I’ve written two trend reports so far, both available on iBooks only. I chose iBooks because of my intended audience – senior executives who are most likely to have the devices that can access them. The process of publishing for iBooks is also super easy by using iBooks Author – software that manages the creation and publishing side of things.
I’m interested in activities that are bubbling away but have not yet or may never become mainstream. Or they are about to break. But you should not ignore them – at worst they will be impactful but niche trends that can be leveraged. At best they will profoundly change your business for the better.
Below are the two reports described in some detail. The context for both is Work of the Future and they are part of a series – more will follow. The series starts at the bottom of the page.
Executives in boardrooms are increasingly thinking, worrying and talking about a new factor that’s changing everything in their world – the growth, innovation and market power of small and start-up companies. In a recent survey of 250 executives at both large and small firms, about 40 percent said their industries were being disrupted by start-ups. Most respondents believed that small companies have significant marketplace advantages over their larger counterparts, such as a greater willingness to take risks and more flexibility.
In short, large corporations are focusing their attention on small and start-up companies as never before, cooperating with them, mentoring them, investing in them, behaving like them or acquiring them.
As the world of business moves faster, only those agile and innovative enough survive and thrive. A new breed of company is being spawned from the startup ecosystem or is created by entrepreneurial individuals working inside existing organisations, emulating startups and/or working with them. This second report covers the trend and documents those leading the way, their practices and it shows you a path.
Mindful over Mind Full
Technological innovation is advancing at breakneck speed. We are inundated with choices and overloaded with information. The pace is outstripping our coping mechanisms. Can technology itself help us catch-up or is it time for a new approach?
Mindfulness practice has its origins in the East and is based on ancient Buddhist practice rooted in meditation. It is more than 2 thousand years old and calling Mindfulness the “latest self-help fad” totally ignores how the practice is gaining acceptance among those who would otherwise consider meditation a bit flaky: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Pentagon chiefs, FORTUNE 500 titans, among others.
Individuals and organisations are cottoning onto the benefits of Mindfulness practice which can be completely secular in nature. Organisations have understood that it’s a means to healthier and happier employees which leads to better results for the company. Employees are happier, more focused, stress free and more productive, making better decisions for themselves and on behalf of the organisation.
There are many ways you can create a more mindful organisation through team practices or by making space for individuals to practice on their own. This report is full of examples about how to go about doing this. Examples are shared of what leading organisations and leaders are doing already with dramatic results and what you could do too.