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An ongoing project of mine, and this looked very interesting.

What Are The Best Times to Post on Social Media
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“Strategic Foresight”, by Patricia Lustig. Review by Mick Yates

Strategic Foresight

To quote the author: “You can’t influence the past – it has happened. You can perhaps learn from it, but too much focus on the past leads to feelings of helplessness precisely because you can’t change what has already happened. If you focus on potential, possible futures, and what you might learn from them, you rekindle your sense of wonder and love of possibility; you uncover energy for change.

That is the key premise of this readable and practical book by Patricia Lustig, Strategic Foresight“. Patricia suggest that there are 3 basic tenets in how we should think about Strategic Foresight

First, it is action-oriented. We should be actively working to shape and bring about a potential future or set of futures that we have identified as something we want to see happen. Purely analytical studies of possible futures are called “Futures Studies” and are not what is meant by “foresight”.

Second, Strategic Foresight is open to alternative futures: that is, we work with several futures because we can’t predict the future – and it most certainly won’t be an extrapolation from the past. The future can of course evolve in different directions, and the idea is to determine which are possible, which are probable, and from that we can figure out what we can best influence.

Third, it is participatory. While individuals can apply the principles of Strategic Foresight to their personal “future”, if a larger group or organisation is involved, the practice of Strategic Foresight must include ALL stakeholders. A broad range of people must work together to build and co-create the future. They must have “skin in the game”, in order to define the best choices to base decisions on. Successful Strategic Foresight is thus totally multidisciplinary in nature.

A common boardroom feeling is that never before have we needed ‘more hindsight sooner’. Couple that with the increasingly common feeling that the tried and tested approaches to strategy formulation are no longer enough. They still work – as far as they go – but they need to be supplemented with additional tools for looking ahead further than has become the norm, and with more intellectual rigour. This book shows us a way of doing that.” Sir David Brown, Engineer and Industrialist

The book lays out the needed set of skills and tools used to explore potential futures. It looks at how we must think about the future, and especially how we deal with ambiguity and uncertainty. It introduces a simple model of preferred thinking styles and explores the “baggage” and values that form our perceptions. The models, tools and maps are designed to guide users in developing their own, personal Strategic Foresight and then use this knowledge to make team decisions. The aim is to turn this future-focused creativity into real and sustainable competitive advantage.

Other sections include how to identify emerging trends: what impact they may have on your business; the strategic importance of early recognition; and how to apply the knowledge in your business. Case studies are interspersed throughout the book

Patricia pulls it all together by showing how to develop a practical method of exploring potential futures in the context of your existing business to help you work towards your preferred future.

Strategic Foresight can be found on Amazon

Patricia Lustig is a recognised and talented practitioner in Strategic Foresight and strategy development, future thinking and innovation. She has held senior advisory positions and led OD teams at major blue-chip companies such as BP, Motorola and Logica. She was a Programme Director at Management Centre Europe working in the In-Company division (designing and running In-Company bespoke programmes), a Visiting Executive Fellow at Henley Business School and CIPD Faculty for Scenario Planning and Foresight. Patricia has recently run interactive Foresight sessions for London Business School’s Executive Education

“Host: Six new Roles of engagement for teams, organisations, communities, movements” by Mark McKergow & Helen Bailey. Book Review by Victoria Yates


It all started with a quote for Mark Mckegrow and Helen Bailey, an old Arabic proverb that states simply “the host is both the first and the last.”

In their innovative new book, ‘Host: Six new Roles of engagement for teams, organisations, communities, movements,’ the pair bring to life an original paradigm for viewing and understanding leadership from the metaphor of host. As they write: “Hosting is at the centre of humanity, and a little more awareness of the value of reaching out and opening our doors will go a long way to building relationship in teams, organizations, communities and movements.”

The power of the host comes, in part, from understanding that it both starts and ends with us as leader. Strong relationships are key to successful leadership, and in our increasing disconnected technological world there is a habit of stepping back rather than embracing our role. The book invites us to view the business world from this new perspective, to consider that as the host “it starts with me. If I do not have an open door, a warm welcome and an open heart, then nothing will happen. Of course I will engage others, we will quickly build things together, the future will emerge, for better or worse.”

Host Leadership defines six new roles leaders should employ in the engagement of others – Adopt the positions for a Host Leader, understand how to apply hosting strategies in your organization, and become a leader with a highly tuned sense of relationship building. Understanding how to really engage with people is the ultimate backbone of success.

The book has been warmly praised as a practical and fresh approach to leadership in the modern world.

Philip Newman-Hall, Director/General Manager, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, found it both timely and profound: “Having been a host and leader for nearly 40 years, the insights in Host were as refreshingly relevant to me as they will be for any young manager, be they in hospitality or anywhere else where results through others are needed. These easy-to-apply principles will last you a lifetime.”

‘Host: Six new Roles of engagement for teams, organisations, communities, movements’ by Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey is available now on Amazon.

Dr Mark McKergow is an international speaker, consultant and teacher. A ‘recovering physicist’, his work over more than two decades has focused on responsive and emergent approaches to complex situations. He also plays jazz saxophone. Co-author Helen Bailey is a seasoned coaching and change expert and previously held a successful senior management position with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. In 2004 , she started PINNA Ltd where she is Head of Coaching.


LeaderValues July Newsletter – Baba Amte biography, “Playing with a Full Deck FREE eBook”, and “Key Advantages of Integrating Speaking into Your Business”

Lee Kuan YewClick here to see this month’s LeaderValues newsletter 

There’s a straight-forward “leadership” theme, this month. The leadership biography, by Victoria Yates, is on Baba Amte.

He was a passionate activist whose leadership has left a staggering legacy that continues to help and inspire people across India and beyond. In particular, he and his wife Tai did an enormous amount to help people suffering from the terrible disease leprosy.

We have two featured articles.

The first is a FREE DOWNLOADABLE BOOK PLAYING the Game of Life WITH A FULL DECKby Tom Vanderbeck. We are very pleased to be able to offer this. To quote Tom “One can effectively lead and empower others only to the extent that one can demonstrate compassion, mastery, and accountability for self-leadership”. The book has been serialised in chapters on the website, though the article below has links to the entire book.

The second is from Jason Phillips on The Key Advantages of integrating speaking into your business”. Some very practical advice. Leaders have to “speak’ to their internal teams and Jason’s advice that we have published before has been very helpful. Here he takes a different look at speaking as an external business opportunity.