Designing a Climate Advocacy Strategy – Harvard Business Review

Although the business community has made progress toward climate goals since the 2015 Paris Agreement, fewer than one-fifth of net-zero targets set by national and subnational governments and only a third of the largest public corporations with net-zero targets actually meet science-aligned criteria.

Top ten technology trends of 2023 – Alibaba DAMO Academy (DAMO)

Alibaba Group has shared its annual forecasting of the Top 10 leading technology trends that could shape many industries in the years ahead.
The first two are: Generative AI and Dual-engine decision intelligence. To read about these two trends and the following eight, click on the button below.

Towards a sustainable, inclusive, growing future: The role of business – McKinsey

To make the world as sustainable and inclusive as we hope, a certain kind of economic growth will be necessary—and companies will play a vital role in generating it.

How to make ESG real – McKinsey

While ESG is likely to evolve both in substance and name in the coming years, its underlying impulse is here to stay. Find out how companies can take a more systematic and rewarding approach to ESG.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace – An Update for 2022 – IMSA Research

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have been in the workplace vocabulary for decades. In 2022, across industries and around the world, leaders are recognizing that a workplace which supports and inspires all employees to operate at their best is good for business.

1981 to now – 40 years of change – McCrindle

To bring four decades of change home to Australia, McCrindle look at the most recent ABS Census data to see how we’ve changed and grown.

Doing vs being – practical lessons on building an agile culture – McKinsey

Around the world, a growing number of organizations are embracing agility to improve delivery, increase speed, and enhance customer and employee experience. Since COVID-19, many organisations have accelerated their shift to agile. McKinsey’s recent research found that agile organisations responded faster to the crisis, while those that do not embrace agile working may well forfeit the benefits of speed and resilience needed in the “next normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic. Another learning from this research was that culture change is the most difficult aspect of agile transformation to get right.

To learn how four different organisations made their culture shifts, read on…

Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work – McKinsey

Digital and AI technologies are transforming the world of work and today’s workforce will need to learn new skills and continually adapt as new occupations emerge. COVID-19 has really pushed fast-forward on this transformation. What skills do workers need to keep pace?

McKinsey conducted research into the foundational skills all workers will benefit from having to help them fulfill the following three criteria, no matter the sector in which they work or their occupation:

* add value beyond what can be done by automated systems and intelligent machines

* operate in a digital environment

* continually adapt to new ways of working and new occupations

​This research identified 56 skills that will enable workers to thrive. To find out what they are click here

Why “digital” is no different when it comes to valuation – McKinsey

Making decisions about investment in “digital” can be difficult for business leaders. This article suggests that it’s important to follow the same principles that apply to all investment decisions. That is, evaluate digital projects and strategies based on the cash flows they are expected to generate, making sure to factor in “do nothing” or base-case scenarios as well as the overarching objectives of the digital project or strategy being proposed.

​To find out more about how to do this, read on….

Getting Real – Australian Institute of Company Directors

The enormous mind shift that has taken place regarding environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) is one of the outstanding positive changes to come out of the global pandemic.

The year 2020 offered a reminder of what we value — “sustainability, solidarity, fairness and resilience” — which makes it easier to pursue ambitious goals for people and our planet, said former Bank of England governor Mark Carney, who now serves as the UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance.

To read more about the strategies companies and organisations are using to address and report on ESG click here.

How companies capture the value of sustainability: Survey findings – McKinsey Sustainability

Results from a recent McKinsey Global Survey show that companies which generate value from their sustainability programs follow a distinctive set of management practices. Survey results suggest these companies are more likely to:

* Make sustainability a strategic priority and set out specific aspirations and targets.

* Make sustainability an element of their corporate culture and train employees on how to integrate sustainability into their work.

* Engage customers and business partners in their sustainability agendas.

* Report that sustainability issues inform how their company manages its facilities and its transportation networks.

Business Disruption and COVID-19 Recovery: McKinsey

Speed has been a fundamental characteristic of the COVID-19 pandemic—the virus hit fast, much of the world went into lockdown and businesses reacted rapidly. For companies to achieve long-term resilience, it is imperative for them to ensure that the speed they successfully unlocked during the pandemic remains sustainable in the future. To do this, organizations will need to take into account not only potential strains on capacity but also the mental health of their workforce and the burnout often experienced by employees. To prepare, businesses need to ask and answer five questions.

What are those questions? Click on the link to read more.

Top 10 Trends for 2021

2020 was a year unlike any other. As we look ahead to 2021, it’s important for leaders to have foresight, and to be able to see things not just as they are, but as they will be. So, what can we expect to see and change in the year ahead?

Top three trends identified are:

Demographic Transitions ​
Rise of the regions
The return to local

The Nine Traits of Future-Ready Companies: McKinsey

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has executives everywhere hopeful for the pandemic’s end. Some are now asking how their companies might emerge stronger—making permanent the survival-mode improvements that brought speed, flexibility, and purpose while avoiding bureaucracy.

Our research finds that achieving these aims requires embodying nine characteristics that collectively describe who the organisation is, how it operates, and how it grows. Start here to help your organisation thrive in an increasingly winner-take-all world.

The first two characteristics are:

Purpose is our “must have” and
Our value agenda is clear.

To see the remaining seven, click on the button below.

Trends for the next normal: McKinsey

2021 will be the year of transition. Barring any unexpected catastrophes, individuals, businesses, and society can start to look forward to shaping their futures rather than just grinding through the present. The next normal is going to be different. It will not mean going back to the conditions that prevailed in 2019. Indeed, just as the terms “prewar” and “postwar” are commonly used to describe the 20th century, generations to come will likely discuss the pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 eras.

“The crisis sparks a wave of innovation and launches a generation of entrepreneurs.

“The future of work arrives ahead of schedule”