Dr. Bob Johansen:


046 – Shapeshifting Companies of the Future with Dr. Bob Johansen of IFTF

046-Shapeshifting Companies of the Future with Bob Johansen Institute for the Future Innovation Ecosystem

Dr. Bob Johansen:


046 – Shapeshifting Companies of the Future with Dr. Bob Johansen of IFTF

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In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.

[3:20] What does ‘VUCA world’ mean?
[4:50] This is a time to listen, not shout.
[7:00] Bob shares an example of how military personnel handle a VUCA world.
[9:50] You can practice reciprocity and make money at the same time, but how?
[15:45] IBM has been partnering with small startup companies to test new ideas and track patterns.
[17:35] Platforms like the app store make it so much easier to facilitate innovation.
[20:20] How can people begin to ‘future proof’ their career?
[24:20] What are some of your underutilized assets? What skills are you good at, but are not using? These are very important questions you must ask yourself.
[26:50] Where is the future going?
[30:45] What is the role of the CEO, really?
[34:30] Video games are becoming a very powerful learning medium.
[37:05] What has Bob changed his mind about recently?
[38:50] What does Bob do to remain creative and innovative?
[41:15] What does Bob attribute his success to, in life?

Summary

In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.

Dr. Bob Johansen

Bob is a distinguished fellow at The Institute for the Future (IFTF), which is an independent, nonprofit research group with almost 50 years of forecasting experience. The core of their work is identifying emerging trends and discontinuities that will transform global society and the global marketplace. IFTF provides insights into business strategy, design process, innovation, and social dilemmas. Their research generates the foresight needed to create insights that lead to action. The Institute for the Future’s research spans a broad territory of deeply transformative trends, from health and health care to technology, the workplace, and human identity. The Institute for the Future is located in Palo Alto, CA. www.iftf.org

What Was Covered

[3:20] What does ‘VUCA world’ mean?
[4:50] This is a time to listen, not shout.
[7:00] Bob shares an example of how military personnel handle a VUCA world.
[9:50] You can practice reciprocity and make money at the same time, but how?
[15:45] IBM has been partnering with small startup companies to test new ideas and track patterns.
[17:35] Platforms like the app store make it so much easier to facilitate innovation.
[20:20] How can people begin to ‘future proof’ their career?
[24:20] What are some of your underutilized assets? What skills are you good at, but are not using? These are very important questions you must ask yourself.
[26:50] Where is the future going?
[30:45] What is the role of the CEO, really?
[34:30] Video games are becoming a very powerful learning medium.
[37:05] What has Bob changed his mind about recently?
[38:50] What does Bob do to remain creative and innovative?
[41:15] What does Bob attribute his success to, in life?

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