Scenario planning: the time is now

James M. Kerr | 06 Apr 2020

As business leaders try to figure out how to stay afloat, it's important not to confuse scenario planning with business continuity planning. The two are not the same.

Leveraging the gift of crisis

Christos Tsolkas

The unforeseen arrival of the coronavirus means that all the rules of business have suddenly changed. Preparing for eventualities that were once unthinkable demands radical innovation - and in that sense, at least, a crisis can be a gift.

How businesses act in the face of adversity will shape their future

Jane Rexworthy

How organisations behave towards their stakeholders - their staff, their customers and the communities within which they operate - during the coronavirus crisis will not be forgotten after the pandemic is over.

Key skills for virtual leaders

Wayne Turmel

Suddenly finding yourself sitting at home leading a virtual team is a tough call, particularly with everything else that's going on in the world. So here are seven key behaviors that will make the task of virtual working much easier.

How to manage employees remotely

Hannah Prince

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, working from home is now the new normal. But for managers unused to remote team working , this will pose some serious challenges.

I think differently and that's OK

James M. Kerr

Conventional wisdom says that firms need access to experts from their industry to help them develop strategies that will separate them from the competition. But in reality, nothing can be further from the truth!

Collaborative technologies and the Coronavirus crisis

Sébastien Ricard

With the global spread of Coronavirus, how can companies leverage the digital workplace to keep employees safe, limit the loss of productivity and adapt work practices successfully during the crisis?

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Myra White

The achievement solution

Myra White

The meltdown of US financial sector illustrates the dangers of a society that has glorified the pursuit of personal power rather than achievement. And unless it is able to reinstill that desire to achieve, the US will continue to decline economically.

Peter Vajda

Betrayal: the ultimate trust-buster

Peter Vajda

Most of us respond to betrayal by becoming non-trusting. We'd like to trust others, but we just can't bring ourselves to do so. But we can respond to matters of betrayal in another, far more positive way.

René Da Costa

Ideaots

René Da Costa

Presenting new ideas to the establishment can often be a fruitless endeavour. Far from tokens of gratitude, we are more likely to encounter disinterest or worse still, hostility. Why should this be and what can we do about it?

Edward de Bono

Creative skills

Edward de Bono

The specific and formal skills of lateral thinking can be very powerful. There are also the basic skills of creativity. There are also the basic skills of creativity. Once these basic skills are in place, the deliberate tools of lateral thinking become much

Earlier opinion

The true purpose of a business

Rod Collins

The conventional belief that the purpose of a company is to generate profits is being challenged by the growing realization that profits are the reward for fulfilling the true purpose of a business and not the purpose itself.

When is it appropriate to yell at someone? Depends on where you’re from!

David Livermore

There's a wide variation in what we deem as 'appropriate' ways to express frustration. At the heart of this is the difference between Neutral and Affective behavior - differences that can quickly lead to profound misunderstandings.

The best gift this Christmas

Wayne Turmel

Want to do something nice for your team this holiday season? How about helping them do nothing at all - or at the very least, a bit less - even if you have to enforce it strenuously.

A formula for trust

John Blakey

What do we mean by 'trustworthy'? Academics have been arguing for years about what makes a leader trustworthy, but trust can really be boiled down to three clear attributes: ability, integrity and benevolence.

If you're feeling drained, here's why

Manfred Kets De Vries

Your personal “energy barometer” reflects your inner happiness. Bad habits and situations often drain our energy. But do we recognise the symptoms and are we willing to do something about them?

The wise power of utopian thinking

Marc Le Menestrel

The ability to dream our future world into being can help us survive. So imagining an ideal world is also a powerful tool for enhancing proactivity and leading organisational transformation.

Getting virtual meetings to start on time

Wayne Turmel

Why do webmeetings always seem to start late? While there’s no silver bullet that will solve the problem, there are some simple things you can do to help your odds of starting (and finishing) on time.

A faster path to intelligence

Rod Collins

If AI applications can be designed as collective intelligence systems, they may be able to help us move past the rancid divisiveness and entrenched thinking that prevents us from solving our most pressing problems.

The business five principles of Mars

James M. Kerr

Quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom are the foundation of a company culture that has endured through generations of candy-loving kids, big and small.

Mapping the power in your organization

Wayne Turmel

Forget job titles, do you know who has the real power in your organization and who has real influence where it matters most?

Embracing the paradoxes of leadership

Ella Miron-Spektor

In today’s organisations, demands, goals and expectations are dynamic, complex and interconnected. That’s why we need to move from an ‘either/or’ to a ‘both/and’ view of priorities.

How artificial intelligence will transform human thinking

Rod Collins

Will AI benefit mankind or could it lead to the end of the human race? A better understanding of the relationship between human thinking and AI may shed some light on this great uncertainty.