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Is Your Business Resilient to Unforeseen Disruptions?

Posted by Will Swaim

May 2, 2019 9:19:59 AM

One of the Toffler Associates core values is to be a “curious life-long learner.” We live out that value by continuously seeking opportunities to learn and understand the world. Each of my colleagues exhibits continuous, voluntary, and self-motivated knowledge pursuits that enrich their personal and professional capacities. In addition to enhancing an organization’s culture, this pursuit of intellectual depth also cultivates a significant amount of critical resilience to the corporation.

 

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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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U.S. National Security Hinges on Robust Manufacturing

Posted by John Chase

Apr 3, 2019 9:12:53 AM

The United States has long maintained a causal relationship between industrial capability and national security. As our domestic manufacturing capabilities continue to erode and fall behind those in other global superpowers, the outcomes are predictable. In a recent series of war simulations, research organization RAND pit the U.S. against China and Russia. The results were startling. We lose quickly and badly.[1]

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Business Resilience is Vital to Success and Survival

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Mar 27, 2019 10:19:06 AM

At the turn of the 21st century, businesses faced the frightening unknown of Y2K. The possibility that computer systems would collapse as the clock turned over was a wake-up call. Those that had been operating with a degree of comfort and complacency faced the urgent need to think about if (and how) they could navigate and thrive if the computers we had become so dependent on toward the turn of the century didn’t work. While nothing came to pass from this fearful possibility, the preparedness was put to the test only a year later when the unimaginable happened on 9/11. Financial services firms, in particular, were slower to recover because they had not sufficiently planned for how to reconstitute their business in the event of such a catastrophe.

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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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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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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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RAPPORT // Is the Pentagon Reorganization All for Naught?

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jul 25, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Once again, the Pentagon has reorganized.[1] Motivated by a concern about how emerging technologies will impact the future of war, the department has aligned its leadership structure to put particular focus on quantum science, hypersonics, artificial intelligence, and directed energy. It’s a change that organizes and assigns specific responsibilities to two relatively new offices within the Department of Defense (DoD) – the offices of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD R&E).

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The Secret to Successful Change Leadership and Parenting Toddlers

Posted by Nina Martire

Jul 3, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Change is hard. We all know this. Leading through change is even harder. Read Simon Sinek, Kotter, or Toffler, and you’ll see that people spend years seeking to understand and prepare for change and lead others through it to a successful outcome. 


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