By Eric Garland
Foreword by means of Joseph Coates. within the subsequent 50 years, new applied sciences, moving worldwide economics, and plenty of different components will current innumerable adjustments for enterprise and society to navigate. beginning now, leaders must be extra versatile, responsive, and decisive than ever ahead of. regrettably, most folk usually are not expert within the form of severe considering required to expect what lies forward. This groundbreaking e-book will swap that. Futuring isn't really a question of tea leaves and crystal balls - it's a rigorous technology according to time-tested analytical tools. ''Future, Inc.'' interprets the confirmed ideas futurists into available language and indicates the way to: establish what's and what isn't really altering at a given time, and the way even small adjustments will impact entire companies; use forecasting - no longer ''predictions'' - to pinpoint tomorrow's realities via taking a look at contemporary tendencies; hire situations to check the validity of strength innovations. the writer illustrates his recommendation with examples of businesses whose foresight has given them an unprecedented virtue and identifies major traits that would impression companies sooner or later. businesses cannot come up with the money for to be stuck unaware. so that it will live to tell the tale and be triumphant, they should glance forward. ''Future, Inc.'' offers the instruments to carry the longer term into concentration
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Who are the thought leaders in the field? Next, it’s time for the heavy research. Look for reliable sources. Even though I have recommended that you spend your initial time researching popular sources of information, I have to warn you: Magazines are not going to cut it 99 percent of the time. Two mentions in Newsweek do not a trend make. Sure, the popular media will give you a good overview and help get you started, but at this point your view of the future is shallow. It’s time to get serious, to go where the experts go to stay abreast of the cutting edge in their own fields.
During this initial round of trend research, collection should be freeflowing. Don’t worry if it leads to more questions than answers. Ask yourself: ❍ What trends are most important to the industry? ❍ Is there a common topic that keeps coming up in the different sources? ❍ What names or key institutions keep popping up? ❍ Who are the thought leaders in the field? Next, it’s time for the heavy research. Look for reliable sources. Even though I have recommended that you spend your initial time researching popular sources of information, I have to warn you: Magazines are not going to cut it 99 percent of the time.