list of competition winners from the last year includes 19 emerging market companies that are innovating products and services with some exceptional promise. We believe

Digital Natives @ Play – where online and offline merge

I was recently doing some end of winter gardening. My Digital Native children aged 11 and 7 ½ were outside helping. They were soon bored and began to play instead. Soon the game was a good old-fashioned Army game of

The sports car that runs on SALTWATER

The sports car that runs on SALTWATER: Vehicle goes from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds – and has just been approved for EU roads Quant e-Sportlimousine’s top speed is 217mph – equal to a McLaren P1 The car uses

Meet Gen Y: Five videos, ten minutes and a lot of insight

Raymond de Villiers is TomorrowToday’s Gen Y guru. He works hard to understand today’s young people, and then make sense of them for you and me and our businesses. He’s packaged some of his insights into short “thought bullet” videos

A hidden secret of the Ice Bucket Challenge success – and the future of communication

The Ice Bucket challenge for ALS is probably the most successful meme created thus far for social media. Of course, social media experts are now trying to reverse engineer it to discover the secrets to successfully created a viral campaign

I have seen the future – and it only costs $35

A few weeks ago I was doing a workshop with a telecoms company. We were looking at some of their thoughts around global expansion, especially into developing markets and across Africa. Then they showed me something that is going to

[Video] Driving Change in Big Companies

Technology shifting global workspace mindshift

Click on the link below if you missed the article by Keith Coats that appeared in The Star Workplace today. The Star Workplace – Technology shifting global workspace mindshift – 9 July 2014-KC

Peugeot unveils a new car that runs on air.

We are living during a era of great technological innovation. At TomorrowToday we love technology that has the ability to disrupt not only products but entire industries, even countries. Peugeot Citroën  appears to be doing just that . The car manufacturer has

The Future of theft…okay bye bye now.

According to the website Stolen Bike Statistics over 500,000 bikes were stolen in the UK over the past five years. This figure is also understated. According to John Moss who compiled these stat  “It is largely accepted that only 1

Sharing Your Secrets: What Elon Musk’s latest move at Tesla means for you

I’ll admit it: I have a huge man-crush on Elon Musk. I like everything this guy does. From his passion for space exploration and madcap vision of a one way trip to Mars, to his recent announcements about building both

Smaller difference and different reasons for buying

One of TomorrowToday’s best associates is Markus Kramer. Until recently, Markus was Global Head of Branding at Aston Martin and before that worked for other luxury brands, including Harley Davidson. He is a true world expert on luxury brands, and

China: “It’s not pretty but it’s the bloody reality”

I was listening to the head of a large multinational that have significant investments in China speak about the challenges and opportunities that is China. The one line that caught my attention? “It’s not pretty but it is the bloody

Surprising ideas about the future from TED2014 speakers

At TED2014, the speakers and attendees were asked to think about the conference’s theme, “The Next Chapter” and then suggest what might radically change society, life, technology and the world in the next 30 years. Their insights may surprise you.

The greatest challenge facing the future of business, requires your attention now.

Peter Menzel, is an award winning photographer, takes photographs of people posing next to their possessions taken out of their home and piled high on the pavements. The pictures paint a vividly clear picture – we live in a Material World,

How Generation X Ruined the World

This article originally appeared on (original on link below). Written by Theis Duelund How Generation X Ruined the World   Reality Bites Screenshot via YouTube user thecultbox Hey, did you hear about the western Antarctic ice sheet? The melting there has

24 “Future of Work” Voices You Should Know About In 2014

Our colleague and co-founder of TomorrowToday, Dr Graeme Codrington, has just recently been included on two lists of business experts worth following. Switch & Shift named him amongst their “Top 75 List of Human Business Champions“. Global Workforce Transformation included

24 “Future of Work” Voices You Should Know About In 2014

Our colleague and co-founder of TomorrowToday, Dr Graeme Codrington, has recently been included on two lists of business experts worth following. Switch & Shift named him amongst their “Top 75 List of Human Business Champions“. Global Workforce Transformation included him

