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1 Thinking In The Future Tense Jennifer James, PhD. P.O. Box 337 Seahurst, WA

2 The New Story One of the difficult aspects of change, particularly when it is accompanied by complex technology and multiplying data sources, is the ability to give up an old story and develop a new one. The “story” is a common sense version that folds the data into a set of ideas about the “way things ought to be.” Stories are often set up as myths, history or values when they may only be organizing systems for understanding reality. Leaders must be able to tell the “new story” if they expect their staff, constituency or clients to accept their leadership or their product. The last step in any adaptation process is cultural (visceral) change. It requires a compelling, believable story that is easily understood and linked to our deepest values and beliefs. The ability to tell a compelling story requires the following… –A set of ideas that you believe represents the future and that fit the current reality. –A set of values that are connected to these ideas. Justice is always one of the core sorting institutions of change. –Your personal ability to model this story by your emotional energy, creativity and edge. –Your willingness to influence by telling the new story and motivating cultural change. Copyright 2003 Jennifer James, Ph.D., Inc., PO Box 337, Seahurst, WA

3 Understanding cultural adaptation Noticing new patterns Checking myth switches Clearing your perspective Thinking In The Future Tense Technology Economics Culture Demography Complexity Sophistication Effectiveness Justice Copyright 2003 Jennifer James, Ph.D., Inc., PO Box 337, Seahurst, WA

4 Information retrieval Strategic thinking / problem solving Ability to organize / synthesize Reflective /analytical skills Intuitive skills Communication skills Creative / innovative thinking Relationship / teamwork ability International citizenship Athletic ability / health Mental health / grace Esthetics / art __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ ____________ Forms of Intelligence Copyright 2003 Jennifer James, Ph.D., Inc., PO Box 337, Seahurst, WA 98062,

5 Expanding Perspective Relax Know your history Insulate your hot buttons Scan for information Create safety Be able to empathize Expanding Safety Open information Professional competence Financial sophistication Frequent evaluations Fair personnel procedures Conflict resolution skills Know your culture Notice language shifts Trace change lines years Check new myths Notice new mixes - unusual partners Remember personal limits Create a map or matrix Scan the popular culture Know what is leaving Notice your first intuition Play with future events Integrate machines Check the experts Maintain the spectrum of alternatives Know world markets Tolerate chaos Change Skills Expanding Energy Self-management (mind and body) New technology Lifetime education Empowerment/ownership Communication skills Bias towards action Sense of humor __________________________ Copyright 2003 Jennifer James, Ph.D., Inc., PO Box 337, Seahurst, WA 98062,

6 The Net Generation THE NET GENERATION MILLION (3 times Generation X) Use computers and e-commerce Healthier/smarter/biological spurt Diverse (including disabilities) 1 in 3 not Caucasian Frank, sophisticated, mature Optimistic/self-reliant (busy parents) Assertive/question/challenge/debate Sociable/concerned about civic duty (volunteer) Interested in personal achievement Work and play inseparable History and Demography Thought processes-Navigators not crew Myths-Pokemon/Harry Potter Marketing Work expectations-High maintenance Copyright 2003 Jennifer James, Ph.D., Inc., PO Box 337, Seahurst, WA “Growing Up Digital” By John Seeley Brown Stanford Research Institute

7 What is ending for us? What effect is it having on us? What can we do to help each other? What is in the neutral zone? What effect is it having on us? What can we do to help each other? What is beginning for us? What effect is it having on us? What can we do to help each other? _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ ______ Phases of Transition Jennifer James, Ph.D., Inc. Excerpted from Managing Transitions by William Bridges

8 Thinking in the Future Tense Suggested Reading Allman, William F. The Stone Age Present, Simon & Schuster, New York, Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth, Doubleday, New York, Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were, BasicBooks, New York, DeBono, Edward. DeBono’s Thinking Course, Facts on File, New York, Gardner, Howard. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice, BasicBooks, New York, Handy, Charles. The Age of Unreason, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, Jung, Carl G. Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Rev. Ed. Recorded and edited by A. Jaffe, translated by R. Winston and C. Winston, Pantheon, New York, Ornstein, Robert. The Evolution of Consciousness, Prentice Hall, Tarnas, Richard. The Passion of the Western Mind, Ballantine Books, New York, Wheatley, Margaret J. Leadership and the New Science, Berrett-Koehler Publications, Inc., San Francisco, Wright, Robert. The Moral Animal, Pantheon Books, New York, 1994.


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