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Full Spectrum Thinking by Bob Johansen

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The Global Leadership Seminar is back with its second seminar on "Full Spectrum Thinking" with noted futurist Bob Johansen of The Institute for the Future.

In this video, Bob explains how Full-Spectrum Thinking provides leaders with the ability to seek clarity across gradients of possibility—while resisting the temptations of certainty. For example, medical doctors used to label people as “autistic.” Now, they say people are on the spectrum of autism disorders.

Full-spectrum thinking offers an alternative to sloppy categorical thinking that is so common today. It unlocks clarity while challenging certainty.

Bob Johansen is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley. For more than 30 years, Bob has helped organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future, including corporations such as Nestle and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as major universities and nonprofits. He holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, which he attended on a basketball scholarship, and a PhD from Northwestern University—as well as a master’s degree that focused on world religions.

The seminar was moderated by Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan of IIM Bangalore. Prof. Srinivasan is a Professor in the Organizational Behaviour and HRM at IIMB. Her work over the last decade in the field of leadership development has focussed on building future-ready competencies.

Charles Assissi, veteran journalist, and co-founder of Founding Fuel, also joined to share his perspectives on Full Spectrum Thinking.

Please note: The seminar was organized by iSPIRT Foundation in association with NSRCEL of IIM Bangalore. This seminar series aims to bring the best of management wisdom to Indian companies and startups.

Watch the entire recording of the session published on iSPIRT Foundation's official Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydesUdu2CkA

For more information, please write to community@ispirt.in

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Full Spectrum Thinking by Bob Johansen

  1. 1. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org Bob Johansen, PhD Institute for the Future Palo Alto, CA FULL-SPECTRUM THINKING for iSPIRT Global Leadership Seminar Second Edition January 12, 2020
  2. 2. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org Ten Skills Five Literacies One Mindset WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR LEADERS TO THRIVE IN THE NEXT DECADE?
  3. 3. A TALENT PROFILE FOR THE FUTURE: Ten Future Leadership Skills Immersive Learning Ability Rapid Prototyping Commons Creating Constructive Depolarization Dilemma Flipping Clarity Maker Instinct Smart Mob Organizing Bio-Empathy Quiet Transparency
  4. 4. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org LOOKING BACK FROM THE FUTURE, BUT ACTING NOW VOLUNTARY FEAR ENGAGEMENT LEADERSHIP FOR SHAPE-SHIFTING ORGANIZATIOINS CREATING and SUSTAINING POSITIVE ENERGY BEING THERE WHEN YOU’RE NOT THERE A TALENT PROFILE FOR THE FUTURE: Five Future Leadership Literacies
  5. 5. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org 5 The ability to make sense out of the future across gradients of possibility— while resisting the temptations of certainty, mindless categorization, and thoughtless labelling Our brains want certainty, but the future will require clarity Categories coerce… Resist the binary…
  6. 6. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org 6 Many are certain, but few are clear…
  7. 7. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org 7 The future will reward full-spectrum thinking, but punish categorical thinking
  8. 8. © 2020 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2137 | www.iftf.org 8 traditional binary computing big-data analytics, visualization, machine learning, blockchain, gameful engagement, etc. YESTERDAY’S TOOLS FOR CATEGORIZING TOMORROW’S TOOLS FOR FULL-SPECTRUM THINKING
  9. 9. © 2020 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2131A | www.iftf.org INSIGHT “aha” that creates a new story in your brain that you can’t un-see FORESIGHT Future-back stories—with signals to bring them to life ACTION An agile way forward, expressed with clarity and as a story
  10. 10. 10 NOW…FUTURE…NEXT Future-Back Horizon 1…Horizon 3…Horizon 2 NOW…NEXT…FUTURE Present-Forward Horizon 1…Horizon 2…Horizon 3 © 2020 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. | www.iftf.org AN EXAMPLE OF FUTURE-BACK THINKING IN BUSINESS
  11. 11. © 2020 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2131A | www.iftf.org INSIGHT “Organization Charts” and “jobs” will need to be more fluid and adaptable FORESIGHT Future organizations will be more shape- shifting, less command-and-control ACTION Be very clear about direction, but very flexible about execution AN EXAMPLE OF FULL-SPECTRUM THINKING APPLIED TO THE FUTURE OF ORGANIZATIONS…
  12. 12. 12 • NO CENTER - more distributed authority and governance, less centralized • HIERARCHIES COME AND GO - liquid hierarchy, liquid data, liquid organizations • GROW FROM THE EDGES - where diversity flourishes—unfiltered spectrum diversity • CANNOT BE CONTROLLED - but can be guided directionally FULL-SPECTRUM THINKING APPLIED TO ORGANIZATIONS
  13. 13. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org CISCO ONVR AN ANIMATED ORG CHART PROTOTYPE
  14. 14. ©2018 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. Humans assisting machines Machines assisting humans Machines working alone “SUPERMINDS” Humans assisting humans Humans and small tools Machines assisting teams of humans Machines assisting machines H R I T For example, Mr. Spock in Star Trek?
  15. 15. © 2020 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2131A | www.iftf.org PAUSE for conversation
  16. 16. © 2019 Institute for the Future. All rights reserved. SR-2099 | www.iftf.org The End For more queries, please drop us a note at community@ispirt.in

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