“It is often said that you should surround yourself with smart people. You should also surround yourself with those who are forward-thinking, optimistic, and who have a vision of a future that is based on science, trends, facts, and reality! Like your local, friendly futurist!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Archives for November 2017
“Do you know why your competitors are winning as you fall behind? My diagnosis is that you have aggressive indecision as a pre-existing condition!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
“I often poll my audience from the stage for the reason they fail at #innovation. One of the common answers is that they suffer from the excuse that “they don’t need to do it right now.” If not now, when?
That’s why fighting aggressive indecision is critical. It’s a disease I identified way back in 2002 – 15 years ago! Read about it from my original news article about the problem here, and fight it!”
It’s always fun to watch the crystallization of a trend that you’ve been speaking about on stage for over 15 years. And that trend is what I’ve come to call ‘complexity partners.’
I recently did a keynote for Quintiq, which is a company that builds a software platform that helps companies to manage complex supply chains and workforces. And while there, I did an interview with them on why the need for ‘managing complexity’ is becoming critical in the context of faster trends.
It’s kind of fun, because this is a trend I’ve been speaking about for 20 years, going way back to my book, “Surviving the Information Age.” I it, which I coined the phrase, “complexity partners,” describing in it that one of the key things organizations would need to focus on in the future was managing increasing complexity. Nailed it!
And I’ve written many posts around the issue, particularly around complex workforce issues. For example, in a blog post on 21st century capital, I wrote this:
- complexity partnerships: in the 20th century, organizations focused on hiring the skills that they needed to get the job done. You simply can’t do that today — skills are too fragmented and too specialized. That’s why successful organizations have mastered the art of complexity supply and demand. They provide their own unique complex skills to those of their partners who need such skills. And when they are short other skills, they tap into the skills bank of their partners. By selling and buying skills with a broad partnership base, they’ve managed to become complexity partners — organizations that spend most of their time focusing on their core mission, and spend less time worrying about how they are going to do what they need to do.
It’s a big and important issue, and if you look at the client list for Quintiq, you’ll know that the trend has matured and gone supernova. Here’s a clip from the keynote! Enjoy!
“In today’s hyperconnected world, children start to become aware of brands as early as the age of 2!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
A photo from my keynote for NAMA’s Coffee, Tea and Water conference in Dallas earlier this week. I speak to quite a few events about consumer trends and consumer behaviour. This is a fascinating statistic I came up with a few years ago during my research!
It’s pretty cool when the top-ranked global legal firm — operating in 38 countries with 13,000+ legal staff — picks you to come in and speak to their most important clients about the future — and the unique legal issues that the future brings. That’s what Baker McKenzie did! The audience was pretty spectacular – key corporate legal counsel for a vast number of global Fortune 500 companies, individuals responsible for managing the accelerating complex legal issues of our time. My keynote took a look at fast new risks involving intellectual property, the Internet of Things, new careers, accelerated product innovation and so much more. I’m busy working on a blog post on my thoughts – stay tuned!
“Want to predict the future? Imagine the impossible! Want to invent the future? Do the impossible!” -Futurist Jim Carroll
“Yesterday I keynoted the annual Coffee, Tea & Water group of NAMA in Dallas, and spoke about the fast pace change impacting retail, faster consumer change, and much more. The big issue for this industry and many more is Amazon, which is disrupting every industry in so many different ways. Amazon got there through big and bold thinking, doing things that people said couldn’t be done, and inventing the technology and platforms that would help them to get there.
Do what you can’t do, and sometimes magic happens!’’