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We support our clients and their stakeholders to press pause, reconsider the future they want and help build the awareness and capacity to get there. Everything we do or say is an invitation to reconsider the present and to consider new futures.

Taking a Long-Term Sustainable Business Perspective

In 2014 Pfizer launched a bid for AstraZeneca (about £70bn). AstraZeneca, sceptical of the business case for a deal, managed to resist after a bitter battle. It turns out that Pfizer’s case was to solve its big problems of a 24% corporate tax rate; an accumulation of roughly $17bn in overseas cash, which would attract […]

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What does Brexit tell us about Politics, Systemic Complexity and Leadership?

  The days of national economies are basically gone. It’s debatable how controllable they ever were. We live in a world of interconnected financial systems, global trade and transnational corporations. Of course, no politician will readily admit that they have almost no control over the economy. And I’m talking about the national politicians of most […]

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Book Review, "Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies"

I have just finished reading the new book Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kuafer and the authors have blown me away by how they have presented – with utter simplicity and utmost clarity – a compelling and revolutionary ‘manifesto’ for transforming society, organisations, and our own […]

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Facing your fear

According to Merriam Webster, fear is A : an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. B (1) : an instance of this emotion (2) : a state marked by this emotion.  While undeniably accurate, it doesn’t necessarily elicit any type of emotion. Perhaps giving a couple of minutes to watch slackliner Faith […]

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Freedom's Mirror

Can you see freedom? What shape is it? What colour? Is it like the mirror’s surface never seen but known only by what is reflected there? The full glory of each of us illuminated by the reflected light. Its reflections repeating to infinity as freedom multiplies its blessings. What does freedom sound like? Yes the […]

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Unleashing Human Potential

At Future Considerations, we fundamentally believe in the power of human potential to unlock creativity and innovation in the field of sustainability. The ability to unlock the power of a meaningful workplace, by helping leaders’ and their employees’ find alignment between their personal purpose and the wider ‘moral’ purpose of the organisation. For many years, […]

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Interpreting the Quadruple Bottom Line

Have you noticed that recently more and more people seem to be talking about the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL)? Is it really something new? Does it really exist or is it ‘another clever buzz-word from sustainability consultants’? Perhaps a good starting place is to remind ourselves of QBL’s predecessor, the Triple Bottom Line (TBL). The […]

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An Experience of ‘How to Sharpen the Sword’

What does it take to improve on something that has been dubbed ‘wonderful’, ‘great’ and amazing’? How can a consulting organisation, in service of its client, keep pushing the frontiers of performance and excellence to higher and higher levels when one cannot even imagine what ‘the better’ would look like? These are some of the […]

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Catalysing an evolutionary shift

To create the conditions in which people change systems that are causing environmental damage and/or social inequity (or indeed, generate greater environmental and societal health) individuals need to know how to engage with the broadest and most complex set of systems dynamics possible. Unlike many immediate challenges in business and society, the most severe impact […]

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How is your organisation designed to get undesirable results from your staff?

I recently had a fascinating experience in a Moscow hotel room. No – not what you might be thinking. On my last day of a programme I was facilitating, I daringly decided to leave my checkout until the lunch break. Around 1:30pm, I got to my room to pack my last things, ready to plea […]

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Are we doing the work that is needed or the work that is comfortable?

“Taking a new step or uttering a new word is what people fear most.” Dostoyevsky I notice how quite frequently we talk on the one hand of the need for innovation, transformation, world-class practice or other words to describe great aspirations, and at the same time, we keep the work and ourselves in the comfort […]

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What do you think they think of you? The stories that derail us

Some years ago, I was called (at less than 24 hours notice) to facilitate a meeting at short notice between three parties. The purpose was to establish the operational terms for a potential joint venture between two well known corporate powerhouse brands, brokered by a well-known global professional services firm. On paper, it was a […]

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