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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…

Innovating in an Era of Uncertainty and Complexity

Editor’s note: The article below encapsulates a sponsored research project titled, Innovation for a New Era, conducted by Patrick Deren, Matthew Grant and myself, that was completed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. This project was underwritten by Arena Solutions, a Foster City, California software purveyor that helps companies streamline product development. If you are in charge of creating new products…

Three Critical “Future of Work” Forecasts for the 2020s

Each year I interview hundreds of organizational leaders and individual contributors on their most pressing business challenges. Through surveys and one-on-one interviews, I probe people’s outlook on the future. I zero in on their most critical personal and professional challenges. In recent years, workplace issues have dominated these surveys. In short: the future is arriving faster than ever, catching employers…

Use Your Association Leadership Retreat to Become 2020 Future Ready

As America’s trade and professional associations enter the new decade, many are facing the same competitive market forces that bedevil their members. Yet often they lack the resources or forward thinking ability to embrace rapidly developing trends, and turn them to advantage. Some associations are thinking ahead of the curve — and taking action. They are using the annual retreat…

The Importance of Confronting Brutal Facts

After I wrote about the importance of seeing it coming in last month’s newsletter, a subscriber wrote in to affirm what he called the “strong message.” Mark Frandsen is a CEO, a former Fortune 500 CMO in the foods industry, and a university board member who lives in Portland, Oregon. A long-term reader of this newsletter, Frandsen offered a specific…
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