Flash Foresight: See the Invisible to Do the Impossible

Flash Foresight: See the Invisible to Do the Impossible

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by Daniel Burrus, John David Mann
     
 

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Flash Foresight offers seven radical principles you need to transform your business today. From internationally renowned technology forecaster Daniel Burrus—a leading consultant to Google, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, and many other Fortune 500 firms—with John David Mann, co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The

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Flash Foresight offers seven radical principles you need to transform your business today. From internationally renowned technology forecaster Daniel Burrus—a leading consultant to Google, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, and many other Fortune 500 firms—with John David Mann, co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Go-Giver, comes this systematic, easy-to-implement method for identifying new business opportunities and solving difficult problems in the twenty-first century marketplace.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Burrus (Technotrends) has made a career of predicting the future of technological change, and in his latest work, he maintains that you too can develop “flash foresight”—a “burst of insight about the future that produces a new and radically different way of doing something that will open up invisible opportunities and solve seemingly impossible problems.” Burrus argues that we can enhance our intuitive sixth sense through systematic processes used by educators, scientists, governments, and companies like Crocs, Starbucks, and Amazon. “It’s not guesswork or psychic ability,” writes Burrus. “It’s purely a question of knowing how and where to look, and taking the time to do the looking.” Case studies bring the idea of flash foresight to life, such as how Netflix redefined the home movie industry or how Singapore envisioned its future and transformed itself from a tiny city with no natural resources into a sleek center of global commerce. The ability to see trends and identify future opportunities is a skill anyone can benefit from—and Burrus’s latest work is a valuable introduction to the fundamentals. (Jan.)
Stephen R. Covey
“Superbly written and thoroughly researched, Flash Foresight equips the reader with seven valuable principles that provide uniquely effective strategies to grow personally as well as professionally.”
Tom Hopkins
“If people had understood and applied the strategies in Flash Foresight, we might have avoided some of the trials and tribulations of recent times. Here’s to a brighter future for everyone who reads and uses Daniel’s book.”
Anthony Robbins
“For a quarter century Daniel Burrus has made a science out of showing individuals, companies and organizations how to discover the limitless potential of their own future. Flash Foresight is an outstanding blueprint for innovation and success!”
Jack Canfield
“Flash Foresight is all about accelerating business and personal growth, showing you how to see major hidden opportunities, skip over the most difficult problems, and using the power of certainty to transform your business and your life. I highly recommend it!”
Ken Blanchard
“What if you could predict the future? Reinvent the way you solve problems? Skip over an obstacle and get right to the finish line? Read Flash Foresight and let Daniel Burrus show you how. The possibilities are infinite.”
Terry Jones
“With the increasing pressure to innovate and gain competitive advantages, leaders from start-ups to multi-national organizations will find deep insights from the seven principles of Flash Foresight. It will change the way you think about your current obstacles and open your mind to limitless new opportunities.”
Dianna Booher
“Flash Foresight is chock-full of examples showing how organizations of all sizes have applied Burrus’s seven powerful principles to do seemingly impossible things. A fast read that will prime the pump for any entrepreneur or organization ready to transform their product or service.”
Marshall Goldsmith
“Flash Foresight is a revolutionary book that offers the insights and strategies leaders will need to profit from the transformational times ahead.”
Doctor - Nido Qubein
"A must-read for leaders in both business and education, Flash Foresight provides provocative insights that will intrigue and inspire your professional and personal life."
Steve Forbes
“Full of provocative insights and powerful strategies from a veteran entrepreneur. The ‘Take Your Biggest Problem - and Skip It’ chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”
Alan M. Webber
“I love this book! It’s as much fun to read as it is inspiring to learn from. Buy it, read it, and put it to use-in a flash!”Alan M. Webber, co-founder, Fast Company
Joe Calloway
“This book is nothing short of a revelation. A must-read for any thought leader and all those who aspire to be.”
Business Lexington
“Flash Foresight is transformational reading. Burrus has provided a brilliant blueprint for mapping the problems and solutions both of the present and the future. He may also have given us one of the best business books to be written in a long time.”
Peter Guber
“Flash Foresight is filled with powerful stories that teach readers how to get bursts of insight about the future that reveal hidden opportunities and provide real solutions to what were seemingly impossible problems. I highly recommend it!”
Harvey Mackay
“In uncertain times, foresight needs to be 20/20. Daniel Burrus’ visionary concepts shed new light on the strategies that will keep your business looking bright.”
Arnie Bellini
“After reading Flash Foresight and applying the principles to our business, in less than a year we have been able to double our revenues and increase the value of our company by a factor of four.”
Rear Admiral - David Bill III
"Fascinating! A powerful competitive weapon that cuts through the clutter, Flash Foresight shows you what you need to do to survive and thrive in the challenging times that lie ahead."
Howard Putnam
“Flash Foresight provides a flight plan through turbulence and a provocative window to the future that will stimulate a great amount of innovation and positive change.”
Joel Barker
“Flash Foresight, is full of powerful, useful, easy-to-understand-and-apply principles for discovering and inventing the future....When you are finished, you’ll never see the future in the same way again.”
Mark Sanborn
“I always get great insights from Daniel Burrus, and his new book, Flash Foresight, does not disappoint! Not only will it help you create a brighter future, it will also give you tools and ideas for living better today. I highly recommend it.”
Roxanne Emmerich
“This book is extraordinary! A brilliant must-read for any executive who chooses to play big and not settle for incremental improvement. This book could create a worldwide transformation.”
Dr. Nido Qubein
“A must-read for leaders in both business and education, Flash Foresight provides provocative insights that will intrigue and inspire your professional and personal life.”
Rear Admiral David Bill III
“Fascinating! A powerful competitive weapon that cuts through the clutter, Flash Foresight shows you what you need to do to survive and thrive in the challenging times that lie ahead.”
Kirkus Reviews

