Vanishing Point

Tyler Sweatt

Tyler helps build Future Proof® teams. He brings expertise in identifying meaningful data and human attributes that signal threats and opportunities, and in channeling innovation into performance and growth. Tyler has worked for Deloitte Consulting and served as an officer in the United States Army and Army Reserves. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Recent Posts

The Implications of China’s Baby Economy on Your Future

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

December 2, 2015 at 9:30 AM

China has the world’s largest population (1.37 billion) and in 2014, the country surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy (GDP based on purchasing power parity).[1] Today, the country is abolishing a 35-year-old One Child policy and discussing impactful changes to its foreign investment rules. For global businesses, these changes make it imperative to consider how they will address future market implications of massive population growth in the face of operational constraints.

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Can Innovation Restore the US Infrastructure?

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

November 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

In 2014, US venture capitalists invested $48.3 billion in 4,356 deals – a 61% increase in dollars and a 4% increase in the number of deals over 2013. Internet-specific companies captured almost a quarter of those total investments.[1] Even as we enjoy an age of unprecedented technological innovation, the American infrastructure is crumbling.

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Successful Design Thinking Keeps an Eye on the Future

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

October 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Design thinking is everywhere. Academia, industry, and the public sector are all heralding design thinking as the ‘new’ solution to creating and driving innovation across organizations. My Twitter feed and LinkedIn Pulse are stocked with stories and visuals explaining how and why to leverage design thinking, and the ‘magic’ of focusing on the customer. Without looking too deep, it’s easy to ascertain that design thinking is much more than a leadership concept in today’s fast-paced, evolving marketplace. 

 

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Rise of the Machine 2.0: Security After the Internet of Things

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

September 23, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Over a remarkably short period of time, we have evolved from understanding how to manage technology in various parts of our lives, to adapting to a fully integrated existence. Highlighting this progress in a September speech at the Royal United Services Institute, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work drove home the potential of integration, “The third offset strategy will be based on increased human-machine collaboration and combat-teaming.”

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The Rise of the Machine: Do Humans Have a Place in Security?

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

September 9, 2015 at 10:05 AM

We live with risk every day, and we work very hard to stay safe. We lock our doors, shred our mail, guard access to our credit cards, and protect our data with passwords. In recent years, however, we have seen a rash of situations that have challenged our perceptions of security: personal data compromised on Federal Government systems, hackers stealing information from large companies, and workplace violence caught on live television. There is no shortage of examples.

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How to Create Space for Innovation

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

August 5, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Innovate or die. Disrupt or be disrupted. It’s that simple.

 

Neither innovation nor disruption is a new term, but organizations are compelled to understand them in new ways because the strategic business environment around the world is evolving so rapidly. Failure to turn disruption risk into disruption opportunity is not an option for companies that want to compete and grow.


In fact, transforming an organization trying to drive rapid growth, or one integrating cultures post M&A, or a stagnant company operating in pure survival mode into an agile, creative, risk-taking place where innovation thrives isn’t easy. It takes time. But we’ve seen it happen, and the change would astonish you. Employees are happier, the mood is lighter, collaboration is rampant, and the companies are growing.


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