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How To Stand Out in a Crowded Market, with Ian Cleary of Razor Social

We all need to differentiate ourselves in order to avoid becoming commoditized. But that can seem impossible in an over-crowded marketplace. Such as social media, for example. So, I asked entrepreneur Ian Cleary to describe how he achieves both influence and financial success with Razor Social, a community-focused business that helps marketers and business owners scale their […]

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40 Futurists: Your Child’s Success in Tomorrow’s World of Work

For the second part of this Expert Round-Up, (access part one here), the world-renowned futurists I contacted pitched in on the future skills they believe your child will need to enhance their relevance and marketability. Others focused on the importance of making a contribution to the world and an overall satisfaction with their lives in […]

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Sohail Inayatullah

UNESCO Futures Studies Chair: Your child’s futures work

Concerned about your child’s (or your own) futures? Not least what they might do for work? Here’s the inspiring story of UNESCO’s new Chair in Futures Studies, Sohail Inayatullah: When I was a high school student at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, I asked my father for advice before going to university. I told […]

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40 Futurists: Your Child’s Success in Tomorrow’s World of Work (1)

One question I hear frequently from parents is, “How can I help prepare my child for their future work?” So I contacted colleagues around the world–in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Singapore, the U.K., and New Zealand–as well as here in the U.S. Because who better to offer advice to a young person about tomorrow’s world of […]

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How to see your status soar: you need to be more curious.

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ~ Albert Einstein Being curious. The gift that Eleanor Roosevelt said should be endowed on every child. One of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect, according to Samuel Johnson. And to Einstein, who described himself as “passionately curious,” a miracle if […]

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Spotlight Supply Chains: Will What You DON’T See, Hurt You?

Calling all supply chains: If anyone knows the importance of strategic foresight and futures thinking in your world, it’s Nick Little. He’s Assistant Director of Executive Development Programs in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU). A fellow Brit, Nick has extensive industry and international experience in supply chain management on both sides […]

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Neither innovation nor expertise means you’re a thought leader

I’ve never met Steve Blank but his ideas, outlined in his book ‘The Four Steps to the Epiphany’ launched the Lean Startup movement. In my mind, that classifies him not only as an innovative thinker but also a thought leader. The commencement speech he delivered at ESADE to the class of 2014 about the future […]

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Boost your thought leadership with these 3 simple steps

Boost thought leadership Have you been struggling with ways to boost thought leadership for yourself or your business? Try looking at it this way: O.E.S. While working in Bangalore in January 2016, I was interviewed by Indian businessman Sriharsha Neergundha Nagaraj for his show on Innovation. We talked about a number of things, but starting […]

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Strategic Foresight: Reaching Your Remarkable, Less Risky Future

I was recently interviewed by the World Future Society about how I use strategic foresight and other futures tools in my work. The following is a modified version of the article that appeared on their Private Member Network: When was your first time you recognized that you were bringing strategic foresight to your work? I’d never come […]

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World megatrends and you: Instructive, interesting, or ignored?

Why would you need to think about world megatrends when you’re focused on your business? Well, you’re no doubt familiar with the saying, taken from the paper by MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz that gave rise to chaos theory: A butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil could set off a tornado in Texas. In other words, […]

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