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The Foresight Thesaurus: Words that Shape Tomorrow

foresight overview Jan 07, 2024

A foresight thesaurus is like a bridge, connecting your present understanding with future possibilities. Understanding the foresight keyword collection enriches your understanding and communication about the future. It comprises words and phrases encapsulating various aspects of foresight, from methods to inspiration. 

Please find my personal foresight thesaurus below.


Use the Foresight Thesaurus when:

  • When involved in strategic planning, a foresight thesaurus can be a treasure trove of ideas. It offers a rich vocabulary for discussing future possibilities and challenges. This can help articulate complex ideas more clearly and inspire innovative thinking during brainstorming sessions.
  • When creating future scenarios, the thesaurus helps to identify and describe various potential futures with greater precision and creativity. This can lead to more robust and imaginative scenario planning.
  • When preparing for potential risk, the foresight thesaurus provides terminology for discussing the more subtle or 'weak signals' that could indicate emerging threats or opportunities.
  • When communicating complex ideas in times of change and uncertainty, the foresight thesaurus helps express these ideas more effectively, making it easier to guide teams through transitions.
  • When exploring new ideas or products, the foresight thesaurus injects a fresh perspective. It helps you think outside the box and consider a broader range of future possibilities and innovations.


This is a screenshot of my foresight thesaurus. I share this with clients in their private online classroom. If you'd like a copy, please contact me.


Foresight Thesaurus (Entry Level)

Strategic Planning

  • Visionary Thinking: Imagining ideal future states and possibilities.
  • Roadmapping: Laying out a strategic path to achieving long-term goals.
  • Leveraging Synergies: Utilizing complementary strengths for optimal outcomes.
  • Goal Alignment: Ensuring individual objectives support the broader vision.

Scenario Development

  • Contingency Planning: Preparing for various future scenarios.
  • Future Casting: Predicting or imagining what the future might hold.
  • Alternative Futures: Exploring a range of possible future outcomes.
  • Predictive Insights: Using current data to inform future scenarios.

Risk Management and Mitigation

  • Risk Forecasting: Anticipating potential future risks.
  • Vulnerability Assessment: Identifying areas susceptible to future threats.
  • Mitigation Strategies: Developing plans to reduce or manage risks.
  • Crisis Preparedness: Preparing for and managing potential future crises.

Navigating Change and Uncertainty

  • Change Management: Guiding and managing organizational change.
  • Adaptability: The ability to adjust to new conditions.
  • Resilience Building: Strengthening the ability to recover from setbacks.
  • Uncertainty Modeling: Analyzing the impact of unknown variables.

Innovation and Development

  • Creative Forecasting: Imagining future trends and innovations.
  • Ideation: Generating new ideas and concepts.
  • Innovative Solutions: Creating novel responses to future challenges.
  • Futuristic Design Thinking: Applying design principles to future scenarios.

Personal Development and Learning

  • Growth Mindset: Embracing learning and challenges for personal growth.
  • Continuous Learning: Ongoing development of skills and knowledge.
  • Skill Forecasting: Anticipating future skill requirements.
  • Strategic Learning: Focused development for future readiness.

Communicating with Stakeholders

  • Persuasive Forecasting: Convincing others about future trends.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Effectively involving interested parties in planning.
  • Impactful Messaging: Communicating future plans compellingly.
  • Vision Communication: Articulating a clear and engaging future vision.

Employee Training and Workshops

  • Futurist Training: Educating about foresight and future thinking.
  • Workshop Facilitation: Leading effective training sessions.
  • Capability Building: Enhancing team skills for future challenges.
  • Strategic Skill Development: Focusing on skills for strategic foresight.

Building Organizational Resilience

  • Organizational Agility: Ability to rapidly adapt and respond to change.
  • Resilience Strategies: Plans for sustaining operations under adverse conditions.
  • Change Readiness: Preparing the organization for future changes.
  • Sustainable Practices: Long-term focused organizational methods.





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Make it your own

Use my foresight thesaurus as a starting point to develop your own, turning it into a powerful tool tailored to your unique leadership style and organizational needs. Here are some tips on how you can do this:

Firstly, you can add personal experiences and examples to a keyword. This brings a keyword to life and helps you whenever you need to explain it or connect actions to it.

Secondly, you can customize the list to reflect industry-specific needs. Every industry has its unique challenges and jargon. Customizing the thesaurus to fit these specific needs ensures it's more relevant and useful to you.

Thirdly, you can integrate your organizational goals and values. Modify or add terms reflecting the organization's vision, mission, and values. This can help make the thesaurus a tool for driving the organization’s strategic objectives. Furthermore, use the specific language or terminology unique to the organization to make the thesaurus more familiar and relatable to the team. It helps in embedding foresight into the fabric of the organization's culture and decision-making processes.

Fourthly, you can use the thesaurus to encourage team input. Involve team members in adding to or refining the thesaurus. Besides having the team teach themselves about foresight, this activity can enhance buy-in and ensure the thesaurus reflects diverse perspectives and expertise.
Set up periodic reviews where the team can suggest new terms or insights based on their experiences and learning.

Finally, you can create a digital version. Turn the thesaurus into an accessible digital document or database that team members can easily update and share. Link with tools to integrate it into the daily work, making it a handy reference during project planning or decision-making.

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