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Think Week: Start Thinking About Tomorrow, Today!

Posted in Books, Business as Unusual, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Leadership

With all due respect to Fleetwood Mac, many people “can’t stop thinking about tomorrow” because they never begin in the first place. Bill Gates’ solution to this problem is to dedicate one week a year to thinking about the future. He calls this week, quite unoriginally I might add, “Think Week.” Now, I can almost…


What Are The Questions?

Posted in Assumptions, Leadership, Questions

Have you ever been in a meeting where, at the end, the leader asks “Any questions?” It is an innocuous question. In fact, it sounds as though the leader is open-minded and encouraging questions and discussion. Often, though, the question is offered in the unsaid but implicit tone that the leader has made everything so…


The Future Requires Reverse Mentors

Posted in Business, Change, Creativity, Human Relations, Innovation, Leadership, Unlearning

For some time now, I have been advocating (here and here) the idea of getting a reverse mentor. (In fact, I even have a reverse mentor. His name is Simon Anderson and he is one of the most promising young futurists I know.) Why a reverse mentor? The world is moving so fast that it…


The Leader Who Created a Better Future

Posted in Exponential Executive, Leadership, Other

It has been said that the best way to predict the future is to create it. To this end, I have said on numerous occasions that one of the finest leaders (and futurists) of the 20th century was General George C. Marshall. Why? Because it is largely the result of his visionary leadership that America…


Think for the Long-Term with Ben Franklin

Posted in Future, Leadership

I’m in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania today to deliver the keynote speech at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners annual iX Change conference. The theme of this year’s event is “Leading in an Era of Exponential Growth.” In honor of Ben Franklin, I’d like to share just one short section of a lengthy article I wrote back in…


Show Your True Colors: Fear Commitment

Posted in Business, Communication, Human Resources, Leadership, Unlearn Strategy

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson  Question: What do chameleons do? They do many things but the one thing they don’t do is change color to match their background. Chameleons do, however, change color in response to changes in light and temperature. They also change appearance when frightened or…


Jack Uldrich on the Future … and Unlearning

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Future, Genomics, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Leadership, Metaphor, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Social Networks, Unlearn Strategy, Zenzizenzizenzic

In the past year, I have given dozens of keynote presentations to a variety of clients. Below is a short 10-minute speaking demo. If you are looking for an engaging, entertaining and informative keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact either Mimi Hair or Ryan Foltz at Leading Authorities or Angela Schlep at…


The Seven Dangerous Habits of Highly Effective People

Posted in Business, Culture, Leadership

Effective people come in many different shapes, sizes and forms but among the most dangerous are those who are convinced their past success is a positive indicator of future success. If you are an effective person and wish to remain successful in the future here are seven habits you may want to unlearn: 1. You…


The Future is on the Fringe

Posted in Creativity, Future, Futurist, Innovation, Leadership

Take a look at the image to the right. It is a visual display of Everett Roger’s famous model of diffusion. I, however, want you to look at it differently. Consider it, instead, “an unlearning curve.” Conventional wisdom tells us that it is safe in the middle. Advertising and marketers frequently target their message toward…


A Different Type of Leadership

Posted in Culture, Leadership

The following 3-minute video and voiceover was produced by Derek Sivers. It brilliantly redefines the concept of a leader. To be sure, the first person or the “lone wolf” plays an important role, but it also takes courage and guts to be the second person. Moreover, such individuals play a critical and, often, under-appreciated role…


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