Think: Strategic foresight won’t help you think what to think about the future, it will help you figure out how to think about the future. This Harvard Business Review article, Learn from the Future, will not only improve your thinking about the future, it will explain why you need to “institutionalize imagination” within your business, now!
Think Harder: Most people know what they think, but not why they think it. This is a problem. Here are two ways to improve your metacognition skills. (P.S. If you think you don’t need to read this article just remember that your ignorance is largely invisible to yourself.)
Think Smarter: Here’s an intriguing question: What will experience look like in the future? In today’s rapidly changing world, one distinct possibility is that unlearning will be more critical than learning. (Helpful hint: The next time you interview someone for a position don’t ask them what they have learned in the past six months, ask them what they have unlearned!)
Think Wisely: Are you “young in spirit” or “elderly in spirit”? Aristotle has some insightful thoughts on this question as well as some practical advice on why feeling is better than reasoning.
Heart-Centered Thinking: On behalf of future generations, I am asking that you think about the issue of climate change with your heart–and not your mind–this week. To understand why, please check out this new clock in New York City which is counting down how much time the planet has before it runs through its allotted carbon budget. (Even if you are inclined to ignore this issue, I advise against it because if governments fail to act on the issue of climate change your customers will increasingly expect your business to be part of the solution.)
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“!