A Novel Educational Idea: Innovation as a Subject.

Daniel Burrus

How many classes have you had regarding how to innovate? Regardless of the level of schooling you have achieved, for even those of us who have a PhD, the answer is most likely none. Most of our schooling involves teaching us the fundamentals of a given subject, the things that artificial intelligence (A.I.) is getting very good at as every day passes by. At this point it time, we should ask the question: Can innovation be taught in school?

Study: Nine Percent of the Plastic Produced Since 1950 Has Been Recycled

Green Technology

A study published in the journal Science Advances offers findings from the first-ever global analysis of all mass-produced plastics ever manufactured. The authors estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) of virgin plastics have been produced since 1950, the beginning of large-scale production. They also document the fate of these plastics, reporting that around 9% have been recycled and 12% incinerated. Seventy-nine percent are now in landfills or the natural environment.

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Toyota Planning 1st Megawatt-Scale, 100% Renewable Energy Powered Hydrogen Generation Station In World

Clean Techies

The world’s first megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel cell generation plant powered entirely by renewable energy is now being planned for development at the Port of Long Beach by Toyota Motor North America.

Impatient governments push corporate supply chain due diligence

Roel Nieuwenkamp

By Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct. This article was originally published on oecdonthelevel on 24 November 2017. At the OECD’s Global Forum earlier this year, I was asked to talk about the state of play on the uptake of supply chain due diligence.

How is America Acting in Favor of Eco-Friendly Projects


An interesting study conducted in 2014 in collaboration between the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and The Associated Press at NORC, classified American attitudes towards the environment. The national survey included 1,576 adults over 18.


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Wind and solar are now cheaper than fossil fuels

Edouard Stenger

For years, grid parity – the time when solar and wind would be cost-competitive with fossil fuels and nuclear – was the holy grail of renewables energy, a target to reach in a distant future. But the future is now. .

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It’s Hard to Keep an Entire Company Aligned.  A Shared Futureview Could Be the Answer. 

Daniel Burrus

In speaking to audiences, I often point out my surprise at how little time we spend in business really thinking about the future. It’s easy to do when there are numerous tasks at hand. But, since it’s where we’re all going to be spending the rest of our lives, you would think that we’d devote a bit more time to consider the future and your Futureview. Taking the time to think about the future isn’t limited to pondering tomorrow, next week or next year. Instead, it’s much more of a two-way street.

Data Gathers in a Cloud. It Takes off from the Edge

Daniel Burrus

In a way, the exponential growth of machine-to-machine communications and connected sensors, what we call Internet of Things (IoT), is rapidly becoming an example of too much of a good thing. Fortunately, edge computing can help make that wealth of data a good deal more usable.

Agility Levels the Playing Field. Anticipation Changes the Game.

Daniel Burrus

The global marketplace is hardly a novel concept. But what is constantly new is the shifting challenge of knowing where you and your organization best fit into that setting—a form of ongoing flux that’s only going to accelerate in the future. That’s why an anticipatory mindset is critical to succeeding in an economy largely defined only by the geographic limits of the planet.

Hire Innovators + Keep them Innovating.

Daniel Burrus

Leaders who want to see their organizations leap far ahead of their competition are usually deeply involved in any number of employee activities and programs. That’s understandable, but a high level of involvement can often become counterproductive.


Attracting and Retaining the Best Employees

Daniel Burrus

It’s no revelation that great organizations are made up of great employees. That means it’s imperative that organizations of all types and sizes have a firm strategy in hand for identifying, attracting and retaining top talent. But for Anticipatory Organizations , hiring the “best” goes further than an appealing pitch, followed by a welcome aboard handshake.


Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Human Intelligence, not just Our Processes?

Daniel Burrus

The single most disruptive influence on business, as well as society, will be artificial intelligence (A.I.), which includes technology such as machine learning and cognitive computing to name just two. In other words, there is more than one type of A.I. and each represents a new way of doing both big things as well as everyday things in amazing ways.

The Internet of Things Is Creating Smart Airports

Daniel Burrus

For countless travelers, the term “smart airport” is an oxymoron. For these individuals, massive crowds, endless delays and a rash of other headaches hardly add up to an intelligent environment. One exponential technology—a technology that is growing at an exponential rate—that’s helping to create smarter, more efficient airports is the Internet of Things (IoT). Getting Better, but With Ample Opportunity.


Amazon’s Alexa Growth Engine

Daniel Burrus

In past articles, I have written about how Amazon is a great example of a large Anticipatory Organization. Rather than focusing on agility—reacting faster than competitors—these companies have learned to identify the Hard Trends that will happen and use them, as well as other Anticipatory Skills, to drive exponential innovations at a reduced risk.

