We’re less than 3 weeks out from the election. Have you spent any time analyzing what a President Trump could mean for your organization?
This is a provacative question, but I am not trying to be political and I am not making a forecast. It’s a test. I pose this question so you can confront a hard truth about how well you prepare for the future. This election represents a common scenario I’ve seen play out. Many smart people do dumb things when it comes to strategic planning, like ignoring possible future scenarios that are difficult for them to deal with personally. People get uncomfortable planning for a future they don’t want to see, so they don’t plan and hope for the best.
“Hope for the Best”
Scary how often we hear that phrase, isn’t it? What’s worse is that we hear it from people that are supposed to be in charge.
Trust in institutions is declining around the world. There’s also an international anti-globalization groundswell taking place. The Trump campaign suggests the Brexit vote and the anti-FARC vote in Columbia are clear signs that Donald Trump will ride a populist wave in November.
Again, this is not meant to be a political blog post. But I am saying that many people have entirely written off the possibility that Donald Trump could win and have decided not to even plan for such a scenario.
However, this is not unusual behavior. I speak to many business leaders who are reactive instead of proactive. The excuse I hear most often is “I’m too busy dealing with the present to think about the future.” What I really hear is “I’m afraid of the future.”
“I’m afraid of the future.”
Fear can be a great motivator when harnessed in the right way. Dale Carnegie famously said “If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
So put aside a few hours to really think about what the results of this election could mean to your business depending on who wins the election. Write down some concrete actions you’ll want to take. And then find more time to think about all the other trends and issues you’ve been avoiding. I’m here to help.
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Michael Vidikan, Future in Focus