Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next, with Cecily Sommers

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A global trends analyst, Cecily Sommers speaks, writes, and consults on emerging trends, markets, and technologies shaping our future. She is the author of Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next and the founder of The Push Institute, a non-profit think tank that tracks significant global trends and their implications for business, government, and non-profit sectors over the next 5-10-25-50 years.

An unorthodox background in medicine and dance, combined with her experience in brand strategy and product development brings unique vision and creativity into her work as a Strategic Foresight and Innovation Consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller private businesses and not-for profits. Clients including Accenture, American Express, Best Buy, General Mills, Health Partners, Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina, Target, Wrigley, Yahoo! are among those who turn to Cecily for her global trend analysis, strategic planning, and innovation projects that are built for the fast pace of business today.

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Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next, with Cecily Sommers

  1. 1. we help you discover smarter ways to think, grow, and live.
  2. 2. This presentation consists of 10 highlights from the interview with @MoeAbdou, founder & host of 33voices®.
  3. 3. Cecily Sommers A global trends analyst, she speaks, writes, and consults on emerging trends, markets, and technologies shaping our future. She is the author of Think Like a Futurist and the founder of The Push Institute, a non-profit think tank that tracks significant global trends and their implications for business, government, and non-profit sectors over the next 5-10-25-50 years. Her background brings unique vision and creativity into her work as a Strategic Foresight and Innovation Consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller private businesses and not-for profits. Clients including Accenture, American Express, Best Buy, General Mills, Health Partners, Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina, Target, Wrigley, Yahoo! are among those who turn to Cecily for her global trend analysis, strategic planning, and innovation projects that are built for the fast pace of business today. @cecilysommers
  4. 4. 1 Thinking like a futurist is a competence. acquire it by first seeing ‘what is’ and then researching ‘what could be’.
  5. 5. 2 With agility comes resiliency with resilience comes relevance - and with relevance comes profitability.
  6. 6. 3 You create certainty by first being curious. map your future as a learning journey, and start discovering.
  7. 7. 4 Next time you feel stuck, try changing your thinking framework by:
  8. 8. 4 Next time you feel stuck, try changing your thinking framework by: Knowing clearly the world you’re living in
  9. 9. 4 Next time you feel stuck, try changing your thinking framework by: Feeding your brain with new insights
  10. 10. 4 Next time you feel stuck, try changing your thinking framework by: Doing, learning and refining
  11. 11. 5 Never stop evaluating how the four forces of change are impacting your niche:
  12. 12. 5 Never stop evaluating how the four forces of change are impacting your niche: Resources - Are the gifts of nature impacting your environment?
  13. 13. 5 Never stop evaluating how the four forces of change are impacting your niche: technology - Has it enhanced your productivity forward?
  14. 14. 5 Never stop evaluating how the four forces of change are impacting your niche: demographics - Who’s there and how are they impacted?
  15. 15. 5 Never stop evaluating how the four forces of change are impacting your niche: Governance - What are the rules of cooperation?
  16. 16. 6 Knowledge workers feel most productive when they’re stretched and developed. extend their curiosity.
  17. 17. 7 The more you live in the question ‘who am I’ the closer you’ll get to the one thing that only you can do.
  18. 18. 8 Forward thinking companies hardly look at their competitors’ best practices. instead they’re on a constant quest to discover new, better and different.
  19. 19. 9 Governance is not government. its how people organize themselves and work together.
  20. 20. 9 Governance is not government. its how people organize themselves and work together.
  21. 21. 10 Allocate 5% of your time in discovery zone activities. it’s where the next big opportunity awaits.
  22. 22. REALLY REFLECT... What will your business look like in 2020?
  23. 23. Connect WITH US! Tell us what you think Chase@33voices.com
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