In another post, I talked about three common obstacles that visionaries and the people they lead often face, commonly as a result of perfectionism. Today I want to focus on a fourth obstacle that is the most pervasive and the most challenging for those who face it, in themselves as well as in their team […]
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. —Sandra Carey I’d like to continue the conversation about the attributes of a visionary by focusing on one that is probably the most obvious yet the most elusive to define: wisdom. We usually know it when […]
In Monday’s post, I answered one of the most common questions people ask of me: What is a futurist? I also touched on what the phrase Everyday Futurist means. I mentioned that I combine futuring and coaching in all my work, one-on-one, with groups, and in my writing. Which brings me to the second most common question I (and most coaches) get asked: What kind of coach?
One of the most common questions I get asked is, what is a futurist? (And the corollary, of course—what is an Everyday Futurist specifically?) Some people hear the word and think of psychics and crystal balls, but a professional futurist is not a psychic. Futuring involves a set of strategic, scientific, and intuitive skills that anyone can learn to forecast the future, spotting trends and critical shifts in your own life as well as in the world.
In Seth Godin’s blog post, he makes an excellent point about why we sometimes don’t get very far in our endeavors, even when we are taking action every day. Often out of fear, our actions are either too small, too easy, to get us anywhere, or, out of our impatience, they are too big and […]
Around Thanksgiving, many people focus on gratitude. On the holiday itself, as we sit around the table with family and friends, we take that time to be conscious of everything we have to be grateful for. One of my favorite rituals, before dinner is served, is to take turns sharing what mattered most to each […]
In this manifesto, I beseech you to belly up to the realization that we can no longer afford to rest on our laurels. The world is shifting to a different playing field, one New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says is “flattened by instant connectivity.” If we don’t wake up in time to retool for […]
Visionaries are not perfect ascended beings. They make mistakes, they take the wrong path, they struggle with obstacles—in other words, they are human. Being conscious of our own visionary voices, and the visionary potential in those we lead, also requires being conscious of our own stumbling blocks, particularly those that come from within. Being an […]
For most of us, this is a busy time of year. It’s a wonder we have enough time in the day to get everything done, much less have time to relax and reflect. To the people we encounter at parties, family gatherings, events, we often convey our stress, our feelings of being constantly rushed, and, […]
I’ve written a lot about the visionary voice we all have inside us, the qualities of a visionary and how that voice can guide us toward making a difference in the world while simultaneously achieving sustainable, meaningful success in our lives and work. Many of you are no doubt aware of this voice. Maybe you’ve […]