What you can and can't do about it.
This idea has been around for some time. I don't know whether Peter Drucker was the first to say this, but he certainly made it popular.
"You cannot predict the future,
but you can create it"
I like to read the "futurists" who try to predict the future. Sometimes they do a decent job, looking at current trends and extrapolating what these trends may look like if carried forth into the future.
But the thing to note is that the future MAY look like this IF trends continue. So often the trends are not continued and so the future does not look like what was predicted.
Here is where strategic planning comes in. Through the highly intentional work of being wisely strategic, you can, step by step, move into a desired future. Through strategic implementation of your ideas, you can build a future.
Even the best strategic planning is no guarantee of reaching the desired future, for things happen that affect all our developmental planning. But this way is far more likely to actually bring about what you desire to see.
I am currently in the midst of a rather big writing project - the five volumes of The Exercises, a spiritual formation curriculum/process for leaders. A friend asked when I thought this project would be done. I found myself predicting out a few months. But I hesitated, knowing that the planning work needed is still not in place. So my prediction was "iffy."
When this planning is prayerful and dependent on God, seeking to hear His voice and follow His leading, willing to make adjustments as you discern they are needed, the preferred future begins to emerge.
If you haven't read Nehemiah lately, read the first six or seven chapters and see masterful strategic planning in action by this biblical leader. Then, a future that no one was predicting, actually emerged.
This is the work of leadership.
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International