As discussed here there are many types of futurists.
Would like to ask this forum what skills/techniques you have in your toolbox that you would like to share that you believe others should know:
Here are a few things that I find useful in the context of thinking about how to create a better future:
- Business Motivation Model - by the OMG. For me this is a great mental model of the key aspects you need to know to implement a vision.
- Object Modelling -
- Business Analysis techniques
- Balanced Scorecard
- Problem Solving skills (including lean & triz)
- Various psychology theories on such things as motivation, identity, etc
…I have more but this will do for a start!
Would be interested to learn from others what skills/tools/techniques they find useful.
This looks like a pretty useful initiative! I think it would make sense to distinguish between personal effectiveness and organizational effectiveness skills/techniques. Let me start start with some generic categories:
- Philosophy / purpose / vision / mission
- Ethical principles (mainly utilitarianism in my case) as basic guideline for what to do and what not to do
- Optimizing health:
- Healthy diet: Lots of veggies, and little sugar and refined carbs
- Meditation / mindfulness / stress reduction
- Getting enough sleep
- Time and energy management (do activities which are most appropriate to your current energy level)
- Effective research and education techniques
- Self-leadership skills
- Clear purpose / vision / mission
- Organizational principles (Lean, Agile, Teal, whatever)
- Optimizing effectiveness of the organization in accordance with techniques that are compatible to the organizational principles
- Communication skills
- Good understanding of human psychology
- Leadership skills
What seems extremely useful in both contexts is empirical self-evaluation to find out what really works and what doesn’t. This involves setting up metrics and measuring them, as well as tracking activities, events, and momentary states.