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“The future doesn’t have to surprise you.” So says VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI, an expert on global business trends, Harvard Lecturer, author, and investor. How can we get better at anticipating the future? I asked him when we met. The flood of political, economic, technological, social, and market forces that bombard us every day is overwhelming and distracting. It prevents us from paying attention to what really matters, he said. He noted the usual response to this noise is to focus narrowly or turn to specialists for help. But is that the right path? Have we been blinded by focus? Has the mantra of expertise and specialization misled us? Vikram thinks the pendulum has swung too far. Vikram offers scores of compelling real-life examples that show how the narrow focus and specialization can lead us to miss the most important signals – the ones we’re least primed to see. The advice Vikram offers is counter-intuitive. He advocates opening up to get a broader view; to "zoom out" as he calls it, and then connect the dots. He calls the logic the generalist’s approach. Breadth, Vikram argues, is as important as depth. Generalists win by paying attention to more than their area of expertise. Vikram's generalist framework for looking at the world differently and meeting disruption head-on. I sat down with global business expert Vikram Mansharamani to discuss his approach to spotting global business trends, his teaching, and his speaking. Some interesting ideas here. I hope you enjoy his comments.
There's a huge advantage to spotting opportunities and risk before the crowd. In today's fast-moving global business climate, the ability to anticipate the future is essential to managing change in organizations. Global trends expert VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI helps people look at the world through multiple lenses to navigate the radical political, market, societal, technological, and economic disruption. Vikram Mansharamani believes it’s vital to step back from our areas of expertise and take in a broader view of the world - a generalist's view. Doing so – and then connecting the dots – can result in some very actionable insights that the “experts” miss. The commentary below originally appeared in HQ Asia. To learn more about Vikram Mansharamani and learn about the global business trends he's watching, click here.
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