Looking at the Future: the critical mistakes to avoid

This paper and the associated scenarios were originally presented at The Emerging Markets HR Summit 12th November 2015 London, organised by BOC Global Events and Training Group You can download a pdf version here   Organizations and foresight It is a sad fact that many organizations might not be very […]



Innovation: 10 mistakes you don’t want to make

So here’s the next in the ’10 Mistakes you don’t want to make’ series that I hope you’ll find useful especially as we’re in that time when we are crafting strategy for the next three to five years ahead. The subject of this briefing is something that we should all be […]

Strategy: 10 mistakes you don’t want to make

So it’s that time of year again. The summer holidays are now a distant memory. The annual business planning and budgeting cycle has kicked off and looks certain to dominate your agenda until Christmas Eve. Yes, crafting strategy is a critical task, but with crammed schedules it’s all too easy to make […]



Groupthink – the enemy of resilience

We all know what groupthink is. Those decisions that are made within the closed confines of a well-established and cohesive teams. Decisions that appear perfectly rational to the decision-making team, but when implemented have disastrous results. The problem is that the destructive grip of groupthink can spread outside small decision-making […]

How stable are the ‘advanced economies’?

Conventional thinking tells us that whatever happens the ‘advanced economies’ will always be here. It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Europe will always be a major part of the world map. But is this conventional thinking misleading? Is the West under attack and are historic alliances splintering? If […]

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Globalization and megatrends have we got it wrong

Globalization and Strategy: Have we got it right?

In this LinkedIn Pulse article I question the robustness of many of the popular assumptions that under-pin globalization and business strategy – from the ongoing rise of social media through to the stability of a connected world. I also provide ideas that you can work through with your management team to […]

Innovation Barriers – where do they exist?

It’s all too common to assume that innovation barriers exist within the structure of our organizations. Or even in the skills our staff possess. These are common areas that many leaders will look at when they start the process of building innovation capabilities in their organizatons. Yes, you will find […]

Barriers to innovation in the mind


Resilience: a new mantra for business?

A New Mantra? Have you noticed that this year is different? Different in terms of what people are talking about? Well, it seems that way to me. The first few months of this year have produced some words, phrases and subjects that seem to keep popping up in conversation everywhere, […]

UK and Europe: two scenarios for business

  Text of presentation given by Dr Robert Davies at the City University British election roundtable event 30 April 2015 Overview: This talk introduces the ‘toxic 5‘ – factors that could destabilise western democracies. Many of these factors my be in position now. Business leaders seeking resilience should consider preparing […]

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A lesson (one of many) from the Ukraine Crisis

As most of you know, I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of the business world from less than conventional angles. One of the most popular arguments that I hear supporting the mainstream view that the world is moving in one stoppable direction – the creation of […]