"You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there". — Yogi Berra
While no one can predict the future, foresight professionals around the world have developed a number of methodologies and processes to aid us in anticipating and preparing for what lies ahead.
The funny thing about the future is that each of us should make decisions today that will get us where we want to be. However, without exploring a full range of potential futures, we can never really see beyond the typically narrow vision of what we expect.
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." — Walt Disney
Those who dream and then make it happen inspire us and illustrate the power we possess to design our own futures. Preparing for the future is about setting goals and realizing purpose, and planning where we are going and how we are going to get there.
Thinking about the future, whether it be on a personal level or in business, is not just about knowing the future as an abstract description, but rather preparing for it as a concrete reality. In that preparation, we consider the full range of plausible futures and get ready for whatever does happen
The objective is not necessarily to be exactly right (which is impossible), but rather not to be surprised.
"In business, you can never stop planning for the future, even when it feels like the present requires all your attention." Jack and Suzy Welch, Business Week
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