Leading and operating a business can be rewarding and at the same time very challenging. Not adjusting to the new environment or simply being unaware of other possibilities accounts for many business failures. Great organizations are crippled by leaders who refuse to be aware of the new hyper-change world and not choosing to invest in future possibilities.
Too many businesses fail to consciously invest in their futures, instead placing priority on short-term gain. Short-term success is vitally important, where problems arise is when business leaders are only focusing on the next few weeks or the next 12 months. This means racing from one crisis to the next. These businesses may be placing their success at risk if they only structure their businesses to deal with the immediate present and fail to create strategy for the future.
It is essential to never assume that the future will be an extension of today or be similar to what you currently have. The future must be built and created with strategic awareness. The best way to create a sustainable future is to choose to become the custodian of your business’s future.
A sustainable future must be consciously created day by day to create different possibilities that you’ve never been willing to have before. You can choose to be the source for creating a different future by being in curiosity of the possibilities and choices you have. What if there were many different possibilities for creating the future for your business far greater than the one you currently have?
One of the easiest and generative ways to create a sustainable future for your business, is to develop both short term strategy and future strategy. Every day brings new surprises and new possibilities. Preparing for the future is essential if you are to take full advantage of the myriad opportunities and different possibilities that lie ahead.
To seize these new opportunities and possibilities, business leaders must be willing to challenge traditional perceptions. That means being able to let go of traditional beliefs, points of view, assumptions, and practices created in and by the past that would otherwise become a barrier between your business of today and your future possibilities. You must be willing to break with your own successful conventional practices and discover different ways of seeing the world.
All you need to know is that if you haven’t been investing in your future, then there is a different option available. The good news: you can create your own future. Better yet, you can do it simply and consciously as part of your everyday life. What if it is truly possible to be aware of future possibilities and to know what is necessary in the future? Have you cultivated that capacity yet?
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Chutisa and Steven Bowman are a global business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 30+ years working with many top society changing companies and entrepreneurs of our time. She is recognized worldwide as a Pragmatic Futurist and “thought leader” on: strategic awareness; conscious leadership; prosperity consciousness; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and Benevolent Capitalism.