NOV 2012.

CONTENTS

HOT SPOTS UPDATES

UPCOMING WORSHOPS

You can still book places on our public workshops:

Driving Collaboration, March 5
Futureproofing the Organisation, March 7
Futureproofing the Team leader, March 12

If you're interested in reading more and registering, click here for details.

ARTICLES

ARE WE SIGNALLING CORRECTLY?

We have just run a Masterclass on talent, encompassing all our research we have pulled together over the past few months. During this time, we have come to realise that talent is perhaps the most complex issue we've touched on so far. It taps into many of the trends we monitor - from demography to society, and from technology to globalisation. It was a thrill to see so many people inspired by the topic during the Masterclass, and we managed to distill a number of important insights – the most significant of which was the importance of signaling the skills that are required by the organisations of tomorrow. You can read more here or watch our short video here.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES IN F.T. BOOK AWARD

Lynda has just come back from New York (having braved the adverse weather conditions!) after she was one of the judges for the FT and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. After the closest contest in the competition's history, the winner was named as Steve Coll's Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. Lynda said Coll's "extraordinary description of organisational life" at a multinational was "really compelling". The shortlisted books were: Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple founder, and Volcker, about Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, by William Silber; Why Nations Fail, by James Robinson and Daron Acemoglu; The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, by John Coates; and What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel. To read more, click here.

COLLABORATIVE DESIGN IN EDUCATION

We have spoken about the power of collaboration, of spanning networks to create new ideas and spark creativity. We have been reading about a collaboration between IDEO, the design firm, and George Lucas' education foundation, Edutopia, where community volunteer groups are taking part in online workshops to help redesign schools in their state system. You can read more about how they collaborate here, including how they share lesson schedules and look at case studies. And, you can read the full interview with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, where he looks at the role of design on education here.

LYNDA JOINS GUARDIAN JUDGING PANEL

Lynda has been confirmed as a member of the judging panel for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2013, which has just been launched. For 2013, the awards will reward innovation and impact in sustainable business: how large businesses can have huge impact if they meet their sustainability goals, and to focus on companies or focused internal initiatives that lead the way on innovation. We are particularly excited about this judging panel – Lynda gets asked to join so many and can only undertake a few commitments – as it is in line with some of the areas of business we have been looking at in the Future of Work. Together with D & I, sustainability and a company's impact in its community is one of the most significant areas companies can shine in the next decade.

QUALIFICATIONS OR EXPERIENCE?

What matters more: qualifications or experience? That question, posed to the FT's Judgment Call section, was answered by Lynda, and two other experts, and all came down on the side of experience – but their answers all required a definition of the 'experience' required, with comments that we shouldn't mistake job requirements and industry requirements. You can read the advice from Lynda and her peers here.

WHO'S IN OUR NETWORK?

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, is a great inspiration to today's corporate business leaders, by showing how they can commit to long-term growth partnered by long-term sustainability. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, launched in 2010, aims to halve the company's environmental impact within ten years - while increasing turnover. The 50 targets of the Plan include helping over 1 billion people take action to improve their health and wellbeing, and sourcing 100 per cent of its agricultural raw materials sustainably. And, the fact that a CEO of a multinational has chosen to focus on sustainability, while showing how it can be commercially sound, can show the way for the rest of us.

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