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The March of the Robots
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The route to business success is strewn with the debris of failed corporate giants who failed to plan for the future and prepare for the disruptive new technologies that lay ahead. But how do boards create the strategies they need for an uncertain future? ...

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In my last blog I reviewed some of the writing on intelligent automation. They range from the optimistic to the dystopian but it is clear that everyone sees significant automation as inexorable – it can’t be stopped. And if we haven’t started thinking ...

Businesses can do great things by seizing on the opportunities presented by intelligent automation, but also have to understand how this new sector is evolving so they can effectively plan for the future. It’s a topic that is becoming increasingly debated ...

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Is intelligent automation the key to our productivity crisis? A lot of people are worrying about the UK’s productivity, not least the Bank of England’s Governor, Mark Carney in his last press briefing. It seems a strange anomaly that when some of ...

My colleague Victoria Tomlinson sent me this great blog she had written on how to chair board meetings and it set me thinking about what chairing skills are timeless and what skills we will need in the future. I’ve spent a lot of time sat around board ...

In my last blog, I looked at which jobs have been automated over the last 50 years and which ones are being automated now through what I call ‘intelligent automation’. I am carrying out research with businesses to understand how they view the impact ...

There is a great deal of talk in the media about the effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Eminent minds, including Stephen Hawking, have been warning of its dangers and say that uncontrolled development of AI poses a threat to the human race. Some ...

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As anyone reading my blog will know, I am currently on a mission to help boards understand and manage artificial intelligence and its rapid impact on our business world. One of the issues is that most people on boards tend to be older and happy to admit ...

Recently I spoke to a large group of General Counsel about the future of work and the impact of technology. My own view is that they are an influential group of people, but often under-rated. So I was keen to get their views on what our future workplaces ...

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Last month I was invited to speak at The Two Per Cent Club. Instead of just talking, I asked these smart, senior women to look at a serious business problem from the variety of perspectives in that room. What was the problem? What were their views and ...

There’s been a lot of comment in the press recently about the fact that children these days are not being taught map reading. Now before I go any further I should perhaps say that I can read a map and I can also navigate a boat using a chart and compasses! ...

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Will this be the last election when we vote with pencil and paper? Could it even be the last time we vote as we know it – and data analysis could form future governments? The wonderful Josie Rourke, Artistic Director at the Donmar, is always an inspiration. ...