• SENIOR Leaders, Board Members, and Business Owners ...

    Is Your Business In Danger of Disruption?

    Many people talk about disruption in their industry, and Uber is often seen as the poster child for disruption. But Uber is just one of the six kinds of disruptive forces that could turn your business upside down:

    1. Competitors: The traditional companies you're currently fighting head to head for market share
    2. Dominators:  The "big guys in town" who muscle in and take over the lion's share of the market
    3. Start-ups:  The new players in your industry, who operate with a lean, nimble, and agile approach
    4. Upstarts: The start-ups who not only take on your industry, but aren’t bound by the same rules and regulations as everybody else (Yes, these are the Ubers and Airbnbs, as well as new global competitors and online competitors)
    5. Randoms: Somebody from outside your industry who disrupts your business without even trying to compete
    6. Terminators: Businesses from a different industry who make your entire industry obsolete

    The first three forces might already factor in to your strategic planning, because they are more visible and “traditional”. However, it’s the other three – upstarts, randoms, and terminators – that could cause more damage, because they are hidden and have greater potential impact.

     

    The things you don’t know WILL hurt you!

    Your business could face threats from all these six disruptive forces. The best leaders consider all six as possible future scenarios in their strategic planning. As a leader – especially if you’re a senior leader – you must still create strategic plans in the face of these six disruptive forces. But how clearly do you align your business strategy with future trends?


    Broadly, most leadership teams fall into one of six categories with their strategic planning:

    1. Absent: They  don’t plan at all, because they think a strategic plan is obsolete the moment they create it. That's dangerous – and possibly even negligent.
    2. Stale: They do what they have always done, not realising that what used to work doesn’t work anymore. Stale plans create a static workplace, where people operate on auto-pilot without any flexibility.
    3. Brittle: They acknowledge that their old methods don’t work anymore, but they don’t know how to plan differently, so they only  create short-term plans because they can’t see any further.  Work becomes erratic and unpredictable.
    4. Aware:  They are aware of some of the disruptive forces in their industry, even if they don't know how to create a strategic plan that caters for a changing world. Work can be elastic, stretching and bending when required to step outside normal operations.
    5. Aligned: They align their business strategy with future possibilities - both opportunities and threats - to create a strong strategic plan that positions them for the future. Work is flexible, and the organisation adapts to change effectively.
    6. Disruptive: Finally, a few businesses choose to be the disruptor, not the disrupted, in their industry. They not only embrace change, but lead it. These are the iconic businesses in an industry. They stand out from the rest because they challenge the status quo, take the lead, and ultimately change their industry. Their workplaces are dynamic, because they are on a quest.

    Most leadership teams will get the biggest return on investment from the Aligned level. You might aspire to reach the top (Disruptive) level, but you first need to understand the six disruptive forces and align your strategy with them.


    When you get this right, you'll be significantly more productive because your leadership team understands the risks and opportunities in the future, and is aligned in creating and disseminating the strategic plan throughout the organisation.


    As a leadership team and a leader yourself, you will also be well-placed to make informed strategic decisions that future-proof your organisation.

     

    That's why I have created this Future Proof strategy session ...

  • What Is It?

    The Future Proof strategy session is a 3-4 hour facilitated session for your leadership team:

    • I conduct research into the main disruptive forces affecting your industry and your business, and present it to the group.
    • I facilitate a strategic planning discussion around these disruptive forces, and discuss how you can navigate them in the short and medium term.
    • My goal is for your leadership team to understand the most important future trends, identify key strategic initiatives, and be in a position to develop a strategy for their key areas of responsibility.
  • Who Is This For?

    The Future Proof strategy session is for you if:

    • You're part of a leadership team that's working in a business or industry that's facing massive change in the next 3-5 years.
    • You're currently planning or working through a major strategic change in your business.
    • You're a business owner who wants to give your leaders and managers an insight into future trends and opportunities.
  • How Does It Work?

    Option 1. At Conference with Keynote

    Because I'm also a conference keynote speaker, one of the best opportunities for you is to run this session at your annual conference.

     

    For instance, I deliver my Fit For the Future presentation as the opening keynote, and then I facilitate this strategic planning session as a separate, off-program session, exclusively for the leadership team.

     

    That has a number of benefits:

    • The leadership team is already at the conference, so you save the time and effort of bringing them together at another time.
    • The typical conference program - particularly the middle sessions of a day - isn't always relevant for senior leaders and managers, so we can use that time more effectively.
    • You leverage my time at your conference, so you get more value from me being there in person.
    • I tailor my keynote presentation to address the future-proofing strategies for your business and industry, so your people are aligned with the leadership strategy and thinking.

    Option 2. At Conference

    Even if you don't need me on your conference program this year, I can still facilitate the Future Proof strategy session as a separate off-program session for your leadership team.

     

    You still get the benefits of the strategic planning, and make best use of the leadership team at the conference.

    Option 3. Independent Session

    Of course, even if you don't want to do this at a conference, I can still facilitate the Future Proof strategy session independently for your leadership team.

  • Why Gihan?

    I'm a business futurist who helps business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents become fit for the future.

     

    I have worked with clients in a range of industries, including:

    • Healthcare
    • Financial services
    • Real estate
    • Insurance
    • Technology
    • Education
    • Government

    In 2012, Forbes magazine rated me the #5 social media influencer in the world - and #1 in Australia - in one of my areas of expertise.

  • White Paper

    Download the Future Proof white paper for more insights into the six biggest challenges Australian leaders face, and how they can align their business strategy with future trends.

  • IN THE MEDIA

    A sample of my writing in industry publications ...

    The Patient as Customer

    Dead End Job

    The Team of the Future

    Future Proofing Your Business

  • Contact Me

    Please get in touch!

    Note: I'm based in Perth, Australia (time zone GMT+8 hours).

     

    If you would like to schedule a specific time to speak, you can see my availability here.

     

    Or if you prefer, you can fill in the form here and I'll get back to you.