The future of work?

The March of the Robots
Manfred

I loved an observation by Manfred Kets de Vries, Professor of Leadership Development at INSEAD who said:  “When we talk about leaders, we too often think about an individual with specific abilities. But no one can do everything. Leadership is a team ...

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In my last blog I asked whether in the new circumstances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution we still needed leaders and what should they look like? The answer I think is that we need leaders more than ever and we need more leaders more than ever, but ...

I spoke last week at the IACCM conference in Rome about leadership and what skills would be necessary for leadership in the future.  The new skills needed for leaders created considerable debate and discussion, so I thought I would share this thinking ...

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I was delighted when I heard that Bradford has become a technology university. As the world’s leaders are struggling to manage the impact of technology – is this an opportunity for the University of Bradford School of Management to lead the world ...

great library

For the first time since the Great Library at Alexandria burnt down, all human knowledge is now available in one place, thanks to the internet which gives us endless content, smart search engines and the ability to create queries in the form of questions.  ...

I am giving a talk at a compliance conference next month and looking at whether our legal system can cope with the speed of technology over-turning the world as we know it. A story this week has beautifully illustrated some of the challenges.  The celebrity ...

ASIMO robot

Have you ever had that moment when suddenly the things that you write, talk and worry about are happening to you? Surely they always happen to other people? I have been writing about artificial intelligence and my worry that business leaders don’t think ...

technology science

Recently I wrote a short article in the Financial Times which said that Business Schools needed to change radically if they were to be fit for the 21st century. I thought that all I would get from the schools would be pushback against the idea. Instead ...

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Last week I spoke at Accenture’s International Woman’s Day conference. It was a great event, with a bunch of really interesting speakers. I’d been asked to speak on disruption, in particular the disruption that technology causes in business (I wrote ...

Innovation is today’s buzzword. Every CEO claims that his company is at the forefront of innovation – at least every CEO who wants to keep his or her job. Every politician talks about the need for his country to be innovative if it is to grow and ...

exit

Lately I’ve been working with a number of senior people who are looking for a new challenge. Some of them are in companies that are re-organising; some have just reached the end of the road in their current job and cannot see a future ahead of them ...

I spend a lot of my time talking about the future to groups large and small. One of the common reactions is that “we’ve seen this before – technology just changes jobs – it doesn’t do away with them”. No-one seems to think it will affect their ...