Summary of Preferred Futuring

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Preferred Futuring book summary


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Lawrence L. Lippitt tells you how to create a future vision for your organization. You must assess your present reality and external threats, create a plan to get to your future, and monitor the results. The book’s focus on a future vision distinguishes it from ordinary problem-solving guides. Lippitt cites a few examples of groups that have used this approach successfully over the course of 30 years and emphasizes using this technique in a group session. This nicely written, well-organized book clearly and simply presents its eight-step model and offers a complete implementation guide. getAbstract recommends this book as useful to anyone working on planning or managing change - from CEOs to team leaders and trainers. One caveat: Its methods seem similar to those offered in other leadership and strategic change literature. The specific steps may vary, but the basic approach is much the same. What’s different is the vision thing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What preferred futuring is;
  • Why preferred futuring results in an organizationwide shared vision of the future; and
  • Which eight steps you need to employ to install preferred futuring as a permanent organizational planning tool.

About the Author

Lawrence L. Lippitt is president of Lippitt Carter Consulting and co-founder of the Preferred Futuring Network. The son of Ron Lippitt, he has used preferred futuring techniques for more than 20 years with both large and small organizations - from Fortune 500 companies and healthcare organizations, to schools, nonprofits and city governments.



Preferred Futuring Roots
Preferred futuring traces its roots to the late 1950s and early 1960s, when social scientist Ron Lippitt sought a better way to help groups determine goals and work toward change. He found that people commonly identified their current problems, prioritized them...

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