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Description - Get There Early. Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present by Robert Johansen

In the age of the Internet, everyone knows what's new, but only the best leaders have the foresight to sense what's important and get there ahead of the rush. In order to get there early, leaders need to tune their foresight abilities--to sense the future, to make sense out of threats and opportunities, and to decide when to decide. The Foresight to Insight to Action Cycle, described in detail in the book, helps leaders make strategic sense out of mounting dilemmas. Get There Early includes a map to the decade of dilemmas that we can already taste in today's current events, drawing from the latest Ten-Year Forecast by Institute for the Future--which has a thirty-eight year track record and is one of the very few futures think tanks ever to outlive its own forecasts. The forecast map unpacks a future that requires new forms of leadership beyond the run-and-gun problem-solver style so common among today's leaders, many of whom love to solve quick problems but hate to deal with ongoing dilemmas. Leaders must develop the same kinds of complex emergent qualities as the challenges they are facing in the "VUCA World" of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, qualities like Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility. If you hold or aspire to a leadership position in business, government, or a nonprofit agency, this book will help you succeed even when you can't solve. Johansen and his colleagues use foresight to tap into the wisdom of uncertainty, to help leaders resolve the constant tension--a dilemma in itself--between judging too soon and deciding too late.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781576754405
ISBN-10: 1576754405
Format: Hardback
(95mm x 64mm x 10mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Johansen

Bob Johansen, was president and CEO of the Institute for the Future from 1996 to 2004. The Institute for the Future (IFTF), spun off from the Rand Corporation in 1968, is an independent nonprofit think tank in Silicon Valley that has been doing ten-year forecasting for more than 30 years. IFTF makes sense out of alternative futures to help organizations make better decisions in the present. IFTF works with a wide range of clients, including Procter & Gamble, Deloitte, Disney, Office Depot, Ford, General Motors, HP, Intel, BP, the Lego Company, BMW, IBM, France Telecom, the UK Government Department of Trade and Industry, Unilever, Target, Tesco, Eastman Chemical, Best Buy, Honda, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Sutter Health, Ascension Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Humana, DuPont, Monsanto, Swisscom, Diageo, McNeil Nutritionals, and Time Warner. Bob recently retired as IFTF's CEO -- though he remains on its Board and Leadership Team -- to spend more time consulting with IFTF sponsors, writing, and speaking. He works mainly with senior executives -- CEO's, presidents, directors on innovation, and others across a wide range of industries. One of the first social scientists to study the human and organizational impacts of what came to be called the Internet and related technologies, Bob's focus is primarily three to ten years out into the future. He has a deep interest in the future of religion and its impact on business, society, and individuals. A social scientist with an interdisciplinary background, Bob holds a BS degree from the University of Illinois, where he also played varsity basketball, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Bob also has a divinity school degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where he studied comparative religions.

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