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This is How to Future-Proof Your Business

Posted by Nina Martire

July 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM

As industries become increasingly disintermediated, social media chatter shapes trends and demand, and shifting demographics bring changing expectations, leaders across every sector have to rethink their customer-focused strategies. Simultaneously, employee expectations, personal networks, and information channels continue to expand, forcing these same leaders to reconsider and reshape their organizational constructs. With so much to address in the immediate timeframe, it’s not surprising that only a handful of companies look farther than a traditional five-year planning horizon.

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The Lifelong Learner: How Alvin Toffler Shaped the Future

Posted by Deb Westphal

July 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Alvin Toffler, the namesake and founder of Toffler Associates passed away on June 27, 2016. The news spread quickly across the globe through social media, press coverage, and personal reflections. Many of the conversations centered on the impact of his bestselling books. While it’s true his impact on the general population was in large part promulgated by books like Future Shock, The Third Wave, and Powershift, it was the people behind the books – not the books themselves – that transformed how individuals, businesses, and governments think about the present and future.

 

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Organizational Learning is the Key to Solving 21st Century Issues

Posted by Gregory Weber

May 18, 2016 at 1:15 PM

 

 “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

~ Alvin Toffler

 

Organizational learning, the process of creating, using, and sharing knowledge within a corporation or comparable enterprise, is a driving force for continual transformation. For entities striving to be Future Proof®, it is fundamental. The process of organizational learning typically takes one of two forms – individuals and groups either learn from their experiences or they learn from the collective.

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The Secret to a Successful Pivot in the Knowledge Age

Posted by Nina Martire

April 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Today, the pace at which organizations can gather, process, protect, and disseminate data and knowledge can be their greatest indicator of longevity.

 

For decades, organizations have talked about and understood collaboration as an internal function or a partnering strategy. But that approach is insular in an age where sustaining the health of the organization requires looking outside itself for a deeper, more personal level of knowledge about and connection with the customer. Collaboration is now a platform built on three core legs – internal teams, partner organizations, and customers.

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An Insider Look at Thriving in the Third Wave of The Third Wave

Posted by Deb Westphal

April 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM


On April 5, 2016, Steve Case introduced his book, The Third Wave. The title is a nod to our own Alvin Toffler (pictured right), who introduced the moniker in his revolutionary 1984 book of the same name. Mr. Toffler’s book offered new ways to understand and adapt to the revolution shaping the future of society as we moved from the Industrial Age (The Second Wave) into the Knowledge Age.

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The Human Side of IT Resource Implementation

Posted by Phil Cunningham

April 6, 2016 at 10:17 AM

There is little doubt that we will continue to see a future that employs automated machines and other technology solutions to perform knowledge tasks and data analysis. As that happens, it is important for organizations to recognize these solutions as combined human-machine institutions – not as segmented machines or tools. 

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Workforce Knowledge is Key to Protecting Infrastructure

Posted by Gregory Weber

March 9, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Conversations around infrastructure protection remain largely contained to the historically defined 16 critical infrastructure sectors. Yet as hyperconnectivity continues to tighten integration points between people, physical assets, technologies and security solutions, we see the lines blurring between the operational environments inside these sectors.

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Exploring a New Image of the Future Proof® SME at Beyond SG50

Posted by Deb Westphal

January 27, 2016 at 9:53 AM

On August 9, 1965, Singapore became an independent and sovereign democratic nation. Since it’s founding, Singapore has grown into a standard-bearer of modern development. The city-state is a multi-cultural global hub of commerce, technology, finance and transportation.


As part of a year-long celebration of its 50 year anniversary, the Beyond SG50 Forum explored pathways of innovation in technology and the global supply chain that have positioned the country as a leader since. The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Manpower both were in attendance, putting particular focus on the importance of human capital. From that platform, the conference explored what corporations need to do to sustain a peaceful and prosperous Singapore, and an increasingly collaborative global marketplace.

 

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Change Fatigue is Inevitable. What To Do About It.

Posted by Hans Davies

January 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Vital businesses are in a state of continual reinvention and flux. In fact, remaining Future Proof®in this era of rapid, constant innovation requires keeping your organization agile enough to adapt almost constantly to a shifting business environment. And while change may be driven by the market or other outside factors, its execution – and its success or failure – ultimately depends on the abilities and commitment of the human beings within the organization. 

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A Framework for the Future Proof® Enterprise

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

January 7, 2016 at 4:29 PM

At the nexus between an old and a new year, it makes sense to take stock of which approaches to business, markets and the workforce still work, and which have become stale. We are in an era marked by disruption. New leadership models and organizational structures are absolutely vital for businesses striving to take advantage of new opportunities and challenges.

 

The speed with which knowledge is created, processed and shared across the globe is defining the strength of organizations and economies. Innovation is no longer limited to the ‘visionaries.’ It’s an imperative for any business seeking to keep pace with changes.

 

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