Apple just entered your market (Healthcare, I’m talking to you)

For the last few years, our team has enjoyed asking our clients a hypothetical question: “What would the impact be if Apple/Google/Facebook announced today that it was entering your market?”. To be honest, I think it should be a thought

Happy birthday World Wide Web

It was on 12 March 1989 that a young British scientist, Tim Berners Lee, working at CERN in Switzerland sent a memo to his boss entitled “Information Management: A Proposal”. In it he proposed to develop a way to share

Print me a face: another mind blowing use for 3d printers

At TomorrowToday, we’re big fans of 3d printing technology. We’ve been speaking about it for more than 5 years now. I actually have a 3d printer at home, and as a team we write about the implications of 3d printing

47% of knowledge jobs are in “High Danger” of being automated by AI and ML algorithms

Within the next decade or two 47 percent of job categories for knowledge workers, that includes: accountancy, legal work, technical writing and a lot of other white-collar professions – could be automated says the findings of a report by Carl

WHERE to look to see the future

Our team at TomorrowToday often presents on future trends and the disruptive forces shaping the world. Our content comes from our ongoing research and analysis, backed up by a full-time research team spread across the world. It’s easy then for

Surfing the TIDES of Change

One of the central frameworks we work with in TomorrowToday is TIDES where we use this acronym to consider the main change disruptors to be considered in the modern world.  The acronym stands for: T – Technology I – Institutional

The art of asking the questions and seeing the weak signals

As information thunders through the digital economy, it’s easy to miss valuable “weak signals” often hidden amid the noise, says Martin Harrysson, Estelle Métayer, and Hugo Sarrazin of the consulting group McKinsey & Co. These “snippets” of data they say

What the UK storms can teach leaders about gaining advantage from disruptive forces

We are living in unprecedented times. The storms lashing the UK coast are the worst in living memory and the costs to the economy are in the region of £14b and growing as the weatherman reports two additional storms approaching.

Surfing the TIDES of Change – part 1

An introduction to a three part series looking at harnessing the power of the TIDES of change.  The video considers the parallels with surfing and how we can use the surfing analogy and metaphor to “Surf the TIDES of Change”.

3D printing rapidly approaching tipping point

We’ve been watching and tracking the implications of 3D printers and a disruptive force and innovation for over five years now. We’ve observed many exciting developments from the work of Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the

[Video] Keith presenting TIDES of Change

We live in turbulent times – that much is obvious.  We are living at a moment in history when all the forces of change are combining to produce an era-changing period.  The political, corporate, social and personal rules for success

Gamification and your life

One of the trends TomorrowToday has been tracking for several years is that of Gamification. Simply put, this reflects that reality that just as social networking, search engines, and online media have changed the way we live, so too has

Your next step: Thinking like a Futurist in 2014

It is that time of year again when everyone is having their say about the likely trends that will dominate or surface during the course of 2014. Recent editions of Time, Fortune and the Economist have all run lead articles

A Crystal Ball for Business: 9 Tips for Future Success

As another year dawns and we turn our eyes to 2014, it’s still clear that we are living and working in an era of extreme uncertainty.  A global recession continues and is combining with significant disruptive forces in technology, politics,

American industries that will boom and those that are doomed in the next decade

Business Insider recently ran an article looking at Labor Bureau statistics and predicting which industries will experience significant decline in the next decade, and another article suggesting which industries will boom. While I don’t agree with their whole list, it

Booz & Co’s Strategy+Business Best Business Blogs of 2013

The editor of Booz & Co’s Strategic+Business magazine and blog site selected his favourite business blogs of 2013. I like this list a lot – there’s some really valuable articles here. It’s an eclectic list, but well worth taking some

Game changing innovations: Desalinating ocean water

In our TIDES of Change presentation, we’ve been saying for a few years now that the company that finds a cheap and easy way to desalinate sea water will make more money than they will know what to do with.

