Future thinking important imperative

Future proofing your business by future thinking.

Future thinking is exciting for some, daunting for others

Looking into what people are thinking can be extremely valuable but making predictions about future thinking is always difficult. Impacting trends such as globalisation, the ageing population, mobilisation and technology advances need to be addressed. Planned infrastructure is important and will impact the successful growth of the organisation. Many trends can be predicted with a high degree of confidence, so now is the time to look at where you can add value to the future.

Future thinking and change are inevitable. Trying to stop change is like trying to ‘put toothpaste back in the tube’, it is almost impossible. Future potential is there for each and every one of you to come to grips with. However, you must combat the disruptive and destructive forces through diligence and focused research about your industry.

Technology and machines are becoming smarter and faster than ever before. Many businesses that are successful today may well have a harder time thriving tomorrow. You have time to adapt to future thinking, but you need to think about the future now before you are overtaken by it.

Technology and machines are becoming smarter and faster than ever before. Many businesses that are successful today may well have a harder time thriving tomorrow. You have time to adapt to future thinking, but you need to think about the future now before you are overtaken by it.

The exciting things to build your communities are based on SMEs and Non-Profits

  • SMEs and Non-Profits are the backbones of the local and national economy.
  • They are the generators and circulators of local wealth.
  • Small businesses hold the key to creativity and innovation due to the fact that there are entrepreneurs amongst them .
  • The development of community services due to small business initiatives.
  • Major employers in the community, job creators.
  • They are committed to their local communities because they live there.
  • Always the first to be called on to support community activities since they are easier to access.
  • They are highly agile and adaptable, given the right tools and support.
  • They can help shorten the distance of supply as a result services are more reliable.

Powerful information technology and communications are changing your future whether you like it or not. Excuses as to why you can’t activate your dreams are diminishing rapidly as technology improves and becomes more affordable. In driving your future you must improve your agility and ability to adapt quickly.  http://goo.gl/rqDqh1.

Future of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

SMEs are an important and growing driver of economic growth and sustaining communities. They employ over half the private sector workers and create roughly 75% of new private sector jobs. The next decade will see the growth of SMEs continue with an increase in their social and economic impact.  Entrepreneurs, who are optimistic by nature are particularly enthusiastic as they see the future unfolding.

SMEs can operate in a low-cost location such the home office, or garage. This makes them more agile  than larger companies, as they can quickly adapt to the prevailing disruptive and destructive conditions.  They can take advantage of virtual operations, outsourcing many functions will become the norm while they focus on their core strengths. Lifestyle is becoming much more  important than making money and a small business can facilitate this for more people than ever.

Future of Not-For-Profit organisations (NFPs)

Like SMEs running an NFP requires a sharp focus on what is happening today and the daily operations. With time restraints looking ahead becomes difficult. However, in order to succeed you need to know what’s ahead so as to plan and minimise risks. Challenges often faced by not-for-profit organisations that need to be addressed moving into the future:

  • Same challenges, problems, frustrations, wants and needs as SMEs.
  • Bridging the social gaps, ‘by committee’ due to interest conflicts can be difficult.
  • Better business skills and practices need to be implemented because without them aspirations are rarely met.
  • Better funding availability and practices are needed so NFPs are not reliant on government handouts.
  • They often find it difficult to give value to their supporters because of a poor following.
  • There is a need for psychological support and direction for struggling organisations.
  • Marketing needs more emphasis since most people don’t even know what NFPs are in their community.
  • They need to make more use of technology because old ways are not delivering community expectations.
  • Government compliance and micro-management can hobble any organisation.

Future of community development

Academics and governments tend to base their future thinking on how global forces shape the choices you need to make about your communities. Rather than the wants and needs of the real people who live there. It’s great to think in terms of ‘regional development’ and ‘community strategies’, but it is the individual choices and actions that are the primary drivers. A secondary driver is the future thinking of the people who live there.

Governments and academics still struggle to remedy the problems of poverty and congested cities. Without large capital expenditure, growth and business prosperity in your communities can only come about through increasing entrepreneurial participation. Participation in creativity, innovation and future thinking. This requires a catalyst, providing you with endless opportunities.

Building processes and systems for community development and individual betterment is still not easy. The community development field had to emerge from the shadow of the top-down approach embodied in the government and academic bureaucracies. You need to combine the passion of the real people who live in the communities, with viable management and business practices and academic rigour. Community development practitioners must become more accountable for their work and to measure their accomplishments in practical outcomes.

You need to combine the passion of the real people who live in the communities, with viable management and business practices and academic rigour. Community development practitioners must become more accountable for their work and to measure their accomplishments in practical outcomes.

From the beginning, community development advocates have pursued the vision of a comprehensive strategy. One that integrates approaches and overcomes the barriers between types of services and the government and non-government entities that provide them. A more broadly collaborative approach with local people is more feasible than at any time in the long history of community development.

People want to help, but need leadership

Many people want to help their communities, but they don’t know how they can help and few engagement processes are used. There will be a rise in ‘people power’ as governments at all levels. fail to reach out and engage with future thinking. People need a platform to voice their ideas and concerns about their future community.

Opportunities and possibilities to develop your community are everywhere. The more things change the more opportunities there are. Look beyond the current reality and see what is possible. A community’s strength improves as the standard of business acumen and business knowledge improves. Your aim should be to create new conversations. Ones that will lead to new relationships, better health and better businesses as well as nicer places in which to live. http://goo.gl/0BzPOJ.

Future of employment and jobs

A fast ageing population, a growing pool of younger unemployed people combined with global competition are creating a serious labour shortage. SMEs and NFPs will have to compete aggressively for talent and learn how to fully engage the hearts and minds of their employees. The big question  is, “where will the jobs come from in future”? You need

employment-issues

More thinking is needed in youth, disability and disadvantaged employment.

 

The big question  is, “where will the jobs come from in future”? You need an entirely new framework and ways of future thinking when talking about employment in the 21st century.  A framework that throws up ideas and opportunities to develop the SMEs, NFPs and their communities.

Income inequality is already rising. The gap will increase further as technology skills become more valuable and more job functions become automated. Despite the fact that traditional sources of employment are disappearing. Employees are expected to work more productively and for longer hours.  This can be accomplished if employers adopt more flexible working conditions for improving the quality of life and family involvement.

In some areas of the world, students are ahead in science and maths and key areas associated with new emerging economies. You should be pursuing job opportunities you are already good at, that are aimed at the future of the community. Alarm bells should be ringing, but unfortunately, not enough people are listening, yet.

Future thinking, the things changing your lives and livelihood

  • Economic stability
  • Technology
  • Lifestyles http://goo.gl/anIkPt 
  • Innovation
  • Management practices
  • Mobility  http://goo.gl/HWjWft.
  • Information explosion
  • Marketing .
  • Financing of enterprises
  • Customers behaviour
  • Competition
  • Risks
  • Company structures

 Quotable quotes

“Your prosperity going forward lies in all your actions in the present”. Peter Sergeant

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine”. Mike Murdock

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