Futurist and workforce strategist, Alex Hagan, led a lively Edge Thinking Roundtable discussion at the Commonwealth Club in September. Public sector leaders in People & Culture, Finance, Communications and IT joined the conversation exploring the challenges of digital transformation to organisations, cultures and behaviours.
Silverstone Edge recognises complexity has become the natural order of things. Co-founder Melanie Kontze says, “In order to execute strategy effectively in a complex environment, both strategic foresight and change management need to increasingly become part of every organisation’s DNA. More than being top-led – these should be core competencies held across the organisation.”
While translating human capital and technology capability into business benefits is core business for Silverstone Edge, helping organisations with strategic foresight is Hagan’s specialty. “Though most organisations have an ‘official’ future – they need to execute this in the context of a range of plausible and possible futures,” he says.
“Responding to trends allows us to be responsive and agile, but does not allow us to create the future – by their nature, we know about trends because someone else is a first adopter. However, by looking at the drivers behind the trends, we can unlock significant opportunity,” Hagan continued.
Technology is an important driver of change – but the most profound changes are not necessarily the technology itself, they are the social changes that form around technology.
Edge Thinking Roundtables bring together a small number of senior executives from multiple disciplines for a conversation over breakfast. We aim to bring differing perspectives and stimulate new thinking.
If you would like to join the next Edge Thinking Roundtable in Canberra – or learn more about the services Silverstone Edge provides – email firstname.lastname@example.org