Vanishing Point

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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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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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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Designing a Cyber Risk Strategy for the Human Operating System (HumanOS)

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Oct 26, 2018 1:46:06 PM

This week, we're introducing the first Toffler Associates video blog. Team members Masseh Tahiry and Caitlin Durkovich discuss future threats that will impact cybersecurity. They discuss the rapid evolution of tech, the changing character of warfare, and increased tension at almost every strata of society – from the multinational, regional, and national levels to the local (including those on the seams, like criminal syndicates and insurgent groups) - and yet, none of these threats compare to the threat of humans. Watch the video to see why humans are the most pressing threat, and how we should approach cybersecurity with a human-centric focus.

 

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[Webinar] Future-Focused Risk Metrics

Posted by Kanch Algama

Aug 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In an environment where physical and cyber risks are increasing, it is critical that security organizations maintain well established security metrics to better control, track, and refine preparation, mitigation, and response operations to replace fear and uncertainty in organizational functions. 

 

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Shifting from Security to Risk in the New Geopolitical Reality

Posted by Hans Davies

May 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

I have been doing a lot of thinking about risk lately. As I engage with leaders at various commercial and government organizations, I hear them talk about threats and vulnerabilities; about what they need to protect and from whom. What struck me recently, however, is that, despite all this discussion of risk, most organizations still have a Chief Security Officer, a Security Department, or something similar. Are organizations limiting their thinking when they simply refer to security?

 

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How to Ensure the Successful Implementation of Change

Posted by Nina Martire

Jan 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

How often do we hear about an organization that is going through, coming out of, or planning for a change? Constantly. The cycle is almost continuous. One change is barely implemented before a new disruption or opportunity presents itself and demands a response. Organizations capable of engaging a continuous process of identifying, planning for, and adapting to change are those with teams aligned around priorities and structures in place to act on decisions with process and focus.

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