Once or twice a year companies reach into their tool kit and pull out strategy, then hope that it will hold for the whole year. The volatility of the global environment makes the idea of extrapolation, predicting the future based on the past, dangerously delusional. What do you do instead? Patricia Lustig, author of Strategic Foresight, explains how to move from using one future to using a range of possible futures.
She also describes:
Surprisingly most people underestimate the amount and speed of change leaving all companies vulnerable to be caught unprepared. Included in our conversation is mention of a book written by John Petersen called Out of the Blue. You’ll hear other resources mentioned in the interview as well along with Patricia’s book Strategic Foresight. Her website is www.http://lasa-insight.com/ and the non-profit site she mentions is www.unlockingforesight.org.
Patricia Lustig is an internationally recognized practitioner in strategic foresight and strategy development, future thinking and innovation. She has held senior positions at major blue-chip companies such as BP, Motorola and Logica and is a Fellow of the RSA. She is currently setting up the Unlocking Foresight Know How C.I.C. Patricia’s most recent book, Strategic Foresight: Learning from the Future is published by Triarchy Press.
In a unique conversation, Dr. Chris Laszlo, Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit joins his father, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, who is internationally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. In this interview we talk about the conversation that took place in Lucca, Italy in the summer of 2016.
The New Paradigm Leadership Retreat and Summit, held in Bagni di Lucca, Italy, on July 12 – 15, 2016, brought together over 40 scholars and practitioners from four domains: (1) the physical and biological sciences, (2) consciousness research, (3) medicine and well-being, and (4) business and management. Chris Laszlo,
The goal was to learn how to create a world that works for 100 percent of humanity and all life on earth, now and for future generations. Questions asked included: What is reality? What is consciousness and why is it the highest leverage point for human survival? What lies at the core of health and wellbeing? How can we strengthen our collective capacity to transform business into an agent of world benefit, one whose purpose is creating prosperity and flourishing for all life on earth!
In this conversation you’ll hear:
You’ll also hear the terms NDE (near death experiences) and OBE (out of body experiences) when we talk about the quantum field.
Ervin Laszlo, Doctorat d’Etat Sorbonne (1970) is Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (Italy), Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. He is the recipient of the Goi Peace Prize (2002), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (2005), the Conacreis Holistic Culture Prize (2009), the Ethics Prize of Milano (2014) and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. Laszlo has Honorary PhD’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary and is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into twenty-four languages. He lives in Tuscany. Ervin Laszlo’s most recent book, What is Reality? Is now on Amazon
His son, Professor Chris Laszlo, provides advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies on sustainability for competitive advantage. He is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and has taught at INSEAD, CEDEP, Darden, Cornell, and many other leading business schools. He was an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials. Prior to that he spent five years with Deloitte consulting.
Chris is the co-author of Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business (2014) Stanford Business Press, Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press, and Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good (2008), Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press, and The Sustainable Company (2003, paperback 2005), Island Press.
In Episode 8, you met Rich Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc. and CEO of Menlo Innovations which is well known for it's great workplace. Agile Enterprise coach David Grabel and the HR Director for Vistaprint also met Rich at the Agile for Executives Forum. Several site visits later and a visit from Rich, and Vistaprint was on it's way to transformation. In this episode you'll hear David explain what they've learned and how they've moved forward.
Why self management and self organization aren't synonymous.
In the conversation David mentions Doug Kirkpatrick. I interviewed Doug from MorningStar on my other podcast. You'll find the program on the Evolutionary Provocateur on iTunes. Tomatoes and Self-Management
Then I talk to Steve Denning, founder and facilitator (and Forbes Contributor) for the Learning Consortium, a peer to peer learning community engaging in site visits. You'll hear the 2016 report results and a reflection on the Drucker Forum recently held in Vienna, Austria.
Steve talks about the threads that tie all these companies together. Why Spotify can learn from Riot Games and why logistics company CH Robinson also learned from Riot Games.
Learn why bosses still exist in big companies and what makes them different from the traditional command and control role. You can find out more information on the Learning Consortium report from www.sdlearningconsortium.org
Finally, the music track for today's program (artist owned) is from Jamie Schnetzler who lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Jamie provided a track called Still Frame. Jamie's music is on Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/user-513634003