About Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an internationally renowned thought leader in future-proofing and cognitive bias risk management. He serves as the CEO of the boutique future-proofing consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts, which specializes in helping forward-looking leaders avoid dangerous threats and missed opportunities.

Addressing the Top Risk of Hybrid and Remote Work: Proximity Bias

How can we create strong culture with a mix of in-person, hybrid and remote workers?

A January 2022 Slack survey of over 10,000 knowledge workers and their leaders shows that the top concern for executives about hybrid and remote work is the risk of “proximity bias.” Namely, 41 percent feel worried about the risk for work culture from the prospect of inequality between office-centric, hybrid and fully remote employees. 

The difference in time spent in the office leads to risks ranging from decreased career mobility for those who spend less facetime with their supervisor to resentment building up against the staff who have the most flexibility in where to work. Leaders who want to seize a competitive advantage in the future of work need to use research-based best practices by creating a culture of “Excellence From Anywhere” to address these risks. This cultural best practice is based on guidance for … Read more...

Quality Professionals Need to Address the Serious Threat of the Delta Surge for the Normal Office Return

The biggest threat in underestimating the Delta surge comes from the normalcy bias. This dangerous judgment error leads us to underestimate the likelihood and impact of disruptive events.

With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus surging and vaccine effectiveness against it dropping to 39% after 6 months, quality professionals need to help their organizations recognize that we are not yet ready for a safe return to the office. Make no mistake about the danger: the Delta surge is forecast to grow much worse in the next few months. Indeed, the CDC is asking vaccinated people to wear masks and moving toward recommending booster shots. 

Yet many large companies and mid-size firms, along with the federal government, are still planning to bring employees back to the office, despite the fact that those employees successfully worked from home during the height of the pandemic by using cloud-based technology that facilitates remote work. Over a third have already returned, and most of the rest are slated to return by the end of summer or early-mid autumn, when the schools will reopen and Delta … Read more...