Burrus (Technotrends: How to Use Technology to Go Beyond Your Competition, 1993) anticipates a technology-driven recovery for the U.S. economy that will overshadow the transformations of the past 25 years.

The author makes the counterintuitive argument that, with the proper perspective and a "willingness to get down on your hands and knees and look at things from a fresh point of view," the current recession can become a time of opportunity. By relying on intuition coupled with informed judgment—"flash foresight"—Burrus contends that even in hard times it is possible to "open up invisible opportunities and solve seemingly impossible problems before they happen." Drawing on the lessons culled from a 30-year career as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies—Microsoft, Toshiba, GE, etc.—the author has developed a seven-step method to guide corporate management in competitively positioning their firms. The first step involves establishing "hard trends"—e.g., the aging of the U.S. population. Based on this certainty, it is possible to "anticipate" the direction of future technology based on the development of diagnostics that can monitor the health of seniors with chronic conditions while allowing them to maintain independence. This is the point at which it is necessary to unleash individual creativity and foster a team effort in order to "transform" technological advances. The remaining four steps—"Take your biggest problem and skip it" temporarily; "Go opposite," i.e., strike out in a new direction; "redefine and reinvent"; and"Direct your future"—are more broadly applicable to individual as well as corporate situations such as job loss, retirement or the development of a new career. In addition to legendary success stories such as Amazon.com, Burrus also artfully weaves in his own experiences, including his most recent start-up venture, a smartphone application that will enable potential homebuyers to access information about foreclosures.

A welcome jolt of optimism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062036551
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
343,735
File size:
1 MB

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What People are saying about this

