01 March 2010

Creating the Future--Even in Difficult Times Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts on the global economic situation from a workshop presented in 2009. 

How would you describe the past 24 months? 

A 100-year phenomenon? A “black swan?” “A Great Recession?” 

“It was a year when the unpredictable turned into the unimaginable.” (Larry Fink, CEO of Black Rock Investments) How could so many have misread this financial crisis? What else did we know back then? What are we missing now? 

The way we see things determines our attitude and behavior. We are at all times creating the future whether we realize it or not. Sometimes success blinds us to new realities—this can be a dangerous thing. Regardless of the circumstances facing us, we can and do have a say in shaping and influencing our future. 

We need to know the things over which we have some control—work there. What are those things? “No new idea springs full-blown from a void. 

New ideas emerge from a set of conditions in which the old ideas no longer seem to work.” (Machine that Changed the World) “Ideas are not created, they escape.” (Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM) 

In a practical way, how do we go about creating our future? 

 -Assessing—not predicting 

-Finding the new “normal” for your organization 

-Asking the right questions 

-Executing more than envisioning More in the next post.


(C) Bredholt & Co.