“Those assumptions you’ve made about your future? You need to shred them faster!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
Change happens faster than ever before.
That’s why I use the phrase “the era of acceleration” when I’m up on stage.
And the assumptions that you make as to what might come next might now be your biggest challenge. Be prepared to change them!
As I wrote into a previous quote: “Your blind belief in your certainty about how the world around you is going to unfold is what will often get you in trouble. Because, in a world of volatility, relentless & constant change, that will often be a fateful mistake!”
Take an assumption inventory – and challenge each one. Examine them through a new microscope and a different lens, because you might discover that a completely different future might actually unfold.
The issue of future assumptions was actually trend #14 of my series “Insight 2020: Leadership Strategies for the Era of Acceleration”
What did I write?
“Assumptions are the ideas that blind us to the reality that the future is bigger than we think! A belief that tomorrow will be much like today is one of the worst mistakes that a leader can make today – in the era of acceleration, everything we know about what might come next is fundamentally challenged.
We are heading into a world of 24-hour farming rather than doing it only when the sun is up! A retail world in which most products come to us, rather than us having to go get them. The end of the era of oil and one of renewable, distributed energy and battery supremacy. Healthcare systems in which we Increasingly fix people before they become sick rather than afterward. Construction processes are based in factories, not job sites.
We can assume one future and yet an entirely different future unfolds. That’s why you should challenge your assumptions!”
Good words to live by given the fast pace of dramatic change all around us today!