159. Mark W. Johnson: Lead From the Future

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Our guest today is Mark W. Johnson, the co-founder and senior partner of Innosight, a strategy and innovation consulting firm he co-founded with Clayton Christensen in 2000.

Mark's latest book is titled Lead From The Future: How To Turn Visionary Thinking Into Breakthrough Growth, and today, we're going to talk about what this means. Because whenever you make the decision to disrupt yourself, you are giving up what you have today for something you could have in the future, and the status quo that you have today, whether it's good or bad, is comfortable. We're more motivated by what we lose than by what we gain, and that's where Mark and his co-author Josh's work comes in. They've developed a process called future back thinking, a process that whether you are an organization or an individual, helps make living the present a little less scary, and the future a lot more hopeful and exciting.

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The idea of future thinking might seem overwhelming or might seem impossible right now. We know that things like COVID-19 that were possible (we’ve been warned for years about the possibility of a pandemic) but not probable or expected can sideline any possible plans we may have, but that shouldn’t stop us from thinking ahead.

Things will end. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a bright future.

Really consider the future. What it will be and what you want it to be.

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