1. Don't focus only on a great new product or service; “flash foresight” can mean seeing new uses for technology that already exists.
Ever wish you were the genius who first thought of Amazon, Facebook or eBay? Or that you grokked concepts like cloud computing or social media before everyone else knew about them? Trend-setters are not clairvoyant or possessed of super-human intelligence. In most cases, they think of better ways to solve existing problems, or provide an improved product or service. So says the new book, Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible (HarperBusiness/Available January 2011). IT professionals are often at the forefront of innovation, yet author Daniel Burrus says they don't always take advantage of the strategic foresight offered by their work to affect revolutionary change. He argues that what he calls the science of certainty allows a person to spot trends before they happen, and tap into “flash foresight” skills to best exploit this knowledge and emerge as an innovator. He also provides insight and predictions on critical trends now on the horizon. For more about the book, click here .
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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