3 Ways to tell if a Company Values Innovation

Daniel Burrus

At first glance, measuring innovation might seem as inexact as a Supreme Court Justice’s description of pornography: “I know it when I see it.”. One of the cornerstones of my Anticipatory Organization Model is the critical need to craft an environment that fosters innovation. That’s important, but it still begs the questions: How much innovation is “enough”? Further, how can you tell when your efforts to encourage innovation are producing the results you desire?

Organizational Culture: Innovated in 3 Basic Steps

Daniel Burrus

An organization’s culture is more valuable and singular than just a way of doing business. Culture is one of the few elements that simply cannot be replicated. Products can be copies and processes mimicked, but culture is utterly specific to an organization. Your culture can be a strategic asset, or it can act as an anchor holding progress back. SHARE. Culture: Defined and in Practice.


Beyond Moore’s Law

Daniel Burrus

Mark Twain was once quoted as saying that the reports of his death “had been greatly exaggerated.” That, in fact, was an out-and-out misquote—an obvious mistake. The same can be said for the oft-predicted demise of Moore’s Law —in effect, a flawed expectation that runs counter to the ever-present potential of human ingenuity and innovative spirit. Stop thinking in terms of processing power and start thinking in terms of computing power. SHARE. Moore’s Law Defined—and Reborn. Named after Gordon E.

Finding the Advantage in Regulation

Daniel Burrus

In my New York Times bestselling book, Flash Foresight , I shared a proven methodology I have developed and refined over the decades for separating Hard Trends, those future facts that will happen, from Soft Trends, those assumptions about the future that might happen. By learning how to accurately anticipate much of the future before it happens, you can accelerate innovation and competitive advantage. One of the categories of Hard Trends—government regulations—might surprise you.

Leveraging Organizational Identity to Foster Growth

Daniel Burrus

A quote often attributed to Oscar Wilde urges people to be themselves because everyone else is taken. In a way, that bit of wisdom certainly applies to organizational identity, where what you are serves to differentiate you from both partners and competitors. But in building and managing identity, anticipatory organizations are very much aware that a valuable identity is not a one and done proposition.

Agility and Anticipation, a Tale of Two Business Strategies 

Daniel Burrus

When the competition launches a new product, how do you react? Chances are, you act quickly and decisively to address the changing factors and conditions. In short, you use agility to change directions and head the competition off at the pass. But what if you could skip that pivot altogether? Think about some of the most powerful, most industry-disruptive products and services that have become well-known of late. Put them in context with the concept of agility.

Change Your Thinking, Improve Your Results

Daniel Burrus

Every successful company and organization inevitably must confront a key question: Is what got us to where we are today helping us to move forward, or holding us back? We’re thinking and acting as usual, but something is misfiring. You may be dealing with what I refer to as “legacy thinking.” And, left unchecked, legacy thinking can pose enormous obstacles to your continued success—or worse. Change Your Thinking and you will Change your Results. SHARE.

Business Lessons from Sports Icons: Failure is Just Part of the Game 

Daniel Burrus

Tennis great Billie Jean King once said, “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” ” What she was trying to instill in others was the importance of persistence. When Michael Jordan famously said that he had missed more than 9,000 shots, lost 300 games and missed 26 game-winning shots in his career, he followed it up by saying, “I’ve failed over and over. And that is why I succeed.”

Cybersecurity Is Everybody’s Business

Daniel Burrus

It’s quite possibly the most modern rap sheet around. And it’s growing larger every day. From hackers looking to steal millions of credit card details to foreign powers allegedly hoping to snag tens of millions of credit card and/or Social Security numbers, cybercrime is fast becoming an out-and-out epidemic. An epidemic means something that is spreading so rapidly, chances are good it may affect all of us sooner or later.

Complacency won’t Just Hold you Back, It’ll Accelerate the Competition.

Daniel Burrus

Anticipatory Organizations are always looking forward. Given the skills that allow them to identify the Hard Trends that will happen and the many opportunities they represent, they’re often able to achieve extraordinary levels of success. The biggest problem that keeps organizations from being anticipatory is complacency. Complacency can pose all sorts of significant problems.


Why Your Corporate Culture Matters

Daniel Burrus

As I travel around the world working with executives from a wide range of businesses, I find it very interesting that some understand the value of, and take great pride in, their corporate cultures, while others don’t give them much thought. I have also noticed that those who value them the most tend to do far better over time. Corporate culture has been the subject of many articles and books for years—and with good reason.


