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Recently I was in Las Vegas delivering a future of work leadership workshop for a major tech firm. I was facilitating a dialogue on the challenges that leaders are facing. One of the challenges identified was succession planning and the lack of progress. I asked the...

There are multiple factors impacting the future workplace today, changing demographics are shifting the entire company cultures around definition of 'work'. Technology is available to help us work smarter and yet many organizations responded in a survey that only 30% are leveraging what technology can...

What does it mean to be an authentic leader? How do we know when we are being one? What is the impact on our people and the business overall? A November 2014 survey by Interaction Associates revealed that of those surveyed over half gave their leaders low marks on trust and effective leadership. Why? Well it turns out that talking about being an authentic leader and actually modelling or behaving as an authentic leader are two completely different things.
If there is one skill that is needed for leaders today as we head to 2020 it is the ability to come up with real time creative solutions. I am talking about in the moment solutions that come from a place  of, 'how can we make this work?' rather than habitual habits of the brain to put up barriers or excuses to progress. In my keynote I delivered today, "Lead with 2020 Vision - Build the Future Workplace Today" I shared this concept as a key success tool for all of us moving forward. A few questions for you to test your creative mind:
iwatch The future of work will be a workplace where workers are remote, project teams are created to work on a project and then dismantled for another project and technology will be unifier. The skills workers of the future will need will be adaptability, flexibility, increased desire to provide customized solutions for each other and for customers. With the soon to be launch of the new Apple Watch there is another advance in how technology can be leveraged to improve our lives and work. With the Apple Watch you can read emails, summon Siri, receive calls and track fitness goals on your watch. Facebook alerts, WeChat messages and Twitter trends can also be beamed your wrist without pulling out your smartphone. Apple's first wearable gadget beams messages, Facebook updates and simplified apps to our wrists, eliminating the all-too-common need to take out our devices to constantly check notifications. So how does increasingly simple technology improve how we interact with each other? We will communicate with more ease AND will need to increase people connection skills.
leadershiplanguageThe evolution of leadership from autocratic to inclusive is a journey that many leaders are still looking to master. Making the change from a mindset of authority and power towards a mindset of sharing successes and equalization of power is a big one. One of the key ingredients of leading change is the ability to lead with the new leadership language that is required to inspire and engage today's workforce and to set the tone for the future workplace.  
hbrcoverleaders If there is one thing that CEO's tell me they are looking for right now its great leaders. An IBM survey in 2012 stated that companies main focus is technology. With the increase on focus on technology there is an increased need for extraordinary leadership. Leaders who can skillfully maneuver the fast paced change of technology AND have increased agility in leading change and influencing teams to greater results is increasingly hard to find. Why? In my research and focus groups on what makes a great leader it seems that the skills of what USED to constitute a great leader have not been upgraded. With the influx of technology there is a whole bunch of leaders using outdated skills - all leaders need to upgrade the leadership OS in order to be a GREAT leader in today's reality. What does that mean and what will it take to find the great leaders that are out there?
consciousbusiness The concept of conscious business has been around for a while. Many believe that Anita Roddick pioneered the conscious business movement with her company, The Body Shop in 1976. This company has been an environmental leader, and worked to support various activist causes including putting an end to animal testing, and defending human rights. An overwhelming amount of conscious businesses can be found in the health food industry as well as the LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) market. However, today conscious businesses can be found emerging in almost all aspects of the business world.
2014 has been a year of technological innovations, increasing speed of change and leaders working to stay abreast of changes while innovating, engaging teams and growing the business. The biggest shift for businesses from 2014 to 2015 is a shift to doing business in a new way, an evolutionary way that includes upgrading the leadership OS.