Vanishing Point

The Case for Data-Driven Decision Making in a World of Bias

Posted by Phil Cunningham

October 4, 2017 at 9:30 AM

If we take the news at face value, Big Data is our great modern panacea. But as we’ve learned in a short amount of time, more data does not always guarantee – or even inform – better decisions. The criticality of context, the ability to make sense of data, and an ability to put relevant insights to use are all vital to making intelligent decisions with lasting positive implications.

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The Experience Economy Comes Full Circle

Posted by Jason Fieger

August 2, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Conventional wisdom called Millennials a kind of Peter Pan generation that would be unchanging in their unique approach to life. But a funny thing happened. In the past decade, Millennials matured to adulthood. While not necessarily tech-native, they had access to smartphones, e-commerce, and social media during much of their formative years. And thus, they became the largest (and most diverse) American demographic and a phenomenal source of purchasing power and influence (projected $200 billion in 2017). Armed with an infinite font of information, buying channels, and social media, this demographic ushered in an era of disintermediation. Add to it a high barometer for inauthenticity and an insatiable appetite for new experiences, and providers began to rethink their offerings.

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The Aging Population – How to Prepare Your Organization

Posted by Nina Martire

June 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans will allow this population to travel and work later in life, creating new needs and opportunities. By understanding the shifting demographics and the needs of the new population, your organization can take advantage of future opportunities. 

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The Accelerating Shared Economy

Posted by Nina Martire

May 10, 2017 at 9:15 AM

The nature of work is changing, and this is more than just virtualization. Who we are, how we interact, and the way we work are changing. How we connect and the technologies we use to do so are colliding in a way that is shaping our behavior and work - the rapidly expanding influence of the shared economy. Our infographic explores the features of a shared economy, how it has evolved and how it will impact business in the future. 

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Technology has Exposed the Gap Between Wealth and Poverty

Posted by Aaron Schulman

May 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM

“Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.” 

~ Alvin Toffler

 

Technology has created more wealth than any other time in history. Yet, the wealth is geographically and industry focused, and the chasm between those who possess the wealth and those who don’t is continuing to widen. By 2020, it is estimated that 1% of the world population will own 54% of the world’s wealth[1] – most created and held by organizations and individuals in the technology sector, in Western countries.

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The Rise of Service Robots

Posted by Nina Martire

May 3, 2017 at 12:43 PM

There is a dramatic shift in the global robotics marketplace. The commonplace use of industrial robots will continue; however, the use of service robots—both personal and professional—will grow exponentially. Our infographic takes a look at how the robotics industry is growing, how this growth will impact the workforce and eventually how we do business. 

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Human-to-Human Engagement Will Win in the Technology Age

Posted by Dave Baber

March 15, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Like organizations and the innovations they produce, the workforce has undergone significant change over the last 15 years. It shows every sign of continuing to evolve at this accelerated pace. Emerging developments are shifting stakeholder expectations, leaving industry leaders struggling to steer their organizations. Power is shifting from traditional executive positions to the workforce and customers with a proliferation of new ways to gather and disseminate information and collaborate on strategic tasks. As that shift happens, the gap between operations, workforce desires, customer expectations, and governing policies is widening.

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Why Kindergarteners Always Win the Marshmallow Challenge

Posted by Chris Gros

December 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

During Toffler Associates training courses, we (like many other organizations) use a simple team-building exercise called The Marshmallow Challenge. Here’s how it works: the large group is broken down into teams of about five people. Each team must build the tallest free-standing structure possible out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow must end up on top. Each team has 18 minutes to get it done. The tallest structure wins.

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