Today’sTransformers: Hointer & Nadia Shouraboura

“We write code, play with robots, experiment with tensioned tubes and cables and drink lots of Red Bull,” says Nadia Shouraboura CEO of new start up Hointer a retail store that combines technology and with traditional shopping. It’s the ultimate in high-tech,

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow’s Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

Video: Graeme Codrington on Tomorrow's Technologies Today

Earlier this year, our international director, Graeme Codrington, spoke at an event called AgriVision, which focused attention on how we will feed the growing world’s population over the next few decades. Following Michael Porter on stage, Graeme’s presentation looked at

“Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy

Scanning cameras lock onto John Anderton’s face as he walks through a shopping mall. Using facial recognition technology advertisers clock his presence and begin an invasive barrage of “personalised” advertisements designed to entice, cajole and convince him to purchase the must have

When social media turns on you (don’t blame the messenger)

There will lots of chatter again about whether social media is a good thing or not after JP Morgan had to abandon a planned Twitter Q&A yesterday. The bank had invited people to tweet questions to them using the hashtag

Reasons Why We Don’t Need Offices

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a

Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

I started my “proper” working career (after some military service which included being a professional musician, some student type part-time jobs and early entrepreneurial activity) at KPMG in the early 1990s. I joined the audit group, and was shown a

Five reasons why addressing the “perversions of capitalism” will give you a competitive advantage

“The present state of affairs is really a perversion of the proper working of capitalism. It is all wrong to have millionaires before you have ceased to have slums…If we do not find some way of correcting that perversion of

The growing power of protest

On the 28th August 1963 civil rights campaigner, Martin Luther King, led thousands of people on a march to America’s capital, Washington DC. There he gave a speech that inspired and paved the way for equal rights and changed the

Worldview shifting facts on the future of business

SAP recently released one of the best presentations on the future of business we have ever seen. Freely available on slideshare, it lists 99 facts that should have a profound impact on your view of the future, on what organisations

Video: Summary of TIDES of Change – and implications of disruptions

Over the past few months I have been collecting video footage of the presentations I have done of our team’s “TIDES of Change” presentation. Based on the research our Strategic Insights team has done over the past few years, we

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

The famous lyric from the Beatles song of 1967 has moved from an individual plea to a loved one, to a more general appeal to society.  A lot has happened between 1967 and now: man has landed on the moon,

Business reasons for taking the environment seriously

A number of years ago, our team wrote a short white paper on nine business reasons to take green issues seriously. You can read and download it here. We still believe this. The recession has meant that environmental issues have

Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

As a team, we are often privileged to be asked to sit through senior leadership meetings at our clients. Right up to Board level, these peepholes into our clients’ workings provide valuable insights into the operations of our clients, but

African Leadership for Africa’s Future in a Globalised World

For Africa to be successful it needs to find models, methods and approaches that are uniquely suited to the continent and its needs.  As one of the world’s best travelled speakers and researchers (he visited 26 countries just last year),

Can we really predict the future?

This is the question a British journalist asked me today. Specifically, he wanted to know if it was possible to predict industry trends thirty years into the future. Here is the gist of my brief reply: Looking thirty years into

The ART versus the SCIENCE of business.

Earlier this year I was privileged to hear Seth Godin speak in London. The talk was part of his new book promotional tour The Icarus Deception. In the book and during the talk Seth asked the question  “how high are you prepared

An analogy to explain big data: Turning hay into needles

I have mentioned Richard Stacy before on this blog. He’s a great thinker on social media in business, and speaks a lot of sense where many “social media experts” just talk hype. Here’s a very short piece from his blog,

7 Stats that change everything: What to be thinking about as a Leader.

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics”. Of course we know that statistics can be used to support multiple sides of an argument and as Mark Twain once observed, “Facts are

Dear CEO, You have to be in it to win it (I’m talking social media, you dinosaur)

You’ll lose 100% of the shots you don’t take. You’ll find this pithy advice in almost every motivational book. But being a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t true. You have to be in it to win it. In the business

Why graduates remain unemployed (and what to do about it)

Yesterday, I presented our team’s most requested presentation, “The TIDES of Change” to a group of top business leaders in Sandton. During the Q&A, someone asked a simple but profound question: “What makes you most nervous?” When thinking of the

Good news for animals…and vegetarians: but what about leadership?

