Vanishing Point

How Resilient Organizations Embrace the Power of One

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Jul 18, 2019 8:47:00 AM

Future Shock is the individual’s and organization’s struggle to adapt to and manage the massive and rapid pace of change impacting every society and sector. When they coined the term, the Tofflers described it as a phenomenon and “dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future.”[1] With the constant shifts in everything from technology innovation to politics to heuristics and faith systems, we experience a sense of being untethered from a reliable source of truth. In large measure, this disconcerting feeling of eroding trust has happened because of the constant free flow of information on our connected platforms. It’s ironic that we have confidence in the knowledge that we can’t have confidence in much of what we hear, see, and read.

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RAPPORT // The Truth About the Kilauea Volcano – and the World

Posted by Deb Westphal

May 22, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Last summer, social media channels brought us stunning firsthand views of the violence, destruction, and extraordinary beauty of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano. Fast moving lava flowed from the summit crater through many underground tunnels and eruption vents. From May until August, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) provided daily updates of the amount of lava that was spreading across the island. By the time the eruption ended in August 2018, more than a mile of coastline was added along the big island’s southeast coast.

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RAPPORT // Is a State of Flow the Answer to the World's Biggest Problems?

Posted by Deb Westphal

May 8, 2019 9:03:16 AM

Earlier this week, an article from Packaging Digest came across my news feed and immediately caught my attention. The report, Nestlé Clarifies its Sustainable Packaging Vision, highlights the company's ambitious vision to make 100% of its product packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2025.[1] While this public goal is exciting on its own, what is really compelling is the increasing number of such announcements and articles. We're seeing more and more reporting on actions taken, progress made, and ambitions pursued and achieved to address climate change and global sustainability.

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Spotlight Session with Beth Comstock from Future Shock Forum

Posted by Toffler Associates

Apr 18, 2019 9:48:15 AM

In this conversation Deb Westphal, Chairman of the Board for Toffler Associates, talks with author and former GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock about the organizational transformation she led at GE through the rediscovery of the company culture and reigniting the passions that the company was founded on.

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RAPPORT // The Surprise of Discovering True Leadership on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by Deb Westphal

Apr 10, 2019 8:59:00 AM

 

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

– Ronald Reagan, former U.S. President

 

The early hours of February 13th marked an important personal milestone. I had made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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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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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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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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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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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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