How Can You Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow's Trends, Today?

Futurist speaker and author Jack Uldrich addressed that question in a keynote at the 2017 Cleveland Vistage Executive Summit last week

Keynote Speaker Jack Uldrich

​Acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich recently discussed a topic on many executive's minds lately: how to prepare for success in a fast-changing future. Uldrich was selected to keynote at the 2017 Cleveland Vistage Executive Summit last week, where he helped executives tackle this important question. 

In his presentation, entitled "The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Trends, Today," he helped attendees decipher the complexity of change. He began with the twelve trends business leaders must be aware of, and shared how each will transform every facet of business. Uldrich also explored using humility as a means of embracing the new. He concluded his presentation with concrete actions and specific decision-making questions all leaders must ask themselves today, to create a successful tomorrow. 

New advances in technology bring forth exciting discoveries every day. But often lost in this new reality is the fact that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business before they can seize tomorrow's opportunities.

Jack Uldrich, Futurist Keynote Speaker

“Every business leader feels it and knows it — the world is changing at an accelerating pace. Business models are shifting, consumer behaviors and preferences are evolving swiftly. In such an environment, it‘s hard to look ahead to the next quarter, let alone the next year. Still, business leaders must position their companies for continued success,” said Uldrich.

His answer to how to position themselves for success lies in his acronym, AHA. It stands for Awareness, Humility, and Action.

“Organizations must strive to enhance their awareness of changes on the horizon; have enough humility to acknowledge that what served the business well in the past might not be sufficient tomorrow, and they need to be willing to take action in the face of less-than-perfect information.”

Business leaders are often unwilling to “unlearn” certain things about their industry. “In fact, we may not even realize we have anything to unlearn,” he said. Uldrich explains the reason so many businesses experience disruption isn’t simply because they didn’t see the change coming; it is because they couldn’t let go of their assumptions soon enough, in other words, they couldn’t unlearn fast enough. ​

Uldrich suggests, “If you broaden your awareness of the periphery, stay humble about the need to unlearn and become an active thinker, you will come to your ‘A-HA’ moments and better position yourself and your organization for the future.”

Uldrich has addressed Fortune 100 corporations, venture capital firms, associations, not-for-profit organizations and state and regional governments on five continents. His extensive client list includes the National Association of Manufacturers, Verizon, Emerson, Trane, Siemens, Eaton, PMMI, and ABB/Thomas & Betts.

Parties interested in learning more about him, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website.

Source: Jack Uldrich & The School of Unlearning

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