"We never get together like this"
It is my privilege and delight to regularly be a part of workshops and gatherings in organizations focused on exploring the future and looking for new business opportunities. One of the things that happens at so many of these events is that people talk about how great it is that they have spent time thinking beyond their day-to-day concerns. They never do that.
They say it’s great to sit down with people from across the organization—out of their “silos”. They never do that, either. They come away happy, enthusiastic, and energized. That happens even if they have discovered tough new challenges and risks that they face.
That is the promise of foresight, done well and with the right people. That’s why you should do it. It leads you to have conversations you don’t normally have, with people you may not engage with enough, about a longer term future.
The other benefits and rationales for exploring the future are real, and valuable. But just getting the conversation started is where you begin to reach for the promise that engaging your future offers you.