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Posts from January 2014


Gustin Partners | January 24, 2014 |

Celebrating Type I Leaders

By Thornton May
Futurist, Senior Advisor with GP, Executive Director & Dean - IT Leadership Academy

As I was writing my latest book, The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics, I came across the concept of Type I leaders [actually I stumbled across the idea of Type I problems and made the inference that Type I problems required Type I leaders]. Type I leaders are unstructured problem solvers. They come into a situation; figure out what is going on and make a determination regarding what is important/what is trivial and lay out a course of action. We are living in a world defined by Type I problems. Unfortunately we also seem to be living in a world suffering a deficit of Type I leaders. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, asserts we are living in a “G-Zero” world. What he means by this is that the major nations of the world are essentially operating with ZERO leadership. Organizations need to hire, retain and develop executive development programs that cerebrate and celebrate Type I leaders.... Read more


Gustin Partners | January 08, 2014 |

2014: Year of THE Forecast

By Thornton May
Futurist, Senior Advisor with GP, Executive Director & Dean - IT Leadership Academy

We take forecasts, forecasters and forecasting for granted – and we shouldn’t. In 2014 I believe the ability to have meaningful conversations with forecasters with an eye toward creating and applying forecasts will be what separates winners from losers.... Read more


Gustin Partners | January 02, 2014 |

What will be different in 2014?

By Thornton May
Futurist, Senior Advisor with GP, Executive Director & Dean - IT Leadership Academy

Even though 2014 is going to be a BIG year for change – even though all the environmental factors contributing to massive change [e.g., dissatisfaction with status quo, disruptive buzzing of new participants deploying new technologies in unique and unorthodox ways, and available/affordable capital] are in massive abundance, EVERYTHING IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE. That is just not the way the world works.... Read more


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