— Walt Disney
Your World Has Shifted
The world has shifted — and it’s calling upon us to shift too.
You already know and experience that. That’s why you’re here.
Yet, most of the world is still stuck in industrial age ways of thinking, living, and working.
That means when everything changes so quickly, our aim is focused on the past, not the future.
Now is the time to make the shift to creating the future.
Discover Forward Thinking
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, forward-thinking is “the act of thinking about and planning for the future, not just the present.”
Most organizations today were formed and still operate based on industrial age thinking. We rely primarily on command and control and the separation of people and functions into parts or groups where each part is optimized.
But in these times of rapid change and disruption, old-school thinking and ways of organizing ourselves are failing us.
Today’s times call for adopting a more forward-thinking mindset and approach that considers the present as well as the future.
We now need to organize ourselves in new ways and learn how to operate more like martial arts masters. Masters don’t know what they will face next, but they have trained themselves to be present and prepared. They are confident that they can handle whatever comes their way.
Learning how to be more forward thinking is key to helping us discover how to live and work together in these new ways.
Forward thinking creates a foundation for people and a culture that can thrive today and tomorrow.
Creating a Forward Thinking Workplace
When I first started interviewing leaders in 2010, I didn’t fully appreciate the enormous value multiple perspectives on a critical question (or set of questions) might bring to any particular challenge or situation.
I think it’s accurate to say that I was just seeking to do something innovative that might provide new solutions that bring lasting change and make a difference for everyone.
Now here we are, almost 12 years and 130+ interviews later, and a forward thinking narrative has emerged. The idea of a narrative was far from my mind, but this work has led me forward step-by-step, and that is what we now have.
What is the value of a narrative?
And in my own experience over the past 12 years, I’ve learned that a narrative also:
- Pulls people to act, innovate, and learn together and are a powerful way to lead yourself or your organization forward
- Can begin where you are with a simple intention and question
- Create a generative holding space for new possibilities
- Help us have conversations that otherwise wouldn’t happen
- Foster authenticity and catalyze new leadership
- Provide a framework that helps us focus our attention, make sense, and build understanding
It was David Marquet, author of bestselling Turn the Ship Around, who first brought to my attention the value of having multiple perspectives when he posted this review on Amazon for my book, 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success:
As I’ve gotten older (and wiser), I’ve learned that most topics have multiple valid perspectives. A diversity of opinion allows me to see sides of an issue I’d missed, allow my organization to be more resilient when one approach isn’t working, and allow a more nuanced implementation of initiatives.
Stepping into the future requires us to interact with each other with an open mind, listening to every voice — ready to discover whatever is there for us to see and giving us the freedom to act upon what we find out.
“Change — real change — comes from the inside out,” says Stephen Covey, best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Change starts with us. There can be no real and lasting change until we change.
By enhancing our ability to look and listen within, we access greater awareness and creative power to shape our world and be a force for good.
I invite you to join me on a journey to opening up new pathways, making better decisions, and being leaders of a better tomorrow — today!
The workshops are also conducted in hybrid mode. Attend in “zoom” fashion with full-on video/audio or hang back in “webinar” mode and interact via chat.
To your forward-thinking life & great success!
— Bill Fox