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Jack Uldrich’s “Friday Future 15”: February 22, 2019

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Think: The number one mind-shift organizations need to make to stay relevant. In the past, people learned in order to work. In the future, people (and organizations) must work to learn. This article will give you a lot to think about, including why “perfect fits” might not be perfect and why you might want to institute a “Freaky Friday” policy.

Think Twice: Self-driving automobiles might kill the auto insurance business as we know it. If you are in the auto insurance business, think twice you could be on “thin ice.” The nature of risk is changing and, in the near future, insurance and automobiles companies could merge.

Think Historically: Into the Unknown: A Historical Metaphor. What can you learn from Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery? More than you think.

Think DifferentConsumerism in crisis as millennial stay away from shops. Younger people are buying less stuff. The retail industry will need to think differently to prosper.

Think Smarter: How business can stay resilient in the face of uncertainty. The world is changing. Today’s leaders don’t have to have all the answers, but they do need to think smarter.

Think Harder: Who’s in the room? How productive are your meetings? Maybe it is time to ask: “Who’s not here?”

Think Like a ChildAs jobs for life disappear, lifelong skills acquisition becomes key. Are you helping employees develop the skills that will help them craft creative solutions to tomorrow’s problems?

Think in QuestionsQuestions for the New Year. An excellent post by John Hagel. As a leader, your primary responsibility is to ask better questions. This post provides a useful framework for helping you do so.

Think 10X: Why Brands Need to Become Trusted Gatekeepers

Think Bigger: The Great White Shark Genome. Studying the genome of shark might sound frivolous. It won’t be if it helps wounds heal faster or, possibly, cure cancer–which it might.

Think Faster: 21 Neurotech Startups to Watch. Brain-machine interfaces (BCI) are a real thing, and they are about to get bigger. The time to begin thinking about BCI’s is now.

Think Radically: The Era of “Move Fast and Break Things” is Over. How will you sustain the “virtue” of your product or service?

Think Anew: The Future of Work: AR and VR. Advances in augmented reality and virtual reality will transform training and education. If you are in human resources, it is time to think anew about how to leverage these new platforms.

Think Sustainably: Climate of North American Cities Will Shift Hundreds of Miles in One Generation. Need another reason to think sustainably? Look no further.

Think the Unthinkable: Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked. The hype around blockchains is real, but the platform may have some dangerous vulnerabilities.

Want to think again? You can always revisit last week’s “Future 15”.

Until next week, remember: Don’t stop thinking about the future!

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