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Scenario Planning: A Field Guide to the Future

Scenario Planning: A Field Guide to the Future

Woody Wade

ISBN: 978-1-118-17015-1 March 2012 204 Pages

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Is your businessready for the future?

While crystal balls cannot actually see into the future, a methodology does exist that can helpyou visualize it. Or to be more precise, this methodology helps you see a range of alternative futures—or scenarios—that could plausibly emerge, depending on how current developments continue to unfold.

Scenario Planning serves as a guide to looking at your business, and the world, years from now, posing thoughtful questions about the possible consequences of current (and possible future) trends. It helps decision-makers see opportunities and threats that could emerge beyond their normal planning horizon. This book will help you:

  • Outline (and prepare for) any trends that could change the political, social,and economic landscapes and significantly impact your business
  • Explore the impact of technological advances and new competitors
  • Examine challenges that are only dimly recognizable as potential problems today

This visual book will help you answer the question, "Is my organization ready for every possibility?"

INTRODUCTION 1

Albert Einstein may have been a great scientist, but if he’d been a businessman, he’d have lost his job.

CHAPTER 1 ESCAPING THE TYRANNY OF THE PRESENT 6

Conventional forecasting and projections won’t help you see much beyond next Tuesday. Scenario planning, on the other hand, won’t nail down the future, either, but there is no such thing as the future, anyway, so that’s all right. Instead, by helping you explore alternative futures, scenario planning will help you see what could happen, so you’ll be better prepared to deal with it.

CHAPTER 2 HOW-TO 26

Start to fi nish, here’s how the process works. (You’ll still want an expert facilitator. My e-mail is wade@11changes.com.)

CHAPTER 3 CASE STUDIES: THE REAL WORLD 64

These four organizations used scenario planning to explore how the future might unfold for a country, an economic sector, an industry, and a company.

CHAPTER 4 BLACK SWANS 140

History turns on events that are extremely rare yet have huge consequences. The same is probably true of your company’s future.

CHAPTER 5 ARE YOU READY? 156

Most books about the future are full of predictions. “Just you watch: This will happen.” This book isn’t. Instead, it poses some questions about what could happen.

POSTSCRIPT THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE 186

A failure of imagination can have tragic results.