You’ll Own Nothing And You’ll Be Happy About It

You’ll Own Nothing And You’ll Be Happy About It

While this sounds very much like a scary totalitarian vision of the future, it may be something more. What if this “something” is actually taking place as a result of the huge changes in world society over the past century, along with the recent COVID push into hyperdrive. What if WEF’s Klaus Schwab is simply describing what is already under way and perhaps inevitable? Is this a vital forecast for you?

Complex Problems Have No Simple Answers

Complex Problems Have No Simple Answers

Seeking simple answers to complex problems is part of human nature. Humans want to know how something happens – causation – as well as why it happens – understanding and meaning. But all too often, few are willing or even able to go through this typically difficult process. Much quicker and easier to jump at the first simple answer that appears and then invent meaning for it. This often creates much bigger problems. There is a better way.

Is Darwin At It Again? If So, Adaptability Wins

Is Darwin At It Again? If So, Adaptability Wins

Life in the old normal was stable, predictable, manageable. Life in the new normal of constant major change is creating Darwinian survival challenges. Size and strength, or being the fittest, will not make you a winner (i.e., survival-plus-success). As Darwin wisely observed back around 1870, it is the most adaptable who ultimately come out on top. Just how do you go about this adaptability thing?

Freelancing to Survive and Thrive in Times of COVID

Freelancing to Survive and Thrive in Times of COVID

One piece of very good news in the endless COVID mess: freelancing as a work choice is exploding. It has reached 36% of the U.S. workforce – 59 million workers. This excludes employees who do remote work or work from home. A freelance job is one where a person works for themselves, self-employed rather than employed by a company. Technology and freelance facilitators are making this work choice even easier.

If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage (Improve) It

If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage (Improve) It

This apparent conundrum came up while I was trying to develop a simple system for leadership skills self-improvement. Step #1 is figuring out just where you are on some leadership scale. Turns out there are very many ways to do this. Credible ways? Not so many. For something as important as leadership, this is a serious problem. Here are a few ideas for solving it.

How To Avoid Finding Out Your Business Resilience The Hard Way

How To Avoid Finding Out Your Business Resilience The Hard Way

At long last things are getting back to normal. Masks mostly gone. Distancing mostly gone. Occupancy limits mostly gone. Huge numbers vaccinated. We are back on the road to serious economic recovery, yes? Well, such hope is nice but reality is rarely nice. What if reality is still in charge? How vulnerable is your business to the next black swan or even lesser hits? How much might not knowing cost you?

Reinventing Work and the Workplace — Thanks to COVID

Reinventing Work and the Workplace — Thanks to COVID

Many of you may have noticed that one of the greatest COVID-driven changes has been a major restructuring of both the workplace and work itself. Not for everybody of course but for a very substantial portion of the working population. The full impact has not yet been felt. It is going to get much more pervasive, extensive, and permanent. Everyone will be affected to some degree.

Business Coaching — Myth vs. Reality

Business Coaching — Myth vs. Reality

Thanks to the ever-productively-chaotic COVID situation, we are seeing increased interest in online/remote business and executive coaching. This is actually good, unlike many other side effects. Business leaders have quickly become accustomed to e-interactions and are beginning to take advantage of the greatly reduced costs and convenience available with remote coaching. It seems timely to take a closer look at what business coaching does and does not do.

Predicting the Unpredictable

Predicting the Unpredictable

Our world today is one of continuous, unpredictable change. It seems likely to stay this way for an unpredictable length of time. But managing a business requires some ability to see what’s ahead – to predict. How can you predict well enough for managing a business or organization in such an unpredictable world? Here are a few ideas.

Adaptability Is Vital for Success Today: How To Improve Yours

Adaptability Is Vital for Success Today: How To Improve Yours

Constant change is our new normal. Not stability but change itself. This means that success in such a world requires constant change – adaptation – in our businesses. No more business-as-usual. Success going forward involves agility, adaptability, and resilience. In this post, adaptability assessment and improvement are addressed.