Summary of Anticipate

The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead

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No one can predict the future, but with the proper mind-set and practices, you can anticipate what may take place.


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In 1987, Time magazine reported that George H.W. Bush, then vice president of the United States, spoke disparagingly of “the vision thing.” This quote bedeviled the first President Bush throughout his political career. In contrast, one man with a vision transformed Dubai from a village in the desert into a world-class city. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum imagined an attractive future for Dubai that transcended the petroleum boom. Today, due to his vision, Dubai has become a popular tourist attraction and a financial hub. Business consultant Rob-Jan de Jong’s erudite treatment outlines the importance of having vision. He explains how to develop your visionary abilities by being open-minded, using your imagination, and learning and applying vision-development techniques and practices. getAbstract recommends this useful, intriguing guide to the development and use of vision to leaders and to those who want to lead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What benefits you can gain from becoming more visionary;
  • What the four levels of “anticipating the future” involve;
  • How to integrate visionary “content, practices, communication” and self-awareness into your life; and
  • Why “FuturePriming” and “scenario planning” should become part of your strategy.


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About the Author

Behavioral strategist and economist Rob-Jan de Jong consults, writes and teaches on how leaders should deal with complexity and uncertainty.

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