The Future Of Leadership

Leadership wisdom for CEOs and senior technology executives.

A monthly newsletter read by 1,376 leaders.

I love Richard’s leadership newsletter. He focuses on my two favourite subjects, iQ & eQ, and distils monthly nuggets that I always gobble up with great enthusiasm. Bon appétit!

Fred Pelard
Strategy trainer, consultant & facilitator

Latest newsletter:

#033: Leading Through an Unpredictable 2024

  • Summary of Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction, by Phil Tetlock
  • What are the traits of ‘superforecaster’, ordinary people who consistently outperform experts at predicting future events and outcomes, and what can leaders learn?
  • Pattern Recognition: Opportunities & Limits

Previous newsletters:

#032: Wisdom from Charlie Munger & Carl Rogers

  • My latest writing: Charlie Munger was a complexity thinker
  • Carl Rogers on personal growth. Under what conditions is it possible? How can one person help another? What is creativity, and how can it be fostered?
  • Hunter S. Thompson’s Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

#031: The Mental Models Paradox

  • The Mental Models Paradox, ensure your mental models are building blocks to higher wisdom, not brick walls constraining your thinking
  • Insights from Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building
  • Reframing What it Means to be an Executive and The Road to Self-Renewal

#030: How can an Executive Coach help you?

  • Erik de Haan’s book Critical Moments in Executive Coaching, including his “window on coaching” framework
  • CEO Job Description: In Reductionist Form
  • Experimenting as a way to deal with uncertainty

#029: Family & Leadership

  • Is it possible to lead at your best if you’re home life isn’t happy and health?
  • Professor Rober Kegan’s book In Over Our Heads: Mental Demands of Modern Life, and his 10 suggestions for what’s expected of parents
  • CEO and employee narcissm

#028: Executive Presence

#027: Are you on the Balcony, or the Dancefloor?

  • Technical leadership vs adaptive leadership, from The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ron Heifetz
  • Leadership, and moving between the balcony and the dancefloor
  • What Does “Becoming More Senior” Really Mean?
  • Using Deliberate Practice to improve performance – how can you 10X your results?

#026: Is this the most disruptive period in history?

  • Adaptability lessons from High Output Management, by former Intel CEO Andy Grove
  • VUCA, the ‘Exponential Age’ and recency bias
  • What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?
  • Podcast: Tacit Knowledge, Mental Models and Accelerated Expertise, with Cedric Chin

#025: Accelerated Expertise – taking skill development to the absolute limit

  • Summary of Accelerated Expertise: Training for High Proficiency in a Complex World – “take[s] the concept of skill development to the absolute limit”
  • Skepticism: Why critical thinking makes you smarter
  • Podcast: can internet gurus help you find certainty in an uncertain world?

#024: The Duck-Rabbit & the Polarities of Leadership

  • My new article The Duck-Rabbit & the Polarities of Leadership
  • Advice from The HIGH GROWTH HANDBOOK: Scaling Startups from 10-10,000 People, by Elad Gil
  • The Paradoxes Of Changing Your Mind
  • Podcast: Expanding leadership through polarities

#023: Time Management for Leaders, Power of Both/And Thinking

  • My new article Time Management Techniques for Leaders
  • Reviewing The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking, by Roger L. Martin
  • Podcast: Josh Waitzkin on Beginner’s Mind, Self-Actualization, and Advice from Your Future Self

#022: Are you a pessimist or optimist? How does the world really work?

  • My article Executive coaching: a complete guide to finding the right coach for you
  • Exploring the complexity of the global energy tranistion HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going
  • Podcasts about how to become a better listener, Where does greatness come from, and the beginner’s mind, self-actualization, and advice from your future self

#021: Most read leadership articles 2022 + startling facts from Chip War

  • Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology unpacks the existential geopolitical challenges presented by production and supply chains
  • The “Duck-Rabbit” and the Art of Entrepreneurship
  • The Ultimate Burnout Guide: Symptoms, Causes, and Prevention

#020: A complete guide to finding the right Executive Coach

  • This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends unpacks the history of cyber weapons and a global underground marketplace which allows governments and other malicious actors direct backdoor access into pretty much any system on the planet
  • The Leader’s Calendar – how do CEOs allocate their time?

#019: Better manage your diary & time Unleash your complexity genius

  • My article: Time management techniques for leaders
  • Unleash your Complexity Genius: Growing your inner capacity to lead, discover 8 Genius Engagement Moves (GEMs) to help you navigate a complex world – noticing, breathing, moving, sleeping, experimenting, laughing, wondering, and loving
  • The Case for Optimism, Becoming and Better Strategist and more…

#018: Cancer, Life, Leadership & Uncertainty – Strategy Hacks Podcast

  • My appearance with my Oncologist on the Strategy Hacks podcast, discussing my journey through Stage 3 cancer and what we’ve both learned about life, leadership and decision making under uncertainty
  • Summary of Talent: How To Identify Energizers, Creatives & Winners Around the World, about how to find people who will 100x your organisation

#017: Putting yourself at risk for growth & infinite progress

  • Summary of The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
  • The difference between coaching and therapy, and why entrepreneurs need a coach, mentor and therapist

#016: Why feedback is the lifeblood of change in a complex world.

  • Summary of The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organisation, including Peter Senge’s five disciplines: personal masterymental models, building a shared vision, team learning and systems thinking
  • Feedback, “the lifeblood of change in a complex world” and why even Winston Churchill needed it

#015: How do you navigate complex environments? Intuition & the voices in our head

  • Leadership lessons from a Mountain Guide
  • Whilst our inner voice can push us forward, it can also pull us back. Chatter: The Voice in Our Head (and How to Harness It) identifies ways we can better harness our chatter
  • Podcast: Redefining the Role of Manager

#014: What is a Deliberately Developmental Organization?

  • Dive into what DDOs are and how they can help everyone in your organisation grow
  • Summary of Moose Heads on the Table, a book about self-managing organisations
  • Podcast: How harnessing chaos can make companies more nimble

#013: Emotions, Grand Transitions & Coaching for your team
#012: What is Cynefin? Do you want to lead like a Navy SEAL?
#011: The problem with TED Talks & other Leadership BS Secrets of our Success
#010: Exponential Leadership + web3 & The Future Of The Internet
#009: Capitalism Without Capital, Frameworks, Uncertainty & Talent
#008: Reading & sensemaking, 360 Feedback & WTF is the Metaverse?
#007: 10 seminal pieces of writing + talking about racism & privilege
#006: How One Business Is Opening Up Its Coaching Programme To You All
#005: Guide to remote/hybrid work + Deliberately Developmental Organisations
#004: What is the future of leadership? Our survey said…
#003: Want to be a better leader? It’s complex.
#002: The Art of Thinking & Changing Your Mind
#001: Uncertainty, Prediction, Sensemaking & Bringing down the system!