I was on a call with a client we worked with years ago. They reached out for support facilitating an upcoming webinar – Leading into the Future – that they are hosting for their teams across the US. As we were reconnecting at the start of the meeting (sharing quarantine stories and those moments of empathy that have become the norm these days – even in business calls) I shared something that was top of mind. I said,
“We need to mourn what we’ve lost, but we must then turn the page to what is next.”
To be honest, I wasn’t trying to impress them with deep thoughts. It simply flowed from our welcome banter. Regardless of my intention, it really resonated with them, and I can see why.
For many of us, our reaction to the global crisis has been either paralysis (I’m not sure what to do next, so I’ll just hold tight for now) or unconscious, reflexive action (I’m just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other because I have an operation to run or kids to keep alive, etc). Acknowledging that the pandemic is (and will continue to be) a significant disruption in our lives, there must be some moment in which we take back the reins and start reclaiming our agency in the future.
For each of us this time span will be different, but I would argue that regardless of your situation there is at least one constant. Resuming control and starting to make conscious decisions will require us to use participatory frameworks and methods like those in Strategic Foresight. If you feel you are lacking a way forward or are overwhelmed by the sheer number of uncertainties present in every decision, you’ll be happy to know that developing a futures mindset is the path to action and empowerment.
Not sure where to start? There are a number of free resources available through The Futures School (our short Primer provides job aids and a great introduction to the field, or the more comprehensive The Guide to the Natural Foresight Framework which forms the basis for our Professional Certification program). We also offer three-day (starting in August) and six-month (starting in June) live-online foresight training programs.
If you are at an (unexpected) crossroads of your career or life, or if you believe the world is at its own crossroads, foresight can help you leverage your past to uncover your transformative future.
Let’s turn the page together.
Yvette holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida. She has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Read more.