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Posted on 17 May 2018

10 years ago, Lynda Gratton and Hot Spots Movement set out to figure out what the future of work would look like. Lynda had a hunch that there would be a massive transformation and was keen to understand 1. what was changing, a...

Posted on 03 May 2018

The other day I was watching the Matrix, an epic sci-fi trilogy that depicts a dystopian future, in which the perceived reality is a computer-generated simulation. In the second part of the trilogy, during a very intense car ch...

Posted on 17 April 2018

Guest blog by Siobhan McHale, CHRO at Dulux Group “Anne Lewis” mulled over a problem she was having with a staff member as she queued for her morning coffee at the city’s popular Hole In The Wall Café. She was the execut...

Posted on 12 April 2018

Here at Hot Spots Movement we pride ourselves on our multidisciplinary approach to research on the Future of Work. It is something that goes right to the heart of our intellectual ethos and lays the foundation for much of our r...

Posted on 05 April 2018

Do you think you could beat a robot at football? The answer, for most of us, is yes. Ok, so how about at a game of Chess? The answer this time is most likely no (unless you’ve whacked the difficulty levels right down). These ...

Posted on 20 March 2018

There has been a fundamental disruption of influence and power over the past few years. Historically, power and influence were in the hands of a chosen few at the top of hierarchies such as politicians, CEOs and public figures....

Posted on 12 March 2018

What incites people to deliver their best performance? I have been exploring this question for some years now and I am increasingly of the view that the answer lies in empowering people. People will be most committed and motiva...

Posted on 01 March 2018

A fascinating interest of mine is the human consciousness. I could forever learn about how each of our brains, 1 kilogram of hard matter, conjures up an infinite kaleidoscope of thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions, which ...

Posted on 14 February 2018

Here at Hot Spots Movement, we have supported many leading organisations in realising their ambitions around agile working. This experience has revealed to us what it takes to successfully roll out an agile working approach in ...

Posted on 31 January 2018

With our Shifting Cultures Masterclass around the corner, I’ve been doing some thinking about culture – specifically, the elusive concept of a ‘strong culture’. Crafting a strong culture can be interpreted as forming a ...

Posted on 31 January 2018

The mood at Davos 2018 was more upbeat than last year. Recall that in January 2017 those gathered on the snowy peaks were confronted by two unforeseen events – Brexit and President Trump. This year both events are in play –...

Posted on 30 March 2016

Scientists estimate that for every year of life, life expectancy increases by three months. Most of us will live significantly longer than our parents, and right now many babies born today are expected to live for at least 100 ...

Posted on 08 March 2016

There are acres of books, innumerable conferences and endless press speculation about the rise of the robot. We first witnessed IBM’s Big Blue defeat Jeopardy contestants and then go on to beat chess masters. But, we thought,...

Posted on 02 February 2016

As an educator I am fascinated by the way that learning will be re-shaped over the coming decades. Here are some of the far-reaching questions debated at Davos this year and the experiments discussed. Shouldn’t craft-based ap...

Posted on 29 January 2016

So here is what has got me thinking after a week at the 2016 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos: The rise of the scientists. The dominant Davos talk last year was of the Greek crisis and the possible break up of the Euro - t...

Posted on 07 December 2015

My partner and I went to Rwanda a couple of weeks ago. Our mission was to trek up the country's highest mountains to see the mountain gorillas that inhabit these bamboo forests. People had told us that this would be a "life-cha...

Posted on 01 December 2015

Ten years ago I took my son to East Africa to stay in a Masai village. I reasoned that time with these mighty warriors would be a good anecdote to his rather cosy suburban life. On the second day at the village, our Masai guide...

Posted on 10 November 2015

Last week, Republican candidate Paul Ryan was confirmed as the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives. However, his acceptance of the post was on the condition that he would travel less than previous speakers in order t...

Posted on 01 June 2015

What is the most valuable asset a company can give an employee? Historically the answer was simple – money. Yet we have known for sometime that although pay might indeed be a valuable asset for an employee, it’s unlikely to...

Posted on 11 February 2015

The global challenges facing the world – such as rising poverty, youth unemployment and climate change – are not themes that are new to Davos. What is new for Davos 2015, is a growing realisation that to address these chall...