In London scientists recently (5 August) unveiled the first purely lab-grown beef burger and tested it on a select group of tasters (sounds like a good job to have…for the most part at least!). It is seen as the end

Video: Four levels of institutional change

A brief overview of our team’s view of Institutional Change, one part of our TIDES model of the five disruptive forces shaping our world right now:   This video of Graeme Codrington was recorded by our good friends at Your

The Most Profound Tool For Growing Your Human Capital

Most businesses, organizations and institutions today recognize that necessity and benefit of harnessing their human capital. Due to the fact that the world has changed so much and because we are in a constant state of change, managers have to

Video: Technology replacing professionals in 10 years

If you had told a farmer a century ago that he would not need labourers, and would be able to harvest and manage his farm using machines he would have laughed at you. If you had told factory bosses the

The Factory in Your Garage: A review of 3d printing options and implications

A few weeks ago, I bought a 3d printer for use in my home. On the day I installed it, I recorded a video for our team’s Signpost’s YouTube channel (it’s available here or at the bottom of this post).

Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions

“It is clear that policymakers and those who advise them do not have a satisfactory conceptual framework for dealing with [this] disruptive impact” says Alec Ross the former senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and; Jonathan Luff a

All that’s wrong with the media today: A ridiculous example

It sounds like something out of one of those cringeworthy, self-written high school plays. But in reality it is a genuine news report from a Fox affiliate TV station in the United States. And although it is a single anecdote,

Will you still have a job in 2025? The alarming rate at which jobs are being disrupted

A recent MIT Technology Review reveals an alarming trend. Since the early 2000’s and increasingly since the financial crisis of 2008, the levels of employment have decreased even though productivity has increased over the same period. Erik Brynjolfsson And Andrew

Learning is changing – and businesses will need to change too

There is a pattern to the disruption of industries – change happens slowly, with a few early-adopters taking a technology and innovating, but not always in the optimum way.  Then it happens quickly – and a whole industry can come

When will they Revolt?

In 1968 it seemed that the whole world was in dispute or turmoil. Many of the disputes were student led; there were student protests in Poland against the oppressive Communist Government, there were protests and riots in France that ending

Digital Trends 2013

I was alerted to the Digital Trends 2013 website a few days ago. It’s a collaboration between Microsoft, IPG Mediabrands and The Future Laboratory (although the domain name indicates that MS is the dominant partner). It looks like this might

Is Google the perfect example of a future focus business?

Google is winning and you don’t have to search very far to find out why, says Fast Company writer Frahad Manjoo. In a world of the tech giants – battling against the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Apple – Google

What is a Disruptive Force?

A disruptive forces is not a force that results in incremental changes, improving products or services one step at a time. Rather disruptive forces result in a breakthrough or a step change that transforms society forever.  Sometimes the disruption is

25 Things You Need to Know About the Future

I was recently browsing through a bookshop’s recommended books, and saw “25 Things You Need to Know About the Future” by Christopher Barnatt (Constable, 2012 – buy it at Amazon or It’s a great primer, and I like the

War: The Ultimate Disruptive Force

Unless you have been locked in a cupboard it has been very hard to not be aware that the 69th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion of German occupied France on 6th June 1944 has recently passed us. Next year will probably

Keep your hands off my genes

And now an entry from the case files of the totally bleeding obvious: Yesterday the Supreme Court of the USA finally agreed – unanimously – that genes cannot be patented. In a stunning example of corporate over reach, a variety

Book review: Makers, The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

A few years ago, then editor of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson built a small plane out of Lego parts with his kids. After realizing that even children’s toys now come packed with advanced sensors and controls, Chris decided to start

Is it evil to avoid tax?

