Pre-Briefing Book: The Future of Work

Warp speed developments in technology – automation, artificial intelligence and the arrival of the sharing economy – are transforming how we work. Beyond technology, traditional working patterns are also being disrupted. 

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The future of work is one of the hottest management topics of the day. This complex subject is broken into three main categories, according to a podcast from McKinsey: automation, changing models (think gig), and income stagnation/equality.

What will jobs alongside machines look like? What do we need to do – as organisations and as individuals – to prepare for these wide-ranging scenarios. How do you get ready? 

Change is a constant, so flexibility and creativity are of paramount importance. Be prepared for the future of work. 

We’re honoured to have three top-notch professionals to dive in and pull apart our topic: 

Our event is moderated by member David Ketchum, CEO, Current Asia and hosted by Santo Rizzuto, Director, Asia Insight Circle.

Apologies from Walter Jennings as he is travelling from Madrid after speaking at #DES19 (Digital Enterprise Show).

You can access the pre-briefing book here:

After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle: Future Proof with Diana Wu David

Welcome to “After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle” – a podcast that explores the trending business issues discussed at recent Asia Insight Circle events. This month we’re looking at “The Future of Work” with an event that looks at preparing your company – and yourself – for the many changes underway and forecast to come.

Author Diana Wu David this year published, “Future Proof: Reinventing Yourself in the Age of Acceleration.” This very helpful book reads like an exercise manual to prepare yourself for how jobs are changing. There are options from full-time to part-time to gig worker to manager of a portfolio of roles. Diana interviews over 100 executives to showcase on-the-ground solutions to managing change.

Underpinning her approach is recognition that volatility is here to stay. Over the course of our extended careers and lives, we need to be better prepared for change.

“You will definitely out-last your job,” said Diana. “You will definitely out-last your career, and maybe even your company.”

How do you prepare yourself? Listen to how companies and professionals are preparing themselves with Diana Wu David, author of Future Proof  and our guest on “After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Pre-Briefing Book: Inside Alibaba

We look forward to a full house at our “Inside Alibaba” breakfast on 18 April.

Adam Najberg has been at Alibaba for a number of years. He leads digital content and storytelling. He comes from media, and now manages much of the media relationships. He’s been explaining and expanding upon Alibaba globally.

Biographies of our speaker and audience are attached. We look forward to having you part of our Chatham House conversation on Alibaba. 


Gordon Orr, ex-McKinsey APAC Chief – “Getting on Boards”

Gordon Orr, the former Asia chairman at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, today addressed “Getting on Boards.” He shared his insights into the Board selection process, expected obligations, and how to position yourself for consideration.

On LinkedIn Gordon Orr has 1.5 million followers. You’ll want to subscribe.

Gordon serves as a non-executive director at Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Swire Pacific. He also serves on the board of Lenovo, the US-Chinese technology company.

“The board of directors‘ key purpose is to ensure the company’s prosperity by collectively directing the company’s affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and stakeholders,” according to Brefi, a UK-based organisation that assists companies with the optimisation of their boards.

At our March meeting of Asia Insight Circle, we learned how Boards manage the selection process and what you can do to position yourself for consideration.

An “After Breakfast @ Asia Insight Circle” podcast will be published the week of 1 April (not kidding).

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Pre-briefing Book: The New Growth Paradigm

Andy Brent – Author, The Growth Director’s Secret

Mi Li – Head of Global Marketing, South China Morning Post

George Liu – CMO, Hong Kong Airlines

Growth is vital to every any business. Yet according to author Andy Brent growth is often the least well-managed area of a business’ operations. In his new book, The Growth Director’s Secret, Mr Brent examines the structural and cultural factors that hold many conventionally-organized companies back.

On Friday, 25 January members and guests join an “Open House” at Asia Insight Circle to learn more about the management of growth. Joining Andy Brent are marketing leaders Ms Mi Li of South China Morning Post and George Liu, CMO of Hong Kong Airlines.

Below is the pre-briefing book for the event including the biographies of all attendees.


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