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  • We often underestimate the scale and speed of change that occurred in the 20th century. As we strike out into the digital age it is our responsibility as business leaders to navigate these changes with integrity and to provide positive, impactful leadership as the business landscape takes a new shape.

    Currently, many jobs involve long commutes, hard physical labor, or low pay, and little opportunity for professional development or personal fulfilment. But what if that all could change? The digital age will create an opportunity to reinvent work and to reinvent the workplace.

    Jennifer Artley -President, Americas, BT Group

  • Insights Report

    If you are interested in learning more about the Fourth Industrial revolution, including why it matters and how it will impact organisations – download our 2019 Insights report.

  • “The future of work is about connectivity, creating a work environment that appeals to today’s workforce by building a coherent sense of identity sparking connection and using data to personalise the experience.”


    Kate Bravery – Mercer

  • “The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development.


    The speed, breadth and depth of this revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organisations create value and even what it means to be human.”

    -World Economic Forum

Why


We are focussed on helping individuals, organisations and communities successfully face into the Future of Work.

Our global insights help to inform the Future of Work roadmaps and strategic planning. We guide organisations on new ways of working and organising their people, processes and leveraging new business models.

We support our clients to build the capability to face into change and adapt more quickly. We utilise collaboration, co-creation and design thinking techniques.

We have left our corporate jobs in Finance, Tech, and Innovation and have set out to explore the new rules of business. We believe in sharing stories of pioneering leaders and organisations that are forging the new ways of working as we move through Industry 4.0.

We embarked on this journey as we believe the status quo is broken and we need to provide new pathways to unleash human potential for people and organisations to thrive in the 21st Century.


Sensemaking in the 21st Century

Collaboration | Co-creation | Community | Curation

Mastering the new logic of social and business value creation
Exploring new and emerging business models
Reframing decision making
Designing and building the organisations of the future
Reimagining leadership, management, and skills
Harnessing emerging technologies anchored in humanity

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If you are interested in learning about Industry 4.0 and the Future of Work including how to be future fit…..

Executive Briefings


Insights on how to navigate Industry 4.0. High level overview sessions of current meta trends impacting organisations and their people.

Learning Circles


Peer to peer learning with focus on case studies of organisations that are succeeding through adoption of new business models and leadership style evolution.

Curated Events


Opportunity to tap into our broad network of global connections offering unique insights on Future of Work and how Industry 4.0 is evolving.

Strategic Consulting


Creating strategic roadmaps for a desirable future. Exploring alternative even ” “un-thinkable” options.

Experimentation


Participatory design of experiments including pathways for taking employees
from ideas to experiments and results to solve complex problems.

Innovation Capability Building


Developing new capability building modules -offering new perspectives to opportunities or challenges to drive progress.


We understand that all organisations and their people are facing extraordinary challenges in the 21st Century.


Our goal is to catalyse positive progress, through raising the understanding of Industry 4.0 and building the capability to harness its potential.


Transformation efforts need a holistic approach, embracing technology but at the same time anchoring the approach in people in order to be sustainable and successful.

Corporate Rebels – Netherlands

Only two years into their corporate jobs, they had become frustrated with the way organisations were run. Like most people (85% of employees are disengaged!), they worked in uninspiring workplaces characterised by inertia, bureaucracy, and a lack of motivation. They believe these organisations, which are mostly based on outdated structures, are doomed to fail in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Instead of investing more resources in understanding the art and science of innovating our way forward, we’ve doubled down on the diminishing returns of financial engineering.

This is why we are now confronting such a huge gap between the knowledge… needed to survive the challenges … and our dogged insistence on doing things as they’ve always been done.

Beth Comstock – Imagine it forward

The present century can be characterised as a century of complexity, uncertainty, and rapid change. It is becoming increasingly recognised that many of the public governance structures and operating models were designed for the past era and for less complex policy domains. We believe that the future of the Next Era Governments must be co-created with the people.


  • We understand that all organisations and their people are facing extraordinary challenges in the 21st Century.


    Our goal is to catalyse positive progress, through raising the understanding of Industry 4.0 and building the capability to harness its potential.


    Transformation efforts need a holistic approach, embracing technology but at the same time anchoring the approach in people in order to be sustainable and successful.

    Stories of Transformation

    Co:Lab4 is proud to be working with organisations that are leading the way in transforming their operational and people strategies to thrive.

  • Corporate Rebels – Netherlands

    Only two years into their corporate jobs, they had become frustrated with the way organisations were run. Like most people (85% of employees are disengaged!), they worked in uninspiring workplaces characterised by inertia, bureaucracy, and a lack of motivation. They believe these organisations, which are mostly based on outdated structures, are doomed to fail in today’s rapidly changing environment.

    Stories of Transformation

    It’s also important to highlight what does not work—to help everyone understand that many organisations are broken. Without that awareness, change isn’t going to happen.
    In this post we provide convincing and painful data that show many of today’s workplaces are just not working. This is ammunition to help you get the topic higher on the agenda in your organization. Read More


  • Instead of investing more resources in understanding the art and science of innovating our way forward, we’ve doubled down on the diminishing returns of financial engineering.

    This is why we are now confronting such a huge gap between the knowledge… needed to survive the challenges … and our dogged insistence on doing things as they’ve always been done.

    Beth Comstock – Imagine it forward

    Stories of Transformation

    A clip from Beth Comstock about being open to emerging ideas and being ready for change.

  • The present century can be characterised as a century of complexity, uncertainty, and rapid change. It is becoming increasingly recognised that many of the public governance structures and operating models were designed for the past era and for less complex policy domains. We believe that the future of the Next Era Governments must be co-created with the people.

