Dr. Pero Mićić

What are your real opportunities in the crisis?

Crisis opportunity no. 08: Use an opportunity radar

Why an opportunity radar? Especially in a time of crisis it is even more important that you do not let your perception and your thinking be dominated too much by current events. Not even in good times. In order for you to act more future-intelligently, it would be good to increase the share of information about the future and, so to speak, from the future in your perceptions and your thinking. But you can often only see the future once you have already seen it. What does that mean? You are familiar with the effect. You have decided to buy a certain smartphone, you suddenly see it everywhere. Or you want to buy a ndw jacket, and suddenly everyone is wearing it.

Opportunity radar: Feed your brain with information about the future

It works the same way with information about the future. If you’ve ever noticed a news story or video about 4D printing, solid state batteries or urbanization, you’re much more likely to notice more information about these future factors. And with that, you’ll think more about the future! And less about the past and daily news that is only valuable for a couple of hours.

Ideally, you would constantly feed and confront your brain with information about and from the future. This would make you a much more future-oriented person. Footnote: No, you would not become Hans Guck-in-die-Luft, if you still know this story and figure of Heinrich Hoffmann.

Okay, so just read more about the future and listen to more podcasts and watch more videos. Right? Well, who is not overwhelmed by the countless sources for news, videos and podcasts.

The good news is, there is a solution for that! How do you keep track of the mass of trends, technologies and topics of the future?

Feedly as an opportunity radar

Invest 15 minutes that will change your perceptions and with that life from now on. Sounds exaggerated? Maybe, but I can almost guarantee that it is going to work.

Take your smartphone and go to the Apple App Store or to Google Play. Find and install the app Feedly.

Feedly is a so-called feed reader. It’s not a new fancy thing, it’s over 25 years old internet technology. A feed reader is a system for organizing news that constantly refills itself. It receives the feeds, i.e. the messages fed to it, and displays them in an orderly and pleasantly readable way. Also, by the way, references to new podcasts and videos. Feedly is free and I have no connection to Feedly. Besides Feedly there are of course many others, but Feedly is really good. And I use Feedly myself.

So far, so nothing new. But what you as a future strategist do with it, is different from what a feed reader is usually used for. You don’t subscribe to any blogs and news, you subscribe to the feeds of futurists, research institutes, think tanks, technology websites and futures websites. Below you will find a list of good sources to get you started.

What do you get out of it? If you make Feedly on your smartphone, tablet, or PC the center of your daily news consumption, you can’t help but notice much more about the changes and opportunities ahead. Much more than before. And far more than others.

What? You don’t have time for this? No time for your future? Okay, then read, listen and watch less daily news! Like I said, they’re only valuable for a few hours. Less of it is really worth it! Please be aware: You now have a very personal, very far and wide looking and completely free personal radar for the future and for yor opportunities. By the way, this also works for your team and for your entire company. You only have to divide up the future issues that the individual colleagues are to take on.

Important for your opportunity radar

Don’t just subscribe to feeds from sources you agree with and whose philosophy you like. You need to take a holistic view of the future. That’s why you should also subscribe to future sources, depending on how you feel, which you consider too optimistic or too pessimistic, which you feel are too much or too little technological, which you regard as politically too far left or too far right. This is the only way to ensure that you will also identify threats and potential surprises early on.

By the way, why do I call this an opportunity radar? Because you can always turn every piece of information about the future, even the worst, into an opportunity if you detect it early.

With a 15-minute investment, you have increased your future intelligence enormously. And from now on you are a much more interesting to talk to on dates and parties 🙂

Write me your questions and comments. I am looking forward to them and will be happy to answer them.

Have a bright future!

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List of good feeds about the future

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Further crisis opportunities

Crisis opportunity no. 01: Lead! Accept your role as leader and “hero” in the crisis

Crisis opportunity no. 02: Create a credibly positive “future we” for your team

Crisis opportunity no. 03: Focus your business model on an eternal need

Crisis opportunity no. 04: Make social value the core of your mission

Crisis opportunity no. 05: Intelligentize your business model now

Crisis opportunity no. 06: Virtualize your company

Crisis opportunity no. 07: Make your capability portfolio future-robust