I am passionate about helping executives and organizations to integrate foresight.
In my personal life, for as long as I can remember, I wanted to know what would happen next. I think I'm stuck in the "And then what?" stage ;)
I blame my (much) older brothers who took me to their lab in the 1970s to play tic tac toe with the university computer. It was as big as a house, rattled loudly, and spat out a little piece of paper that said: YOU WON. YOU CHEATED! Which got me hooked on emerging technology from the age of 5.
And I blame my favorite uncle, who brought me stacks of science fiction books and a bag of fruit jellies to devour whenever he came around (often). It got me to hide in the halway and peek around the corner to watch a.o. Soylent Green when my parents thought I was sound asleep. I'll never forget that movie...
So no surprise that I am a future oriented person. But why turn it into my livelihood?
In my work, I've seen firsthand how critical foresight to the survival of organizations. It's no fun to watch people with kids and mortgages lose their job through managerial oversight. Ever since, I've wanted to learn and teach as much as I can to avoid this type of bankruptcy.
That's why I've made it my mission to help (aspiring) executives develop essential foresight competencies any way I can. I teach online courses, facilitate in-company programs, lecture on using foresight for strategic decision-making and innovation, and do a lot of research on managerial future blindness.
It also propelled me to do a Ph.D. in managerial foresight and get training from the Harvard Business School in strategy and behavioral economics. I wanted to develop a deep understanding of the role of expertise in seeing what's next. It turned me into a specialist in the detection and interpretation of weak signals, and I regularly publish and review new papers on the topic for the Futures Journal to give my knowledge back to my peers.
I especially like to teach foresight to (aspiring) executives because I have also seen its important role in creating a better future. I mean: when executives make better decisions, their organization does better, which means that its workers and suppliers do better, and in their turn these people can help their families do better, who then have the means to help others.
I'm working to create that waterbed effect, where every executive learning to practice foresight well, results in a brighter future for their organization and their stakeholders.
So that's why I am dedicated to teaching and learning foresight. Besides enjoying family and friends, singing Baroque opera or hiking with my three dogs.
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