Vanishing Point

Measurement and Metrics for Success in the Third Wave

Posted by Kanch Algama

April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM

As Alvin Toffler predicted, the rate of change has continually increased in the Third Wave. Well into this era, it is evident that the breadth and pace of change are still creating new possibilities and complexities for almost every sector, industry, and organization. The modern work environment is a perfect model for how the confluence of a few significant shifts can transform paradigms.

 

In such a dynamic environment, competition becomes especially challenging because standardized comparative benchmarks are less likely to exist. In fact, most modern organizations employ a variety of frameworks, standards, and certifications to pursue a competitive edge. The scenario raises an important question for future-focused organizations.

 

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The Three Secrets to Great Bartending and Successful Consulting

Posted by Hans Davies

April 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

I recently took advantage of an opportunity to participate in a two-week bartending class. The course was a chance to learn a new skill I could use at parties and a way to meet some different people. While I expected to learn a few tricks and a few new drinks, I did not expect to learn three valuable lessons about the business of consulting. By the end of the course, however, the similarities between the two were apparent. Both are ‘people’ businesses that rely on a team of individual purveyors (bartender or consultant) to act with intellect, methodology, and care for the best interests of each customer.


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Perfect Innovation is a Dangerous Myth

Posted by Jason Fieger

April 5, 2017 at 8:03 AM

A brief history of the iconic toy manufacturer LEGO offers a clear argument that the traditional notion of perfection is the enemy of our modern reality. Historically, only by those companies able (and willing) to spend years on R&D have attained this status. Today, we know that time can destroy success, and that perfection may be a moving target.

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Take Care of Your People if You Want Your Organization to Thrive

Posted by Chris Gros

March 29, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Let me paint a scenario of contradictions. Most of us know that the leading cause of death in America is heart disease, caused by obesity, stress, and other factors related to a sedentary lifestyle.[1] Yet we are sitting, working longer hours than ever before. ‘Progressive’ companies are exploring ways to build and scale cultures that free people from the tethers of a traditional office-based environment. Yet we are connected 24-hours a day, seven days a week, enabling us to work anytime, anywhere – and we do. We have watches that measure every step we take, access to healthcare through a video chat on our phones, and applications that can count every calorie we eat. Yet when it comes to health, the United States is in a downward spiral.

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Do people still matter in a post-automated world?

Posted by Phil Cunningham

March 22, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Telephones came into existence in the late 19th Century. Along with the innovation came the establishment of new businesses, each focused on providing this new communication capability to the marketplace. And along with those emergent organizations came hundreds of thousands of new jobs for switchboard operators who would connect incoming calls to a final destination. The overwhelming rise in market saturation of telephones and resulting call activity outpaced the capacity of human workers to connect the calls well into the 20th Century. Automatic switching equipment emerged as a solution - and ultimately replaced the workforce entirely.

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Human-to-Human Engagement Will Win in the Technology Age

Posted by Dave Baber

March 15, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Like organizations and the innovations they produce, the workforce has undergone significant change over the last 15 years. It shows every sign of continuing to evolve at this accelerated pace. Emerging developments are shifting stakeholder expectations, leaving industry leaders struggling to steer their organizations. Power is shifting from traditional executive positions to the workforce and customers with a proliferation of new ways to gather and disseminate information and collaborate on strategic tasks. As that shift happens, the gap between operations, workforce desires, customer expectations, and governing policies is widening.

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The Risk of Neglecting Human Value in the Innovation Solution

Posted by Gregory Weber

March 8, 2017 at 8:01 AM

 

“If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

- Simon Sinek

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Search “technology” or “innovation” or “computer” and “founded/er, ” and you’ll come up with lists of people who have launched tech companies. You might find lists dedicated to women, all non-U.S. born innovators, or non-tech people who started companies. You aren’t going to find a single story of an organization created, funded, launched, and nurtured by a computer. That’s because, for all the things that technology can do for us, it can not replicate the value and power of human judgment, instinct, or empathy that are so vital to the health of our workforce, our organizations, and our global marketplace.

 

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Big Teaming is a Solution to the World’s Toughest Challenges

Posted by Scott Stafford

March 1, 2017 at 10:01 AM


Big Teaming is “intense collaboration between professions and industries, which requires leadership that can combine expansive vision with deliberative incremental action.”[1] It is necessary for organizations to take an inherently orthogonal approach to problem-solving and strategy, like that of our FUTURE PROOF® business consulting services. In Big Teaming scenarios, cross-functional teams bring together broadly disparate functional domain expertise to accomplish a task or solve a challenge.

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How Public Perception of the Security Landscape is Impacting Resilience

Posted by Nina Martire

February 22, 2017 at 1:10 PM

America is at a security nexus. Critical infrastructure is deteriorating, private information is becoming less private, and the threat actor profile is increasingly difficult to pinpoint. At the same time that uncertainty is escalating, collective trust in traditional sources of security (i.e., police, the government) is waning and shifting to new targets.

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Why You Need to Conduct an Organizational Innovation Assessment

Posted by Avery Sen

February 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM


There is no one “right” way to innovate. There are different reasons to do it, different ways to do it, and different experts required. What success means and how to achieve it depend on human institutions and human engagement. Every innovation is a reflection of the capabilities and culture of the organization that produced it, as is every failed attempt at innovation. While there is no right way to innovate, organizations can benefit from common understanding.

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