The future of work?

The March of the Robots

There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about the end of car ownership. Dan Neil argues that cars as we know them will not exist within a generation. When you want to travel, a self-driving car will be summoned by an app to your location, ...

robot-starwars

If your image of robots is that of C3PO and R2D2 bumbling around in Star Wars, think again. An algorithm is now a director sitting on the board of Deep Knowledge Ventures in the Far East, with voting powers equal to the humans. A robot prepared a meal ...

I’ve wondered in the last few weeks, as storms have swept across the UK, why we are now giving names to UK storms? Is this an attempt to humanise something that is beyond our control? I think this is important as part of the debate about what is the ...

Mountains

This week the great and the good will gather in Davos to discuss ‘Managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ – what it means and how to respond. But I am concerned that the debate will be superficial, futuristic and miss the point. We are in the ...

Technologies and markets are now moving so fast that few organisations escape the need to reorganise. Reorganisation is rarely easy and never simple but there are some things that I have learnt painfully over the years that may help. 1. Make change long ...

predictions

Predictions of the future have to be taken with a large pinch of salt – especially when considering the impact of technology on business over the next 12 months. However, as someone who started her career as a historian, I know that if we do not think ...

2015

2015 has not been a good year for many businesses from Ashley Madison to VW. In this blog I wanted to explore why that might be and some of the lessons that can be learned. When the great recession started is a matter of debate, according to the US National ...

The time between Christmas and New Year is a real gift of down time from work. Yes there is all the busyness of Christmas but there is time to do some thinking about the things that are important, as opposed to all the urgent things that we spend our ...

One of my favourite stories about how the world is changing is of the CEO of one of our leading technology companies being shown round a classroom. The great man stopped by the desk of a young girl using an iPad. “Who taught you how to use that” he ...

hacking

A recent story unfolded from the United States about a sophisticated hacking which led to share price manipulation and thousands of people being duped into buying or selling stocks. As corporate hacking becomes an everyday incident, every chief executive ...

call centre

We are on the cusp of extraordinary times. Businesses are automating functions from online bookings to telling you which lift to get for the quickest rise to your destination. We are all too familiar with computer system failures. The call centre operator ...

hamster

I mentor a number of ambitious, driven senior executives and there are a number of questions that come round again and again. The one I want to talk about today appears in many guises, but can be summed up as “what is enough?” (I will look at some ...