Take this time to focus on your business building blocks

Don't just wait for the COVID-19 crisis to end. Take a look at your planning, profitability, team, systems and business value while you have time

Take this time to focus on your business building blocksWhen I was about four years old and playing cars on the floor with my brother Rob, my other brother Paul started making a funny noise. Looking over, I noticed that Paul’s face was a funny bluish colour, his mouth was open and inside I saw he had a wooden building block with the letter…

Tips for Making Your Small Business Run More Efficiently

Tips for Making Your Small Business Run More EfficientlyNo matter how well your business is running, there’s always space for it to run more efficiently. Businesses are complex things, so there’s always the potential to improve processes and get a better performance out of your staff each day. For small businesses, boosting efficiency can make a massive difference, and there are some simple…

How to lead with confidence when doubt seizes control

Those leaders who value authentic human leadership will discover strengths in both their leadership skills and their organization they never knew existed

How to lead with confidence when doubt seizes controlIs COVID-19 a leader’s greatest challenge to date? While there is no question that business is not “as usual” during this crisis, how is this different from any other challenge you’ve faced in the past? One of my colleagues, a leader of a team of 10, is struggling to find answers to the pandemic for…

The secret sauce of effective leadership

If you want to be evaluated as authoritative, understand what’s at stake in any situation and adjust your body language accordingly

The secret sauce of effective leadershipBefore the meeting began, Adam assumed a power pose: standing with hands on hips and feet wide apart for two full minutes to get all the advertised benefits of doing so. It worked. He could almost feel his stress level lowering and his self-confidence rising. By the time he strode into the conference room, took…

Ten key messages to navigating a crisis

How can we draw on the work of futurists and foresight professionals to enhance our responses to the current crisis and increase resilience against future shocks?

Ten key messages to navigating a crisisWithin the futurist community there is much hand wringing and frustration at the extent to which leaders, decision makers, and policy advisors have ignored past advice and countless preparedness studies for governments, businesses, and civil society. Since the 1960’s the stock in trade of much futurist work has been to advise on both the range…

Six ways to improve video conferencing interactions

The good news is that video conferencing, while not perfect, isn’t a bad substitute to face-to-face meetings. However, it has caveats

Six ways to improve video conferencing interactionsHuman beings are surprisingly good at drawing inferences from the behaviour of others, even based on cursory observations. MIT’s Sandy Pentland credits the power of “thin-slicing” to “honest signals” – the idea that, over millennia of social evolution, we have developed ways to effectively co-ordinate with other human beings through facial expressions, verbal cues, gestures…

10 shifts in business strategy that could have lasting impacts

Will new ways of organizational thinking and working take hold or be abandoned as soon as the Coronavirus lockdowns are lifted?

10 shifts in business strategy that could have lasting impactsThe COVID-19 pandemic crisis has been with us for just a few months and we are just weeks or days into different degrees of lockdown globally but we already beginning to develop insights on the emerging possible futures of business, work and the workplace once we move beyond the current situation. Many entities have already…

Finding opportunity in the middle of pandemic

How COVID-19 is allowing us to challenge our assumptions about preparedness, speed of execution and what’s important

Finding opportunity in the middle of pandemicTo quote Albert Einstein, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” As difficult as this pandemic is, it’s also exposing a wealth of opportunities. As businesses, leaders and individuals, we’re being confronted with the opportunity to challenge our assumptions on all fronts. There are some positive lessons to be learned through this COVID-19 crisis, and…

What we can learn from Hershey during this time of crisis

He was a man of great compassion, ingenuity and philanthropy, particularly during difficult times. Can you or your business do the same?

What we can learn from Hershey during this time of crisisMilton Hershey had a couple of failed attempts at business before he founded and built the empire of Hershey Chocolate Co. If the story of Milton Hershey ended there, he would have been seen as a success and an inspiration to many. However, there’s much more to Hershey than just a successful business, because he…

Why social engineering and business shouldn’t mix

Firms can hardly thrive without compensating employees well, maintaining good relations with suppliers and being environmentally friendly

Why social engineering and business shouldn’t mixBy Paz Gomez Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Trojan horse of social engineers has crossed the gates. At the latest World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Davos Manifesto 2020 replaced the original from 1973. The new one lays down a company’s duties towards “stakeholders” rather than shareholders. This virtue signalling, which gives…