The New Moore’s Law: Put your Chips on What’s Possible.

Daniel Burrus

When I first discovered Moore’s Law in 1983, I realized I could use it as one of my tools to accurately predict the future of technological change. At the time, few were paying much attention to Moore’s law. Over the decades, the press has declared the death of Moore’s law, usually stating that it is impossible for scientists to make processors smaller and more powerful at the same exponential rate.

What’s the Secret to the Next-Big-Thing? Anticipation.

Daniel Burrus

Every organization, no matter what they do or whom they serve, is constantly watching for ways to increase the value of what they offer. Anticipation and being anticipatory is a very powerful strategy with which you can boost your overall value. That comes from understanding your customers’ present and future needs more thoroughly to leveraging the enormous impact of new technology and market disruption. To Develop a Completely Different Product, Think Differently. SHARE.

4 Ways Agility Protects the Status Quo (And 5 Reasons Anticipation is Better)

Daniel Burrus

Organizations that have adopted an anticipatory mindset and culture enjoy a variety of powerful advantages over those that rely on strategies that simply aren’t as effective as they once might have been. Agility is one such strategy—the often vaunted capacity to react to change as quickly as possible to address problems and changing market conditions. Does that make agility an extinct dinosaur? Far from it, so long as you understand its strengths and weaknesses. Why Agility Is No Longer Enough.

Transform Your Customer Relationships

Daniel Burrus

These days, “talking about our relationship” means more than it used to. Now, it spells game-changing opportunity. For many, an organization’s relationship with its customers used to be largely limited to the point of sale. Thereafter, contact was a good deal more incidental—maybe a bit of anecdotal feedback or a response to a satisfaction survey, but that was usually it. Thanks to technology such as connected devices and embedded software, that’s all changed now.

Change and Transformation—Know the Difference

Daniel Burrus

Think back to when your family bought its first television set. If you’re a Baby Boomer, you may have had only a handful of channels from which to choose—not to mention the headache of adjusting the antenna, putting aluminum foil on the rabbit ears, and let’s not forget getting out of your chair to change the channel. Then came cable and satellite television—more viewing choices and goodbye rabbit ears! Fast forward to present day.

Reputation is Everything. What’s Your Everything?

Daniel Burrus

Organizations as diverse as Samsung and Wells Fargo can attest to the fact that reputation is everything. And with the explosive proliferation of social media, reputation is only going to become more important. As a prevalent saying goes, you’re only one Tweet or Facebook post away from a public relations nightmare. But Anticipatory Organizations have long recognized the critical importance of managing reputation proactively whenever possible. Welcome to the Reputation Economy.

Motivating Employees (Cash Is Optional)

Daniel Burrus

There isn’t an organization on the planet that dismisses the value of highly motivated employees. Motivated people not only do their jobs better on a consistent basis, they also remain with an organization longer. Financial reward is perhaps the most obvious means of boosting employee motivation. But sometimes there simply aren’t sufficient financial resources to foster an environment where positive motivation dominates.

Two Important Market-Trends Vantage Points: Broadview + Futureview®

Daniel Burrus

Even the most traditional, by-the-book organizations share a common goal with their more forward-thinking counterparts and competitors: How to stay in front of market trends. The obvious advantage to keeping ahead of the curve is that you know what your customers currently value—and, just as important, what they’re likely to embrace in the future. The trouble is, that particular challenge is becoming more acute all the time.

Be Anticipatory and Go in the Opposite Direction!

Daniel Burrus

Everyone knows what a battery does. Just plug it in and it provides the power to make something go. Lately, some people have been taking batteries in an entirely fresh direction—one that expands our understanding of what batteries can do when they’re used in ways that go beyond conventional boundaries and applications. From an anticipatory point of view, the strategy is to go in the opposite direction if you want to see new, innovative applications and solutions.

Transcend the Usual, Redefine Risk Management

Daniel Burrus

One of the central principles of the Anticipatory Organization model is to move beyond the idea of mere competition. By that, I mean going past the idea of measuring your organization’s success and performance against others. Instead, set your own standards through transformational planning and ongoing innovation. In so doing, you redefine the concept of risk management. Every organization recognizes that an element of #risk is necessary for success. SHARE. Risk Management Redefined.

3 Steps to Build a Strong Team

Daniel Burrus

An old cliché has it that there is no “I” in team. Like many well-worn phrases, that one holds a certain amount of truth—and not just in the literal spelling. In effect, a strong team emphasizes the group, not just one individual. The thinking is, when the team advances as a whole, so, too, does everyone within it. That begs a question: How do you build a team that is characterized by strong, coordinated teamwork?