You can’t be what you can’t see

March 9, 2017

"If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way." –Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright "You can't be what you can't see," attributed to Marian Wright Edelman, American civil rights activist, and others. "To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck […]

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5 foresight steps for dealing with community resistance to change

March 7, 2017

I recently met a couple who are leaders in their small Southern US town. They are not elected leaders. They are self-driven change makers. They are working hard and spending their own money to improve the town. They have planted thousands of flowers and created a festival to build town pride and draw visitors. They are planning new spaces […]

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Keep an eye on the future while righting the ship

March 1, 2017

In a crisis, organizations focus inward, and work to put things right.They right the ship as a top priority.  But in a crisis, the long-term still needs attention. An organization fixing things can come up short in laying the stepwise plans its needs for its desired future. Fixing things is reactive, and reacting is not […]

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A Change Recognition Scale: Driving awareness and understanding of change

February 28, 2017

When you talk about change, especially big changes in society and technology, people are not all in the same place in their awareness and understanding. This shapes their recognition and acceptance of new ideas and organizational strategies. If your goal is to promote new ideas, products, or processes, or marshall organizational response to change, you […]

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When only you see the future

February 28, 2017

You are intuitive, a trend-spotter, comfortable with conjecture, ready to explore something uncertain–the future. Right? Other people you have to deal with are fact-minded, narrowly-focused, prefer what is knowable, and are focused on what they are doing right now. Sound familiar? Because you are talking about the future, maybe they think you are crazy and […]

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Confirmation bias in foresight: Scanning to find what you already believe

February 23, 2017

Confirmation bias is getting attention in American politics. It is the tendency we have to pre-filter what we see and read according to our established views. Confirmation bias closes our minds to new ideas and other viewpoints. We end up in a protective bubble of our own making. This is also a trap in foresight. The act […]

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Governance and foresight: Views of a futurist/trustee

February 21, 2017

This post accompanies “Pitfalls in Governance”  Foresight needs to become instinctual and habitual for boards. Jeff De Cagna of Foresight First LLC, is doing seminal work on this. He coined the phrase “duty of foresight” to accompany the other duties of trustees: duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience. Foresight is an ongoing process—a culture […]

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Pitfalls in governance: Views of a futurist/trustee

February 21, 2017

This post addresses the non-profit governance roles of Boards of Trustees. See related post: Governance and Foresight Those in governance have a distinct role that may be at odds with the organizational roles they are used to. In the governance role, you wear a different hat. I bring to this question my own experience in […]

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Foresight helps you see the forest for the trees

February 14, 2017

You sit at your computer, productive, focused, dedicated to your work. You engage the detailed specifics of your job, the numbers, the facts, the personnel, the movement of things. You are an expert. You can tell when things are right and wrong. The organization rewards you for your knowledge and skill. You get things right. […]

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Foresight is like fitness

February 8, 2017

Foresight is work you do to get ready for the future. What will come at you? How ready are you to respond? Most of what you will have to respond to is out in the unknown space that is your future. But you can prepare for the things you’ll do, though less often the exact […]

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