The future of work?

The March of the Robots

  I recently spoke at the Balanced Business Forum about the skills that businesses need for the future. In the panel session, there was a very interesting question about how did I see career progression in the future. I used the analogy of bridges. Most ...

One of the most frequently recurring themes among my mentoring clients is “how do I get a seat on the board?” Some clients are looking to take the next step up to be Executive Directors, others are looking at NED (non-executive director) roles. Neither ...

Today I have published a report, March of the Robots … into the boardroom. In it I challenge UK bosses to start understanding and managing technology before our businesses lose profitability, brand names and even their jobs within the next three to ...

I talk to a lot of groups, large and small, about the impact of technology on work as we know it. But rarely have I had as great an introduction as last week when I was invited to speak to the in-house legal team at one of our major energy suppliers. ...

There are a number of themes that run through my mentoring work but one of the most common is “How do I get a Non Executive Director (NED) role”? Senior leaders have two reasons for wanting to be an NED: 1. To get another viewpoint on board governance ...

In the last episode of the very good BBC Radio 4 series “The New Workplace”  Justin King, late boss of Sainsbury’s claimed that introducing a nationwide minimum wage is “ludicrous” and went on to say: “One of the consequences of productivity ...

An article this week by Aaron Krumins in Extreme Tech says that DARPA is teaching an Artificial Intelligence to improvise and play jazz. Now the interesting thing about jazz is that it requires a high level of innovation, something we have always seen ...

I’m constantly surprised by talking to people who can see how technology is impacting on every area of business but have a complete blind spot about their own area of expertise. Recently I’ve talked to a number of global law firms who exhibit the ...

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Pat Chapman-Pincher has a long history of working at the highest levels of some of the world’s biggest technology companies and today works with a range of FTSE 100 businesses helping leadership teams to plan for the future and manage the risks posed ...

Can robots solve the nuclear problem?

The controversy surrounding the restarting of nuclear reactors in Japan following the Fukushima disaster and the excellent programme by Jim Al-Khalili on Sellafield have sparked some interesting discussions about how robots can solve some of our greatest ...

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Leadership skills and management styles have always evolved over the years, but businesses are facing an unprecedented era of change in the way they manage their teams. Intelligent automation in the workplace, or “the age of robots” as many are calling ...

Driving instructors (another dying breed as we go to driverless cars!) tell their pupils that “objects in the rear view mirror may appear larger than they are”. An HBR article on managing business risk that was published last week reminded me of this. ...