In late October 2020, Slack dropped a report titled Navigating the Disruption of Work. The report centers on five key assertions: As with any assertive set of future-looking statements, context often gets missed when trying to create a position. Slack fails to recognize two essential elements still in play. First, we are too close to the event to forecast what will … [Read more...] about A Counterpoint to Slack’s Navigating the Disruption of Work Report
Can A Global Gig Economy Save Refugees Through Distributed Work? I was talking with my friend Karine Allouche Salanon, GM at GlobalEnglish, about the global refugee crisis and the seemingly under thought issue of location assimilation [read her post here], and the role of the global gig economy might play. Historically, refugees would integrate locally: work, housing, … [Read more...] about Can A Global Gig Economy Save Refugees Through Distributed Work?
The gnashing of teeth and the fear-mongering about job displacement has started at the World Economic Forum. Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are out to take many of the most prestigious job classes. See: Davos: Doctors and lawyers could be replaced by robots from the Telegraph. Why we shouldn't be threatened by AI I'm not worried. We Shouldn't Be … [Read more...] about Open Note to WEF: Reinvent Economy Don’t Be Threatened by AI
Will Chocolate Save the World? Keep an eye on chocolate. It may save the world. In the scenario planning discipline we call side conversations about potentially big things a weak signal. It is an early cry of “wolf” in a world filled with potential catastrophes. Sometimes, that cry is heard, and in the case of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, DDT was eradicated, albeit not … [Read more...] about Will Chocolate Save the World?
A recent Strategy + Business article posed just this question: Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important? I believe the answer is both. Execution without strategy is aimless. Strategy without execution is meaningless. It is that simple. Think about a strategy to enter a new retail area, say move a US retail brand into the UK. The strategy, at the first level, is … [Read more...] about Which is more important: Execution or Strategy?