Category Archives: Leadership

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…

Dateline June 9th 2017, the morning after the UK election. The results of yesterday’s votes are, for the moment, a minority government led by a terminally damaged Prime Minister. Of course, by the time you are reading this, things will … Continue reading

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Our future needs Systems Leadership

The recent General Election result in the UK highlights more than ever that we are living in a VUCA world; one that is characterised by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. And these conditions are impacting on our social, economic and … Continue reading

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Lessons from Winne the Pooh on how to navigate our complex world

For the last 20 years my specialism has been to work in situations that are often conflicted (sometimes high levels of disagreement and blame), with significant issues of either unrealised potential or underperformance, complexity, and often a feeling of stuckness … Continue reading

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Spiral Dynamics: navigation for our turbulent times

Are you sitting comfortably? Few of us are, I suspect.  It is hard to look at the world without concern.  Perhaps you are concerned about the volatile leadership of Trump, or the rise of the right in Europe or perhaps … Continue reading

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What is an Organisation really?

‘To organise’ is a verb, from which we have created a noun, ‘organisation’ but what is an organisation really? It’s not its articles of incorporation, or its buildings, or even just its people – Ralph Stacey, a leading scholar on … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Embodied Leadership: the capacity to lead in the midst of complexity

In our current culture our head is the important bit. The body is what brings it around from meeting to meeting, and if our body’s lucky, we’ll take it to the gym occasionally and look after it. That’s common sense … Continue reading

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The Longing for Meaningful Connection

Can the Map of Meaning enable us to become more deeply human?  This was the question I held as I reflected on the story a patient shared with me recently. He described how he had always felt lacking in his … Continue reading

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Meeting life where it is

Our summer newsletter opened with the sentence “‘Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous’ is the new business norm.”  So what does it take to deal with – even to thrive – in these VUCA conditions? We believe there is an ANSA to … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Selection

Ahhh summer. The promise of lazy days, quality time with friends and family, and the opportunity to delve into a good book. Here’s a selection of what some of our colleagues at Future Considerations have been reading this summer.

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Don’t be naïve about the shift to teal

Frederic Laloux’s book “Reinventing Organisations”” is inspiring.  The new illustrated version puts across the key concepts with even greater simplicity.  It is truly wonderful to see how many people and organisations are feeling the pull of “next-stage organisations”. The core … Continue reading

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Sustainable Development Goals – what can Gen Y & Z do?

17 Goals were ratified by 193 countries last December. 17 Goals that have the ability to change our world. 17 Goals that will affect us all. Globally. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a guiding light for us here at Future Considerations. … Continue reading

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Personal reflection on Future Considerations’ journey with Holacracy

In April this year, Future Considerations moved to Holacracy as our organisational operating system. I wanted to share some initial reflections on this journey for the sake of learning among our community of readers – both those familiar with Holacracy … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Meaning… A simple antidote to organisational change fatigue?

Fact. Organisations need to be adaptable, and resilient to change, in an increasingly volatile and uncertain world. However, despite best efforts to plan and manage change thoughtfully, 70% of organisational transformation efforts fail, often caused by change fatigue. For all … Continue reading

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Organisational restructures are a waste of time

“How can we successfully restructure our organisations to meet 21st century needs?” It appears this is the question predominant for the majority of HR & Business leaders globally at present. 92%* actually. Often restructures are undertaken in order to fix … Continue reading

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Why should anyone care about “Teal”?

Austin Reed. BHS. The world changes. Companies that don’t change slump and die. What’s special about the changes of today? There’s an acronym for everything and the one for this is VUCA. Volatility, Unpredictability, Complexity, Ambiguity. It’s six years since … Continue reading

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Where does spirituality meet leadership?

There’s a crisis in many modern organisations:  Who are they serving? What is their essence? How should they operate? This week reveals the most shocking analysis of how a major ‘public service’, South Yorkshire police, not only systematically covered up, … Continue reading

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Future Considerations adopts Holacracy

Fresh from a 2 day training workshop with the lovely Nick & Sally from Evolving Organisations, we’re delighted to announce that Future Considerations has adopted Holacracy. We’ve always been committed to discovering the models of leadership and organisation that are … Continue reading

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Reinventing Leadership Development

Gallup research shows that, worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs. The statistic is shocking and means more than three-quarters of employees are wasting their time, energy, and their organisation’s resources. How can we mobilize the creativity and collective … Continue reading

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Future Considerations turns 15

I am writing this on Future Considerations’ 15th birthday (February 2015). It’s quite a milestone for any organisation – and also for me personally, as I have journeyed (personally & professionally) with Future Considerations since its early days. At our … Continue reading

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Georgian song & leadership: more related than we think.

For those familiar with the work of Barry Oshry, the North American systems theorist who has dedicated his life to uncovering the limiting patterns that exist within organisations & their leaders, the words Top, Middle & Bottom may have a … Continue reading

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Conscious Business Collaboration

It’s heart-warming to acknowledge that conscious business offshoots are alive, well and flourishing in the UK. In the last 10 years I have had the privilege to work with many organisations and initiatives promoting more conscious forms of business. These … Continue reading

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More than a mountain to climb

In April I will be climbing Mount Kenya. It is almost 5,000m high (as high as Base Camp Everest), and will take me 5 days to summit the mountain and get back down. I’ll walk in temperatures ranging from 30c … Continue reading

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Is Barry Oshry’s Systems Thinking Still Relevant at the Teal level?

A significant number of leaders we meet are interested in a new way of organising: one that is centred on a larger and more compelling sense of purpose than just meeting the numbers, which liberates human potential and treats people … Continue reading

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The quality of Attention in a virtual world: MOOC MITx U.Lab

Collective intelligence is very powerful face to face, but I believe we are at the edge of making it work in very interesting ways virtually. And this opens up new possibilities for collective leadership practices at many scales.  The internet … Continue reading

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Leading from the Heart: the field of collective intelligence

What does it take to lead from our full potential in these challenging times? Humanity faces a whole series of highly dynamic and interconnected challenges: social, economic and ecological. Many of the systems we depend upon are in crisis.  And … Continue reading

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Mindful Nation UK Report

“Today is a turning point for the global view of the value of Mindfulness in our modern lives.” After a year of intensive research by a committed group of mindfulness practitioners, teachers, leaders and policy makers, the final report from … Continue reading

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Sustainable Development Goals – Upgrading the business agenda

I have recently returned from 10 days in New York. They weren’t any 10 days. They were the 10 days around the UN Sustainable Goal Summits. I was privileged to witness the largest gathering of world leaders in history for … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap between Organisational Design and Sustainability

Why is embedding sustainability within an organisation still the ‘holy grail’ for many? We hear many Sustainability managers bemoaning the fact that the day-to-day business managers within their organisation are not focussed on sustainability issues. It’s either not on their … Continue reading

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