Chapter 8. Methods and Frameworks – Building Adaptive Foresight Skills

7. Relating (Team thinking)

Key Adaptive Foresight Specialty Functions and Practice Communities

Other Relating-Associated Organizational Functions

Human Resources, Compensation, Ethics, Culture, Advisors, Communications, Public Relations, Employee Relationship Management, Corporate Social Responsibility

Relating-Associated Practitioner Methods

Advisor Management and Stakeholder Analysis
Bringing diverse, representative, critical, and foresighted advisor and stakeholder feedback to mgmt.

Business Ethics
Normative (values, aspiration-driven) strategies and descriptive research to improve business conduct.

Cognitive Diversity
Bringing diverse cognitive styles & personality types to teams. See Page, The Difference (2008).

Communications and Public Relations
Goal-oriented methods of managing information flow between an organization and the public.

Compensation and Benefits
Wages, stock options, and non-financial benefits (group insur., etc.) to retain and motivate employees.

Culture, Morale, Fear Diagnosis, and Emotional Intelligence Development
Improving firms’ intellectual/emotional environments. See Reiger, Breaking the Fear Barrier (2011).

Employee Engagement
Monitoring and improving employees’ physical/cognitive/emotional satisfaction, and motivation.

Enterprise Relationship Management
Mgmt. of industry alliances, suppliers, investors, acquisitions, customers, and other business actors.

Organizational Development
A planned, organization-wide effort to measurably increase an organization’s effectiveness or efficiency.

Strategic Communication
Managed information and communications activities to advance objectives and plans of the organization.

Succession Planning
Development of primary and alternate leadership succession chains in critical business functions.

Talent Acquisition and Team Selection
Defining and recruiting appropriate talent, including specialist knowledge & cognitive diversity.

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