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do you know what the future holds?

Neither do we – but we do have some thoughts about three emerging trends you would be wise to keep an eye on as we enter 2016.

1. The gap between the truly great, the merely good and the boringly average will widen further.

Differences in the level of both organizational and individual ambition, competence and capability will become even more pronounced. This will make it impossible for the unprepared and the complacent to just hang on. Simple survival won’t cut it. The ramifications will be obvious, the consequences predictable and the costs inevitable.

2. The leadership talent you will need to remain relevant in the future will become even harder to locate and attract.

The very best organizations will quickly come to appreciate that the mindsets, skill sets and competencies of the future are very different from those of the past. Retooling leadership, at all levels, will not be an option – it will be a necessity. Sadly, far too many organizations will ignore the signals and fall victim to the natural consequences of the talent scarcity gap.

3. Organizational culture will matter more to your success than ever before.

Dysfunctional cultures punish the guilty by placing a harsh, hidden “tax” on organizational performance. The cost of that “tax” will go up even further in 2016. To boost overall effectiveness, you must lower the tax rate. You do that by creating a culture which boosts the level of discretionary investment by your people by removing the man-made barriers to collaboration, innovation and accountability.

The new year will bring new challenges – it always does. It will generously layer them on top of those you are already facing. Some will find that burden too overwhelming, but others will be wise enough to get ahead of the curve. They will adjust to the signals the future is already sending our way.

It is a choice. There are solid options and better alternatives.

Are you set?

It’s About Choices

Leaders who do not have the ability to “think in the future tense” and more comfortably compete in the realm of the unknown, will not be able to orient themselves and their organizations in time and space. Eventually, they will find themselves sucked into a “black hole.” Leaders must bring a sense of fresh perspective to the table, not about the past, which we already know, but about the future we do not yet understand.

At the end of the day, it is the net result of the choices we make and the things we choose to do, or not to do.You can choose to be nostalgic for the old days – but those days are gone. You will left behind as others continue to move and grow. You can choose to whine about the present – but whining does not inspire nor spark the changes necessary to grow.

Or you can look tot he future – By thinking in the future tense you can anticipate, shape and create the future. These ‘forward thinking’ people are the kind of leaders that are at the head of successful businesses and organizations. And they are the type of leader I would want to follow.

The Coach as Leader

We are nearing the end of what is arguably the largest sporting event in the world; the FIFA World Cup. In the spirit of the tournament I decided to write a quick post linking sports with business deficiencies.

The most talented players only want to play for the right coach with the right system and the right winning culture. In return, frustrated sports fans question whether the loyalty of the players lies with the name on the back of the jersey or the logo on the front. In the future, this same free agent attitude and approach will increasingly be found in the business workplace, where the vast majority of us toil and where the same essential psychology is at play.

The lack of rigorous systems and objective scientific processes in the talent management sphere is only one reason for this deficiency. The other, perhaps even more important, reason is the lack of understanding, poor judgment and the subjective biases that impact our perceptions when it comes to talent spotting and talent management. We all think we are better than we really are when it comes to our people sense.