Wicked Opportunities: 7 Shifts in the Age of Opportunity

Originally published in Rotman Management Magazine’s Winter 2015 Issue: Wicked Problems III In my work as an innovation strategist, I have had the privilege of witnessing a global pattern arising over the past decade. Not only does it have a distinct form and defining...

Sobotics: Wired for Next Part 2

“The robots are coming!” This phrase has been used in countless books, articles and news programs over the past several years to describe the march of our mechanical counterparts toward their enshrinement as an indispensable part of our daily lives - and for good...

Unconscious Futures Modeling

In recent years, huge companies such as Google and Facebook have adopted the practice of “Unconscious Bias Modeling,” taking their employees through workshops to uncover hidden biases and assumptions that are impacting innovation, diversity, creativity and decision...

3 Ways You Can Begin Leading From the Future

If you’re in a position of leadership today, then you’ve definitely experienced what it means to be “environmentally challenged.” Normally, this phrase refers to the frustration of being too small or too tall in a world made for “normal” people. Maybe the shelf is too...

Foresight: The Most Important Leadership Skill of the 21st Century

Leadership qualities tend to be timeless. It’s why we look back through history at the women and men who led successful businesses, governments and social initiatives. The thinking goes that, if we can emulate these women and men, we will be successful leaders too....

Move from Decision-Making to Multi-Faceted Strategy

In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, we can cling to our vision and mission, but we have no hope of clinging to strategy. As landscapes and ideas change, so must our plans and approaches. And with change taking place at the speed of...

Designing Our Future — Futuring Our Design

Recently I’ve been asking myself, “Why don’t we see more design-oriented firms incorporating and utilizing the power of futures thinking and foresight?” And I’m definitely not alone in this line of thinking, because something really exciting has been emerging in...

Creator Trend Card Deck Sources

The Wicked Opportunities® Creator Economy Pack Sources This edition of the Wicked Opportunities Card Decks explores the Creator Economy. Individual participation and crowd-funded innovation are spurring the transition to a new economy. Consumers are choosing...

Creating Strategy in a VUCA World

The ideas that have historically guided us — hierarchical structures of society and organizations, top-down governance, segmented industries, intellectual property, personal ownership — are becoming increasingly irrelevant. We have never seen the volatility,...

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