Future-Focused Leadership: Pre-Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today

Future-Focused Leadership: Pre-Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today

Future-Focused Leadership: Pre-Solving Tomorrow's Problems Today

Is it better to live a successful life or a significant one?

The better question here is: Is it better to only work in the name of bettering your own situation or to leave the world a better place than how we found it?

As an entrepreneur and advisor of organizations both large and small around the globe, I can tell you that it is much more advantageous to pursue significance over success, as significance almost certainly always leads to success.

In my Anticipatory Leader System, I define significance as what we hope to achieve for others, using our business prowess for the betterment of society and humankind. By putting ourselves at the service of others, it adds meaning to what we do, and in the age of accelerated digital transformation, the possibilities are truly endless in what we can achieve.

Pre-Solve Tomorrow’s Problems Today

In the realm of prioritizing significance over success, using Hard Trend future certainties to pre-solve problems is more about finding ways to pre-solve others’ problems, not just your own, before they become major issues.

When you implement this Anticipatory competency with significance at the forefront of your mind, you lead a successful business while becoming a positive disruptor in your industry and in the world. More importantly, you use those positive disruptions to improve the lives of human beings across the map!

Pre-solving issues by transforming how we approach processes, create products, and offer business services is what gives organizations this competitive advantage. Change is easy. Anyone can create change by making something taller, thinner, or wider, but change does not always implement the significant impacts necessary in revolutionary transformation in the service of others.

In the digital age we are in today, where technological transformation is increasing exponentially, we will not solve the most pressing problems by simply changing something that already exists. We will need to look to the future to what could and very possibly will be based on Hard Trend future certainties and transform the tools at our disposal to create something completely new.

Current Technology Should Be Adapted and Evolved

As I teach in my Anticipatory Leader System, the competency of exponential thinking is vital in all aspects of business management and leadership. 

Every year in the Midwest, snowstorms and subzero temperatures are inevitable. While one may assume that snow will be cleared and after a day or two the cold will subside, it is not always that simple. When the snow falls and the temperature drops, some households lose power, leaving families in the dangerous cold for days.

Now, solving power outages is a lofty goal, but current technology can most definitely guide us in the right direction when looked at exponentially!

The power grid is likely far more complicated to the average individual than someone who works directly with it. It is a quite complex system, but no matter how complex a system is, there is always a better solution to the problems it faces.

Late last year, there had been progress in the concept of smart grids. Smart grids leverage the concept of edge computing and intelligent devices in an exponential way — a way that can remedy power outages and fix them faster. This implements software and hardware in homes and other properties that measure the supply and demand of electricity in real time, making for two-way communication between the user and the provider.

In lieu of this advancement, outages are reported faster, electricity is distributed appropriately, the power grid evolves quicker, and it even has a positive impact on the environment by making renewable energy better integrated into the system. As you can see from this example, technology exists to make widespread change for the betterment of society. In most cases, it just needs to be leveraged in an exponential way!

Be Anticipatory for the Prosperity of All

Being too busy managing today’s crisis as opposed to seeing tomorrow’s opportunity disables your ability to transform the world in the most significant ways. Obstacles are always heading our way as a human race, and your organization can easily identify the exponential opportunities in solving them by using an Anticipatory mindset.

Yes, we still need to be reactionary in some cases and use agility to handle some unforeseen challenges. But we want to be careful to not stay locked in crisis mode constantly with no foothold to move forward. For many organizations, humankind depends on your services and their evolution. Resting on your laurels not only sets your organization backward, but in turn, it may have a widely negative impact on several individuals who depend on you.

Understanding Hard Trend future certainties that will impact individuals globally is a crucial starting point. This approach allows you to innovate with significantly lower risk to your organization. Every day, I dedicate myself to encouraging as many people as possible to adopt an Anticipatory mindset and embrace these principles to meaningfully improve the world. I urge you to leverage disruptive technological advancements to your advantage and drive positive transformations today!

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Daniel Burrus

Innovation Expert

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker. He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, helping them to accelerate innovation and results by develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. His client list includes companies such as Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble, Honda, and IBM. He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight, and his latest book The Anticipatory Organization. He is a featured writer with millions of monthly readers on the topics of innovation, change and the future and has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Wired, CNBC, and Huffington Post to name a few. He has been the featured subject of several PBS television specials and has appeared on programs such as CNN, Fox Business, and Bloomberg, and is quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, and Forbes. He has founded six businesses, four of which were national leaders in the United States in the first year. He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. In 1983 he became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. He also linked exponential computing advances to economic value creation. His specialties are technology-driven trends, strategic innovation, strategic advising and planning, business keynote presentations.

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