“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” – Denis Waitley
Welcome to my Trends page.
The game keeps changing. And, “agile” is the way to play, if you want to survive and thrive for the long haul.
Trends are not fads. Fads are short-lived and fleeting.
So what are trends? According to Faith Popcorn: "They represent underlying forces, first causes, basic human needs, attitudes, aspirations. They help us navigate the world, understand what’s happening and why, and prepare for what is yet to come.”
Trends at a Glance
Here are my Trends collections:
- Trends for 2014: The Year of Value Realization
- Trends for 2013: The Rise of the Entrepreneur
- Trends for 2011
- Trends for 2010 and How To Improve Your Anticipation Skills
Expect the Unexpected
If there’s one thing we learn from trends, it’s to expect the unexpected.
You can use trends to help you map out and anticipate possibilities. Don’t read trends as definitive lists. Draw from trends to help you create your own lens to make sense of the landscape and find your path forward. They help you see what to watch out for. They help you see what not to be surprised by.
The Art of the Long View teaches us that we can’t predict the future, but we can play out the “What If’s.” Use trends to do scenario planning, improve your anticipation skills, and help you become “ready for anything.”
Image by Sam Howzit.