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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.

The Miracle Question by Lycia Harper

The miracle question

Shifting our sense of what’s possible with a miracle question It began as a straightforward review call as we prepared for a workshop, and then the tone changed. My client began to describe, with some exasperation and angst, the pressure on the group she’s working with and how it seemed to be paralysing them. She […]

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A Radical Thought by Dan Formosa, Ph.D

Women in engineering: a radical thought

Have we designed women out of engineering / manufacturing working environments? A 2013 study by researchers at Ohio State University confirmed something we probably already knew – the Matilda Effect is still with us. The term was coined in a 1993 paper by Margaret W. Rossiter, a science historian at Cornell University in upstate New […]

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You cannot manage complexity, Jon Freeman

You cannot manage complexity

This article assumes some depth of background knowledge of Spiral Dynamics.  There is a very comprehensive 1-hour video introduction to SDi here. Even without that knowledge the article’s thread is easy to grasp.   Let’s make it clear from the start. You can’t “manage” complexity, and we will only begin to step into a second-tier or next-stage […]

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The Iceberg Model by Lycia Harper

Involved in transformation? People love the iceberg model!

I had the experience again. I offered a simple iceberg model and my client seized on it, waved it around and started using phrases like “going deeper in the iceberg”. It happens every time I share it; people love it. You might not love this model if you’re a purist about complexity science or a […]

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What is Business Partnering? by Tim Stanyon

What is Business Partnering?

A Business Partner definition according to 2,000+ Business Partners Before deep-diving into the question, What is Business Partnering?, let’s establish that the definition “partner” in the role titled HR Business Partner, Finance Business Partner or IT Business Partner does not change according to that function. 2,000+ Business Partners across the globe have participated in our […]

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Why does change happen? By Jon Freeman

Why does change happen? Fundamentals of development

Stupid question maybe? Because change just does? Does it even matter why? OK, I will ask another way. The fundamental basis of Reinventing Organizations and “Teal” is that humanity has progressed through stages of development, or “consciousness”. So why are we not still in Amber/Blue and why might Teal be coming? Because Ken Wilber says […]

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Maintaining human connection, Alyse Ashton

The courage to maintain human connection

Human connection. It’s a struggle to know where to start isn’t it? Take a look around at the bigger movements in this world. You see posturing and the language of conflict and opposing perspectives that could lead to World War 3 and you ask yourself, “How can I possibly be instrumental or do anything about […]

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Crisis in Leadership, Jon Freeman

A crisis in organisational leadership?

While more money is spent on Leadership Development than on any other area of corporate learning: 71% of companies do not feel that their leaders are able to lead their organisations into the future. Only 18% say that their leaders are “very effective” at meeting business goals. Some of the crisis is generational, with 10,000 […]

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Activism or Service? By Celine McKeown

Activism or Service: What kind of leadership does our world need right now?

Given our global reality is one of increasing economic disparity, the rise of populism, creeping nationalism and protectionism, the threat of nuclear war – we could go on… Celine McKeown, reflects on what type of leadership the world really needs right now: Activism or Service, referencing the latest work by renowned author, Meg Wheatley.

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Getting future fit, Jules Fell

Getting Future Fit: Do we have what it takes?

Avoidance, confusion, anger, blame, and fear – these are all negative reactions to the current reality that our world faces. At the same time within the business world, there seems to be an unspoken expectation that people should be able to step up and surprise when they can’t. Jules Fell invites you to explore Meg Wheatley’s idea of “Warriors of the Human Spirit” as a response to these external conditions and how we should equip ourselves as leaders of today and tomorrow to respond creatively, purposefully, and constructively.

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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 list of good leadership development books that some of our colleagues at Future Considerations have been reading this summer. John Watters recommends…   Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and […]

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Do you have your own fool?

Recent political events have shown us all again how dangerous it is to surround ourselves with a closed circle who may just echo our own thoughts and may even actively insulate us from diverse ideas or concerns. Just ask Teresa May! But this is not just a problem for political leaders who can quickly find […]

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