The Sixth Sense: Accelerating Organizational Learning with Scenarios

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This book helps managers move beyond the idea that the future of business will resemble the past and allows them to use scenarios to imagine multiple perspectives. The concepts of organizational realities, experience, and beliefs are explored to encourage and embrace change in business organizations for a successful future.

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This book is about organizational survival: the reasons whyorganizations do not always survive, and what can be done aboutit.

Survival means creating value for stakeholders, and the survivalproblem starts with uncertainty, change and the need fororganizations to adapt to shifting needs and market conditions. Thekey question is 'Why are organizations slow to change and adapt?'Unsuccessful organizations are distinguished by their failure toovercome thinking and behavioural flaws at personal, organizationaland community levels. In this book, we explain what these flaws areand how the scenario approach helps senior managers andorganizations to overcome them. Our approach is based on reasoning,research, real world observations - and a long track recorddeveloping scenario-based thinking, combining the most effectiveelements of the many scenario approaches that have been tried overtime.

'Organizational learning and scenario planning are seen by manybusiness people as two separate disciplines, with differentprogrammes and communities of practice. This book builds a bridgebetween the two. I believe this is important. It will invite theorganizational learners to develop a deeper perspective on thelonger-term business environment, and it will invite the scenarioplanners to consider their work in the context of organizationalsurvival and development. Both will be better off, to the benefitof their organizations.'
Arie de Geus, author of The Living Company

'Helping organizations learn their way into the future in a worldof complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity is what The Sixth Sense isall about. The book is a deep, insightful and practical guide tothe tools an organization needs to break through the limits of itsown thinking. Scenario thinkers and planners working to make theirorganizations adaptive learners will find invaluable tools andexamples to guide their own development.'
Peter Schwartz, co-founder and chair of Global Business Network andauthor of The Art of the Long View.

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This book explains:
* Why scenario thinking is increasingly important: how it hasdeveloped as an approach that can help build successful strategiesand organizations.
* How scenarios are valuable in overcoming an obstacle or problem -current or potential - by enabling innovation and creative thinking'outside the box'.
* How scenario thinking can be used to resolve organizational flawsby enhancing the strategic conversation.
* How to understand the scenario approach in the context ofeffective organizational learning and development.
* How to ensure that scenario thinking is included in a widerstrategic and organizational learning framework, essential fororganizational survival.
Outlining the benefits and techniques of scenario thinking TheSixth Sense shows that scenario thinking is purposeful andeffective in driving strategy and organizational developmenttowards managerial and organizational success.

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