When I work with leaders on the development of a strategy I ask them to complete the statement
Imagine a time when….
That approach puts their ideas solidly into the future. Some of the best comments I have heard have been from,
An employee at a credit card company who said,
“Imagine a day when we will live in a cashless society and all people will use for financial transactions will be credit cards (now of course it is Smartphones).
An IT person at a major railroad who mused,
“Imagine a day when all of our trains will be operated remotely (the driverless car idea.)
All these thoughts are at different stages of development.
How would you project your ideas into the future?
Remember, in the words of the fictional TV character Frank Underwood in “House of Cards”,
“Imagination is its own form of courage.”