December 12, 2017

Recommended Books in 2017: Anticipating and Grappling with Complex Change

How to anticipate change, understand it when we are in the midst of it, and grapple with its potential implications are terribly slippery subjects.  Over the course of 2017, I have recommended a number of new and slightly less new books that do a great job of putting these complexities into plain, elegant English, while …

November 29, 2017

Do We Need a Revolution in Strategic Planning?

The conditions for success are undergoing a revolution right now, as new technologies, business models and modes of communication transform before our eyes.  As a result, organizations need planning models that are grounded in these emerging assumptions. Yet, the forms of strategic planning that some organizations continue to use are grounded in the industrial era …

November 2, 2017

Making Organizational Transformation a Bridge to the Future instead of a Cliff

In the recently released annual Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Report, 88% of respondents reported the need to redesign their organization to meet the needs of the future as Important or Very Important, making it the most important issue of the year for the 10,000 executives in 140 countries that were surveyed. No less striking: Only …

October 19, 2017

The Case for Unpredictive Analytics

Many of us in the United States learned the term “filter bubbles” by way of their effects on our civic lives and national politics.  When we search for news or current events information on media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, predictive algorithms are applied that assume that we will want to see the same …

October 12, 2017

If Platforms are Monopolies, Data is the New Oil

A Review of Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek A decade ago, it was not difficult to find exuberant claims for the internet as the engine of a new kind of economy. Some called it the sharing economy, others described it as grassroots or by other names. The point was that several centuries of industrial capitalism, …

October 7, 2017

Tourism Recommender Systems Could Help Travelers Venture beyond the Filter Bubble

Can the tourism industry create the perfect algorithm? One that precisely predicts where a traveler wants to go and what she wants to do when she gets there? Asked to consider this question recently on behalf of the Vixouze Discussions , an annual conference on the future of tourism, my short answer was, Yes. Predictive …

September 8, 2017

Turning Memory of the Past into a Future Asset

As both an avid vegetable gardener and someone professionally consumed with organizational transformation, I have reasons to be interested in caterpillars. In my garden, they are an object of complex judgement calls. Left to their own devices, they devastate parsley, dill, tomatoes, cabbage, but they also transform into striking moths and gorgeous butterflies. Caterpillars are …

September 3, 2017

Metaphors of Metamorphosis: Organizational Change isn’t Just about Forgetting the Old

(c) 2017 Amy Zalman

It is also about remembering. As both an avid vegetable gardener and someone professionally consumed with organizational transformation, I have reasons to be interested in caterpillars. In my garden, they are an object of complex judgement calls. Left to their own devices, they devastate parsley, dill, tomatoes, cabbage, but they also transform into striking moths …

August 31, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: Drive Organizational Change with a Powerful Narrative

If you are already know you’re interested in taking the Webinar, Using Strategic Narratives to Accelerate Organizational Change on September 12th from 1 – 2 PM EDT, you can accelerate right now and sign up at the Association for Strategic Planning HERE.  Don’t forget your 25% Discount for being a reader of this blog — use the code …

August 16, 2017

The Future of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion

Does your HR policy include genetic enhancement and body hacking guidelines? When (former) Google employee James Damore was fired earlier this month after distributing a memo charging the company with intolerance towards ideological conservatives, it was made clear — if it wasn’t already–that that diversity and inclusion policies are based on collective narratives. Narratives are our …