Updated: Jan 14, 2019
The future is coming whether we're ready or not...
Like a steam engine railing down the tracks, you're either going to get on board with change or get crushed by change.
So how do you prepare for what's coming?
The way most of us think of the future is not only wrong, it may result in the competition eating your lunch and costing you a lot of money.
Many of us tend to think of the future as a path that we are walking down. There may be one or more diverging paths that we can take, but many people assume that they get to chose which path they wish to take.
There are several fundamental errors to this way of thinking. The first is that we can control the direction we’re headed. The second is that we can control when we arrive. The third is that there only one possible future destination. The fourth is that there is a destination at all.
None of this is true.
The future is much more like a steam engine railing down the tracks. It’s coming closer with each passing second. And the future is going to arrive whether you’re ready for it or not. And the cargo on that train may not even be what you expect.
The best you can do is prepare for its imminent arrival.
You're either going to get on board with what’s coming or get crushed by it. And, if you’re a business operating in the 21st century, the future usually consists of some sort of complicated change that is going to disrupt your entire industry.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, most people prepare for the future by thinking of things that have happened to them or their industry in the past. RIM thought their stranglehold on the smartphone was secure, because it always had been. As a result, they didn't even consider the iPhone a threat, because no other phone had ever been a threat in the past.
Hillary Clinton prepared for an upcoming election campaign in the same manner in which she had prepared for the dozens of elections she had participated in for decades. None of which took into account the effect of “fake news”. And when it became evident that the world had changed, she found herself unable to adopt new tactics that could have had an impact on the new situation.
So, if there are many possible future scenarios that may arrive at any second, how do you prepare?
Our workshop, The Future Is Coming, may help.
It consists of a custom-made card deck that can be used to outline a range of possible future scenarios for any business. By randomly dealing out a scenario you can shake yourself free of your existing perceptions and begin to think of new possibilities.
We’ll teach you how to take a thin slice of your business, examine the externalities that may affect it, and examine at all of the threats that may arise. We’ll offer a framework to help you prioritise those threats which may have a devastating impact on your business.
And we will offer you a framework that will help you get comfortable with uncertainty.
You’ll leave the workshop with a clear Action Plan that will help you see what you need to do next week, next month, next quarter and next year.
We’ll help you can get ahead of the future.
So if your team finds themselves consistently blind-sided by unexpected events, we may be able to help them widen their field of vision. Or, if your industry is experiencing a major disruption, The Future Is Coming may be able to help you become the disruptor instead of the disrupted.
Oh, one more thing …
If you’re the one doing all the strategic thinking, then you’re like a parent building house with their children: you’ll be doing all the heavy lifting. The Future Is Coming may be able to help develop this core competency so you can draw on the power of the group.