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Think like a futurist. Here’s how.

We’ve spent a lot of time here talking with futurists, asking them what they see, searching for clues about what tomorrow might hold.

Now, finally, we have a blueprint for how to think like a futurist.

It comes from Sheryl Connelly. She is — surprise! — the in-house futurist for Ford Motor Company, and she led a thought-provoking session at the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting on how to develop a future-focused mindset.

Lord knows that’s more important than ever. Given the pace of change and complexity these days, the only way to get ahead is to think ahead — to spot those weak signals of disruptive change on the horizon and figure out how to take advantage of them before they get here.

Here are some ideas from Connelly on how to do that:

A little anticipation doesn’t hurt, either. If you can accurately identify a few future facts before they arrive, creating your future seems a lot less daunting.

One thing is certain: There’s no time to waste. Let’s get started. The future may not have arrived yet … but you can see it from here.

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