Anticipating the Future
Do you think only about today? Do you find yourself looking at the current opportunities, data crunching and/or reacting to immediate situations (crisis management extraordinaire)? Most us of spend our time working on and thinking about the next 1 – 3 years. We don’t think much about the future – why worry about what you don’t know, right?
I would encourage you to take a look at Business Learning Institute. Futurist Daniel Burrus shares some great insights on how to take control of your future and why it’s important.
In his recent article “The future: If it is to be, it’s up to me,” he shares some provocative thoughts. Daniel challenges us to re-look our legacy thinking and our tendencies to become crisis managers rather than opportunity finders and managers. Companies that develop the competency to consistently anticipate problems, disruptions, and unarticulated customer needs before everyone else will be setting the path forward for others to follow. Those who don’t see the importance in developing this competency will find themselves always trying to catch the competition and accepting the future they create for us. Daniel makes the point that anticipation is a key way to stay ahead of the exponential pace of change. We need to turn data and information into knowledge and use that to our advantage.
To quote Daniel – “Is change happening to you or can you use it to your advantage to create something powerful? If it can be done, it will be done. If you don’t do it, someone else will.”
Anticipation is a way of being – less reactive and more “pre-active.” Which are you?
Kim Saville, Director of Innovation Processes