Future is no place for ‘business as usual’

Jan 08, 2021
Buhle Dlamini talks about being ready for the future

If you thought the last 12 months happened at breakneck speed, that’s only just a taste of what’s to come. “The future will catch you by surprise,” warns Buhle Dlamini

Buhle, an author and global speaker on future trends, organizational culture and diversity, was speaking to the January meeting of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Atlantic chapter.

If 2020 was the year that caught the world by surprise with the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be no different in 2021, Buhle said. He says the future is being accelerated. Things that were buzzwords and possibilities are quickly becoming a reality. He pointed to the Covid-19 vaccine which was created in record time as an example.

Buhle warns there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ any more. We should all be thinking ahead, and planning for the 2030 decade.

Buhle (above, in a screen grab from his CAPS presentation) shared his 5 Winning Keys for surviving and thriving in tomorrow’s world today:

  1. Switch on Your Radar. Scan the future horizon. Think like a futurist. Understand the nature of the future. It’s disruptive. Make sense of today’s trends and how they will be in the future.
  2. Experiment More. He pointed out Amazon’s Go Store as an example. Amazon didn’t wait for focus groups or trials. They just built the store, opened it and experimented with it along the way. But Buhle cautions to choose your experiment wisely.
  3. Be Who You Be. Embrace who you are now and who you can be. Buhle says you need to remain true to yourself as you face the future. Become more honest, more authentic. Ask what makes you stand out, and be that.
  4. Unleash a Winning Attitude. Infect your environment with positivity. Have a positive attitude. Your attitude is the thermostat that controls your internal self and radiates to your clients.
  5. Re-image the Future. Dare to dream. Give up your excuses and do it anyway. Be willing to take a chance and fail. Leaders need to lean in to the future.

Buhle was raised in a rural village in South Africa with the odds for success stacked against him. But he beat the odds, to become an international entrepreneur and top global speaker. 

He met and worked with iconic leaders like Nelson Mandela and received an award from Desmond Tutu.

He is now based in Canada, with an office in South Africa, and regularly travels between the two countries.