Preferred Futuring: Envision the Future You Want and Unleash the Energy to Get There

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1998 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
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Leaders and managers will find Lawrence Lippitt's advice a refreshing change from the usual dry management guides. "Preferred futuring" involves an examination of an organization's status by all its employees, defining a "preferred future" state that excites everyone involved, and group planning and implementation. Because it begins the cycle of change by inviting all stakeholders to participate, preferred futuring enlists widespread support and serves as a powerful organizational tool.
 

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Contents

A Preview of Preferred Futuring
1
The History of Preferred Futuring
14
The Basic Steps in Preferred Futuring
20
The EightStep Preferred Futuring Model
31
STEP 1 Review History
33
STEP 2 Identify Whats Working and Whats Not
44
STEP 3 Identify Values and Beliefs
52
STEP 4 Identify Relevant Events Developments and Trends
60
STEP 8 Create a Structure for Implementing the Plan
98
Using the Preferred Futuring Model
113
Putting Preferred Futuring into Practice The Basics
115
Preferred Futuring in Action for Organizations and Institutions
122
Preferred Futuring in Action for Communities
131
Knowing When to Use Preferred Futuring
150
Applying Preferred Futuring in a Variety of Situations
157
Looking Ahead
173

STEP 5 Create a Preferred Future Vision
66
STEP 6 Translate Future Visions into Action Goals
76
STEP 7 Plan for Action
81
Implications for Leaders and Change Agents
175
Why Preferred Futuring Really Works The Scientific and Spiritual Basis
191
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