    Stories of Transformation

    Governments around the world are muddling through the volatile early decades of the 21st century. The design of policies and services is becoming more and more challenging in the face of interconnectedness and complexity of existing systems. Report


We are a curious group, constantly reading, talking and learning from others to solve complex issues. Our amazing network of creative innovators, engineers, economists, designers, psychologists, teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, anthropologists, and storytellers continually inspire us and we are grateful to be connected.


This is our learning sandbox – we hope it will be useful. We are all learning together.

Woman do the majority of jobs that could be lost to automation

The most visible faces in the predicted coming wave of job displacement belong to the likes of factory workers and truck drivers — primarily men threatened by robots and AI.


The big picture: But the wave will crash harder over women, who do the majority of highly automatable jobs. Policymakers thus far appear blind to the coming job losses for women, experts say, and risk putting in place training programs and safety nets that mainly rescue men.


What’s going on: Automation is expected to devastate jobs that involve routine tasks, such as back-office clerical jobs like accounting and service jobs in retail and fast food. Women do the majority of this repetitive work.


Global Competitiveness Report – 2018


In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarisation and a fragile economy, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity.


The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0.

The essence is this: we humans have created a host of wonderfully freeing advances, but over time they’ve come to enslave and control us–and we need to wake up. We need to question what we call “facts” and remember the potential of our collective humanity. The book is arranged into 100 brief essays under 14 topic headings. 

Why we need trouble makers in the workplace
Most of us tend to be reluctant to go against authority. We often agree with the popular view. But we should embrace dissent in the office, because even a lone rebel can break the thinking of the majority. And that’s worth doing.

Getting away from your computer, your phone, and your to-do list is essential to boosting your productivity. Breaks such as walking, reading, and chatting are the most effective forms of recharging because they take you away from your work. On a busy day, it might be tempting to think of dealing with emails or making phone calls as breaks, but they aren’t, so don’t give in to this line of thought.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development.

The speed, breadth and depth of this revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organisations create value and even what it means to be human.”

-World Economic Forum


  • We are a curious group, constantly reading, talking and learning from others to solve complex issues. Our amazing network of creative innovators, engineers, economists, designers, psychologists, teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, anthropologists, and storytellers continually inspire us and we are grateful to be connected.


    This is our learning sandbox – we hope it will be useful. We are all learning together.

    Inspiration

    Susan Schuman, CEO, SYPartners, talks about how to be an effective leader in fast-changing workplace. She discusses the radical shifts required by senior leaders in order to have impact.She highlights what’s crucial for leadership in a time of eroded trust.

  • Woman do the majority of jobs that could be lost to automation

    The most visible faces in the predicted coming wave of job displacement belong to the likes of factory workers and truck drivers — primarily men threatened by robots and AI.


    The big picture: But the wave will crash harder over women, who do the majority of highly automatable jobs. Policymakers thus far appear blind to the coming job losses for women, experts say, and risk putting in place training programs and safety nets that mainly rescue men.


    What’s going on: Automation is expected to devastate jobs that involve routine tasks, such as back-office clerical jobs like accounting and service jobs in retail and fast food. Women do the majority of this repetitive work.

    Inspiration

    Infographic of woman under binary code

    “We risk living in a world where the clearest winners from technological change and the growth from it are disproportionately men.”
    “Women fall further behind in terms of gender parity and upward economic mobility, and we design policies that try to buffer the fall for men and improve their ability to do jobs for the future — but we don’t do the same for women.
    — Molly Kinder, New America


  • Global Competitiveness Report – 2018


    In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarisation and a fragile economy, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity.


    The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0.

    Inspiration

    The new index sheds light on an emerging set of drivers of productivity and long-term growth in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The report provides a much-needed global compass for policy-makers and other stakeholders to help shape economic strategies and monitor progress. Download

  • The essence is this: we humans have created a host of wonderfully freeing advances, but over time they’ve come to enslave and control us–and we need to wake up. We need to question what we call “facts” and remember the potential of our collective humanity. The book is arranged into 100 brief essays under 14 topic headings. 

    Inspiration

    From beginning to end you will find yourself saying “yes!” to much of it. And even if you don’t agree with everything he says, you will find his writing helpful in clarifying your thinking. More

  • Why we need trouble makers in the workplace
    Most of us tend to be reluctant to go against authority. We often agree with the popular view. But we should embrace dissent in the office, because even a lone rebel can break the thinking of the majority. And that’s worth doing.

    Inspiration

    Image of book cover "In defense of troublemakers" Charlan Nemath

    The world’s leading experts on dissent, Charlan Nemeth, says that we need rebels in the workplace. Even a lone rebel can break the thinking of the majority. They are the ones who bring disagreement and argument into the workforce. And that result is good ideas. But in the real world, disagreeing with others – for most of us – is uncomfortable and difficult. Which explains why it’s rare. Podcast

  • Getting away from your computer, your phone, and your to-do list is essential to boosting your productivity. Breaks such as walking, reading, and chatting are the most effective forms of recharging because they take you away from your work. On a busy day, it might be tempting to think of dealing with emails or making phone calls as breaks, but they aren’t, so don’t give in to this line of thought.

    Inspiration

    If you wait until you feel tired to take a break, it’s too late—you’ve already missed the window of peak productivity. Read More

  • “The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development.

    The speed, breadth and depth of this revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organisations create value and even what it means to be human.”

    -World Economic Forum

    Inspiration

    We certainly will face our own set of labour-force consequences as this Digital Revolution progresses. But, if history is to be our guide, business leaders must consider what skill sets will be most favourable, and then help their employees develop those proficiencies.

Insights Report

If you are interested in learning more about the Fourth Industrial revolution, including why it matters and how it will impact organisations – download our 2019 Insights report.

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