Equipping your organization for an uncertain future is a daunting task. If you're already over-stretched dealing with the pressures of today - it can seem like an impossible one. But building future planning into your everyday practices is t only vital - it's eminently doable. And who better to show us how than Stephen Millett - historian, futurist and management consultant for three decades? Future studies and practices emphasize methods, techniques, and tools, but often lack a sound theoretical foundation enjoyed by the natural, and many of the social, sciences. Yet theoretical first principles provide the foundation for solving practical problems - including planning, investing, managing, etc. Dr. Millett outlines his Five Futuring Principles: they provide a clear theoretical framework for preparing an organization for the future. He then takes us through the practical steps involved in managing a forward-facing organization, including managing futuring (the external-to-internal process of scanning the environment to anticipate the trends that will affect your organization) and visioning (realizing the internal mission, values, aspirations and goals of an organization and its management, and then turning your organization outward to face the world). Managing the Future draws on examples of recent best practice from corporations and venture capital firms. It includes discussions of trend analysis as pattern recognition, the advantages and disadvantages of expert judgement, and both intuitive and analytical scenarios for forecasting and planning.
Stephen M. Millett received his bachelor's degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in history from The Ohio State University. He served as an officer in the US Air Force before joining the professional staff at the Battelle Memorial Institute in 1979. During his 27-year career at Battelle, Dr. Millett became an internationally respected technology forecaster and futurist. He managed over 100 major futuring and visioning projects for corporate, non-profit, R&D and government clients in North America, Europe, India, and East Asia. He retired in 2006 and founded his own research and consulting company, Futuring Associates LLC. He is also a faculty member in the MBA program at Franklin University. Dr. Millett served as a member of the State Board of Education in Ohio from 2003 to 2010.
Stephen M. Millett
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