Becoming Future Fit today… a new book by our friend Giles Hutchins

Giles Hutchins is a much admired friend of 6heads. He shows courageous leadership in setting out challenging and pioneering ideas about a world that is in balance with itself and nature.Giles explores the root causes of our current economic, political and environmental crises, and puts forward ways to rectify these causes, at source. Giles’ brand new book Future Fit is a response to the complex world we now live in and a practical handbook to the solutions we might co-create.

I have just received my copy, so while I settle down to read here is Giles’ video introducing Future Fit and some reviews from other brilliant minds.

We are in the early stages of planning a summer solstice get together with Giles which will definitely include a walk somewhere beautiful, excellent food, a Future Fit dialogue and some storytelling with curious minds. If you would like to join the conversation please email me at

The 20th century ‘organisation-as-machine’ metaphor is giving way to the 21st century ‘organisation-as-living-systems’ metaphor.

And this shift is not just metaphoric but metamorphic, affecting all aspects of our enterprising futures: from care provision to car manufacturing, from board-room behaviour to our everyday conversations and creative undertakings. Gone with the winds of change is the out-dated logic of yesterday (with its control-based top-down risk-averse myopic bureaucracies). Enter the logic of living-systems (locally-attuned, life-supporting, empowering, networked, self-organising, for-purpose enterprises).

The implications are huge. Those that fail to embrace this shift in logic will be yesterday’s news.

Future Fit is a response to this: it is a practical workbook for those of us involved in the future of business.

This timely book is packed full of tips, techniques, insights, approaches, case studies and examples to help leaders, managers, change agents and entrepreneurs transform their organizations into firms of the future.

‘The world we live in has become more complex, uncertain, and rapidly changing.  This is the backdrop the business world must operate in and the old machine paradigm is no longer suited for this world.  We see an emerging trend of moving from a mechanistic view of business to an organic, living organization framework, and Future Fit goes right to the heart of it.  Packed full with practical insights to help activate and catalyze this transformation, this is a brilliant book that will help you wrap your head around the shifting paradigm at the vanguard of future business. Read it!’ Norman Wolfe, CEO of Quantum Leaders and author of The Living Organization

‘Many books call for new ways of thinking for modern leaders but until Future Fit none have provided such wise, well researched and practical approaches to guide leaders facing deeply complex challenges. In this compelling workbook Giles Hutchins is at the forefront of synthesizing new logics for business with the natural rhythms of life and the human mind that will revolutionize business. Future Fit is a must read for every leader who wants to continue being successful or to move beyond what currently feels like impossible challenges. As an experienced Chief Executive I cannot recommend this powerful work highly enough.Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Former Chief Executive of 157 Group, Centre for Excellence in Leadership UK, and ranked one of the UK’s most influential people in Debretts 2015 List.

‘Future Fit is prescient and practical. It describes the future as it can and should be, by drawing on a breadth of knowledge rarely seen in business books. It also makes big, abstract ideas more concrete, by offering examples and advice. This book will help managers navigate a complex world for a more sustainable world. Giles Hutchins is one of the most broad-reaching, forward thinking writers in business.’ Tima Bansal, Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School

‘One of the most urgent challenges for individuals, organizations and the whole human family, is to transform human consciousness so it is fit for the world of the 21st century. Giles Hutchins has written eloquently in all his books about ways of bringing together individual and organizational transformation. In this his latest book, Giles has provided us with a treasure-trove of approaches, methods, models and living examples of ways of creating the regenerative organization of the future, drawn from leading writers, practitioners and pioneer companies from all parts of the globe.’ Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership, Henley Business School and author of Leadership Team Coaching and many other books

‘Future Fit is like an Encyclopaedia of anecdotes, practical exercises, reflective questions and real life examples set in a very uplifting context to prepare us for the time to come. It transitions seamlessly from a personal transformation guide to rich resource for an organisational development journey. It is a must read for all change agents, entrepreneurs, and organisational leaders.  This book appeals and adds value to all aspects of my life; it will now be my first point of reference for all my personal and professional interventions.’ Darshita Gillies, Coach, Consultant, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of Blu Dot

‘Future Fit is a practical guidebook for being in business in the 21st century which takes the reader on a journey combining the pragmatic and the inspiring. A masterpiece of synthesis weaving together the emergent strands of wisdom from others with the author’s own extraordinary insights. This is a must-read for any business seeking answers to a deep inner sense that something different is needed for them and their organisation to stay relevant in the 21st century.’ Mark Drewell, Senior Partner, The ForeSight Group, co-founder and former CEO of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

Future-Fit builds on Hutchins’ previous books and stellar experience as a consultant. Here are critical inquiries, practical steps, and transforming actions to take, that offer lifesaving radical surgery for humanity and the business world. With breath-taking flair, Hutchins insists on convergence between soul-truth and organisation purpose, and between effective leadership and inner stillness. He dismantles illusions and articulates a bold and sophisticated vision of organisational sanity and new understanding. Implicit in his argument is that changes which are faltering, cosmetic, minor, sluggish, or embarked on less than whole-heartedly are woefully insufficient: given the world’s plight, both in its human and non-human dimensions, we need an intense seriousness of purpose and a revolutionary scale of re-thinking and action – all of which demands new levels of human maturity. He shows many ways of getting there.’ Dr Malcolm Parlett, author of Future Sense, Five Explorations of Whole Intelligence for a World That’s Waking Up.

Future-Fit provides the reader with practical modules replete with working examples full of snippets of wisdom. It is that rare book that mixes hands-on practicality with a philosophy of the heart. Giles Hutchins has written a transformational tool for business people and thinkers alike to enable them to adapt from old practices and thinking patterns into new perspectives.  Hutchins shows us how to navigate unchartered waters through awareness, personal gnosis, and authenticity. And when Hutchins says – ‘Let’s get practical’ – he lives up to his promise. He reveals how to deal with volatile times ahead by responding with natural creativity, innovation, collaboration, reciprocity, conviviality and empathy. If I was to choose one guide to cross the Rubicon with into the future business world – it would be Giles Hutchins!’ Kingsley L. Dennis PhD, author of The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion and Consciousness

He is also  the author the nature of business and the illusion of separation.

Visit the website for the book for more information.


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