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IMI: Based on your current work – if you only had 6 words of advice to give a business – what would they be?

AF: Every Disruption involves threat and opportunity.

IMI: What does that mean? AF: We live in turbulent times: times of both threat and opportunity that really test managers. So what are the fundamental principles of good management to ensure staff are happy, motivated and productive? Can you teach experts to become good people managers and if so, how? What is the role of money in motivation? And how can we engage rather than disenchant our staff? We know from futurologists that the world of work is changing fast, even though many predictions have not come true. But where we work, for whom we work and with whom we work are all in flux. How do you manage the older worker? What are young people really like in the work-place? What is the work-place and organisation of the (near) future going to look like? Finally, I address the (continual) management of change. Which strategies work best and why? No one ever said managing people was easy: but we can learn to do it better and ensure our organisation thrives and survives in an uncertain world. Adrian Furnham is a keynote speaker at the IMI National Management Conference taking place on Thursday 29th  of September. To register please click here.   [post_title] => "Every Disruption involves threat and opportunity" Six Word Wisdom from Adrian Furnham [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => private [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => every-disruption-involves-threat-opportunity-six-word-wisdom-adrian-furnham [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-12-13 18:22:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-12-13 18:22:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.imi.ie/?p=16066 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 20092 [post_author] => 102 [post_date] => 2017-06-29 13:19:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-29 13:19:17 [post_content] => [post_title] => A Fixed or Growth Mindset? What it Means for Your Organisation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => fixed-growth-mindset-means-organisation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-15 08:26:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-15 08:26:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.imi.ie/?p=20092 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 19176 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2017-05-18 10:00:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-18 10:00:18 [post_content] => [post_title] => After The Boom Comes The Bust [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => boom-comes-bust [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-15 14:30:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-15 14:30:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.imi.ie/?p=19176 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 23182 [post_author] => 97 [post_date] => 2018-05-30 14:31:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-05-30 14:31:37 [post_content] => [post_title] => Agility has a PR problem – and it needs to be fixed [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => agility-pr-problem-needs-fixed [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-12 06:43:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-12 06:43:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.imi.ie/?p=23182 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
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Deborah Rowland: Is Change Changing?

Change has become the one constant in today’s business environment. Skills quickly become outdated, technologies get replaced, competitors emerge from nowhere and, amongst all this, leaders are expected to drive their organisations to the fore in the marketplace.

Thus, many leaders have in essence become change managers, constantly directing their organisation to the next thing, and the next thing after that. However, many change initiatives fail, and many become just a set of ‘busy actions’ rather than really shifting the dial.

Deborah Rowland during her keynote address at IMI’s National Management Conference 2018

Deborah Rowland, author of ‘Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change’ and 2018 NMC speaker, defines change as ‘the disturbance of repeating patterns’. The disturbance is a prime reason for change initiatives to fail; it’s tough to break habits and patterns. The human brain itself is hardwired for habits, and often we are doomed from the outset when leading change because we use these same habits to break the pattern.

‘The number one difference when we talk about change compared to ten years ago is change is now ongoing – it’s a constant process’ said Deborah Rowland, National Management Conference (NMC) speaker. ‘Before I was brought in to help manage a specific change – whether that was SAP implementation, an acquisition, or whatever the instance was. Today the request is usually about ‘we are going through ongoing change, please help’.’


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