EYEING THE FUTURE
Leaders today almost need to be futurists constantly preparing business case scenarios as global events continue to unfold and unfold and unfold. As I write the British election results are just coming in; the ongoing sagas in the United States are ramping up; North Korea hasn't gone quiet and vile terrorism massacres seem to be becoming more frequent.
And then there is the rise of the machines. This is our annual leadership issue and AI is fast becoming a major business platform that leaders of all ilks will be grappling with. As IBM's Chandan Ohri writes, in an excellent article, artificial intelligence long just a promise, is finally here.
He says that in the last few years AI and the cognitive systems that bring it to life have emerged as practical and powerful business platforms, “able to understand the context of an interaction and reason for itself the best outcome. We now experience AI in many aspects of our daily lives, from relatively simple smartphone assistants to more complex services in healthcare”. (See page 11).
While bullying is certainly nothing new in the workplace, it too is an issue leaders can't afford to ignore and it is a question we all need to ask of ourselves as well. As our story says abrasive people are often aghast to find how their behaviour is received and that the higher up the leadership tree you are the less likely you are to get frank and timely feedback, which can be problematic for CEOs. Sometimes a quite small behaviour can be seen as abrasive because it is magnified by the position the leader holds. (Page 8).
We are halfway through 2017 now and what the rest of the year holds is anyone's guess. I hope you find this issue of Management useful and that you can apply some of the thinking we highlight in your daily business life.