Source | http://innovationecosystem.com : By Mark Bidwell with Bob Johansen
In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.
What we cover:
- Bob explains how he and IFTF help companies like McKinsey, Tesco, UPS, Disney, McDonald’s, and Syngenta navigate and survive in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world of the future.
- We discuss the roles for leaders, organisations and individuals in this world of the future – what will and what won’t work based on case studies in his two recent books Leaders Make the Future and The Reciprocity Advantage.
- Explore what particular skills and mindsets will be most in demand in the future and how some words of wisdom from Peter Drucker informed his own mindset and habits.
What we learned:
- What wins in a VUCA world is being clear on direction, setting expectations and being able to cope with and position ourselves within uncertainty and ambiguity.
- It will become more and more important for companies to recognise that they don’t have all the necessary resources within their four walls so expanding, extending and connecting with others will be an integral part of overcoming this.
- The digital native fluency with technology will play a pivotal role in enabling us to reach our potential, utilise our untapped assets and connect/share/collaborate with others. The human of the future will be a different one indeed.