Editor’s note: As you know, I rarely use this newsletter for promotional purposes, but I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, Business as Unusual: A Futurist’s Unorthodox, Unconventional, and Uncomfortable Guide to Doing Business. It is a quick, easy, and informative read and has debuted as an Amazon bestseller. The book was designed to be read in less than an hour. I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy for yourself and your business colleagues.
Think: Sinclair Upton once said, “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” The quote is worth thinking about as you think about this article: Why Capitalism is in Crisis.
Think Smarter: In this insightful article by John Hagel, the author applies his “ZoomOut/Zoom In” strategy to individual growth. If you are looking to think smarter about how you can harness the future’s unprecedented opportunity for personal growth, this article is definitely worth a few minutes of your thinking time this week.
Think Visual: I am a big fan of Roman Krznaric and although I have not yet read his latest book, The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking, I thoroughly enjoyed his 7-minute TED talk which he delivered last week. I encourage you to watch it as well and then think about how a societal shift in “thinking about future generations” could impact your business today. (Better yet, why not think about some innovative new ways to leverage “thinking about the long-term” to create a truly long-lasting and regenerative business?)
Think Radically: Biological, technological, and cultural evolution are all real and are all accelerating. The converge of these three trends will lead to some powerful and radical shifts in society. This article, An Evolutionary Transition is Coming, asks a provocative question: Are you ready? It is something we may all want to spend some time thinking about!
Heart-Centered Thinking: I was introduced to a new word this week, Sehnsucht. It is a German word for which there is no simple translation. Loosely, it might be defined as an “inconsolable longing.” What do you “long” for? It is a question you may want to pose to your heart–and then think deeply about.
Until next week: Don’t stop thinking about the future! But also never forget “It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting“!