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How to build a robust future without wrecking the planet

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A few years back Johan Rockström at the Stockholm Resilient Center delivered this important TED Talk. Here he shares data and research about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet. He particularly highlights the need to think outside of the box since the governments and companies of this world are still not delivering on the SDGs. He also stresses that the SDGs only are goals till 2030 and that our solutions need to go beyond that.

Johan also shares a new...

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To lead in a VUCA world

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“Companies operate in an increasingly complex world. Business environments are more diverse, dynamic, and interconnected than ever – and far less predictable.”

- Harvard Business Review


In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, end of May 2020, I delivered the final lecture to the participants of the one-year Executive Program in Industrial Management at KTH Executive School in Stockholm - for the second consecutive year.

The title of this year's lecture was "To Lead...

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Wicked problems offer opportunities

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Better Business needs to be recognized as not only a necessity for the future of our humanity but also for the huge business opportunity it presents. The Better Business Playbook is designed to inspire you, as a business leader, to go beyond business as usual - and consider the vast strategic opportunities connected to Better Business. Starting with the opportunities that reside in environmental sustainability and climate change. While these issues contain imminent threats that need to...

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Doing well by doing good

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We live in a world of accelerating change where industrialization and globalization has helped us leap forward and transform the world in ways that were previously unimaginable. Today, our lifespans are longer, we are better educated, millions have been lifted out of poverty, and our way of living is more comfortable than ever before.

This comfort has, however, also come at a great cost for our planet, with unwanted consequences such as biodiversity loss and climate change. Over the years, it...

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The Better Business Playbook

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The Better Business Playbook is designed to inspire you, as a business leader, to go beyond business as usual, and navigate the opportunities and best practices of Better Business to become a force for good. Because good business is simply good for business. 

As business leaders, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference. Not only for our companies and teams, but for the larger picture: our communities, and even our planet. We just need to know where to start, and then take one...

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Navigating a world of accelerating change

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The world around us is often described as increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous. We see signs of accelerating change and exponential growth in a number of different areas, such as the increasing speed of technological development and digitalization. Some claim that we even walk faster in cities today than what we did a few decades back.

Perhaps it is not so strange that eighty percent of all companies already run some type of change projects. Not seldom several change projects are...

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Strategy - what it is and why you need it

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It's the beginning of 2007 - 13 years ago, just before the global financial crisis hit - and I just got back from the doctor. Over the past months, I had been stuck in strategic planning meetings with the rest of the strategy and management team. Our ambitious approach, turning every stone, had lead to many long days in meetings and by the computer. On the way, I had obviously developed Olecranon Bursitis or so-called ‘student's elbow’. That is a painful condition characterized by...

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How to create clarity in 15 minutes

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Many of our clients just have too much going on. Ultimately, this overwhelms the mind, makes thinking cluttered, and creates difficulties in prioritization.

There are however quite a few things you can do to clear your mind – from a good night's sleep to a walk in the woods, to exercise, yoga, and meditation. But what if you don’t have the time – but need to de-clutter your mind right now?

The simple exercise below is a great way to help achieve mental clarity quickly (with...

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Why strategy is not dead

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Strategy is no longer necessary, according to some – but without it, business would not utilize our full human potential.

A few years back, searing pain in my elbow sent me to the doctor, who diagnosed me with Olecranon Bursitis. Apparently, all that time spent leaning forward on hard desks in different meeting rooms during my team’s frequent marathon strategic planning sessions was putting too much stress on my poor elbow. The doctor told me I would either have to shorten these...

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Top online tools for collaboration

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Working remotely is almost a must today. Considering the current situation, I’m sharing an article (in full) with some of the top remote working software tools to innovate and collaborate from Innovationtraining.com. Kudos to their team for putting this together. I hope you find it useful too.

“If you and your teams have found yourselves working more remotely, you may be interested in this collection of top remote working, meeting, communication and facilitation tools that...

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