Dan Fukushima has been helping organizations identify, plan for, and capitalize on disruptions for over 30 years. He specializes in analyzing the future for growth opportunities, innovative solutions, and impacts of the evolving workforce. Dan has been fortunate to have had an insider’s perspective of industry disruption while working in the travel, telecommunications, retail, and consumer products industries. The first 12 years of his career were in industry, most with Delta Air Lines and he’s been consulting for over 20 years. He received his BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Why did you join Toffler Associates?
The work and the people. The work is interesting and challenging and, most importantly, it’s impactful by helping organizations see beyond the short-termism that’s so prevalent today. Working with smart, curious, and energetic people who share common values is always invigorating.
What is your superpower?
Simplification. Whether it’s through analogies, visuals, frameworks, or decomposition, making complex concepts simple helps with communication, problem solving, and learning.
What excites you about 2030?
I have faith in the ingenuity of humankind so I’m excited about what novel solutions will come out of the collective creativity of a more interconnected and interdependent world to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges.
What do you enjoy most about Toffler Associates client work?
Helping clients lengthen their time horizons and see how, even though there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world, there are things they can do today to prepare for the long-term.
What is your favorite part about TA culture?
How we have project roles but not hierarchy; when it comes to analysis, problem solving, and imagination we’re a meritocracy of ideas.
What was your most influential prior job experience and why is it relevant at TA?
The first nine years of my career at Delta Air Lines. I learned how an organization of 50,000 can have a strong culture, the difference between what looks good on paper vs. in real operations, and how truly being customer-focused needs to be in the DNA of an organization.
How do you spend your free time?
Running. Reading (really audio books and podcasts). Travel (taking advantage of being an empty-nester)
- Future of Market/Technology Assessment
- Alternate Futures Scenario Planning
- Flash Futures Exercise (FFX)
- Board and C-Suite off-sites
Recent Insights by Dan Fukushima
Strategic Planning in a Highly Uncertain World
Middle Management in the Information Age: A Role Overdue for an Overhaul
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The work is interesting and challenging and, most importantly, it’s impactful by helping organizations see beyond the short-termism that’s so prevalent today. Working with smart, curious, and energetic people who share common values is always invigorating.