Dianna Booher
“Flash Foresight is chock-full of examples showing how organizations of all sizes have applied Burrus’s seven powerful principles to do seemingly impossible things. A fast read that will prime the pump for any entrepreneur or organization ready to transform their product or service.”
Harvey Mackay
“In uncertain times, foresight needs to be 20/20. Daniel Burrus’ visionary concepts shed new light on the strategies that will keep your business looking bright.”
Mark Sanborn
“I always get great insights from Daniel Burrus, and his new book, Flash Foresight, does not disappoint! Not only will it help you create a brighter future, it will also give you tools and ideas for living better today. I highly recommend it.”
Ken Blanchard
“What if you could predict the future? Reinvent the way you solve problems? Skip over an obstacle and get right to the finish line? Read Flash Foresight and let Daniel Burrus show you how. The possibilities are infinite.”
Howard Putnam
“Flash Foresight provides a flight plan through turbulence and a provocative window to the future that will stimulate a great amount of innovation and positive change.”
Steve Forbes
“Full of provocative insights and powerful strategies from a veteran entrepreneur. The ‘Take Your Biggest Problem - and Skip It’ chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”
Marshall Goldsmith
“Flash Foresight is a revolutionary book that offers the insights and strategies leaders will need to profit from the transformational times ahead.”
Joe Calloway
“This book is nothing short of a revelation. A must-read for any thought leader and all those who aspire to be.”
Alan M. Webber
“I love this book! It’s as much fun to read as it is inspiring to learn from. Buy it, read it, and put it to use-in a flash!”Alan M. Webber, co-founder, Fast Company
David Bill III
“Fascinating! A powerful competitive weapon that cuts through the clutter, Flash Foresight shows you what you need to do to survive and thrive in the challenging times that lie ahead.”
Nido Qubein
“A must-read for leaders in both business and education, Flash Foresight provides provocative insights that will intrigue and inspire your professional and personal life.”
Roxanne Emmerich
“This book is extraordinary! A brilliant must-read for any executive who chooses to play big and not settle for incremental improvement. This book could create a worldwide transformation.”
Arnie Bellini
“After reading Flash Foresight and applying the principles to our business, in less than a year we have been able to double our revenues and increase the value of our company by a factor of four.”
Peter Guber
“Flash Foresight is filled with powerful stories that teach readers how to get bursts of insight about the future that reveal hidden opportunities and provide real solutions to what were seemingly impossible problems. I highly recommend it!”
Stephen R. Covey
“Superbly written and thoroughly researched, Flash Foresight equips the reader with seven valuable principles that provide uniquely effective strategies to grow personally as well as professionally.”
Tom Hopkins
“If people had understood and applied the strategies in Flash Foresight, we might have avoided some of the trials and tribulations of recent times. Here’s to a brighter future for everyone who reads and uses Daniel’s book.”
Anthony Robbins
“For a quarter century Daniel Burrus has made a science out of showing individuals, companies and organizations how to discover the limitless potential of their own future. Flash Foresight is an outstanding blueprint for innovation and success!”
Terry Jones
“With the increasing pressure to innovate and gain competitive advantages, leaders from start-ups to multi-national organizations will find deep insights from the seven principles of Flash Foresight. It will change the way you think about your current obstacles and open your mind to limitless new opportunities.”
Joel Barker
“Flash Foresight, is full of powerful, useful, easy-to-understand-and-apply principles for discovering and inventing the future....When you are finished, you’ll never see the future in the same way again.”

Meet the Author

Daniel Burrus serves as a strategic adviser to executives from a wide range of Fortune 500 firms, helping them discover invisible opportunities and solve impossible problems. His client list includes Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, Toshiba, GE, Procter & Gamble, American Express, Kellogg, Ernst & Young, Disney, and IBM. He has founded and managed six successful companies and has been the keynote speaker to more than 2,400 audiences worldwide. His highly acclaimed book Technotrends has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Thought provoking
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
If you’re like most people, you’re trying to deal with the changes life throws at you every day, and you could use some help planning for the future. Consultants and business authors Daniel Burrus and John David Mann show you how to read the seeds of the future in the present. They demonstrate how to regard innovations as components of the future you’ve already foreseen, and how to innovate more successfully. As the subtitle says, Burrus and Mann believe you can learn to “do the impossible.” getAbstract recommends their enthusiasm and vision to innovators, leaders and to anyone planning ahead.
Nancy120 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is challenging to any business-owner or entrepreneur. A MUST for these times with fast-paced and changing technology. It applies to business - AND life skills of adaptability and open-mindedness. Nancy
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Truly captivating! Best book you will read this year!!!!!
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Truly one of the best books I've read. Dan's ability to relate the concept of "Flash Foresight" to all business, big and small, is quite amazing. The balance of principles, insight and case studies (with a little bit of humor) makes his concepts easy to read and understand. After speaking with Dan, he made a point that making it personable was one of his goals. He is hopeful that with the knowledge he has presented, people will change the way we do business for the better! You do not have to be a business guru to understand and use his 7 Principles and that's what makes this one of the best books of 2011! It will change the way you think about business and prepare yourself for the inevitable technology transformations of the future.