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Future Forecast: Hazy with a Chance of Catastrophe

Posted in Finance, Future, Futurist, General, Insurance

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Looks Ahead to the Ten Trends That Will Shape the World of 2020, that I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson, host of www.futur1st.com. This chapter covers how unexpected events and “unknown” unknowns might adversely…

Start Treating Employees Like Customers

Posted in Apps, Business, Insurance, Marketing, Pharmaceutical

Here is a novel idea many employers might want to begin implementing: start treating your employees like customers. Why? Because it can save money. I recently came across this article explaining how Genentech has begun developing apps to help make its sales force more productive. One problem area identified by the company was that sales…

Dead Men Don’t Unlearn

Posted in Behavior, General, Human Resources, Insurance, Listen, Psychology, See What Isn't There, Stories, Traffic, Transportation

I know a few people who don't wear seat belts. Normally, as someone with libertarian leanings, I wouldn't have a problem with this. (This would almost certainly be the case if society weren't also required to pay for their treatment after they have been in an accident) My problem stems from those individuals who cite, as…

Grow From Your Inexperience

Posted in Business, General, Insurance, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

   “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experiences of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Douglas Adams         Question: Which is the more likely scenario?   A)    Roger seemed happily married. He killed his wife. B) Roger seemed happily married….

Unlearning the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Posted in Business, Education, Future, General, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Mental Health, Politics, Science

I recently wrote an article entitled "Social Networking: The Future of Health Care" for United Advantage— United Healthcare's quarterly newsletter. As a result, I have been invited by another large health insurer to come in and speak about how social networking will effect their industry. I have a great deal to say about the topic,…

Unlearning Small Changes

Posted in Books, Business, Culture, Education, Future, General, Health Care, Insurance, Philosophy, Psychology, Quiz, Stories, Unlearn Strategy

Read the following sentence: A woman without her man is nothing. My guess is that if you're a woman it pissed you off because you read it in the following way: "A woman, without her man, is nothing". If, however, you made just a small change in punctuation it could be read this way: "A…

Unlearning Knee, Back and Spinal Surgery

Posted in Books, Business, General, Health Care, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Politics, Science, Unlearn Strategy

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it." Upton Sinclair I really enjoy the above quote because there is so much truth to it. I was especially reminded of the quote after reading this article about the efficacy of spinal surgery in today's Wall Street Journal.  According…

Unlearning Prediction

Posted in Black Swans, Business, Education, Future, General, Insurance, Jump the Curve, Nanotechnology, Unlearn Strategy

"Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” Lao Tzu This famous quote was uttered over 2500 years ago and may strike some people as odd that, as a professional futurist, I have chosen to highlight it. My rationale is two-fold. First, as I have said many times before, the chief…

Unlearning Disease

Posted in Business, Culture, General, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Jump the Curve, Unlearn Strategy

With all of the information now pulsing around us, it is easy to forget that “we don’t know what we don’t know.” I constantly try to remind my clients in the health care sector of this simple fact. A case-in-point is the extraordinary strides being made in the field of genomics—which, due to accelerating gene…

A Lesson in Unlearning from Peter Bernstein

Posted in Banking, Black Swans, Business, Future, General, Insurance, Quotes

“We simply do not know what the future holds.” — Peter Bernstein Peter Bernstein, a best-selling author and risk management pioneer, passed away earlier this month. On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal ran a nice remembrance. I especially liked the final paragraph which read: “Asked in 2004 to name the most important lesson he had…


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