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RAPPORT // Are you Making the Most of Your Annual Strategic Planning?

Posted by Deb Westphal

Mar 13, 2019 12:58:00 PM

Its that time of year again. Across thousands of (success-minded, forward-thinking) businesses, teams of people are heads down, working on annual strategic planning activities. As I step away from these types of day-to-day activities, I find myself reflecting on the value of such efforts and what adaptation must be made to serve us better in the future.

 

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This is the Smarter Military R&D Investment Strategy

Posted by Toffler Associates

Mar 6, 2019 9:02:00 AM

In 2014, Frank Kendall, then Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Technology and Logistics, advised the military services to “start looking at how to get quantities and lower risks,” replacing what he saw as ill-advised focus “on a small number of expensive objects.” [1] 

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RAPPORT // In Praise of Heidi Toffler – a Dream Crazier Paragon

Posted by Deb Westphal

Feb 27, 2019 1:20:00 PM

Nike’s Dream Crazier ad is sweeping its way across social media. Debuted during this week’s 91st Academy Awards, its message of female empowerment is clear and direct. Beautiful visuals of strong and confident female athletes flash, evoking physical and mental accomplishment. Tennis champion Serena Williams narrates.

 

Within a day of its release, the 90-second ad earned five million views on YouTube.

 

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Your Future Hinges at the Balance of Risk and Opportunity

Posted by Nina Martire

Feb 20, 2019 9:03:00 AM

 

Risks to operations. Market share. Profitability. Business leaders are surrounded by risks big and small.  From Target to Wells Fargo to Facebook and Tesla, it’s not difficult to reference a situation that emerged and severely damaged a company’s reputation and bottom line. Your risk profile hinges on your susceptibility to events that may be internal and known – or external, unknown, and unexpected. With such a varied set of sources and impacts, resilience depends on numerous factors, including the nature of the industry and the maturity of your organization.

 

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RAPPORT // Greta Thunberg is Proof. World Leaders Need New Mental Models.

Posted by Deb Westphal

Feb 6, 2019 8:59:00 AM

For more than four decades, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting has been a beacon for future-focused leaders. Held amongst the beautiful scenery of Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the event brings together some of the world’s foremost heads of state, business leaders, policymakers, academics, and societal leaders. Their purpose is to engage in constructive, solutions-focused discourse about global issues and the challenges faced by humanity.

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Translating the KonMari Method to Spark Joy at Work

Posted by Amanda Ku

Jan 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

I recently watched the new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It features Marie and her KonMari Method™.[1] The premise of the method is to “tidy up” by category, beginning with clothing and moving group by group until you reach sentimental items. You begin by taking inventory of what you have, and then for each item, you consider whether the thing offers heartfelt value to your life and a place in your ideal future – in other words, whether it “sparks joy.” If it doesn’t, it is recognized for its historical role and then discarded.

 

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RAPPORT // Why Antarctica is Vital to the Future of Earth

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jan 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

People close to me know that travel is my passion. It has been a priority for most of my life. As the number of trips I’ve had the opportunity to take has risen, my destinations have gone farther off the beaten path. In December, a trip to Antarctica pushed the boundaries to their farthest reaches.

 

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Here Are the Disruptive Technologies That Will Reshape Your Business

Posted by Toffler Associates

Jan 16, 2019 1:03:00 PM

We hear a lot about “disruptive technology,” but what does that really mean? It is one thing to put together a trend piece or identify the next big thing. Understanding it and planning for the disruption is another challenge altogether.

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Reflection on the Future: Becoming CEO of Toffler Associates

Posted by Maria Bothwell

Jan 9, 2019 9:02:00 AM

“Time feels like it is accelerating.”

 

In a December post in Rapport, Deb Westphal opted to skip making a New Year’s resolution, in favor of looking forward. As I step into the Toffler Associates CEO role this January, I am focused on the future of the firm and its unwavering commitment to be a catalyst for change and future value for our clients. 

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Future Disruptive Technology: AI and Trust

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Dec 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Building off the momentum of our Disruption 2030 report where we explored the driving changes, shocks, and disruptive technology that will shape the future, and together with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (DHS S&T) directorate, Toffler Associates convened public and private sector executives, thought leaders, and technology builders for off-the-record discussions focused on exploring the implications of this future where disruptive technology – more specifically artificial intelligence – is harnessed by us and our adversaries.

 

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