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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

Why the Five Year Plan is Dead

One of the most commonly asked questions during a job interview is “where do you see yourself in five years?” Understandably the interviewer is assessing the depth of the candidate’s ability to plan ahead and how well thought out their future is. Makes sense. However, in a world that’s rapidly changing, when job descriptions, competencies and skills are continuously evolving and altering is a five year plan really relevant? Does it truly hold meaning when in five years there’s a high probability that the job scope would have expanded or the skills needed today hold lesser importance? It’s not just individuals that are asking themselves whether or not a five year plan holds any meaning. In fact, the same applies to companies who for decades have held such plans as their hallmark. Five year plans were the strategic core of a company. They outline the long term vision and goals of companies and chalk out their game plan. They’re generally encompass input from all functions such as HR, supply chain,...

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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

How the Digital Age Has Empowered Businesses

The digital age has enabled many extraordinary changes to occur – fast, real-time communication, access to abundance of information and many other such capabilities that have empowered businesses and people. Things that weren’t possible just 20 years ago are now commonplace in our lifestyles. And the best part is that innovation is continuously and exponentially growing making even more empowerment possible. What’s Changed in Recent Years What’s often overlooked is the fact that the digital age has empowered businesses to do something extraordinarily well. And that’s to exponentially drive down costs across every business function. Companies that have taken advantage of this particular digital empowerment have experienced exponential growth over the recent years. Case in point are Craigslist, eBay and Amazon who’ve disrupted and rocked the world of their competitors. Thanks to free online ads the print media has experienced drastic and devastating loses as their paid advertising model hasn’t been able to compete. Hence, today, we see far fewer newspaper agencies still in business. And those that remain...

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

The Crisis of Shrinking Half-Life of Skills

The Crisis of Shrinking Half-Life of Skills

Let’s take a moment and think about what we learned in college and/or university. There’s a good chance that aside from your core courses you may have taken a few electives such as humanities, calculus, history, psychology and so on. Looking at what you currently do, how many of these courses that you learned in college do you still use? Not many are there? I’m not saying that these courses hold little or no value, but it’s definitely not as significant or contributing much to what you’re presently doing. This brings to question the half-life of skills, which used to be much more 20 or 30 years ago, but now has significantly reduced. Does it mean that your college degree is worthless? Even more of importance is the question that should the next generation of students and workforce forego college education since most of what they learn will be obsolete soon after they graduate? The Evolution of the Education Sector Technology is moving forward at an exponentially fast pace...

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Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

How To Align Your Talent to Your Growth

How To Align Your Talent to Your Growth

If you’ve made the strategic decision to steer your company towards rapid growth you’ve most likely adopted those characteristics that are commonly found in exponential organizations. What you and your talent are now focusing on is realizing the company’s massive transformative purpose while relying on useful information and being innovative and customer centered. That’s great, but are you certain that each individual within your organization has subscribed to this plan? Are you able to align your talent to the rapid growth that’s to come? Taking a look at all the innovation that’s occurring around us and the disruptions that keep surfacing we now understand that our business model has to change. And you’re gearing your organization towards just that. The same transformation is similarly necessary when you consider aligning individuals within your organization to a massive purpose and how you track their performance. There’s much innovation needed in the area of performance management which is fast losing its relevance and utility. You could say it’s becoming obsolete, particularly as...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

How To Transform Into An Exponential Organization

How To Transform Into An Exponential Organization

The business model employed by organizations that most of us grew up with or heard of in the 20th century is what will kill them in the 21st. For organizations to sustain themselves, continue growing, remain relevant and even survive the massive paradigm shift we’re experiencing in the 21st century they’ll need to shift their mindset. And that mindset is commonly found in an exponential organization which analyzes disruptive scenarios and the emerging ecosystems to challenge its competitors and make its mark in the industry – in fact the world. We live in a digital and exponential age where organizations like Airbnb, Amazon, Uber, Google, Tesla, Netflix are disrupting the world with their products and services. These, and others like them, understand that for growth, their business model must be based on information and support their Massive Transformative Purpose (MTP). Realizing this gives them the ability to scale faster and change the rules of the corporate world game. And it’s not just in relation to their product characteristics, but...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Transformational Leadership |

5 Ways To Make Agile Talent Work For You

5 Ways To Make Agile Talent Work For You

A few weeks ago I talked about the increasing trend of hiring agile talent and how companies are benefiting from this strategy. There’s a line that differentiates employing agile talent as compared to temporary contractors but that line is quite thick. In fact, it’s thick enough that the two categories of workers have very specific uses for companies – you cannot replace one with the other. It’s a completely different ideology and approach to your strategic goal when you consider hiring agile talent. Which is why it’s all the more imperative to make agile talent work for you. So now you have three main categories of workers: Full-time permanent workers who are employed on a long term basis, provided benefits and are directly linked to your company’s strategies and culture. Part-time, contractors or temporary workers who you hire for a specified duration to tackle particular tasks, assignments or projects, aren’t provided benefits and who aren’t closely linked to your company’s strategy or culture. Agile talent who are employed for...

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