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Anticipate : The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead
by Rob-Jan De Jong


Overview - Business schools, leadership gurus, and strategy guides agree--leaders must have a vision. But the sad truth is that most don't...or at least not one that compels, inspires, and energizes their people. How can something so essential be practiced so little in real life?  Read more...

 
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Overview
Business schools, leadership gurus, and strategy guides agree--leaders must have a vision. But the sad truth is that most don't...or at least not one that compels, inspires, and energizes their people. How can something so essential be practiced so little in real life?

Vision may sound like a rare quality, unattainable by all except a select few--but nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone can expand their visionary capacity. You just need to learn how. In Anticipate, strategy and leadership expert Rob-Jan de Jong explains that to develop vision you must sharpen two key skills. The first is the ability to see things early--spotting the first hints of change on the horizon. The second is the power to connect the dots--turning those clues into a gripping story about the future of your organization and industry.

Packed with stories and practices, Anticipate provides proven techniques for looking ahead and exploring many plausible futures--including the author's trademarked FuturePriming process, which helps distinguish signal from noise. You will discover how to:

Tap into your imagination and open yourself to the unconventional - Become better at seeing things early - Frame the big-picture view that provides direction for the future - Communicate your vision in a way that engages others and provokes action - And more

When you anticipate change before your competitors, you create enormous strategic advantage. That's what visionaries do...and now so can you.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814449073
  • ISBN-10: 0814449077
  • Publisher: Amacom
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-NA
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this energetic business guide, consultant de Jong posits that the reason more leaders aren’t achieving peak innovation is that they’re using the wrong approach: instead of looking forward, they’re looking back. He warns against studying what’s already happened, rather than looking ahead to the next big brainwave. De Jong describes a system of four levels in ascending order of “future engagement,” telling businesspeople how to get past level two (“seeking out sources that specialize in covering future developments”), and into the active levels, from #3 (trend analysis, modeling, and simulation) to #4 (“active, systematic, visionary development”). He also lays out his trademarked FuturePriming process, which develops skills in four major quadrants: visionary content, visionary practices, visionary self, and visionary communication. As to the last skill set, De Jong proposes clear, well-defined terms with which to describe vision, in place of the vague language so often used, citing Microsoft’s early stated goal of “having a computer in every home running Microsoft software” as a high point for clarity in company mission statements. He emphasizes that intellect isn’t the only necessary ingredient for innovation—leadership and character traits like passion, authenticity, and creativity are more important. The greatest advantage of de Jong’s work are its concrete ideas and careful planning for getting through the oft-murky and buzzword-laden waters of business leadership. (Jan.)

 
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