From the Publisher
"No one can guide leaders from every sector through the challenges of a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world like Bob Johansen! As one of our leading thinkers, he offers insights, advice and practical steps we can use to anticipate the future."
--Robert Ivany, Former Commandant, US Army War College; current President, University of St. Thomas
"Get There Early is an indispensable new book for today's business leaders. We at Procter & Gamble having been working with IFTF and Johansen for many years, and have found their forecasts of the future and the process of taking these to action extremely helpful."
--Robert McDonald, Vice Chairman for Global Operations, The Procter & Gamble Company
"'Foresight to Insight' has been extremely valuable to inform and provoke the Campbell's s strategy. We worked with Johansen and IFTF to identify the Driving Forces and Impact Areas through a ten-year lens. The map we created will continue to influence how we lead and deliver on our mission to `nourish people's lives everywhere, everyday.'"
--Denise M. Morrison, President, Campbell USA
"Johansen's methodology of using foresight to stimulate insight is a starting point for understanding the effects of current demographic shifts on tomorrow's world."
--David E. Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine, UCLA, and author of La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State
"Charities seek to make the world a better place. Get There Early is essential reading for us, since it teaches the why, what, and how in one source. If we don't get there early, we probably won't get there at all."
--Stephen Bennett, President and CEO, United Cerebral Palsy
"Johansen demystifies the proven tools of forecasting so they're accessible to everyone. Get There Early is a DIY handbook for anyone curious about the future."
--David Pescovitz, Co-Editor, BoingBoing.net; Editor-at-Large, MAKE; and Contributing Writer, Wired
"A masterful book, full of professional and personal wisdom and great examples every step of the way to getting you there first. If you are leading or hoping to lead in today's world, this is the stuff you don't get in school--but must have to compete."
--Bradley A. Perkins, MD, MBA, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
About the Author
Bob Johansen, was president and CEO of the Institute for the Future from 1996 to 2004. The Institute for the Future (IFTF), spun off from the Rand Corporation in 1968, is an independent nonprofit think tank in Silicon Valley that has been doing ten-year forecasting for more than 30 years. IFTF makes sense out of alternative futures to help organizations make better decisions in the present. IFTF works with a wide range of clients, including Procter & Gamble, Deloitte, Disney, Office Depot, Ford, General Motors, HP, Intel, BP, the Lego Company, BMW, IBM, France Telecom, the UK Government Department of Trade and Industry, Unilever, Target, Tesco, Eastman Chemical, Best Buy, Honda, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Sutter Health, Ascension Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Humana, DuPont, Monsanto, Swisscom, Diageo, McNeil Nutritionals, and Time Warner. Bob recently retired as IFTF's CEO -- though he remains on its Board and Leadership Team -- to spend more time consulting with IFTF sponsors, writing, and speaking. He works mainly with senior executives -- CEO's, presidents, directors on innovation, and others across a wide range of industries. One of the first social scientists to study the human and organizational impacts of what came to be called the Internet and related technologies, Bob's focus is primarily three to ten years out into the future. He has a deep interest in the future of religion and its impact on business, society, and individuals. A social scientist with an interdisciplinary background, Bob holds a BS degree from the University of Illinois, where he also played varsity basketball, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Bob also has a divinity school degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where he studied comparative religions.