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"Breathtaking presentation. Great insight into future and how you can try and shape it. The future is nearby and we have to deal with that. We must spend at least 10% of our time understanding the future!"
London Business School, Senior Executive Programme, February 2009

"Brilliant stuff. Very thought provoking and truly forward looking. Implications are more far-reaching than I thought and have made me question the sustainability of my business."
London Business School, Senior Executive Programme, February 2009

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"Thanks also for your great presentation at the LBS which I have not only enjoyed but which has also inspired me a lot (does not happen that often!)."
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Recommended Books

 
Business Lessons from Dinosaurs

Evolution, extinction & the fate of market leaders



Surely there is nothing we can learn about business from pre-history? Or is there? What can we learn about business sustainability from extinction? What always happens to those who dominate the food chain? What are the common principles that govern life as we know it? How can we apply these at home and in business?

We all know the value of learning from experience – we know we must build on the shoulders of giants. Wolfgang Grulke's bestselling book “Lessons from the Future” taught us that in this warp-speed world it is not enough to learn from experience – that we have to learn to learn from the future, and that the future is a matter of choice, not chance.

Now with these “Principles from Pre-history”, we expand the scope with new strategic lessons for personal and organizational development – new strategies for business, and the way we live our lives.

This theme covers the vast geological eras before Mankind and the profound lessons this long-view perspective teaches us. This keynote and workshop topic builds profound new insights into business and life strategies – it is full of striking audio-visual imagery, from wonders of the natural world to the astounding explorations of the fossil record – and leaves the audience with “Principles from Pre-history” – powerful lessons for your future.


This module is passionately presented by one of FutureWorld's Network of Gurus.
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Business Lessons from Dinosaurs

Evolution, extinction & the fate of market leaders

A new keynote address and workshop from FutureWorld

Surely there is nothing we can learn about business from pre-history? Or is there? What can we learn about business sustainability from extinction? What always happens to those who dominate the food chain? What are the common principles that govern life? How can we apply these at home and in business?

We all know the value of learning from experience we know we must build on the shoulders of giants.

Wolfgang Grulke's bestselling book Lessons from the Future taught us that in this warp-speed world it is not enough to learn from experience that we have to learn to learn from the future, and that the future is a matter of choice, not chance.

Now with these "Principles from Pre-history", we expand the scope with new strategic lessons for personal and organizational development - new strategies for business, and the way we live our lives.

This theme covers the vast geological eras before Mankind and the profound lessons this long-view perspective teaches us. For example:

  • The dominant species, at the top of the food chain, is always the most threatened. The megalodon shark, larger than a city bus, was the dominant marine predator until a few million years ago then disappeared without reason. Principle: Success is its own worst enemy. Don't be blinded by it. Stay humble and connected.
  • 99% of all species that have ever lived are extinct Principle: Extinction is as much a part of your future as is innovation and creation (the birth of new species, products, services and businesses). Learn to let go.
  • Extinction creates the space for new development. Mankind would not exist if the dinosaurs had not been obliterated and created the white space for mammals to thrive. Principle: This is the most competitive marketplace ever, so don't compete. Find the white space and thrive in it.
  • 99% of everything is empty space Principle: Don't fool yourself, you are not the centre of the universe. Most of the rules you invent are nothing but 'empty space' that fills your business minds and diaries. You may just be 1% in the scheme of things, but the personal power you have is unlimited.
  • Everything in the cosmos is a network of quantum relationships Principle: The parts are less important than the relationships between them. People are not your most important asset relationships are! Network your dreams.
  • The smallest, swiftest species best able to adapt to change become the new kings of the jungle. The only dinosaurs to survive, were the swift and nimble birds. T-Rex didn't. Principle: Understand the dangers of being at the top of the food chain. Understand the next generation. Be ready to learn from your kids. Stay nimble and in touch.
  • etc...

This keynote and workshop topic builds profound new insights into business and life strategies - it is full of striking audio-visual imagery, from wonders of the natural world to the astounding explorations of the fossil record - and leaves the audience with "Principles from Pre-history" - powerful lessons for your future.

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