Google famously has the slogan “don’t be evil”. They are however embroiled in a worldwide issue – is tax avoidance evil? Not only have Google been dragged into the fray,  but Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Starbucks and even famous individuals

Your career in a new world of work

We know that the world of work is changing faster now than at any other time. Some have called it a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Big industries and large companies are being hard hit with this turbulent

The Fergie Factor: A Disruptive Force

After 26 years in charge of Manchester United Alex Ferguson has finally decided to take life a little easier by moving to a new role as a Director and Ambassador for the club. At 71 years of age he wants

Generation Jobless: A warning to us all

The April 27th Economist ran a cover story about the ‘generation jobless’ – the global rise of youth unemployment. It is a serious concern for a number of reasons and one that could have long-lasting implications for both the global

Building innovative companies using the powerful disruptive force of the Connected Generation (Part 1)

Competitive dynamics are shifting and the rules for success and failure are being rewritten across almost every industry and every business function. Exciting new innovative business models are emerging every day and you don’t have to be a fresh upstart

Intel’s Top 5 Tech Trends

I am sitting at a conference in Dubai, listening to one of Intel’s top guys in the Middle East talking about technology disruptors that Intel expects to see in the next few years. He is listing five “technology-led tectonic shifts”:

The Passing of an Icon

Whether you liked, loathed or are somewhere in the middle it cannot be denied that Baroness Margaret Thatcher will be known as a major figure in British history. The Britain that she took control over in 1979 was very different

Having FUN, the greatest force of disruption

How many people do you know, were caught out by April fool jokes this year? Seth Godin played one of the best practical jokes when he blogged that Amazon was launching Kindle Zero a free tablet for all Prime members.

Where to find success now

Seth Godin is one of our favourite thinkers and writers. We share many of his worldviews, especially that we are living in a period of transition from the end of the industrial age to the emergence of a connection economy.

A round up of predictions of future forces shaping our world

There are two types of future predictions: one looks to try and predict specific events and technologies, the other attempts to look beyond specifics at the causes of change and the forces that will shape the future. In a sense,

The power behind disruptive business models

It’s not technologies that disrupt, rather it is the business model that the technology enables that creates the disruptive impact. Digital music had been around as a technology before Steve Jobs and Apple leveraged it to create a new business model that completely disrupted

No more ‘Top Gear’? But how else could the driverless car impact you?

Self-driving cars?  Seems like a million miles off, right?  Like flying cars (which already exist, by the way). When Sebastian Thrun was 18, he lost his best friend in a car accident.  Since then, he has set himself the goal

The Future of Energy and what the Shale Gas revolution means for you

Our team at TomorrowToday Strategic Insights have been watching the developments in the shale gas revolution for a number of years and our earlier predictions of the massive disruptions this energy technology will deliver are becoming increasingly visible. We recently

Weak signals becoming strong: Reshoring, shale gas and jobs in America

For a while now, our team has been tracking the shale gas issue. We flagged it a few years ago as a weak signal for massive disruptive change. It’s no longer weak: in our minds it is the single biggest

What every business leader can learn from the horsemeat scandal

The food and retail grocery industry is reeling from the horsemeat scandal, which displays a number of consumer trends and sentiments that can be associated with competitive advantage in the Connection Economy.  The most important one is not that there

Competitive Advantage: What matters most today and how we got here

The Connection Economy – Competitive Advantage:  What matters most today and how we got here By Keith Coats, TomorrowToday International Partner Competitive advantage has always existed and understanding the evolution of what constitutes competitive advantage in today’s context, is important

Witness the death of Blackberry

I don’t know if Blackberry 10 (the Z10 phone with the BB10 operating system) is going to be any good. I hope it is, for the sake of all my friends and clients who’s IT departments force them to use

Do you think this is the end for the High Street?

