The Art of the Long View: Paths to Strategic Insight for Yourself and Your Company

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Currency Doubleday, 1996 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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What increasingly affects all of us, whether professional planners or individuals preparing for a better future, is not the tangibles of life—bottom-line numbers, for instance—but the intangibles: our hopes and fears, our beliefs and dreams. Only stories—scenarios—and our ability to visualize different kinds of futures adequately capture these intangibles.

InThe Art of the Long View,now for the first time in paperback and with the addition of an all-new User's Guide, Peter Schwartz outlines the "scenaric" approach, giving you the tools for developing a strategic vision within your business.

Schwartz describes the new techniques, originally developed within Royal/Dutch Shell, based on many of his firsthand scenario exercises with the world's leading institutions and companies, including the White House, EPA, BellSouth, PG&E, and the International Stock Exchange.

  

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User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

I found this one interesting specifically for the predictions in it that actually came true. It is somewhat disconcerting to see predictions in an old book come to reality. I found the content interesting and insightful. Hopefully I can put the recommendations into practice. Read full review

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User Review  - Neeraj Bali - Goodreads

An interesting primer to strategic thinking by the 'Scenario Method'. I enjoyed its simplicity, but wished it had not beend so simplistic. As I read, I hungrily looked for a complete example of ... Read full review

Contents

The ScenarioBuilding Animal
29
Uncovering the Decision
44
InformationHunting and Gathering
60
Creating Scenario Building Blocks
100
Composing a Plot
135
Three Scenarios
163
Rehearsing the Future
191
To My Newborn Son
211
The Value of a Strategic
218
How to Hold
227
Steps to Developing Scenarios
241
Endnotes
249
Select Bibliography
256
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About the author (1996)

Peter Schwartz is president of Global Business Network, an international think tank and consulting firm in Emeryville, California.

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