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The Power of Future Thinking: Key Tips for Business Leaders

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


How can you and your volunteer leaders best prepare for ongoing environmental ambiguity and unexpected developments? By constantly scanning for weak signals and adopting a future-oriented mindset. Hear from four experienced association executives who have benefited from embracing and integrating futures-thinking throughout their associations. This wide-ranging conversation will cover key points such as how to proactively lead your board and staff colleagues toward a futures mindset; the power and importance of creating a future-focused organizational culture, overcoming resistance to change, and much more!



  • – Learn how you and your volunteer leaders can best prepare for environmental ambiguity and unexpected developments.
  • – Learn how to proactively lead your board toward a futures mindset.
  • – Learn the power and importance of scenario planning.
  • – Learn about contingency planning and risk mitigation; and much more! 
Level Intermediate
NASBA (Field of Study) Business Management & Organization
CAE (Subject Domain) Executive Leadership
Prerequisites and advance preparation needed 1 years operations experience. No advance preparation required
Reviewer Wade Tetsuka, CPA
CPE/CAE Credits 1.0
Cost Free
Delivery Group Internet Based

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Melody Jordan-Carr
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Specialties: association marketing, writing, editing, strategic development, direct mail and email copy-writing, volunteer relations, member acquisition techniques, campaign development and implementation.