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It's About Time

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I have been thinking a lot about Time recently—mostly because I have so little of it under my own control. Don’t get me wrong; it’s nice to be busy. However, when something you value becomes scarce, it also becomes incredibly precious.

So here are a few somewhat-connected (at least in my mind) perspectives on Time, and how it affects our work and our organizations. I’ve chosen to focus in particular on how well-managed organizations (and effective individuals) allocate their work activities using Time as a major sorting mechanism.

Does the future of work involve everyone "cocooning" at home?

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I was recently asked a question that I hear all too often:

You have been studying today's most favored methods of working for many years. What are the big headlines about that? Just where are we going? Or rather, are we all going to stay home and work from there all the time ?

No, we’re not all going to “cocoon” and never leave our home offices! That would be insane.

Don't Stop Talking About Tomorrow

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December is a natural time of year for both reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the new year.

As I think about the challenge of "futureproofing" an organization, I--like many other futurists--have come to believe in scenario planning as a powerful tool for helping to anticipate, and prepare for, the future. However, I also know that the value of any scenario depends critically on an organization's ability to imagine what the future could be like--to "think outside the box" and beyond the obvious trends.

And organizational imagination in turn depends on the collective wisdom and insights of a large and diverse group of thoughtful individuals who are willing to share their perspectives and to learn from each other. In short, the only way to develop meaningful scenarios of future possibilities is to engage in rich, extended conversations.

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