In today's complex business climate, executives need better insight into potential new opportunities and emerging risks to stay ahead of their competition. They also need to continually refresh that learning, both individually and organizationally.
While most conferences and executive development programs focus on industry trends or honing management and operational skills, GBN's executive intelligence offerings add a third dimension: insight into the trajectory and interaction of the social, technological, economic, environmental, and political forces shaping the business environment. Specifically, we help your senior executives and high-potential leaders broaden and deepen their contextual awareness in order to challenge their assumptions, spot trends earlier, and stimulate more creative thinking about the future of their business. At the same time, we transfer the capability required to support ongoing scenario thinking.
Drawing upon our world class expertise in futures research, scenario planning, and experiential learning, GBN offers a range of interactive workshops and engagements that enable your organization and its leaders to become more aware of — and adapt to — contextual change. GBN works with you to:
- Employ rapid-fire scenaric thinking to explore and prioritize the critical uncertainties that will most affect your industry and your strategy
- Create a learning agenda to broaden and deepen your organization's understanding of these issues and how to take advantage of (or mitigate against) them
- Undertake an Official Futures Analysis to render visible the hidden strategic assumptions and conventional wisdom beliefs that influence the decision-making of most players in your industry or company
- Expand your awareness through a customized Learning Journey, which takes executives out of the office, exposing them to the forces that might shape the future — or are already shaping the present in ways that are invisible to most of us
- Participate in our interactive Global Trends Workshop Series, in which your executives explore trends — and implications — that are not yet on management's radar, such as radical urbanization, the millennial generation, the impacts of climate change, the future of Africa, and converging technologies
- Build internal capacity through our onsite or public scenarios training courses in order to embed and apply scenaric thinking to a broad set of issues, challenges, and choices
- Engage provocative, interdisciplinary thinkers from both the GBN practice and the GBN Network to help you understand the emerging issues and trends that may affect your business in surprising ways
- Establish and tap an advisory network of external thought leaders to contribute, vet, and challenge your new ideas on an ongoing basis
For more information on GBN's executive intelligence offerings, please contact information at gbn dot com or click here.
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