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Shaping Tomorrow: Scan



Those who spot new issues and trends early have competitive advantage over their less prepared rivals. Studies show that those who create or join a new market before it emerges are those achieving the ...

Those who spot new issues and trends early have competitive advantage over their less prepared rivals. Studies show that those who create or join a new market before it emerges are those achieving the best performance.



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  • Discover ‘What’s changing?’ by systematically exploring and analysing the external environment for new Insights (trends, ideas, events, uncertainties and surprises) Use this early warning radar system to spot opportunities for innovation, track emerging threats and buy time for considered, appropriate responses
  • Managing change is a process that can be systematized Increasing strategic foresight capability is the first step in systematic change management Having strategic foresight increases future opportunity and reduces emerging risk Begin by using the SCAN service to identify and monitor change going on in the world around you Foresight is an art [not a science] that requires much practice- Loveridge. But practice means you can turn vicious short-term issues into a long-term virtual cycles of success.
  • Scanning is analogous to an early warning radar, a continuous process of pinging the environment to identify signals of change and emerging trends An excellent early warning radar looks at all aspects of the global environment – (p)olitical, (e)conomic, (s)ocial, (t)echnological .. as this site does Scanning explores both new, strange, and weird ideas, as well as persistent challenges and trends, today View slide
  • Scanning involves identifying Insights about change An Insight is a raw and single point observation of change drawn from reports, articles, videos etc. For instance, when you read a daily newspaper you will regularly see new events and discoveries being reported Capturing these Insights systematically underpins the scanning process View slide
  • By collecting Insights about emerging change, analyzing underlying patterns, and picturing what's likely/unlikely to happen within the global environment, mental models of possible futures can be created from which preferable futures can be chosen By choosing preferable futures people and organizations shape their and our tomorrows and create leadership positions You can too quickly and easily Tracking and analysing how a trend emerges and diffuses throughout society over time
  • Scanning allows you, and your colleagues, to ask 'what if' questions by reading Insights: › What if this happened in our world today? › What does it mean for others? › What does it mean for us? › How should we respond and when? Select those for further investigation and deeper thinking that look as though they will generate significant change in your world and your stakeholders
  • Add Insights - automatically or manually Add and read Insights in your native language Aggregate your Insights into a corporate memory and enterprise-wide knowledge management system
  • Here’s how forward thinking individuals and organizations stay ahead of slower rivals: › Add and share Insights with colleagues. › Speed read each others article titles and/or descriptions. › Look for patterns, risks and opportunities across articles and descriptions. › Delve deeper into articles of interest. › ‘Refer’ specific trends, ideas, uncertainties and potential surprises to PLAN › Make it a regular habit
  • Look for interdependencies, feedback delays and repeating patterns amongst Insights. Try to: See above › See ahead: look to what's coming next. › See behind: understand the past. › See above: take a helicopter view. › See below: find the diamond in the rough. › See beside: remove the blinkers. › See beyond: question what's beyond the horizon. See below › See through: look for fresh essence and meaning. Brainstorming: Nasi 1991 / Mintzberg 1998 See beside See behind See through See ahead See beyond
  • See emerging change using pattern matching tools: tag clouds | timelines | maps | graphs | tables | voting Know how your own, your organization’s and our members’ thinking is changing over time Refer Issues as you notice them and before your rivals
  • Explore the implications of an Insight on you and your organization using fit for purpose, best practice research, innovation and threat assessment tools: Why?, Deception, Debate, Devil’s advocate, Eureka! etc. See others analyzes and share yours with your colleagues or other members
  • Enter keywords in Search on topics of interest Click Timeline to see pattern of scan hits by month (increasing, stable, reducing) Look for patterns, ideas and uncertainties among the presented items Capture findings as Issues as per previous slides
  • Tag articles with keywords, dates, project names etc. Add your observations, questions, ideas, conclusions, critique via the ‘Forum’ button Create your own ‘Reports’ for sending to associates ‘Share’ your individual findings via email, RSS, social media etc. Refer to, or create, a new Issue
  • Assign tags as you like, rename, delete, add or merge tags together Add multiple tags separated by commas Your tags appear as a 'tag cloud' in the left-hand navigation bar under Watch. The more you tag the larger the typeface will become relative to other tags. Set ‘from’, ‘to’ to watch how your tagging changes over time and to spot newly emerging change
  • See which Insights have already likely arrived or those on, or over the horizon Very high signal strengths suggest that if you were previously unaware of the Insight then you are behind in your thinking Very low signal strengths are not yet in most organizations purview and are likely bleeding edge ideas Low and medium signal strengths are likely the best places to search for ahead of the curve opportunities and risks
  • Click ‘My’, ‘Our’, ‘All’ to see your own Insights, those of your team or aggregated Insights from all members View our Facebook, Twitter, NING and LinkedIn sites for more Insights