We don’t. Yes, another big UK retailer, Republic, bit the dust today.  It’s been an incredibly tough few years for the High Street, with retailers having to negotiate through the challenges of out-of-town retail parks, online competition and the deepest

We’ve been suckered! “there is no real difference between work and play – it’s all living” says Richard Branson

Richard Branson recently said “there is no real difference between work and play – it’s all living” How profoundly true this statement is. I spent yesterday speaking at the  excellent Business Leaders Group and the concept of where we work and

Tomorrow’s Retail – Available Today!

Today we launch our new Tomorrow’s Retail report and we hope you take the chance to download and read it. And please don’t think that if you don’t work in retail, it’s not for you.  One of the things we

Global warming deniers need to face the facts (and the heat)

One of the key trends that my team and I track is the environment. There is no doubt that changes in our physical world, and our responses to them, are huge causes of disruptive change right now. When I do

China and Ethics Matter: Two Bottom Line lessons for Leaders Everywhere

Two headlines in the Business Report caught my eye this morning. The first had to do with China’s economic performance.  Later today I am flying to Guangzhou, China for a day’s work with London Business School on the Nestle Leadership

New ways of working – the revolution is still rumbling along

It was the early 1990s, and a new generation had started entering the world of work at just the time that personal computers were creating opportunities for significant change to the way the workplace functioned. Within just a few years,

Video: Disruptive changes in the travel industry

In October 2012, I spoke at the ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) Annual European Convention in Rome. The topic of my 45 minute keynote presentation was “Leading in a Changing World”, and I outlined three key reasons the world

In Conference: Thoughts on the future (and how to become a futurist)

Late last year, I was interviewed by Michael Jackson (“the other MJ”) for his radio show on Mix FM in Johannesburg. It has a half hour interview on future trends that included some reflections on the future of Africa (it’s

Shale Gas – the greatest disruptive technology facing the world of work

“The shale-gas revolution in America has been as sudden and startling as a supertanker performing a handbrake turn… the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the United States will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, outstripping Saudi Arabia

Video: Five forces shaping the future of business

This is my book project for 2013: The TIDES of Change. This is a look at the five most important forces that are causing disruptive change in the world right now; and, of course, how we should respond as individuals,

Nine 2012 stories that will change the world in 2013

Yesterday, the Common Dreams blog ran an excellent piece by Sarah van Gelder on nine key trends that started last year and will continue to impact the world this year. Most of these are disruptive forces, and chime well with

If America was really serious about the economy, it would end the ‘war on terror’

I’ll be upfront: I hate war. These simple three words were etched in my mind forever as I stood in front of Gallery Room 3 at the open air memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC (see picture). In

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012: looking back at this marvellous year in technology. We really are living at the very beginning of a remarkable technological golden age. In the next few years, we are going to be astounded

Trends to watch in 2013

It’s that time of year when we take stock of what has happened in the year that has flashed by, and look ahead to the year that’s rushing towards us. What will it be like? Our team has some ideas

VIDEO: A free agent nation – disruptive employment

The world is being completely reshaped by five key disruptive forces: technology, institutional change, demographics, environmental and ethic issues, and shifting social values. This video investigates how one company has created a vision of how this might change the world

The Kids Aren’t Playing Around Anymore

For a few years now, our researchers at TomorrowToday have been predicting what Generation Y might do when they grow up. This generation was first dubbed “The Millennials” by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see this book, for example), and

Kittens, magnets and the power of teleworking

If we’d been working 100 years ago, most people would’ve worked on a farm or a mine; 50 years ago we would’ve been working in a factory, today most people in developed markets work in the knowledge economy and we

What is your industry’s iceberg?

There are numerous forces changing the shape and face of business today. We call the most important ones the TIDES of Change. TIDES is an acronym standing for Technology, Institutions, Demographics, Environment and Social values. Each forces has numerous, let’s