Vanishing Point

Optimism is the Most Potent Tool Your Organization Can Possess

Posted by Hans Davies

Nov 16, 2017 8:45:00 AM

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

- Dr. Maya Angelou

 

In general, the world is in a relatively grim mood. Over cable news airwaves, on social media, in the local coffee shop, at the dinner table – everywhere people gather, there seems to be an undercurrent of pessimism. This sense that the world is worse than before isn’t without reason. There is turmoil in the Middle East and Asia, refugee crises, geopolitical tensions, an economic crisis in South America, and more. But the fact is, things aren’t worse; the world is continuing to improve.

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Humanizing AI: From Data-Driven Decisions to Insight-Driven Wisdom

Posted by Eric Chase

Nov 8, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Since the 2016 election, the news cycle offers up surprises on almost a daily basis. In situations like Brexit, Catalonia, and Kurdistan we see significant re-writes of long-held geography, politics, and history. Forces like North Korea and Iran continue to challenge long-held notions of global dominance and threat. ‘Fake news’ is created, spread, and adopted at nearly uncontrolled speeds because it’s often compelling and resonates with the potential of truth.

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Not if. When. How do you prepare for the unexpected?

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Nov 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A slew of recent events has raised the question about the best ways for organizations to prepare for unexpected but inevitable events. Human nature – and therefore corporate nature, pushes us to rely heavily on the comfort of the absolutes that live in the rearview mirror. Even with the influence of sophisticated predictive analytics, planning for the future too often begins with a backward look and ends with the current state. Events throughout history remind us of the precariousness of such a shortsighted approach.

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The Importance of the Social Contract in a Time of Desynchronization

Posted by Dave Baber

Oct 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Go back with me for a moment to the 15th Century. It’s the Age of Enlightenment, a time marked by unprecedented progress and disruption. Information reached the masses through Gutenberg’s breakthrough printing press. Philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau pondered the relationship between people and government. Leaders emerged from across society, asking questions of the religious, wealthy, and aristocratic ruling classes. Citizens questioned the idea of monarchies. Scientists debated the principles of the universe.

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A Look at Education, Culture and Wellness in the Future Workplace

Posted by Dave Baber

Oct 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The Future of Work is a buzz phrase. If you want proof, Google search it – you’ll get approximately 468 million hits. It’s also a prevalent topic for consulting and advisory firms (natch), employment agencies, leadership programs, and business magazines. But it’s a misnomer. It’s no longer the “future” of work. It’s the current reality. With the ever-increasing pace of change in corporate, government, educational, and social environments, we reach ‘future state’ often before we can adequately prepare.

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Clarity in the Chaos: The Value of ALTERNATE FUTURES® Scenario Planning

Posted by Jason Fieger

Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

May you live in interesting times.

 

There’s a legendary saying of (questionable) decent. Some attribute it as an ancient Chinese saying, while others say it was British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain (1924-1929) who had spent time in China and who may have picked up the sentiment – if not the saying – while there. As the story goes, he related that “May you live in an interesting age” is a curse heaped upon an enemy and then mused that in fact, "no age has been more fraught with insecurity than our own present time." 
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The Case for Data-Driven Decision Making in a World of Bias

Posted by Phil Cunningham

Oct 4, 2017 9:30:00 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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Leading Through Desynchronization

Posted by Dave Baber

Sep 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Desynchronization is caused by variances in the pace of change. It creates friction between individuals, organizations, and societies. A leader’s ability to rapidly interpret and act on the pace of change will determine how opportunities and risks impact their business. Successful leaders must understand and appreciate not just the change, but why the pace of change is varying. 

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The Future of Disruptive Technology

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

Sep 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Technology will transform how we connect, learn, share and innovate in the future, having broad implications for organizations, workforces, and customers. Whether from great expectations, fears of job security, or uncertainty due to myriad options, technology is challenging leaders to reconsider how they will create and protect value in the future.

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This is the Only Reliable Means of Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Posted by Hans Davies

Sep 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

More people and vulnerable infrastructure exposed to more frequent and intense hazards equals even greater risk for us in the future. The time to rethink the equation is now.[1]

 

When organizations consider the approach to protection, they naturally gravitate to questions, such as “what do I need to protect?” and “how can I protect those things?” The question of what to protect is difficult. It takes a degree of perspective, prioritization, and foresight that is difficult for most individuals and 

nearly impossible for groups seeking consensus. Once protection needs are clear, organizations need to address the question of how to protect those priorities. This consideration is even more complicated, especially for those tasked with protecting our critical infrastructure.

 

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