I started writing this post in early November but didn't finish it until the end of December. It seems this has not been the year of blog writing for me. It appears I haven't written anything since January. Is that sad? Or is it okay? Should I feel guilty? Or should I recognise I've been preoccupied with life, family, PhD and just generally trying to make my life as good as I can make it?
But I haven't been idle. My PhD is progressing. I'm developing a 'conversations about the future' framework to centre my work on people not process. This is based on my integration of integral and foresight which has also structured the design of this website. It all remains a work in progress and that's okay.
A few years ago now, I gave an interview to people who were developing career resources for people who wanted to be foresighters. I found a copy of my email the other day and thought it would be useful to reproduce on my blog, so here it is (with some editing to keep it current).
What kind of person does it take to succeed in running your own consulting company?
Someone who has a clearly defined vision and purpose for running the business in the first place - without that, you wander all over the place in terms of work, taking what comes.
If you are reading this post then I hope you are reading because you realise that this sort of approach to problem solving and to preparing for the future is both ineffective and waste of energy and resources. Doing strategy has taken over how we think about the future, keeping that thinking trapped in today. This I call conventional strategic planning.
I was invited to Swinburne University's Strategic Foresight class yesterday to talk with them about my experiences at a foresight practitioner (thank you Peter Haywood). We talked about my journey, what I'd learned and shared the experiences they wanted more information about - how to get into the field, how to tell clients something they don't want to know, what I see as my primary motivation. In the conversation, I realised a couple of things. One was that the reason I probably got such awful student evaluations last year when I 'taught' environmental scanning to a different class of Strategic Foresight students is that I was totally uncomfortable being seen as the sage on stage, the expert with the answers. I do know a lot about how to do scanning, and I do help people set up scanning systems and use scanning it in their work, and I help them work out what to do with the outcomes.
My email this morning had one message about a well known leadership guru who is writing a new book. I like this person's work and will probably buy his book because I buy a lot of books on organisations and leadership. I went to the book page and was presented with a page about the author with the information about the book further down the page which set me thinking about book marketing. I self-published my first ebook recently, publicised it on social media, set up Amazon links, put a page about it on my site, wrote a blog post and put it on my website home page. Now what?