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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    In Get There Early, Bob Johansen characterizes the process of envisioning the future not as a predictive tool, but as one that empowers us to ┬┐make the future┬┐.

    The recurrent theme of Johansen¿s book is to get there early. Early arriving leaders thus have the opportunity to deliberate thoroughly before making a decision. Early arrival gives a leader buffer time before making a decision. Early arrival affords a leader the opportunity to think in depth; leaders can then incorporate foresight into insight through to the action cycle. Proceeding deliberately through this cycle enables leaders to see a favorable outcome ahead of others; their decisions facilitate realization of this desired future. <BR/>Johansen¿s concept also provides leaders a bird¿s eye view of the big picture with its driving forces and discontinuities. His forecasting methodology begins with listening for, sensing, and characterizing future vision. For visionary, pro-active leaders, VUCA becomes an anagram for vision, understanding, clarity, and agility. Johansen believes that leaders need to develop new habits and learn how to respond flexibly and adaptively to on-going and often unforeseen challenges. He asserts that principles are more important than rules and advises leaders to clearly propagate their intent for the organization¿s direction. Their leaders show faster organizational flexibility and freedom of movement toward the leader¿s direction. <BR/>Johansen describes the process of foresight, which enables leaders to apprehend what could happen before it does. He believes insights are a core element of any good strategy. Armed with these strategies, effective leaders then know when to act and how to learn from their actions. So getting there early does not simply mean getting there first. Getting there early really means getting there at the right time, prepared to take the right action. <BR/>Johansen offers a refreshing and exciting description of forecasting planning and leadership. He offers leaders the methodology to use a myriad of ideas and concepts in their decision making. Getting there early gives leaders time to reflect before making important decisions; getting there early also enables leaders to keep their organizations going in the right direction, the direction of the leader¿s vision. Finally, getting there early transforms the foreboding VUCA environment into a more supportive and secure operational environment.

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