Today’s insights are brought to you by my colleague and leadership thinker, Keith Coats.


This week Keith Coats shares some of the practical tools that we use at TomorrowToday to help our clients develop their future fitness, become more adaptable, and build the capacity to understand the meaning of change.


In this short video, Keith highlights 5 specific tools:

1. Scanning the Horizon

While the operations of a business are important, we cannot overstate the importance of looking out the window and considering the future. If you regularly scan beyond your immediate surroundings, you begin to see the signs of disruption before they consume you. This allows you to adapt, to plan ahead and to manage change.

2. Get Off The Dance Floor

Often leaders gravitate to the centre of everything. But as things start to change from the periphery, if you are fixed in the middle of the dance floor, you won’t recognise the disruption until it’s too late.

3. Curiosity Conversations

A great tool to help you build a culture of learning and curiosity is to encourage people to host dedicated conversations. Hold your team accountable for having a curiosity conversation with a person they might never have considered or with someone from whom they would like to learn.

4. Ask Better Questions

Long gone are the days when leaders are the ones who know all the answers. We need to be more willing to learn, ask better questions and seek curiosity.

5. Learn to Rethink

The real innovation challenge is the ability to rethink your business model. Innovation necessitates rethinking, so build the capacity to unlearn and rethink.

If you’d like to delve into more detail or chat about which future fit tools might be best for your organisation or business, connect with us today.


Keith Coats is a founding partner of TomorrowToday Global and leadership specialist. He is now based in Cape Town, South Africa having relocated from London towards the end of 2021. Keith works with blue chips companies and in multiple business school leadership programmes worldwide helping senior leaders prepare today for the challenges and threats of tomorrow…and sometimes, the ‘day after tomorrow’. Recently Keith’s travel has included working throughout the UK, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, and of course, South Africa.
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