I wrote two weeks ago
that "long meetings are the biggest waste of both time and energy in
modern business life". That comment seemed to strike a chord with
people, so I'd like to follow up on this topic.
Three weeks ago, I discussed the common view that 2016 has been an awful
year. Although I understood this sentiment, I argued that 2016 was really like any other year. After the Berlin attack, few will share that opinion.
A lot of us spend as many of our waking hours at work as
we do at home. On some days, we even spend more time at work. So why don't we spend as much time thinking about our
working environment as we do our homes?
In a number of recent conversations, friends have told me what an awful
year they think 2016 has been. They can't wait for the year to be over
and for the run of bad news to stop. Well, I have more bad news for them.
The world is characterized by volatility, uncertainly,
complexity and ambiguity — or what is known as "VUCA". And no, I am not
just talking about Donald Trump's election victory, although VUCA applies to Trump, too.
On 9 November 1989, Europe celebrated the fall of the
Berlin Wall with unbridled joy. On the same day 27 years later, the
continent is reeling from the shock of Donald Trump's victory in the US