Episode 19: How to stay relevant as a leader, story-telling and communication in a rapid change, the difference between amateur and pro futurists, being transparent with your values, and why leadership should be optimistic about the future, with Jacob Morgan and Matt Abrahams.
About Jacob Morgan
Jacob is a Keynote & TED Speaker and a 4x Best-Selling Author. He is the Founder of FutureofWorkUniversity.com. He is the Host of The Future of Work Podcast & Co-Host of the Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) Podcast. Jacobs most recent book is titled: “The Future Leader,” released in 2020, He interviewed over 140 CEOs around the world to discover insights on what it takes to be a leader in the future. You can find out more about Jacob at TheFutureOrganization.com
About Matt Abrahams
Principal and Co-Founder of Bold Echo Communication Solutions, coaching Silicon Valley executives and business professionals on communication and presentation skills.
Lecturer at Stanford University, teaching Strategic Communication courses and workshops at the Graduate school of business, helping future business leaders to be more authentic, confident and compelling communicators. You can find out more about Matt’s work at boldecho.com
About This Episode
Jacob interviewed 140 CEO’s from around the world for his new book and he asked them what they thought are the core skills of a future leader. And the top skill that current leaders think future leaders need to be successful is the capability and capacity to be a futurist. This was interesting to me because it is relevant to this podcast and relevant to the mission of our company HA:KU global, to develop more future intelligent leadership.
I have been working in the futures, innovation and strategic foresight space for the past 4 years and I know there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to up-skill leadership and organizations to be more prepared for the future. We are all naturally futurist…it is one of the superpowers of the human brain to be able to consciously think about plans and scenarios in the future. We utilize this skill all the time when we think about our personal life, career, health, purpose…but for some reason when we enter the business space we tend to put our head down and work, and fall prey to quarterly goals and short-termism. Even leaders do this.
At the same time, studies show that future-focused, or future-fit. organizations have higher profitability, growth and employee engagement. It begs the question, why haven’t more leaders invested in scaling future intelligences across the organization?
I think you will find some answers in this dialogue.
In today’s episode we discuss how to stay relevant as a leader, how to communicate your leadership message in a rapidly changing business landscape, the difference between amateur and pro futurists, how storytelling can make others a part of your future vision, the importance of being transparent with your values, and why leadership should be optimistic about the future.