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Prepare your business for the opportunities disruption brings, turning change fatigue into excitement

As you look ahead at the next few months we know that there will be more disruptions, making planning for next year - and beyond that - difficult, but there are at least three things we know for sure: 

  1. While you can’t plan for disruption - you can prepare and make sure you’re ready for whatever comes your way. It’s a subtle distinction - prepare, not plan - but it is important that you understand it.

  2. The next wave of disruptors will bring massive opportunities… but only for those who are prepared. 

  3. You can turn disruption fatigue into excitement for the future. If you are prepared for whatever happens, anticipating at least some of the biggest disruptors, then threats become opportunities, and change becomes your friend.


Our latest insights, titled, “Thriving in a Perfect Storm”, help you to do just that. It’s the product of a few years of research, obviously accelerated and spotlighted by Covid. We’ve identified the main disruptors coming your way in the next few years, as well as the foundations your business needs to be building now to be prepared for what happens next. 

By preparing your team for tomorrow’s world, you’ll open yourself up to the immense opportunities the rest of this decade will bring. This presentation or workshop delivers the following outcomes:

  • Insights into the seven most significant forces that are already changing the shape of the world around us. These are seven scenarios for disruption we have labelled: Ageing, Angry Planet, Multipolarit, Big Squeezes, Inequality, Intelligent Advancements, and Angry People. 

  • Together, we call these “Grey elephants” - highly probable, high impact yet ignored catalysts and forces of change. The session takes what you and your team already can see, and shows you a bigger horizon and the significance of “a perfect storm” as these forces combine to create immense waves of change.

  • We use the Greek concept of “kairos” - a rare opportune moment where those who are tuned towards change can seize opportunity - to focus on opportunities, rather than threats. This is a much needed corrective after two years of defensive and responsive approaches to change and disruption. 

  • Knowing that we cannot be entirely certain how these scenarios will play out, we show your team what it means to shift from a planning mindset to one of preparation: building foundations that will ensure your business can handle whatever comes your way. 

  • The four key foundations we focus on are: ecosystems (becoming the preferred place to work and an anti-fragile partner in your network and industry), being bionic (integrating technology and a future-focused workforce, getting the best out of both), an explorer mindset (recognising that we cannot think our way into a better future, but need to build experimental mindsets and innovation by design into our DNA), and being a force for good (an absolutely essential shift in mindset and positioning for success by 2030). 

  • These reasonably well worn themes come to new life when seen through the lens of kairos opportunities in the context of the “grey elephant” scenarios. Your team will be informed, inspired and engaged to change how they view the future and contribute to it today. 

Take Home Value
  • Understand how the world is changing, and the many ways - big and small - that will never go 'back to normal'

  • Engage in sense-making, with which you can build strategies and plans for the rest of the 2020s and beyond

  • Identify new areas of competitive advantage and opportunity

  • Learn how to ignite innovation, creativity and responsiveness at the most fundamental levels in your organisation

  • Recognise the foundational building blocks of successful businesses in 2030.

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