Ade McCormack is often referred to as a near futurist. He has a ‘bits to boardroom’ perspective on how organisations need to change to avoid disruption. He is a former technologist who is now focused on helping organisations and individuals thrive in the post-industrial world.
Ade has some interesting perspectives on:
Leadership – It needs to be decentralised, situational and focused on removing the obstacles to enable people to do great work. Cognitive capital is the new asset class.
Digital – It is much more than the industrial era ‘amped up’ on tech steroids. It is in fact a natural response to key anthropological drivers. Organisations that recognise and embrace this will thrive in the digital age.
Attention – Attention is the currency of the digital age. Our well-being depends on how we manage our attention. This is in turn true for corporations. Inattentive organisations will fail in the digital age.
Business models – The most successful business model of all time is the tribe. Replicating the factors that make tribes successful will ensure organisational success.
Innovation – This is not a department, but a business model that harnesses the cognitive capacity of the people to address specific opportunities and threats in real-time.
Strategy – Strategy in its traditional form is dead. Strategic plans are works of fiction before the ink is dry on them. Situational awareness is the new strategy. The challenge is in transforming the business to address this new reality.
The IT function – Typically, the IT function has an uneasy relationship with the wider business. There is an opportunity for the IT function to lead the organisation’s digital age transformation, but this needs to be handled with care and is very reliant on the character of the CIO.
In more recent years, his focus has taken a more strategic/macroeconomic/future-oriented perspective. Thus, he has a forward-thinking grasp of what is happening in the market, and of how his clients can capitalise on the changes taking place. He also provides an anthropological twist to what appears to be a technology-driven market disruption.
His style is considered provocative, inspiring, engaging and insightful. More often than not, he is engaged to provide a ‘zoom out’ perspective on how the world of work, workers and leadership are changing as we enter the digital age. Along with what action needs to be taken to remain economically relevant. This makes him an ideal opening keynoter for any event where the future matters.
He has worked in approximately 30 countries across many sectors, ranging from space science to public sector and written a number of books. Ade is also a former Financial Times columnist on digital leadership and has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on this topic. He currently writes for CIO magazine and is a judge on the CIO 100.
As well as public speaking and writing, Ade advises organisations (through consulting) and individuals (through coaching) to thrive in the post-industrial world. Over the years, he has worked with hundreds of organisations, many of whom are leading global brands.
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