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...

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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,...

Scenario Development in the 21st Century

We have increasingly focused on the quantifiable world over the past 100 years as a means to growth and progress. Organizations have become obsessed with numbers and the warm, fuzzy feeling that they give us when they neatly add up to demonstrate that the future looks...

We’re Building The Future, And It Looks Just Like Today

As futurists, it is our job to help clients to build the future. That may mean that we are helping them to identify potential risks, discover emerging opportunities or simply navigate the unfolding trends. (Though it’s never really that simple or mundane.) This...

Why “That’s Crazy” Is Critical To Good Strategic Foresight

As a younger version of myself, one of the first foresight ideas that I encountered was the popular expression from futurist legend Jim Dator: “Any useful idea about the future must appear to be ridiculous.” When sharing this concept with clients from many different...

Scenarios: Going Beyond Data To Map Complex Futures

When we want to implement change and transformation in our organizations, we are introducing a new vision or a new level of growth. This means that the old way of doing things – the way we measured and implemented the old processes and operations – won’t suffice as a...

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