using megatrends to ensure the future success of your businessfrederic de firstname.lastname@example.org
let’s start with a challenge:what do these have in common?
here’s a hint… In 2002 Barbie lost its Until 2006 Coca ColaFord almost got out of market predominance was boycotted GM’s Hummer saw business in the early to a new competitor multiple times in India sales drop 85% from1900’s for sticking to it who just entered this due to its water 2006 to 2009standardized products market the year before mismanagement practices
sometimes long-term shifts canhave short-term consequences!
but megatrends offer concrete opportunities as well Siemens Crowdsourcing, Tata’s Nano-car reorganization aligns Google.org specifically designed philanthropic activities desintermediation and each business unit to a open innovation arefor rising middle class challenge linked to mixes core product in India with social good creating complete megatrends new industries
so why understanding and assessingmegatrends is crucial for the future of your business?
before we start… what are megatrends exactly? one hurricane is not a trend, it’s an event... an increasing number of hurricanes in the US is a trend, not necessarily a megatrend a worldwide increase in number and intensity of hurricanes would be a megatrend and the consequences might trigger new (mega)trends
look beyond the obvious… megatrends sometimes do have unsuspected consequences ageing populationimpact obvious health care governments need to prepare for massive elderly need to find a solution for worsening population with specific needs worker/retired ratio retail need to adapt to changing consumption patterns education needs to develop specific programs to transport keep elderly at work entertainment/leisure public transport need to adapt to needs need to prepare for specific needs and of elderly population time of retired people finance/insurance manufacturing specific offering for elderly people needs to find solutions for skills gap/ talent shortage marketing elderly people will keep at work through crowdsourcing.? utilities adapt services to specific needs of elderlyimpact less obvious
look beyond the obvious… megatrends sometimes do have unsuspected consequences desintermediationimpact obvious retail shops did loose some business already through direct selling/ ecommerce music industry some fan-funding models have gone banking broke, others getting successful peer-to-peer lending growing from 800m$ to 3b$ this year marketing crowdsourcing and open innovation eating away share head hunting recruitment websites and social media are being used for talent search IT services „do it yourself‟ concepts are getting mainstream health care „peer-to-peer‟ health provision projects arise in US Consulting get instant / online / mass-customized advise? Governments direct redistribution of wealth?impact less obvious
it‟s the crucial first step to ensure your future success 2. Business Model 1. Megatrend exercise 3. Strategy execution innovation Mega trends generate strategic make strategic make strategy ideas decisions work
in fact, megatrends could potentially transform manyareas of your business…external new new business new needs of new customer competitors models customers segments megatrendsinternal new talents and new marketing new go-to- new production new ecosystems competencies mix market models processes
…and there are plenty megatrends to take into account…
how to assess the impact of megatrends on your company and draw meaningful conclusions for your business strategy
here‟s a simple process to assess the impact of megatrends onyour company: #1 identify Mega trends Megatrends to discuss #2 discuss Megatrends internally #3 draw conclusions and recommendations #4 Communicate results internally and externally
guidelines for selecting trends to assess in your company Mega trends • don’t select (solely) trends with an obvious impact on your industry or company… the most successful ideas for innovation will come from elsewhere; • get your ideas and selection from a combination of internal (survey) and external (consultants) input; • generate 50 ideas for megatrends, select 20 to discuss.
guidelines for discussing trends in your company • Invite people with different background, functions and seniority • follow a discussion template (though don’t stick to it); • take notes during the discussion; • 5-6 persons per theme, 30-60 min. per trend; • also look at anti-trends; • keep it fun !
guidelines for drawing conclusions from the trendsdiscussions • segment the trends so as to show which ones need action or a close monitoring • map the way megatrends impact your customer segments and stakeholders
guidelines for communicating the conclusions of themegatrends exercise • Set up different documents dependent on target group and aim:
long-term shifts do have a shortterm effect… prepare your business now!
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