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Four “Future of Work” Trends to Act On Today

Each year I interview dozens of organizational leaders on their most pressing business challenges. In my conversations during the past year, operational and crisis-driven issues — keeping employees safe and supply chains functioning — have predominated. And even as readers in some countries (Brazil and India) are experiencing infection surges and rising deaths due to the ongoing Global Pandemic, the…

How to Think Like a Futurist

When Covid shut down life as we know it a year ago, many a company went into “batten down the hatches” mode. They followed their recession playbooks. When demand took off instead, in such industries as exercise equipment, pet products, and virtual meeting software, many were caught flat-footed. Some are still struggling to catch up. Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycles is out front right now based…

The Case For Optimism In 2021

“How can you be upbeat about a ‘post-pandemic future’ when there’s so much pain and uncertainty right now,” a colleague asked me the other day, as we were preparing for a webinar. Valid question, I had to admit. Here it is December and things seem on the brink of chaos. A surge in coronavirus cases on top of a surge…

Are You a Forward-Thinker? Use These 4 Questions To Find Out

Generals, the old saying goes, are always fighting the last war. In the age of global pandemic and Moore’s Law, this is a prescription for disaster. Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, disinformation, and biotechnology are “making traditional battlefields and war-fighting methods increasingly irrelevant,” notes a just-released bipartisan task force report on the “Future of Defense.” These days, generals and policy-makers in…

6 Strategies for Shaping Your Post-Pandemic Future

By now, you and your organization have probably moved through the crisis management phase of Covid-19. No doubt it’s been all-consuming. You’ve been focused on keeping your people safe, and your supply lines humming. But now it’s time to ask: what’s next? This is the perfect time to think about your strategy. A strategy, GE’s fabled CEO, Jack Welch, once…
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