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A futurist studies long-term trends from a global perspective, identifying their implications for business and society. A futurist's work can range from creating industry forecasts and policy agendas to speculating about how our work, education, healthcare, and families are poised to change. Some futurists stop there. Others focus on the application of this knowledge to organizational strategy, as I do, helping companies answer the question, "what do these forecasts mean for us?" By explaining different future scenarios, futurists can help organizations prepare for emerging threats and identify important growth opportunities. We turn real-world research into clear plans for the future.Why is it difficult for most people to think like a futurist? Where do most of us get stuck?
Our brains naturally project what we currently know into the future, seeking certainty and continuity, and we tend to ignore clues and ideas that don't fit with our experiences. We get stuck in our knowledge to date-a mindset I call the permanent present. To think like a futurist is to think outside of that box and purposely expand our horizons so that we can imagine ideas and events that haven't yet occurred.In what types of roles is it most important to think like a futurist?
If your role involves setting strategy or fostering innovation, the ability to manage the future is particularly relevant. Additionally, anyone in a leadership role needs to address the future; leaders must have a compelling vision of what lies ahead in order to inspire others to join them in making it happen.
For marketers, my Zone of Discovery methodology makes brand strategy a foundational part of the corporate strategy workflow. The Zone of Discovery poses two central questions: "Who are you?" and "Where are you going?" I show you how to leverage these two questions (and their answers) to limit the ideation and planning phases of your innovation initiatives to only the ideas and potentials that are right for your brand. Really, future-thinking applies in all facets of company operations. Knowing how to think about change leads to smarter decisions.
Think Like a Futurist is a well-connected caravanserai on the roadways through knowledge space. It provides an intersection of strategic thinking and creative problem solving... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Stephen Thompson
This is a book useful for everyone working with analyzing and planning strategies for the future of corporations and organizations.Published on January 13, 2013 by Christer Berg
Cecily Sommers is the next Einstein. Her Four Forces of Change guide our thinking on how to create, leverage and manifest what's next. Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by annempryor