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Creating the Future from The Future is much more effective & long lasting than the traditional approach of creating the future from the past/present.

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Creating the future from the future (asp april 2012) (12 04-12)

  1. 1. Creating the Future fromthe FutureImplementingBreakthroughStrategic PlanningAssociation forStrategic PlanningApril 10, 2012Ivan Rosenberg Daniel FeimanFrontier Associates Build It Backwards 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 1
  2. 2. A high-functioning organization =people inspired by the same future. 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 2
  3. 3. Creating that future is leadership’s job.Leadership is creating thepossibility of a future thatwasn’t going to happenanyhowANDenrolling others into takingaction to fulfill that future 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 3
  4. 4. Today most planning is fromthe Past/Present Best Case A Plan Worst Case Past Now4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 4
  5. 5. Planning from the Past isbased on the Past.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 5
  6. 6. Getting buy in is tougher whenPlanning from the Past4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 6
  7. 7. Horizon is typically 3-5 yearswhen Planning from the Past If you are a whale oil producer, you won’t see the electric bulb coming.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 7
  8. 8. Instead, we suggest Creatingthe Future from the Future. Vision How we achieved the Vision Past Now4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 8
  9. 9. Produces inspiration and afuture of breakthroughs4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 9
  10. 10. Workforce buy in isautomatic.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 10
  11. 11. Horizon is typically decades.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 11
  12. 12. Creating the Future From theFuture yields exceptional results 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 12
  13. 13. Tactical StrategicPlanning Planning4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 13
  14. 14. #1: The Importance ofCommitment4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 14
  15. 15. The first stonecutter was in action cutting stone.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 15
  16. 16. The second stonecutter had a goal of cutting two stones a day.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 16
  17. 17. The third stonecutter had a commitment to honor God by building a cathedral.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 17
  18. 18. Are Your People WorkingToward… Actions: movement, something that is happening (I’m cutting stones). Goals: a condition that someone intends to be true by a specific time in the future (I cut two stones/day). Commitments: a state of being emotionally impelled (I’m building a cathedral to honor God).4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 18
  19. 19. The Fundamental Commitmentof Human Beings  To survive – Physically – To leave a legacy “To make a difference with my life.”4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 19
  20. 20. The Purpose of Organizations The one and only purpose of an organization is to give people the opportunity to experience making a bigger difference than they could as individuals. – The difference an organization was created to make (is committed to making) is called its vision.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 20
  21. 21. Building a Very SuccessfulOrganization In Built to Last, Collins and Porras assert a key step in building a very successful organization is to articulate a core ideology, i.e., – A Purpose: the organization’s fundamental reasons for existence. • The difference it was created to make (Vision) • How it will make this difference (Mission) – Core Values: a small set of guiding principles, guidelines on behavior, not to be ever compromised.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 21
  22. 22. Building a Very SuccessfulOrganization*Human Commitment to make a difference Organizations provide an opportunity to make a big difference Very successful organizations are clear about the difference they were created to make (vision) and how they will do that (mission and strategic plan) Very successful organizations are clear about necessary guidelines on behavior to accomplish their mission (core values)* For more on this, refer to Chapter S: Strategic Planning, in THE Book on Business from A to Z4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 22
  23. 23. #2: Create an Inspiring Vision4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 23
  24. 24. If you want to build a ship, don’t gather your people and ask them to provide wood, prepare tools, assign tasks… Just call them together and raise in their minds the longing for the endless sea. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 24
  25. 25. Organizational Visions (Commitments) The W.M. Keck Observatory is committed to creating a world in which all humankind is inspired and united by the pursuit of knowledge of the infinite variety and richness of the Universe. A world in which everyone has a stable and enriched quality of life. A world in which space enhances the human experience for all. A safe and clean environment for all generations. 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 25
  26. 26. Literature Support “Companies that have risen to global leadership..invariably began with ambitions that were out of all proportions to their resources and capabilities.” - Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, “Strategic Intent,” Harvard Business Review4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 26
  27. 27. #3: Create Vision by Thinking Out of the Box4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 27
  28. 28. Exercise: 9 Dots PuzzleConnect all nine dots, drawing only fourstraight lines without lifting your writinginstrument from the paper (tracing counts as aline). If you know how to do it with four lines,take the challenge of doing it with three, two,one or zero lines.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 28
  29. 29. Use the Michelangelo Approach tosupport thinking out of the box.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 29
  30. 30. #4: Include Influencers4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 30
  31. 31. #5: Acknowledge the Pastand Present4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 31
  32. 32. #6: Use Consensus4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 32
  33. 33. Four Conditions for Consensus1. The leader trusts the group.2. All participants prefer that the group reaches a new result rather than remaining with the status quo.3. The group has experience with consensus before the major decisions.4. The facilitator is committed to consensus.4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 33
  34. 34. #7: Establish a Structure of SupportA structure, external topeople’s memories or goodintentions, that supportsthe accomplishment of acommitment, goal, orpromise. 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 34
  35. 35. A Process for Creating the Future from the Future Vision Missing Strategic Possibility Goals Mission Obstacle Belief Core & Goal How we achieved Values the VisionPast Now 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 35
  36. 36. W.M. Keck Observatory Vision: A world in which all humankind is inspired and united by the pursuit of knowledge of the infinite variety and richness of the Universe. Obstacle Belief: Astronomical discoveries are irrelevant to a typical person’s daily life, and thus aren’t really important. Missing Possibility: The possibility that scientific discoveries can enrich every person’s life. Mission: We advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries to inspire the imagination of all. 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 36
  37. 37. W.M. Keck Observatory Core Values Safety: We hold as paramount the safety and health of Observatory personnel and equipment and that of our natural environment. Integrity: We, as individuals and as an organization, make promises carefully and keep them unequivocally. Respect: We respect all human beings and treat them with dignity. We respect the unique natural and cultural environment that is Hawaii. Discovery: We honor and nurture discovery scientific, technical and personal. Discovery lies at the very heart of our mission. Service: We proudly serve each other, our community and those who use the Keck telescopes, assuring that telescopes and instruments are fully operational for every nights observing. 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 37
  38. 38. Nominated for Global eBook of the Year http://goo.gl/Gjmz8More can be found in “S”:“Strategy” Amazon (http://goo.gl/GTV04) or Kindle (http://goo.gl/9XWO6) Nominated for Global eBook of the Year (http://goo.gl/Gjmz8)4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 38
  39. 39. Creating the Future from the FutureIvan RosenbergFrontier Associates 818-505-9915www.frontier-assoc.comirosenberg@frontier-assoc.comDaniel FeimanBuild It Backwards 310-540-6717www.BuildItBackwards.comdsfeiman@BuildItBackwards.com 4/10/12 (c) 2012 Frontier Associates, Inc. & Build It Backwards 39

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