Future Thinking for Practical Strategy November 2014

Category: Presentations
Author: Paul Higgins
Date Uploaded: 23-Nov-14

A presentation to the CEO Institute October 20th 2014 and Updated November 2014 for the CEO Institute Future CEO Group


Paul presented on how to think about the future in a way that contributes to practical strategy.


Key Points were:


Why do we need foresight?

How your thinking about the future needs to be broken down into STRATEGY (what you can practically do now in a concrete plan), EXPERIMENTATION (what is interesting or threatening to warrant playing with) and EXPLORATION (what is not obviously impactful right now but could be and how do you keep it on your scanning horizon

Exploration of the future work around developments in robotics and artificial intelligence

Exploration of how we are creating a world of customers and employees who expect no "friction" between them wanting to do something and their capacity to act.

Exploring the future of programmable money (e.g. Bitcoin)

That the level of resources needed to be allocated to thinking and acting on information about what the future might look like needs to be decided on a case by case company basis. 



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A number of scanning links from our scanning database were distributed to participants two weeks after the event:


http://www.cio.com/article/2834502/consumer-technology/mcdonalds-cio-on-why-its-supporting-apple-pay-on-launch-day.html  - Apple NFC payment system


At Japan Robot Week, mechanical barista treats visitors to coffee  not quite repetitive manual tasks and different handling interface


Coinbase and Funding Circle are on the cover (two covers??) of Bloomberg Magazine this week Bitcoin related companies


Scientists want to fight the Ebola outbreak using robots


Schwab to offer free robo-advise plan in first quarter 2015


The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World


After IBM Deal With Twitter, Watson Supercomputer Can Mine Mountains of Tweets


Visualizing The Explosive Growth Of The Robotics Industry 


A new set of links were distributed to the Future CEO Group:


 Subdermal NFC chip implants as bitcoin wallets


Balancing ATLAS robot mimics crane kick from karate kid


Startup Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols.


The Future of the Bitcoin Ecosystem and &ldquoTrustless Trust&rdquo &ndash Why I Invested in Blockstream


A picture is worth a thousand (coherent) words: building a natural description of images development of Artificial Intelligence


Values and Culture what do exposed values look like in a transparent world (note 270 comments)


Watch This Guy Sculpt A Spider In Mid-Air Using An Oculus Rift  innovative uses for virtual reality


Fitbit Data Now Being Used In The Courtroom


Japan to Invest in Robots, Not Immigrants, to Provide Healthcare for Aging Population


Are you being commoditized?  about the general point of commoditisation but also the nature of work


Inside Germany&rsquos startup factory: Rocket Internet built Helpling into a global company in 9 months