Five things you need to know about the future

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Five things about the future that everyone in strategy positions need to know, a short primer on strategic foresight and an overview of services provided by Thinking Futures to help you do strategic foresight in practice.

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Five things you need to know about the future

  1. 1. Maree Conway 5 things you need to know about the future Thinking Futures July 2014
  2. 2. And what to do about them in your organisation
  3. 3. 1. It’s coming, so get ready
  4. 4. 2. It’s uncertain, so get used to it
  5. 5. 3. It’s unpredictable, so stop trying
  6. 6. 4. It’s about continuous change, so think beyond the status-quo Photo credit: http://www.lodestonelogic.com/wp- content/uploads/2013/01/status-quo-cartoon.jpeg
  7. 7. 5. The future will be shaped by our decisions today, so make wise decisions
  8. 8. Why bother? The aim of thinking about the future today is to develop futures ready strategy Flexible and agile strategy to enable you to respond to whatever the future brings to your doorstep People focused in both strategy development and implementation
  9. 9. We think about the future to avoid catching and spreading head-in- sand syndrome
  10. 10. To avoid head-in-sand syndrome, you need to do strategic foresight in your organisation
  11. 11. Strategic Foresight The ability to take a forward view and use the insights gained in organisationally useful ways (Richard Slaughter) Collaborative and connected processes Curated and crowdsourced resources/information
  12. 12. Scanning Identifying and understanding change that matters Thinking Thinking deeply about implications of change and finding alternative options New Planning Connecting the future with today by taking action to implement agreed options
  13. 13. Prerequisites Recognition of the value of imagination and data to generate ideas and preferred futures Strong and unwavering leadership commitment to the future across the organisation The ability to challenge assumptions and cognitive biases about ‘how we do things around here’
  14. 14. How Thinking Futures can help  Environmental Scanning Projects & Reports  Scenario Learning Workshops & Reports  New Planning: Strategy Development Redesign and Implementation  Deeper understanding of relevant change  Stronger strategic thinking capacity across your organisation  People focused new planning that works  We help you do strategic foresight in practice Services Outcomes Mission
  15. 15. The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t. Kathryn Schulz, TED talk ‘On being wrong’ 2011
  16. 16. Let’s talk soon Maree Conway | Thinking Futures PO Box 2118, Hotham Hill, 3051 Australia Telephone: +61 (0) 3 9016 9506 Mobile: +61 (0) 425 770 181 Email: maree.conway@thinkingfutures.net Web: http://thinkingfutures.net

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