Why companies of the future will encourage employees to stay away from work

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Many would question whether the world needs another week dedicated to raising awareness of an issue. After all, the year must already be close to full up with weeks dealing with everything from various forms of cancer to sausages and a whole lot in between. But like it or not, in the UK February 2012 [...]

30 companies join forces to search out the future of work


There is no shortage of pundits prepared to have a pop at telling us what the world will look like in five, 10 or 15 years’ time. But, while many make one-off predictions, Lynda Gratton is one who sees predicting the future as a more continuous process. As the subtitle of her latest book, “The [...]

10 reasons entrepreneurs should pay more attention to the past

Samson Fox's invention

Entrepreneurs have often had mixed feelings about the past. In 1916  the great automobile pioneer Henry Ford declared ‘history is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.’ What Ford acknowledged [...]

The workplace makes room for Generation Y

Examining career opportunities might be harder than getting good grades

It has become customary for people of a certain age to talk dismissively of the generation currently opening their exam results with more than a little trepidation. Sure, they work harder at school and university these days, but have they really got have what it takes to succeed in the world of work? Whilst acknowledging [...]

What the London riots say about the future of business

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Of all the questions raised by the recent UK riots, one is likely to linger longer than most. Why did retail businesses become the focus of the disturbances and what does this tell us about the future? In many respects a riot is a type of public census, albeit one involving an unusual form of [...]

Top 5 characteristics of disruptive innovators


The recent stock market volatility has been motivated at least in part by worries about where growth in major industrialised countries is going to come from. But the growth issue is not just stalking governments. It is a serious cause of concern for individual companies, too. Hitherto, many executives have managed to make figures look [...]

From virtual offices to virtual cities

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Telecommuting or home working and its predicted rise has not materialised. A new survey by flexible workplace specialist Regus has found that only 1.6% of people who work for large employers work from home – most (63.5%) still commute to an office four or five days each week. The surprising thing is that only 1 [...]

The web in 2020


There is an increasingly appealing notion that rather than providing anything new, the internet is merely bringing back the best of the old days. From home deliveries, to not losing touch with people just because they move, to reaching people at the drop of a hat, the internet is a big slice of nostalgia – [...]

The city gets a new lease of life

Vancouver often tops the 'liveability' index but is it really an archetype for cities of the future?

When Monocle magazine, the glossy chronicler of culture and design, published its fifth annual global “quality of life” survey in June 2011 it promised a few surprises. In truth, though, the top 10 included many favourites of previous lists. Helsinki (first this year, but fifth in the previous two); Zurich (second this time, and third [...]

7 ways more businesses will have a social purpose


Future of Business invites leading business writers and thinkers to add to some of the predictions made in this blog. Here, Jon Miller, co-author of The Business of Brands and protagonist of pro-social beliefs about the future of companies, gives his take on 7 trends likely to shape the next 10 years. 1. Social Purpose. [...]


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